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Today's topic: day tripping

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Day tripping doesn't have to involve many miles and a whole day. It can be done as close by as Crystal River.

For instance, Florida Power Corp. invites you to "Explore Our World of Energy" at the Power Place. Here information is provided about electricity, nuclear power and other energy-related issues.

You'll have an opportunity to meet Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Enrico Fermi, the father of the atomic age. An energy time-line showcases important developments from the time Ben Franklin slipped a key onto a kite string to prove that lightning is electricity up through the first sustained nuclear chain reaction, which was initiated by Enrico Fermi.

But don't think you'll get away with being a passive viewer. Instead, be prepared to became an active participant. How much electrical energy does it take to power a curling iron or a food processor? Find out by creating the energy yourself. You'll test your pedal power aboard a bicycle generator when you learn how to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy.

You can control a nuclear reactor by moving the control rods into and out of a simulated reactor. Discover our radioactive world as a Geiger counter measures low-level radioactivity from the natural elements in our environment.

This is just the beginning of the lessons to be learned and the fun to be had at the Power Place, and it's free. To get there follow U.S. 19 north of Crystal River to Power Line Road, turn left on Power Line Road. Follow it to the Visitor's Center just before the gate to the power plant. The exhibit is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Groups may arrange evening or Saturday visits by calling (904) 563-4490.

In conjunction with the Pumpkin Festival at Heritage Village on Saturday, the Coastal Heritage Museum, 523 Citrus Ave. in Crystal River, is opening a new exhibit called "Apron Strings." A variety of aprons including grandma's wedding apron, many workmen's aprons and children's aprons are among those on display through Oct. 30.

Also to be seen is a diorama of Citrus Avenue as it was in 1927, old medical equipment, a three-sided street light and many artifacts of life in the area at the turn of the century. Learn how pencils were made when the making of pencil blanks from local cedar wood was a prime occupation in Citrus County.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is reached from U.S. 19 N in Crystal River. Turn left onto Citrus Avenue and it is in the old town hall. For information call 795-1755.

The last word

"We were delighted, because it was a real need."

_ Roberta Long, principal at Inverness Primary School, commenting on plans to build a guardrail between the school playground and Highland Boulevard.

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