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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 27, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina                                 .f.  YOUR LOCAL SOOBCE SINCE 1867  Scientists talee temperature of long^gone dinosaurs  • Scientists have figured out a way to tal(e the temperature of dinosaurs, and it turns out to be almost the same as our^.  SEE SCIENCE NEWS, 11A  TODAY'S FORECAST  SEE WEATHER, 6C  ONTWIHER  "Fireworks should be starting any minut? here at the fairgroundslll Itiare .ap§, thousands of pedple'RefeT " what a great night!"  • Follow Ashleey Williamson on twitter at  www.twitter.com/GoAshleey   REPORTER VIDEO  Did you miss Fire over Aiicen?  • Catch footage of the fireworks show that Was held Saturday night.  VISITAIKENSTANDARD.COM  muwiipjiMiiiwni  • That front pag#i|Bick:'tf the oversized trafficispil6d{(]ml^ alien Invasion isJspiit QhLf he whOte-irqaJn front of our county, coJjIffiiWooks lifs^ somethinig out of a Star. Wars movie and mialies uis all look like linsophlsticated bumpkins who havcf more stlinuiu^ money than we know what to dowlth.  ' ■ ^^ . 'i SEEIIIIORETALKBACK, 3A  AREA DEATHS  Albert Devi|te,M Augusta  I ' • 'I. ("'i. _"" ■, ' ,  SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS, 6A  mm  Calsndar,.. SC Living OnTlieQo, IK  Chlsslfltfds... ' SI Movie Listings..  Crossword:.'..- # Opinions,.. ■■ •1 "  Comics:.. ' ffi' Sports-.,, • •  Horo'sqppes,;., • ; ^, TV Lisilngs.... •  fl-V . >; ■■ aiv  Council to meet about funding for SPCAshelter  RYAMYBANTON   abanton@aikenstandard.com   Aiken City Council will discuss tonight how they will advance fiinds for a portion of the new SPCA building that the municipality will use for its stray animals.  City Council will conduct the first reading of an ordinance to advance capital sales tax funds by a reserve fund loan for the SPCA jointly-owned shelter construction.  The $1. imllion that thè City has committed toward the project will be drawn from capital sales tax money that was approved by residents in November.  The SPCA broke ground for its new Willow Run Road facility on May 19 and may need that funding by the fall. Since the tax money win not be av^lable until sometime in the 2011 -12 ifiscal year, the City will borrow the fiinds from the City's reserve funds, which will be paid back once the capital project sales tax money is made available, said City Manager Richard Pearce.  Pearce added that the City has done this before, citing when it advanced funds to purchase new mobile laptops for the Public Safety's patrol division officers.  SEE COUNCIL. 12A  SUBMITTED  CRAWLING WITH THE CRABS: Tony Mills of the Lowcountry Institute in Beaufort County works on a horseshoe crab marking project with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Mills is the former education outreach coordinator with the Savannah River Ecology Lab.  RYROBNOVIT   movit@aikenstandard.com   For many years, Tony Mills served as one of the "«ritto^' guys>-theSavannah Ecolo^ River education outreach coordinar- ' tor who brou^t alligators, snapping turtles, snakes and niore to Siousands of students in Aiken County classrooms and beyond.  He left SREL in 2007 to become the edu-c^onal director at the Lowcountry Institute, a nonprofit organization located on Spring ^ Island, an ecologically sensitive residential community and nature preserve between Brairfprt and Hiltoh Head.  According to its website, the institute seeks to "provide responsMe leadership in the conservation and use of Lowcountry natural resources."  'There are a lot of things I niiss about SREL," Mills said by telephone recentiy. "It was a'great experience, and I miss the people tiiere, but I've fovtod a home here, too."  He works with members of Spring Island and the sumounding community to give people an understanding of Port Royal Sound and how special that ^system is. Mills does more work now with marine invertebrates likeshaiks.  - "1 o^teach a master naturalist program, letting people learn about what they need to l^ow about being a natur^t in die Low-, «»uptry,'' he said. "We set traps and do birding and odier field idventures, so they can le^ wlpt it's like to be a naturalist. It's right down my^ey."  Anaturalist, Mills said^ should und^tand the creatures that are arptifld them--the plants and animals within an ecosystem. But he or she "miut also understand tfie relationship of hump's impact on that system," he said.  That effort includes professional development for teachers, ihcluding getting the mes-sag.^ across to students.  Beaufort Coimty is growing at a rapid rate, ^d its' reSidents must do what they can to pro-  "There are a lot of things I miss about SREL It was a great experience, and I miss the people there, but I've found a home here, too."  nmmm  former SREL education outreach coordinator  tect the environment, he said. Spring Island is a model for ecological development.  "It's a community thait livies in concert with what's already there," Mills said. "There are two big nature preserves that take up one-third of the island."  He is especially excited about his role as host of a new television show called "Coastal Kingdom," which is iii collaboration with Beaufort County and airs on the county'spac-cess TV channel.  "It's very local, telling people what tiiey have in the county," Mills sai4. "We've had shows On sharks and nocturnal creatures and how animals find mates. Also in the new few weeks, we'll have the entire show in HD quality online. It's really fun, and a lot of kids are watching it."  The website - wwwJowcountryinstitute.org - features a short segment posted on YouTube fix)m one of the productions.  On television. Mills displays the same kind of engaging , humorous and informative style that many Aiken County adults and kids will recall.  SEE MILLS, 12A  AMYBANTON/STAFF  LESSONS ON RECONCILIATION: The Rev. Mark Kiyimba spoke at Aiken Unitarian Universaiist Church on Sunday, sharing a message on tolerance for the homosexual community.  Ugandan shares message of hope^ tolerance toward homosexuality  RYAMYRANTON   abanton@aikenstandard.com   A piece of Uganda had a presence in Aiken Sunday morning, as Rev. Mark Kiyimba shared with residents a bit of insight into a country that is thousands of miles away.  Aiken Unitarian Universaiist Church invited Kiyimba, founder of the Unitarian Universaiist Church of Uganda, to speak at the Sunday service that moming.  With a strong voice, Kiyimba shared an even stronger message of love and tolerance. He discussed his primary school that helps more than 500 children and his children's home for AIDS orphans.  He also addressed the difficult subject of Uganda's anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender legislation.  SEEKmMRA,12A  lESTS TO VOTE IN THE I V MY PET CONTEST   

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