Originally created 03/16/04

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BACK IN TIME

March 16, 1971

Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon said he will hold a Capitol stork shower for Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.

Mr. Thurmond, 68, and his wife, Nancy, 24, are expecting their first child late this month. They were married in December 1968.

A member of Mr. Hatfield's staff said about half the Senate members said they will attend.

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

ENGINEERING SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING: The Engineering Services Committee will hold a special called meeting at 1:30 p.m. in Room 802 of the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 530 Greene St.

BEULAH GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: The Board of Directors and Advisory Board of the Beulah Grove Community Resource Center Inc. will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the center, 1446 Lee Beard Way.

ARIEL WINDS: The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society will present The Ariel Winds at 8 p.m. in the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre of Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The Suzuki Strings of Augusta Senior Ensemble will perform a pre-concert at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $5 for pupils in first through 12th grade. Those with an ASU ID will get in free. Children younger than 6 will not be admitted. For more information, call 736-9098.

ROSE SOCIETY MEETING: The Augusta Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sister Mary Louise Conference Room of St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road. The program will feature a lecture on Getting Ready for Spring Show. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 302-9438.

WEDNESDAY

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION: Augusta's St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Augusta Common and from noon to 10 p.m. on the Eighth Street Plaza downtown . There will be live entertainment, dance, food and beverages, and children's activities. The St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at 2 p.m. and travel from Telfair to Broad street s . Admission costs $5 to the Eighth Street Plaza but is free at the Augusta Common children's area. For more information, call 821-1754.

MEMORY BREW

Coffee might be a memory boost, especially for older adults.

A group of 40 adults, all older than 65, had their memory tested in the morning and the afternoon of scheduled test days. Half received a cup of decaffeinated coffee before each test, and the other half drank the real thing, according to a report in Psychological Science.

Those who got the decaf showed a significant decline in memory performance from morning to afternoon. The caffeinated group did not.

Test subjects were already coffee drinkers who were used to the effects of caffeine.

ANTS!

If you're noticing more ants than usual crawling around your home, here are some ways you can control them:

Outside: Keep bushes and limbs from touching the roof line. Ants tend to colonize below trees any direct contact a tree or shrub has with the house is an access point inside. Clean gutters regularly of pine straw, leaves and moisture, which make a great area for ants to set up camp.

Inside: Make sure plumbing is tightly sealed so there aren't any openings between the wall and the pipe.

OTHER TIPS: Keep scrap food cleaned up. Dishes in the sink, sugar around a coffee maker and cookie crumbs can act as large meals for an ant.

FYI: Think twice before using ant sprays. Ants leave a chemical trail wherever they travel, and sprays destroy that trail, leaving ants to spread into other areas. Baits may be a better option, but you may have to try several kinds, as different baits work on different ants.

Source: Columbus Ledger-EnquirerSAFE LUNCHES

The American Dietetic Association gives the following advice on avoiding "lunch box bug," otherwise known as food poisoning:

  • Wash hands and preparation surfaces with soap and water before assembling children's lunches. Teach children to wash their hands before digging into lunch.
  • Invest in an insulated lunch box or bag or use double layers of paper bags to increase insulation.
  • If sending perishables such as hard-cooked eggs or a sandwich with meat or poultry, include a frozen ice pack. A frozen juice box can serve the same purpose.
  • If packing a sandwich the night before, keep it in the refrigerator below 40 degrees until just before everyone heads out the door.
  • Instruct your child to throw away any leftover food that could spoil after lunch.