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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina MEM RIAL DAY 20 11 It What Will be closed tod^ tfiehflowlng will be closed today in observance of Memorial Day: • Aiken-Chamber of Commerce • ÀH(en County Government offices • City of Aiken government • Department of Motor Vehicles:: • Aiken County landfill and recycling centers • Aiken County scfiools • Post Office • Public libraries • Aiken Housing Authority • South Carolina government offices • Federal government offices • Banks, including: Security Federal Bank Regions Bank Wachovia (Wells Fargo) VistaBank Southern Bank & Trust Bank of America First Citizens Savannàfi River Banking Company SRP Federal Credit Union S.C. State Credit Union Aiken Technical College will be open, and classes will be held at use Aiken. Constance Elliott Bath DeMarc Jordan Ginyard, Wagener Tommy Brodie Gantt Concord, N.C. Deaths and Funerals I (SA To save a mockingbird staff photo by Amy Banton Hannah Price spends time with Chicken Nugget a baby mockingbird she and her mother found several weeks ago. ■ 12-year-old whose father is deployed in Iraq gives bird second chance. By AMY BANTON Staff writer As one of Hannah Price's brothers was finishing Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird" for class, she was busy saving one. The 12-year-oId Kennedy Middle School student and her mother, Chris, found a baby mockingbird that had lost its way from its nest about three weeks ago. What was then a gray ball of fluff now resembles a smaller version of an adult northern mockingbird as it has begun to sprout tail and wing feathers, developing the prominent white lines that flash when flying. The baby bird was spotted in the Millbrook Baptist Church parking lot and was being chased by other children trying to catch it. Hannah and her mother scooped it up and searched for the nest, listening for any calls from a frantic mother. Chris said neither the bird's mother nor the nest could be found, and Hannah begged her to take the nestling home to care for it. Chris had rescued abandoned or lost baby birds before in high school and remembered how exciting it was for her, so she agreed. At that time, they weren't sure if the little bird was going to make it as it was very dehydrated. They started the bird on a diet of saturated dog food, which is high in protein, and water from an eyedropper, Chris said. Now a fledgling and quite vocal, the bird, who was dubbed Chicken Nugget by Hannah, can fly about 30 feet and enjoys mealworms or grasshoppers her daughter catches in their yard, Chris said. "It's amazing how fast they grow," Chris said. For the last three weeks, Hannah has gotten up around 4:30 a.m. to care for Chicken Nugget and comes home from school to spend time outside with it to help it adjust to being outdoors. They have kept the bird inside a large cage with a branch indoors but try tp keep it outside as much as possible. Please see BIRD, page 16A iïisMîi iïisMîi Calendar 3C Classifieds 5B Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Movie Listings 3C Opinions ISA Puzzles 5C Sports IB TV Listings 2C Weather 16C Drain defect causes issues for pools, spas nationally ■ Houndslake pool unaffected by potential hazard. By JENNIFER MILLER Staff writer Three years after swimming pools and spas were forced to install new drain covers, many will have to replace the covers because of a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall because of incorrect water flow ratings. The commission is urgipg public pools with recalled covers to close until they can be replaced, and private pool, owners should contact the maker of their drain cover immediately, according to a report in USA Today. Several local pool officials couldn't be reached Friday to find out if the drain covers on those pools were among those recalled. At Houndslake, officials said their drains are not part of the recall and had passed the state Department of Health and Environmental Control inspection. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a news release that the recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard. They were manufactured between Please see POOL, page 16A We can help yOll reach them. Call 803.644.2371 for more information. ^Mltttt I^Mik^ aiken8tandard.com
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