The Lower Columbia Preservation Society plans a workshop on electricity later this month.

"If your lights blink when your refrigerator turns on, if you blow fuses or circuit breakers, or if your wiring system is called 'knob and tube,' this workshop is important and will be informative for anyone who owns a historic home," said coordinator Fred White.

The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Flavel House Museum, on Eighth Avenue between Duane and Exchange streets in Astoria. People should meet behind the museum, below the Carriage House. The workshop is free for LCPS members, and $5 for nonmembers. Individuals wishing to join the organization and attend the workshop may do so at the workshop for an additional $5.

Participants will receive answers to their questions from a professional electrician experienced with historic structures, and learn how to map out electrical circuits to determine the load each carries, how to make an old wiring system safer, and how to upgrade and modernize in a historically compatible way. For more information about the workshop, call 338-6822 after 5 p.m.

The Lower Columbia Preservation Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to "preserve, protect and promote the historic architecture in the Lower Columbia region." Membership in the organization is open to everyone. For information on membership, call (503) 325-1892, after 5 p.m.

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