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Thomasons’ yard has Southern charm and plenty of room to relax

Yard of the Month

By Sherry Archie

Dragon wing begonias steal the show at the home of Cain and Anita Thomason at 1049 Edgemont Drive in Lancaster. They also caught the eyes of Betsy Folks and Sheila Robertson, members of The Lancaster Garden Club, who selected the Thomason yard as the Yard of the Month for August.


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July Yard of the Month

Knights’ garden is like music

By Sherry Archie

An orchestra seems to make music flow with harmonies and crescendos; sometimes a beautiful solo will steal the show.  The carefully planned musical piece provides continuous entertainment.  


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Remembering Andy Griffith

By W.B. Evans

Betcha my Independence Day was pretty much like the one you just celebrated. Well, maybe not.

The grilled steaks and sweet iced tea were good, but the July 3 death of Andy Griffith sorta dampened my enthusiasm. I opted to watch the fireworks going off over the Mall in Washington, D.C., via TV.

I did feel sorry for the folks in San Diego and seeing how their July 4 fireworks popped at one time.

It reminded me of the time my son tossed a match on the box of firecrackers, roman candles and sparklers.


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Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2012, is designated by President Barack Obama as Women’s Equality Day. As the anniversary of the 19thamendment, granting women the right to vote, it is fitting to celebrate the many strides the Nation has made towards equality over the past 92 years.
On August 24, Dr. Charmaine W. Stradford of Lancaster will travel to Germany by invitation to be the guest speaker for the US Army Garrison Equal Opportunity Program. She is the wife of John E. Stradford Sr. of Lancaster.


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Center welcomes Virginia Burgess and Tamara Carver

Welcome Center gets fresh faces

By Michele Roberts

Two new smiling faces will now greet visitors to the Lancaster County Welcome Center, located inside the restored historic courthouse at 100 N. Main Street.
The center was formerly run by Sylvia Hudson, who retired in mid-June.
“The full-time position was broken into two part-time positions,” said Debbie Hardin, clerk to Lancaster County Council and administrative assistant for the county.


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Carbone reduces her carbon footprint

Roll with the changes

By Laura Caskey

In the mornings and afternoons on Meeting Street, amongst the cars and trucks, you may see something unexpected.
Susan Carbone, a bookkeeper at Lancaster County Library, makes her daily commute from her home to the library on a Segway.
“I live in Lancaster, so the trip is only about four miles one way, and you can use it on sidewalks and cut corners to reduce the miles,” Carbone said.


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Alzheimer specialist Teema Snow plans Charlotte seminar

Alzheimer’s workshop offers help for families

By Jane Alford

Jo Ann Koffman, 76, of Indian Land recently lost her husband of 55 years to Alzheimer’s disease.
Boyd Koffman, 82, died May 21 after a long painful year for the Koffman family.
Koffman said her husband wasn’t diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until his death.
But it’s a common problem among the elderly. One in eight seniors over age 65 and one in two over age 80 years have Alzheimer’s, said Seth Zamek, owner/executive director of the Senior Helpers office in Fort Mill. About 5.3 million Americans have it.


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DNR encourages South Carolina residents to enrich their summer by feeding hummingbirds

Feeding summer hummingbirds provides entertainment and beauty

Hummingbirds, which artist John J. Audubon called “glittering fragments of the rainbow,” are once again darting around flowers and feeders in South Carolina, say state natural resources officials.


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Harpers’ yard full of the colors of summer

Yard of the Month: Colors of summer are all around

By Sherry Archie

This year, shades of pink and orange are popular in everything from clothes to flowers. That’s what makes the yard of Cynthia and Jerry Harper at 2657 Quiet Acres Road so appealing. It is filled with all the colors of summer including those vibrant pinks and oranges. Having a well kept yard filled with flowers has always been a passion for Cynthia. With flower gardens designed throughout the yard, Cynthia makes sure they are laden with a blend of color from perennials and annuals.


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Strengthen plants this season with a new tool for gardeners

Melinda Myers
Horticulturist
As gardeners well know, there are plenty of challenges our landscapes will face throughout the growing season. Heat, drought, pests and disease can take their toll on our plants, causing wilting, brown leaves, damaged plants and even plant death. Fortunately, gardeners now have a new organic tool for growing healthy, productive, and beautiful landscapes all season long.


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