Originally created 03/31/04

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BACK IN TIME

MARCH, 31, 1986

Arson is suspected in a Sunday morning fire that gutted the ground-level office of National Hills Baptist Church and destroyed financial records, membership lists and equipment, Richmond County fire officials said.

The 12:09 a.m. fire reduced the office of the Washington Road church complex to a soggy heap of charred rubble and sent ashes and thick smoke into the sanctuary, social hall and educational classrooms.

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON: The Augusta Chapter of the Morehouse College Alumni Association will hold its seventh annual scholarship luncheon at noon at the Marbury Center, 1257 Broad St. Judge Herbert E. Phipps, of the Georgia Court of Appeals, will be the guest speaker. Tickets cost $35. For more information, call 796-8532.

OPEN INTERVIEW DAY: The Augusta Veterans Administration Medical Center's Downtown Division will hold an open interview day for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, 950 15th St. The medical center's associate nurse executives, nurse managers and the nurse recruiter will accept applications and interview people interested in working at the center. For more information, call 823-2264.

THURSDAY

ARCHIGLAS: Archiglas, a six person a cappella group from St. Petersburg, Russia, will perform at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene St. The concert will include sacred anthems and folk music in Russian. The concert is free. For more information, call 724-8792.

RECEPTION AND LECTURE AT THE MORRIS: The Morris Museum of Art will present Terra Cognita: Contemporary Artists Lecture Series, featuring Janos Enyedi, at 7 p.m. at the museum, 1 10th St. A reception will follow the program. Admission costs $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and military. Museum members and college and university students with ID will be admitted for free. For more information, call 724-7501.

NAMI MEETING: The Augusta Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill will meet at 7 p.m. at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way. For more information, call 432-0021.

DISASTROUS RESULTS

Being hit with a disaster increases the marriages, birth and divorce rates in the year after the event.

Researchers looked at marriage, birth and divorce records in South Carolina in the year after Hurricane Hugo and found all three major life transitions in the counties most affected.

The Penn State researchers who led the study say anecdotal evidence suggests the same thing might be happening as a consequence of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The increased divorce rates suggest an increased need for marital counseling after a disaster, they suggest.

DOWN THE DRAIN

What's worse than the "drip, drip, drip" that results from poor water pressure? How about the "gulp, gulp, gulp" of a slow drain? The old cliche, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is right on the money when it comes to drains.

Cooking grease and coffee grounds are primary culprits in the kitchen. Cooking grease should be saved in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container. Coffee grounds are welcome additions to a mulch pile.

Hair and soap scum are a few of the biggest enemies of bathroom drains. A majority of hair and soap scum can be caught with a screen or gate.

A safe and effective way of clearing a clogged drain is to pour a half-cup of salt, a half-cup of baking soda and a half-cup of vinegar down the drain. Follow this concoction with at least two-quarts of boiling water.

- Associated Press

HAND WASHING 101

When to wash your hands:

  • Before, during and after preparing food.
  • Before eating.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • After touching animals.
  • After changing diapers.
  • After sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose or helping a child with a tissue.
  • More frequently when someone near you is sick.
  • How to wash your hands:

  • Wet your hands with warm water and squirt liquid soap or rub a bar of soap onto your hands.
  • Continue for at least 15 seconds.
  • Rinse well and dry your hands.
  • Use a paper towel to turn off the water and open the door to a public bathroom.
  • If you can't get water, anti-bacterial hand sanitizer gels are OK. But soap and water and scrubbing work best.

    ONLINE DATING

    Interested in finding a future spouse online, but not certain how to go about it? Regina Lewis, an adviser to America Online, offers these recommendations:

  • Include a photo. The people who post photos tend to be more effective.
  • Put some thought into your posting. Don't write, "I'm a nice guy looking for a nice girl." Spend the time to be more revealing of yourself and what you're looking for.
  • Play it straight. If you're not candid, it will eventually catch up with you.
  • If you want to take the relationship off-line, make it a group outing in a public place and tell others where you're going and who you're meeting. "You want to take this in stride, play it cool and play it safe," Ms. Lewis says.
  • Don't be too aggressive. People like to go at their own pace. If the other person is e-mailing once a week, it's not time to pick up the pace to instant messages all day long.
  • Don't give out personal information such as your home phone, your place of employment or even your last name. You want to able to remain anonymous and opt out if your become uncomfortable with a cybersuiter.
  • Reject the rejection blues. Hey, it will happen, but there are millions of other users out there. (But if there's a pattern, you might want to edit your profile - it may not be sending out the right message).
  • Not interested in joining a matchmaking service? Rather than visit omnibus chat rooms, consider looking for smaller groups.