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PAGE 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 by Prof. Edmund TurieUo A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Allows Public to Report and Track Pothole Repairs AUGUSTUS' PERSONALITY In his physical make-up, Augustus was about average size, but very well proportioned. He had yellowish brown hair, bright lively eyes, was con- sidered to be a very hand- some and graceful man, but not the least bit particular about the grooming of his hair or beard. He would usually read or write as he sat in the barber's chair while several barbers worked in a hurry. His beard was either clipped or shaved, whichever suited his mood at the time. His five feet, nine inches in height was not very notice- able unless a taller person was standing next to him. His body was covered with birthmarks and spots. Numer- ous callous spots were evi- dent as a result of the vig- orous use of the strigil. This was a medal or bone instrument used by the Greeks and Romans to scrape the skin after a bath. He slept a total of about seven hours a night, but awoke three or four times. During sleepless periods, he often sent for readers or storytellers, and would never lie awake in the dark without having someone sit at the side of the bed. In his personal living habits, Augustus was fairly moderate. He used the same bedroom in summer and in winter. For private activity and freedom from interruption, he used an attic room, which he called "technyphion" or little workshop. He vacationed in towns near Rome, such as Lanuvium, Praeneste, or Tibur, and dis- liked large country villas. A villa that his granddaughter built was burned to the ground because it was considered lavish. It's a toilet. Not a trash can. Only flush toilet paper and bodily waste down the toilet. He had an extremely calm and mild nature, which at one time even softened the heart of a conspirator who was about to push him off a cliff as they were crossing the Alps. Constant attention was given to his deli- cate health during middle age, a factor which enabled him to lead a full life up to age 76. He survived all of his illnesses by moderation in every activity. Records indicate that he often used the sauna and took hot salt water or sulphur baths, but never visited a "Salone di Massaggiof During his lifetime, he was plagued with a number of serious illnesses, including abscesses of the liver, catarrh, and rheumatism. He complained of bladder pains, but was great- ly relieved after passing some stones. In his later years, he was also greatly affected by cold or heat. During winter months he wore four tunics, a heavy toga, an undershirt, a woolen chest protector, wraps for his thighs, and a fur-lined "asago Balterus." In summer, he slept in an open court near a fountain while fanners worked in re- lays. He always wore a broad- brimmed hat in the open air, and did all of his traveling at night in a litter. After becoming too old for horseback riding, his outdoor activity was confined to fishing, playing pass ball (catch), balloon ball, dice, marbles, and nuts. NEXT ISSUE: Augustus the Literarian The Massachusetts Depart- ment of Transportation (Mass- DOT) has announced that it is in the process of expanding its new, innovative pothole in- formation program which was piloted in areas of Central and Western Massachusetts over the past year and includes an online MassDOT Potholes Dashboard that provides data to the public. This user-friendly dashboard includes a map that details pothole locations and size, the number of potholes filled, the type of material used, and the total approximate cost. (Please see above image of the MassDOT Potholes Dashboard.) MassDOT can also use this data when making capital in- vestments decisions to focus our resources on roads and areas that require consistent pothole repair and manage our assets in a cost-effective man- ner that prevents emergency pothole repairs. "MassDOT is pleased this program has been successful thus far, and we are continu- ing to expand this innovative approach across the state," said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. "By engaging the public, we gain the advantage of quicker response and repair times, which trans- lates to safer, more efficient travel for everyone who uses the Commonwealth's roads." "This online dashboard show- cases firsthand how dollars are being spent and enables us to make more informed deci- sions regarding our resources and capital investments," said MassDOT Highway Administra- tor Thomas J. Tinlin. "Mass- DOT is committed to customer service and this public engage- ment and this information tool illustrate the daily efforts of our staff to make roads safe for travel. It allows us to better monitor road conditions and repairs, and then we are able to use this data when determining where we should initiate road reconstruction and resurfacing projects to ensure our trans- portation systems remain safe and reliable." The pothole repair program also includes a field application through which MassDOT road crews can input data outlining the date, time, cost and materi- als used to repair potholes. The data collection structure uses MassDOT's GIS systems to es- tablish an interactive webpage. Once entered, that information then becomes viewable in real- time to the public via the online dashboard. The program has been suc- cessfully piloted in the Spring- field and Worcester areas and MassDOT will expand the ser- vice to the remaining districts over the next several months. MassDOT expects the appli- cation to be implemented in Western Massachusetts near the New York border, South- eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands within the next month, and to the 1-495 belt, North Shore, and Boston Metropolitan Area months later. While it is not possible to track all repairs and activity, data coUected during the pilot program shows that MassDOT made at least 310 pothole repairs on 1-90, (the Massa- chusetts Turnpike), between Sturbridge and Weston in 2016, and has conducted about 210 pothole repairs between Spring- field and Weston from January to February 17, 2017. Potholes can be reported through MassDOT's Pothole Hotline number at 857-368- 6999. Potholes can also be reported to MassDOT by call ing 857-DOT-INFO (857-368- 4636) or 877-MA-DOT-GOV (877-623-6846) or by contact- hag MassDOT online at http:// www. raassdot.state, ma. us / ContactUs.aspx# Contact. Pot- holes can also be reported to the State or local police who will contact MassDOT with the report. This information can also be found on our blog at https: / / trans- portation/ massdot-highway/ see-a-pothole-contact-massdot/. Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530