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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 5, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina FRIDAY, AUGUST 5,2011 VOL. 145, HO. 217 • 500Dow has worst drop since 20081 TIAYOUR LOCAL SOUPCF SINCE 1867 Public Safety to send alerts via Twitter, Facebook BY KAREN DAILY [email protected] TODAY’S FORECAST 95’ C gf 74° SEE WEATHER, IOC IN THE NEWS SUBMITTED PHOTO The Levine Center for the Arts opens in Charlotte Dr. Tom Mack explores the Mint Museum Uptown and the Beetler Museum of Modern Art in the Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte. SEE LOCAL NEWS 2C STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT CELEBRATING 25: Cutting the ribbon at ACTS’ 25th-anniversary rededication ceremony Thursday are, from left, Executive Director Vicki Bukovitz, Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh, former First Presbyterian Church pastor and guest speaker Bill Johnston and ACTS’ board chair Beth Barkhau. ACTS celebrates 25th anniversary BY ROB NOVIT    ' [email protected]    Read    about    a    family    who    volunteers together at ACTS on page 3A. Heat wave continues BY KAREN DAILY [email protected] Heat index values are expected to push the mercury past the century mark again this weekend as the South continues to labor through a heat wave. Expect a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon today as skies remain partly cloudy. The National Weather Serv ice is reporting highs expected near 96 degrees today with a heat index value as high as 106 degrees. The chance of precipitation is near 40 percent today. New rainfall amounts are expected to measure between 0.1 and 0.25 of an inch. Overnight lows will hover near 75 degrees. The chance of precipitation will still remain around 40 percent. Saturday skies are expected to remain mostly cloudy, with a high near 94. Heat index values may climb as high as 105. Overnight lows are expected to drop into the mid 70s. The first possible cooldown may come Friday, as skies remain sunny, with a high SEE HOT 16A STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT First Steps helps area students prepare for kindergarten North Aiken and East Aiken School of the Arts students participated in a “Countdown to Kindergarten" transition program to ready them for school. SEE LOCAL NEWS 2A \ TALKBACK Republican winning • Everything I bear Is always against Republicans. Don’t they know Republicans want to let this country live without fear of dictatorship? To execute an idea doesn’t mean to kill it. Washington, DC., has a group of people who agree with Vince Lombardi’s principal that winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. SEE MORE TALKBACK 3A FOCUS RN YOH View photos from local events online at Look through recent albums of community events and order photos. AREA DEATHS Annie “Blonde!!” Hall Fulmer, Aiken Edith J. Percival, Jackson Lorena Bell Whalen, Aiken Willie J. Dixon Williston SEE DEATHS AND FUNERALS 6A INSIDE Calendar...... 3C Movie Listings 3C Classifieds.. ID Opinions............ ISA Crossword SC Sports................. 1B Comics......... 4C World News....... 14A Hnrnsnnnes .....5C TV Listings......... ?C Living On The Go 1C Weather IOC a 'HI3 4009*0000 f®** In the mid-1980s, the late Pat Bisschop - then a First Presbyterian Church elder -started a clothes closet that quickly ran out of space. As the Rev. William Johnston, the pastor at the time, recalls, Bisschop came to him with a grand idea the establishment of a program to help those in need that would be supported by area churches. I had already been a minister for 25 years,” he said. “Pat had a passion for doing these kinds of things, so I drew up a design for an unnamed ministry. We gave it the best shot we had.” Indeed they did. Their v tsion became Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS), and the nonprofit ministry was dedicated on Aug. 4, 1986. Now retired, Johnston participated in the rededication of the organization on its 25th anniversary Thursday. In 2010 alone, Aiken residents prov ided more than 29,000 volunteer hours, 3,765 units of clothing and donations of housewares, furniture, food and bread/baked goods. Starting with 20 member churches, ACTS now gets support from around 67 churches. Churches are always joining the effort. “ACTS became so helpful to people, and we could also do it in such a way to meet those needs by working together,” Johnston said. “There are a cross-section of churches that are here to carry out the ministry of feeding the hungry. Cod bless you and keeping continuing with this ministry.” Without Johnston and Bisschop, ACTS might not be what it is today, said Vicki Bukov it/, executive director for the past eight years. The early years were challeng- BY ANNA D0LIANITIS [email protected] A plan announced this week by the National Nuclear Security' Administration hopes to improve efficiency and reduce costs by consolidating the Savannah River Site’s tritium facilities. Through the Tritium Responsive Infra- * structure Modification program, the NNSA plans to consolidate the work done in the site’s three 1950s-era control rooms and into the two newer facilities on-site, according to Department of Energy spokesperson Jim Giusti. “The plan involves looking at a number of ways to do dungs more efficiently in the tritium facilities to reduce costs and then reinvest that cost into work that is currently not part of the scope of the budget,” Giusti said. “We’re looking at how we can save money, and, instead of trying to upgrade older facilities and extend their lives, we’re trying to consolidate and do the proper business plan- Meet the executive director • Vicki Bukovitz has served as the executive director of ACTS since 2003. She served on the ACTS Board of Directors from 2000 until 2003. • From 1998 to 2003, Bukovitz worked at United Way of Aiken County heading up Project VISION, and initiated a year-round program for home repairs for low-income and disabled people. • Bukovitz, a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, came to Aiken from Pittsburgh, Pa., via Jacksonville, Fla. and Newport News, Va. • Bukovitz is married to her husband Jim and has two children and three grandchildren mg, as donations were scarce in dealing with the many needs. The ACTS Board bought the existing facility in 1995, and new policies and procedures were developed over the years. “We have a high volume of new clients,” Bukovitz said. “Sadly, the economy is rn mug for the facilities that we know have a long-term life.” The TRIM program plans to consolidate facilities, deploy new technology and demolish and remove old buildings as part of the NNSA’s mission “to turn a Cold War nuclear Aiken Public Safety has activated a Face-book page and Tw mer account to keep residents up-to-date with realtime crime, traffic and public safety alerts. Aiken Public Safety Cpl. Jeremy Hembree said Tw mer fol-lowers should folow Aik-enDPS SC and search for Aiken Department of Public Safety on Face-book. “We w ant to let people know if there are major traffic delays or road closures but also ally news the public needs to be made aw are of,” he said. Over the weekend, before the Tw mer account was activated, the City of Aiken dosed a portion of Whiskey Road to repair a broken water main and then diverted traffic a second tune after a power pole snapped during a motor vehicle crash. Those are the type of c\ ents that will be tweeted to followers, Hembree explained. The police corporal said the department doesn’t intend to send out daily tweets or bombard its followers with messages. weapons complex into a 21st-century nuclear security enterprise,” according lo an NNSA press release. SRS’ tritium facilities take up about 29 SEE TRITIUM 16A EE ACTS 16A SEE TWEETS, 16A SRS plans to consolidate tritium facilities SUBMITTED PHOTO CONSOLIDATING FACILITIES: The Tritium Extraction Facility in the Savannah River Site’s H area began operating in 2007. Stay up to date with whats happening in Aiken; follow the Aiken Department of Public Safety on Twitter @AikenDPS_SC. ;