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Faces and Places

  • EMS has made me a better medic, person

    I became an EMT so that I could pay it forward. When I was 21, I had two small children and was a widow, due to a tragic accident. I don’t  remember a lot about the day my husband was killed, but the one thing that I do remember was an EMT held my hand, hugged my neck and stayed with me until my  family got to hospital. The very same EMT came to the funeral to pay respect.
    Three years later my, mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and died. Once again, I had another experience with another EMT.

  • Mom wanted to set example for her sons

    In the fall of 2006, I was the stay-at-home mother of two boys – Matt, 12, and Mason, 4. With my youngest child starting kindergarten the following year, I felt it was time for me to think about going back to work. Most of my work experience was in retail, and frankly, I had no desire to return to it. This was a new opportunity to me, and I wanted a career – not just a job, but a career that would set a good example for my boys and make them proud of their mom.

  • Join us for Red Rose Festival fun

    Downtown Lancaster is celebrating the arrival of spring on May 18 and 19 with the Red Rose Festival. Now in its third year, the rain-or-shine festival offers a chance to come to relax with great music, food and activities.
    Events include outdoor concerts, arts, crafts, a kids zone, car show, karate showcase and Radio Disney fun, along with roaming entertainment and more.
    Join us from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 18, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster.

  • McDonald Green School presents Healthy Living workshop

    McDonald Green Elementary held a family workshop at the school on March 27.
    Workshop sessions included Healthy Living presented by Michael Owens, the school’s physical education teacher. Technology to raise academic achievement for the 21st Century was presented by Lesley Saxon, the school’s computer lab manager and Social Networking was presented by Shandra Hall, school counselor.
    The school’s Beta Club members served as greeters and assembled personal care packages, that included items donated by Gilliam Dentistry.

  • Council of the Arts’ 2012 gala set for May 12

    Nonprofit organizations like the Lancaster County Council of the Arts depend on the good will of others to be able to carry out their mission in the community. Those of us who love and believe in our work in the not-for-profit sector delight in the shared experiences provided for and by our community “family” members. This month’s column will highlight many of the cultural opportunities and events we hope you will share with us.

    Arts gala on May 12

  • Church honors its ‘foundation’

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    Members of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church gathered April 14 to pay tribute to the eldest members of the church, with a program entitled “Remembering Our Past, Honoring Our Present, and Celebrating Our Future.”
    Eleven members of the congregation, ranging in age from 82 to 96, were honored during the program. They  include Huretta White, Beulah Benson, Burnez Brown, Carrie L. Waiters, Almetta Cunningham, Creola Moses, Idell Waiters, Charlie Smith, Oscar Hall and Jerry Mingo.

  • The Hinson Girls Pick and Win at RenoFest

    By Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News
    The Hinson Girls went to Hartsville and came home state bluegrass champions.
    The four sisters – Katelyn, 12, on mandolin and lead vocals, 14-year-old twins Allison and Melissa on banjo and bass, and Kristin, 17, on guitar and fiddle – won the band contest at RenoFest on the fourth weekend of March.
    The festival is named for Don Reno, a bluegrass legend from South Carolina.

  • Sherrill turns ‘What if?’ into a novel

    By Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    It only takes watching the 6 o’ clock news or picking up a copy of the newspaper on any given day to find out that some sort of violence has taken place somewhere in the county, state, country or some other part of the world.
    But what if violent tendencies were not limited to just select members of the population? What if every individual in the world gave in to thoughts and acts of violence? One local author considered that fact, and wrote a book in which such an apocalyptic situation becomes real.

  • Summers crosses balloon ride off her bucket list

    Jackie Summers has never been on a hot air balloon ride before, so she added that to her bucket list. On the morning of April 13 she got her wish.
    Robert Summers set up the event for his wife, who has a form of cancer. Robert brought a Relay for Life sign with the words “Doctor Driver” to take with them in the basket.

  • 12-Week Challenge heads into final leg

    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
    We just finished week seven of the challenge and while I am still so happy I did this, I am realizing why it is called a “challenge” now.