Originally created 12/14/03

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BACK IN TIME

DEC. 14, 1952

Augusta has accepted an invitation to enter a float in the Jan. 20 inaugural parade in Washington for President-elect Eisenhower if the necessary funds to sponsor such a unit can be raised.

A float, possibly depicting a Little White House with a golf course surrounding it, is planned if the money is available. The estimated cost for such a project is about $2,500.

Program offers free legal help

Staffers from the Georgia Legal Services Program will offer free legal help on a first-come, first-served basis to seniors 60 and older from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Bessie Thomas Community Center, 5913 Euchee Creek Drive, Grovetown. For more information, call 721-2327.

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

BOOK SIGNING: Karin Calloway will sign copies of her book Quick Cooking II: A Second Serving from 2 to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. Ms. Calloway also will have samples of her cooking. For more information, call 860-2310.

CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL: A free HolidayFest will run from noon to 6 p.m. at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Reynolds and Broad streets. There will be free rides, games, prizes, arts and crafts. For more information, call 826-0026.

MONDAY

HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR: The Aiken Choral Society will hold its 15th annual holiday homes tour from 4 to 7 p.m. beginning at the Iron Pony, 310 York St. S.E. in Aiken. There will be music and carols to accompany the candlelight tour. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, Plum Pudding, The Hope Chest, Patti's Hallmark and Aiken Office Supply and Book Store. For more information, call 649-9193.

HOLIDAY MUSIC: The Augusta Museum of History will hold the Concert of Holiday Music: Choral Music for Advent and Christmas, featuring the Augusta Collegium Musicum, at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 560 Reynolds St. The concert is free for members and costs $5 for nonmembers. Reserve a place by Friday. For more information, call 722-8454.

TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP MEETING: The Aiken/Augusta Area Essential Tremor Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road, Aiken. For more information or directions, call (803) 641-0393.

FRAUD ALERT

Police offer these tips on protecting yourself from financial fraud:

  • Mail bill payments in blue federal mailboxes or at the post office.
  • Do not print your Social Security number on your driver's license or checks.
  • Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Protect all personal identification numbers. Do not carry them in your wallet.
  • Do not carry too many credit cards in your wallet or car.
  • Check bank statements monthly for errors and discrepancies.
  • Remove your mail from the mailbox as soon as it is delivered.
  • If you go out of town, have your mail held at the post office.
  • Shred all pre-approved credit offers, charge receipts, insurance forms, bank statements and expired credit cards.
  • Do not give out personal or financial information over the telephone.
  • Check your credit once a year to make sure that no one else is using your personal information to attain credit cards or services.
  • PREVENT POISONING

  • Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.
  • Keep all medication and household products locked away.
  • Install special clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.
  • Use childproof safety caps on containers of medicine and other dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it.
  • Read the label.
  • Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.
  • Dispose of outdated products as recommended.
  • Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.
  • The number for poison control is (800) 222-1222.