Originally created 01/04/06

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:


INTERNATIONAL CLUB: The Aiken International Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 106 of the Penland Administration Building at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. Fred Wieland will discuss Christmas celebrations around the world. For more information, call (803) 641-6875.


HOLOCAUST STORIES: The Town and Country Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway. The guest speaker will be Judith Evans, a Holocaust survivor. Refreshments will be served at the free event. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call (803) 649-9166.

SQUARE DANCING: A square-dancing class will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. at 73 Indian Springs Road, Aiken. This beginners' class, taught by licensed instructor Ruth Paxton, will be 12 weeks long. Couples, singles and teenagers are welcome. The class costs $17. The first night is free. Call (803) 642-8973 for more information.

Today in regional history:

JAN. 4, 1997

Commissioners are expected to pick a fire chief Tuesday after interviewing each of the three finalists during a public meeting Friday.

Dennis Atkins, acting chief of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, stressed his hometown roots in making his pitch for the position.

"One thing you get from me is loyalty,'' he said. "I'm going to be here.''

Ronnie Few, fire chief of the East Point, Ga., fire department, emphasized his skills as a motivator. "We've got to do some team building,'' he said. "When we find out exactly what our jobs are, we'll find we need each other. I've always been able to motivate the people who work for me.''

L. Charles Smeby Jr., the executive director of the National Fire Protection Agency and a former battalion chief for Prince George's County Fire Department in Maryland, said an outsider would have a chance to bring new ideas to the department.

Christmas is over, and you're finally packing away the last of the decorations, but what about the thank you notes?

Handwritten thank you notes seem to have gone the way of Ozzie and Harriet and women wearing white gloves and hats when they do their Saturday shopping.

To keep from being blacklisted as a total ingrate, Emily Post suggests:

- Write notes as soon as possible, and don't hesitate if you feel you're late. A late note is always better than no note at all.

- Make your thank-you notes creative.

- You can send an e-mail thank-you to a casual acquaintance whom you e-mail regularly. But an e-mail would not be appropriate for a close relative or friend because an e-mail implies a degree of emotional distance.

- Make note writing fun. One idea is to make it a family event. For example, one woman organized a family party. On a Sunday afternoon in January, she invited her husband and their children to the kitchen table. Everything was ready: notepaper, pens, pencils, crayons, envelopes, address book, stamps and lists. The youngest drew pictures of their gifts, while the older children wrote the notes. The parents helped with spelling and addressing.

- If you're writing the notes on your own, schedule a few different days to write them, and each time give yourself something to make it interesting: music, a glass of wine, or maybe a piece of chocolate.

Sources: www.emilypost.com; usatoday.com


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