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Faces and Places

  • Harris takes foot care to Nigeria

    Dr. William Harris IV is a beloved husband, father, son and a podiatrist with Carolina Podiatry Group in Lancaster and Indian Land. Behind the persona of the soft-spoken bow-tie-wearing doctor beats the warm heart of a man of international good will.
    Only after being prompted by several of his patients did Dr. Harris agree to talk with me about his trip last year to Lagos, Nigeria, to train local health-care professionals.

  • Garden club provides garden therapy

    The Lancaster Garden Club brought songs, sunshine and smiles to 90 clients at the Chester-Lancaster Board of Disabilities & Special Needs on Thursday.
    The garden club sponsored its annual “Garden Therapy” event, which included a hot dog lunch and the gift of a planted petunia to take home.
    Club President Carolyn Tolson said more than half of the club’s 34 members were on hand to help and share a little therapy from nature with the adults with developmental disabilities.  

  • Lester Belk smiles for a reason

    Keona Ballard
    For The Lancaster News

    Lester Belk smiles a lot.
    He smiles when you ask him about how his relationship with his wife changed since he began dialysis.
    “Going through all of this made me and my wife’s relationship stronger,” Belk said. “She was always by my side, no matter what or no matter how tired she was.”

  • Arts Scene: March is Youth Art Month

    March is Youth Art Month, and the Springs House Galleries on West Gay Street will be filled with artwork by our very own Lancaster County School District students. 
    Also, the Main Street banners and art cubes on the Springs House lawn are there for all to see and enjoy.  
    These projects are a huge collaboration of our Kennedy Center Partnership, which is coordinated by local sculptor Bob Doster. We are most grateful for all the support. Please visit the galleries in the upcoming days to see the creativity shown by our children.

  • Veterans honored with Quilts of Valor

    When members of the Quilt A Holics quilting group found themselves looking for a new project, they chose to make a Quilt of Valor. Members made blocks on their own, then they put them together to form a quilt.
    Since June 2015, the group has made five quilts.
    These quilts were presented on Wednesday to Sun City residents and World War II veterans Fred Banks, Pat Cassetta, Donald Comstock, Jack Shumaker and Dollie Steele.

    Fred Banks

  • Traveler shares memories of cross-country trip

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    Imagine setting out on a trip to visit family, and six months later having visited all four corners of the United States.
    That’s what happened to Sally Southerland of Lancaster and her husband, Jimmie, who completed the journey of over 22,000 miles in 2010. They set out on a trip to visit Jim’s father in Key West, Fla. Riding together on a single motorcycle that Jim had rebuilt, they soon were on a grand adventure. 


  • I have found a terrific place to hang out

    Whether you are rich or poor, we all share one task – a trip to the garbage dump, also known as a county convenience site in today’s politically correct terms.
    I have my very own, personal facility, which I frequently share with my neighbors and a few out of staters who prefer the dump to the shoulders of a county road.
    I didn’t always have my site.  At first, it was just a tract of land covered in weeds. Then it was developed into a nice brick grammar school. You know, one of those “neighborhood schools.”

  • Coffee, snuff just what Granny needed

    Granny Summers’ small New Cut house was built on a foundation of love that glowed every Christmas.

    A widow since before my birth, she didn’t have much, but she had Jesus, and to her, that was all that mattered. She passed on that sort of love – one that gives and not takes – to her children and 16 grandchildren. It molded us and continues to shape our lives.

    So what do you get someone who doesn’t need anything for Christmas?

  • Jewelry box still a treasure

    One of my favorite Christmas memories is of my father and the last Christmas with him.

    Every Christmas my brothers, sisters and I were allowed to choose one thing we wanted for Christmas. I wanted a Cinderella watch more than anything.

    When Christmas Eve came we went to bed at 5 p.m. because we were told Santa would not come until we were asleep. I could not sleep because all I could think about was the beautiful Cinderella watch I was going to get. My older sister had to read to us to help us to go to sleep.

  • Children reveal Christmas magic

    I have my share of Christmas memories, and these are ones I recall about my children, Caroline and Jackson, in their childhood.

    When Jackson was a youngster, one Christmas Day I asked him about Christmas Eve night. I asked if he slept well with all the anticipation of the big day with Santa’s visit to our home.

    Jackson said he did wake up during the night and peered out his window.

    To my surprise, I wondered aloud what he saw out on our lawn.