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One-stop shop at Artisans Holiday Market on Dec. 5 shop

Cherry Doster
Avant Garde Center for the Arts


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Great guns and gifts for outdoorsmen (and women)

By Julie Graham

If you are on-target, a gun could be the No. 1 gift for the outdoor-lover in your life.
A hot spot at the holidays is Van Wyck Sporting Goods, located at 5219 Old Hickory Road in Van Wyck. The store carries a large selection of rifles and handguns as well as the Uncle Henry line of knives.
“A lot of people want to upgrade their guns and scopes, and it makes for a great Christmas gift,” said Tommy Foster, who manages the store with his brother, Roger.


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Movie toys top children’s wish lists this year

Jolly Old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way...

By Julie Graham

Toys from the movies “Star Wars,” “Frozen,” “Minions” and “Jurassic World” are covering the shelves at local stores and are projected favorites for kids this year.
It’s the most wonderful time of year for retailers as holiday spending is expected to reach a new average high of $805.65 per person on food items, decorations, gifts and more, up from $802.45 in 2014, according to a National Retail Federation survey.


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Shop locally for the holidays

By The Staff

Shopping is a big part of the holiday season, when families and friends gather to reconnect and exchange gifts. The benefits of shopping locally go beyond convenience and the chance to reduce your carbon footprint. Shopping locally this holiday season can directly benefit your community and the people who call it home.


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Guest Column: Honor your own heroes on Veterans Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I came to an end and the Armistice with Germany went into effect. From this day forward, Nov, 11 was known as Armistice Day.


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'In these 3 days I have lived a lifetime'

Charles M. Blackwelder’s family found the small tin box in his Indian Land home after the World War II Marine veteran died last March.
It contained a photo of a Japanese soldier, two books printed in Japanese and a small journal. Each item was stamped “EXAMINED IN THE FIELD – PASSED BY JOINT INTELLIGENCE.”
The journal’s first seven pages were written in Japanese, but the next 13 were in English with the heading “Dear Diary.”


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Robert Brasington’s shadow box casts a long shadow for his younger brother

‘The Strong One’

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Some military heroes coach youth ball teams, are church ushers and even bag groceries, with few outside their immediate families ever aware of their actions.
That’s especially true of Vietnam-era veterans who just don’t talk about their service, while their military records remain relatively unknown.
When it comes to talking about Vietnam, Robert Brasington was like many of his fellow servicemen.


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Sun City salutes World War II vets

Beverly Lane Lorenz
For The Lancaster News


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Guest Column: ‘Hercules’ flies mercy mission in 1966

This is a story of an airplane, one of three, in my opinion, of the most used aircraft in the U.S. military. The first two are the B-52, called the BUFF, and the DC-3/C-47, the Gooney Bird or “Puff, the Magic Dragon” as it was known during the Vietnam War.  
My story is about the C-130 “Hercules” and one mission.  


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Military-style workout

Train Hard, Eat Healthy

In honor of our veterans today, I am going to share with you a military-style workout so you can get in great shape and get a taste of a soldier's routine.
This will give you a small idea of how hard they work for us.  I have been around many veterans in my day, and what I notice about most is no matter whether they are active duty, reserve or retired, they have adopted the habit of still being early birds. Many scientific studies have shown that rising early has lots of health and fitness benefits.


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