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Mason bees excellent pollinators, require little attention

Native Bees

Angelo Sciulli
For The Lancaster News
The word “bee” usually makes people think of the honeybee. However, honeybees, Apis mellifora, were imported from Europe by the early colonists for their honey. The wild colonies of honeybees in North America are a result of the bees’ tendency to swarm.


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12-Week Challenge down to the wire

Editor’s note: The Lancaster News is tracking the progress of Katie Stogner and Jeff Holden as they undertake the Island Sun Tanning and Fitness 12-week Challenge for 2012. Here is their third progress report. You can also follow their progress at stevelewisplan.com.
Katie’s story


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SeraphSong comes to First Baptist

First Baptist Church
SeraphSong: The Singing Women of South Carolina will be in concert at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Market St.
SeraphSong members present the ministry of Christ through music. The purpose is to glorify God by providing choral experiences of excellence that encourage worship, provide leadership training and offer fellowship among women in ministry in South Carolina Baptist churches, according to organizers.


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Regrouping furniture, adding few enhancements creates a cozy porch

Take pride in your porch

By Sherry Archie

Sherry Archie
For The Lancaster News
This time of year, our thoughts turn toward spending more time outside enjoying the welcome warmer temperatures of spring. As the daylight hours slowly extend, many homeowners are finding creative ways to turn their patios and porches into outdoor living spaces. Decorating magazines and sale papers are filled with ideas to add comfortable seating and accessories to create your own outdoor room.


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Jam’n for a Cure March 23

Lancaster Women’s Club
The Lancaster Women’s Club will sponsor Jam’n for a Cure from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. March 23 at Famdamily’s Restaurant and Tavern, 1227 Great Falls Highway.
Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.
Featured bands include A Few Shots Down, The Pam Taylor Band, Eight Oh Tree and Element. Dance music will be provided by DJ J Dub. There will also be a raffle for several prizes.


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Annual celebration at state park is March 24

Step back in time at AJ birthday party

Andrew Jackson                         State Park
Andrew Jackson State Park will host the annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items now sold in retail stores were made by hand during President Andrew Jackson’s time.


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Learn your risk of diabetes at USCL Diabetes Alert Day

University of South Carolina Lancaster
University of South Carolina Lancaster Diabetes Education Clinic, Carolina Literacy Network and the Catawba Lions Club are sponsoring a health screening for Diabetes Alert Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center on Hubbard Drive.
In 2011, the American Diabetes Association encouraged Americans to Join the Millions challenge and more than 600,000 people took the diabetes risk test.


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Lawn aeration improves grass, pasture quality

Loosen up the lawn

Gregory A. Summers
gsummers@thelancasternews.com
The secret of a beautiful lawn isn’t always found in a barrel of chemicals or a bag of expensive grass seed.
Sometimes, it’s found in a barrel-shaped roller with spikes on it that penetrate the ground or hollow cylinders that extract cores or plugs of soil.


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Council of garden clubs selects Justice Java

February Yard of the Month

By Sherry Archie

Just steps away from the busy hubbub of the Lancaster County Courthouse and County Administration buildings, Justice Java offers a quiet getaway.  


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Take advantage of mild weather to cut energy costs

Beat the cold to the punch

By Greg Summers

Winter weather is always a “scratch-your-head-to-figure-it-out” riddle. After last year’s colder than normal temperatures, many expected more of the same in early 2012.


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