Originally created 11/25/03

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BACK IN TIME

NOV. 25, 1962

A foul-smelling odor, which blanketed the downtown Augusta area Saturday morning, was finally traced to a broken cooling unit at Borden Creameries on Walker Street.

A busted machine - which refrigerates the huge milk and ice cream plant - was being repaired by workmen wearing gas masks when police and fire department personnel traced the ammonia-smelling substance. The odor had driven occupants from a nearby restaurant and flooded the police station with complaint calls.

AROUND TOWN

TUESDAY

TURKEY GIVEAWAY: James Brown Enterprises will hand out turkeys to needy families beginning at 9 a.m. at Dyess Park on James Brown Boulevard. Anyone who would like to make contributions to the turkey drive may bring items to Dyess Park today or contact James Brown Enterprises for pickup. For more information, call 738-1971.

THE FROG PRINCE: The Frog Prince will be performed at 7 p.m. at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Tickets for the show cost $7 for adults and $4 for children and students. For more information, call (803) 641-3305.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: The Festival of Lights will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Augusta Common, at the 800 block downtown between Reynolds and Broad streets. There will be a lighting of city's Christmas tree and holiday decorations, The Army Signal Corps Band will play, and there will be a story time hour and visits with Santa for children. For more information, call 821-1754.

QUILT SHOW: The Aiken Historical Society and the Pinelog Quilters are holding their 23rd annual quilt show from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in November at Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W. For more information, call 642-2015.

WEDNESDAY

THANKSGIVING DINNER: Sisters With Vision will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to noon at the W.T. Johnson Center, 1610 Hunter St. The public is invited. For more information, call 627-2750.

A FIT PET

Don't let your holiday go to the dogs. In fact, there are several things to do to keep your pet in shape:

  • Don't feed your pet table scraps.
  • Exercise your pet every day either by playing or walking.
  • Measure pet food - don't give more than the package recommends.
  • Cut back on treats.
  • Don't put pets on a crash diet - they need to eat, especially in the winter.
  • See a veterinarian to find a proper weight and diet for your pet.
  • HOLIDAY TRAFFIC TIP

    Research from Israel's ben-Gurion University of the Negev suggests that drivers listening to fast-tempo music run more red lights, change lanes more frequently and have more collisions. Cars are the most popular place to listen to music.

    QUICK FIX

    Hard water leaves its mark in shower walls and glass shower enclosures in the form of crusty white lime deposits that sometimes seem as though they're going to be impossible to remove. These formulas help:

  • Sodium carbonate is the chemical you'll want to use. It's the base for many cleaners and is the primary ingredient in washing soda.
  • If a strong solution of sodium carbonate doesn't do the trick, try a squirt of liquid toilet-bowl cleaner. Bowl cleaners are strong, dangerous chemicals, so use them with eye-and-skin protection and plenty of ventilation.
  • When the water stains are gone, apply a coat of car wax to all the surfaces in the shower. Doing so will make cleaning a breeze.