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Faces and Places

  • 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.

  • Phone call gave family sense of peace

    One of my favorite memories of Christmas was December 2002. Each year, when my family gets together on Christmas Eve, we have a small memorial service for our family members who have passed away. We read a special poem, say their names aloud and light candles for each member. It is very emotional and special.

  • Memories made at parade
  • Living 'Moment by Moment'

    “I’m just committed to living my life moment by moment according to the principles in God’s word.”
    That simple but profound sentence, spoken by Lee Anne Genix at a Sunday school class in 1999, drew Ben Barry to his future wife. Freshly divorced, Ben was not looking for love that day but still felt drawn to her.

  • Can binge watching be good for you?

    It’s time for me to face facts, I’m the very definition of a television fanatic.
    It’s been that way since I was a child, growing up during the 1980s and 90s, watching all sorts of TV shows and made-for-TV movies with my parents.