Originally created 12/29/04

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Christmas Tree Recycling: Columbia County Clean and Beautiful is sponsoring Bring One in for the Chipper Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Home Depot, 499 Bobby Jones Expressway through Jan. 8 for people who want to recycle their Christmas trees into mulch. Those dropping off trees on Jan. 8 will receive free mulch and a dogwood or red maple seedling, while supplies last. For more information, call Columbia County Clean and Beautiful at 868-3484.

Christmas tree drop off locations: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake will accept Christmas trees to be used for fish and wildlife habitat through Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the following locations; Amity Boat Ramp, Cherokee Boat Ramp, Keg Creek Boat Ramp, Scotts Ferry Boat Ramp. Please remove all decorations, tinsel and lights before dropping of the trees. For more information, call the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Project Office at (800) 533-3478, ext. 1130.

Christmas tree drop-off: The Columbia County Landfill, 590 Baker Place Road, Grovetown, will accept Christmas trees from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 31.

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PROPER DINING

Here's some advice for the etiquette-impaired hoping to avoid embarrassment in a business setting:

Rolls and bread are one of the few foods that can be eaten with your fingers, even at a formal meal. It is inappropriate, however, to break the roll in half, butter it and eat it. Instead, break off bite-size pieces and butter and eat them one at a time.

Don't use a toothpick. If something is stuck in your teeth, drink some water.

Ice cubes are not an edible part of a drink.

Men should always wear undershirts under dress shirts. When wearing an open collar, make sure it is buttoned high enough, or wear a V-neck undershirt so it doesn't show.

Women should choose earrings that are simple, yet elegant, and should only wear one pair at a time. Men shouldn't wear earrings at all.

At a social function, name badges should be worn about four inches from the right shoulder. The idea is that people are already reaching for each other's right hand when being introduced, and having the badge on the right makes it easier to spot a person's name.

To make a good first impression, follow the Rule of 12: The first 12 words you speak should include some form of thanks; the first 12 steps you take should exude confidence; the first 12 inches from the top of your head down should be impeccably groomed; the last 12 inches, from shoes up, should be well-maintained.

KIDS' POSTURE

The Connecticut Chiropractic Association suggests the following tips to help keep your child's back healthy:

Always support a baby's back and neck with your hand when you are lifting him.

Use a government-approved car seat that supports your baby's head and neck.

Choose a firm mattress.

Choose the right pillow; don't allow your child's head and neck to be propped up or angled away from the body.

Be sure your child's backpack has padded straps that are worn over both shoulders. The weight of the backpack's contents should not exceed 10 percent of your child's weight.

Computer screens must be at or below the child's eye level. To attain a proper sitting posture, place a footrest or box under the child's feet.

Your child requires enough calcium in his diet to ensure healthy bones and lessen the risk of joint- and muscle-related injuries. Whole milk is suggested for children younger than 2; 1 percent or skim milk is suggested for children older than 2.

Encourage your child to drink plenty of water and avoid sugar-packed, caffeinated and carbonated drinks.

See to it that your child has a well-balanced diet and plenty of rest.

Today in regional history:

DEC. 29, 1959

President Eisenhower, accompanied by his wife, flew into Bush Field on Sunday for a post-Christmas round of golf, relaxation and work at the Augusta National.

His arrival, about an hour and a half earlier than anticipated, disappointed hundreds who showed up too late to greet him on the warm sunny afternoon.

"We certainly don't need our coats today," Mrs. Eisenhower said upon noticing the temperatures in the low 70s.

Search for more about local history from the pages of The Augusta Chronicle's online archives. Subscribe to www.augustaarchives.com.

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