Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 30, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
M E MMR I A L DAY 2011
145 NO 150 • MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011 • YOUR LOCAL SOURCE SINCE 1867 • 50«
What will be closed today?
The following will De closed today in observance OI Memorial Day:
• Aiken Chamber of Commerce
• Aiken County Government offices
• City of Aiken government
• Department of Motor Vehicles
• Aiken County landfill and recycling centers
• Aiken County schools
• 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
Savannah River Banking Company
SRP Federal Credit Union S C. State Credit Union
Aiken Technical College will be open, and classes will be held at USO Aiken.
To save a mockingbird
Staff photo by Amy Stanton
Hannah Price spends time with Chicken Nugget a baby mockingbird she and her mother found several weeks ago.
■ 12-year-dd whose father is deployed in Iraq gives bird second chance.
By AMY BANTON
As one of Hannah Price’s brothers was finishing Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” tor class, she was busy saving one.
T he 12*ycar-old Kennedy Middle School student and her mother, I Kris, 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 v ersion of an adult northern mockingbird as it has begun to sprout tail and wing feathers, dev eloping
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 (rom a frantic mother.
C hris 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 dict 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 iii their yard, Chris said.
“It's amazing how fast they grow,” Chris said.
For the last three weeks,
I lannah 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 to keep it outside as much as possible.
PIMM see BIRO, page 16A
DeMarc Jordan Ginyard,
Tommy Brodie Gantt
Deaths and Funerals
Drain defect causes issues for pools, spas nationally
■ Houndslake pool unaffected by potential hazard.
By JENNIFER MILLER
Three years atter swim* ming 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 Com* mission announced the recall because of incorrect w ater 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 drams 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 new s release that the recalled dram covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard. They were manufactured between
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