Originally created 11/26/03

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BACK IN TIME

NOV. 26, 1952

A couple of Camp Gordon soldiers who started out yesterday in a truck to pick up a stalled Army vehicle in Edgefield wound up instead as chief assistant in the Santa Claus Parade.

Just as the line of march was getting under way, the driver of a tractor towing one of the floats found the machine would not start. The huge float was blocking other participants. An MP ordered the two soldiers to disregard their original mission and tow the float instead, which they did.

"I hope the captain believes in Santa Claus," one of the soldiers said afterward.

AROUND TOWN

Dinners set for Thanksgiving Day:

  • Salvation Army, Thanksgiving dinner, 4:30 to 6 p.m., 1384 Greene St., 826-7933
  • Savannah Place Community Center, Thanksgiving dinner and clothing giveaway, noon to 5 p.m., 1014 11th Ave., off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, volunteers welcome, 821-2829
  • LOTS Ministries, Thanksgiving dinner, starts at noon, 566 Broad St., 722-1740
  • The Masters Table, Thanksgiving dinner, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 842 Fenwick St., 722-0607
  • United Community Society with Macedonia Baptist Church, Thanksgiving dinner and clothing giveaway, begins at 11 a.m., Lucy C. Laney High School cafeteria, 1339 Laney-Walker Blvd., volunteers welcome, donations accepted, 793-7912
  • City of Refuge Christian Center, Thanksgiving dinner and clothing and blanket giveaway, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2659 Lamar Road, off Highway 88, Hephzibah, bus transportation available, call 592-5865 for pickup
  • STRONG BONES

    Among the benefits of staying active are a decrease in the chances of developing osteoporosis, a loss of bone tissue and a decrease in bone strength.

    Ways to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis include:

  • Eating high-calcium foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Reading food labels to identify unhealthy or calcium-rich foods
  • Stopping smoking, which can accelerate menopause and cause a deterioration of bone loss
  • Limiting intake of alcohol and caffeine, which can limit the body's ability to absorb calcium
  • Staying active by walking, stair climbing, weight training or jogging
  • Source: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

    PASS THE NUTS

    A report from the Life Science Research Office published in the Journal of Nutrition found that walnuts help reduce heart disease risk.

    PEANUT FACTS

    About 2.4 billion pounds of peanuts are eaten in the United States every year. About half that amount is consumed as peanut butter.

    Peanuts are not really nuts, but legumes. Along with beans and peas, they belong to the plant family Leguminosae. Legumes are edible seeds, enclosed in pods. As a group, they provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom.

    The peanut plant is thought to have originated in Brazil or Peru. Portuguese explorers transplanted it to Africa, and from there it was brought to America as an inexpensive, high-protein staple, later consumed by soldiers during the Civil War.

    Seven states account for about 98 percent of all peanuts grown in the U.S. There are about 40,000 peanut farms in the major producing regions.

    Georgia produces 37.7 percent of the nation's peanuts.