Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 25, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken C ity Council will review its fluondatkni practices at its regular n * eting tonight.
Councilman Dickl*cwar asked members to review fluoridation of the City 's water earlier this year after concern was addressed by several constituents. Once the announcement was made that the City was going to assess fluoridation, emails with information suggesting both possible health benefits and risks were sent to Council members and City officials.
The agenda packet for today ’$ meeting has almost 200 pages dedicated solely to int urination gathered about fluoride.
How will City Council make a decision with such a large amount of information both supporting and opposing fluoride in public water systems? City Manager Richard Pearce said Council will listen to both sides of the issue, and whether they take any action tonight will be Council’s decision.
“We want to make sure the information that we receive is accurate so that informed decisions can be made.’
The City of Aiken has been fluorinating its water since 1955. In 2008, the City was recognized by both the Department of Health and Environmental Control and local dentists for more than 50 years of fluorinating water, according to Pearce.
The Centers for Disease Control has considered fluorination one of the top IO greatest achievements in the 20th century in improv mg public health by preventing tooth decay.
Please Ma FLUORIDE, page 11A
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Staff photos by Suzanne Stone
A special Aiken-design pillow has been created a; a fundraiser for ACTS and will be on sale at select local businesses. From left are Cary Friedman, Jim Hanna, Katie Lipscomb, Gwen Schwalbe, Betsy Wilson-Mahoney and Vicki Bukovitz.
Aiken landmarks join forces for pillow benefiting ACTS
By SUZANNE R. STONE
Aiken is celebrating the 25th anniversary of ACTS in dow ny comfort w ith the creation and sale of a special commemorative pillow.
Project committee co-chairs Betsy Wilson-Mahoney and Owen Schwalbe designed and arranged for the construction of 200 Aiken-themed throw pillows, which will sell for $45; of that price, $25 goes directly to ACTS after recouping the construction costs of each pillow, according to Wilson-Mahoney.
“I did the design; it’s the downtown fountain, and the leaves are u stylized version of the tree arch over South Boundary, so it’s two iconic Aiken images,” she said. “Owen went to Katy Lipscomb at Material Things, and they found this fabulous IOO percent linen tab ne in taupe. I really like the black-on-neutral combination, it’ll look beautiful with anyone’s decor. Jim Hanna Sportswear printed the pillow front!*, and Cary Friedman at Aiken lndustnes constructed the pillow covers. We found down-filled pillow inserts, and we stuffed 200 pillow s in my garage last week.”
‘Other cities have done pillows commemorating their town,” said SehwalJie.
“It’s trendy,” added At TS Executive Director Vicki Bukovitz.
After next week, the pillows will be permanently on sale at The Studio, Three Monkeys, Nandina, Material Hungs, Barbara Sue Brodie Needleworks, and the ACTS Resale Store. Pillows can be purchased with cash or checks made out to ACTS, and the purchase price is tax-deductible; tax receipts are available upon request at the At TS offices on Park Avenue.
“I hope to sell 400 pillows in a year, w hich would be $10,000 profit straight lo At TS,” said Wilson-Mahoney
The pillow project is part ol ACTS’
> carking celebration of its 25th
Staff photo by Suzanne Stone Th* design on the pillow incorporates the downtown fountain with the oak tree arch of South Boundary Avenue.
Pillows to debut at various locations this week:
• Tuesday from 6 to 8 p m at the Willcox Inn
♦ Wednesday from 1 to 3 p m. at Three Monkeys on Laurens Street
* Thursday nom 11 a m. to 4 p.m. at Betsy Wilson-Mahoney s The
Studio on Hayne Avenue
• Friday from 3 to 7 p m. at Nandina Home & Design
* Saturday from 8 a rn to noon at the Aiken Farmers Market
* Sunday at several area churches
anniversary. Events honoring and promoting the multldcnormnational collaboration of local churches for the betterment of Aiken County's quality of life are planned throughout the year, including a reception on ACTS’ actual anniversary date, Aug. 4. at the At IS
For more information about the pillows, anniversary events or At I s community sen ices, call the ACTS offices at 642-5919.
Contact Suzanne Slams at ss tune'a aikenstandard cam
■ Cartoonist Al Goodwyn has advanced to the ninth of 10 rounds in national contest.
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
SRNL employee and freelance cartoonist Al Goodwyn is one step away from achieving something he’s been working at for more than 20 years, ami you can help make it happen for the Edgefield nam e.
In March, Goodwyn was featured in the Aiken Standard after he joined an online contest held by The Cartoonist Studio, a website that allows both amateur and established cartoonists to showcase their drawings for v icwers to sec The contest, whkh tarted with about I IO cartoonists, is now in the ninth round, and Goodwyn is still in the running. just one round away from being chosen by judges to win the ultimate prize: a development contract w ith a syndicate, which, if all goes well, could place Goodwyn’s drawings in front of millions of newspaper readers eyes across the country
There were so many very talented cartoonists entered that it was difficult to predict in the beginning how tar I might advance," said ( iood-wyn. “I thought I could make the top 30 but beyond that would be difficult but not impossible. Em very happy w ith my progress, and any -thing beyond where I am now will be icing.”
In an interview in March, Goodwyn said regardless of how tar he made it, he thoroughly enjoyed the competition
PIMM Me CARTOON, page 11A
For a sample of his work, turn to page HA,
Butcher shop owner remembered for virtues
By HALEY HUGHES
William Hastings Grice Sr. is remembered by his pastor as a “pure and simple salt-of-the-earth man.”
Grice, who went by Hastings to many people, passed away Saturday at the age of 82.
The Rev. Dr. Fred Andrea, pastor of Aiken’s First Baptist Church where Grice attended, knew the
local businessman for close to 20 years and considered him a person of character.
“He seasoned well the lives of so many individuals and the community. He was a remarkable man to the community, to family, God, the church and
the common good, Andrea said.
Once was born and raised in Aiken and worked as a butcher here for 51 years. He was the owner of Grice Butcher Shop, having served three generations of customers. He was also an avid golfer.
Andrea said he was glad to have known Grice for the man led by example and believed that any good work was done for the good
ol God Other friends echoed the same sentiments on Grice’s online obituary guest book, leaving remembrances ol him and condolences to the family.
“His kindness and gentle ways will live on through the beautiful legacies he leaves behind,” wrote Pat and Greg Robinson “I remember him as being the most nicest and kindest person you could
ever meet lie always had a big smile on his lace that would light up the day, wrote Kathy Williams-Adamv
A celebration of his life will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Andrea officiating. interment will follow in Bethany Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p m. today at Sheilhouse Funeral Home Inc., 924 Hayne Ave.