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Faces and Places

  • Shannon Wessinger

    By Tom Didato
    Special to The Lancaster News

    Editor’s note: This story was first printed in the (Camden) Chronicle-Independent and is reprinted here with their permission.

    Sometimes she carries her arms in her backpack. But Shannon Wessinger still wears her heart on her sleeve.

  • Remember When: I’ll just let ol’ Tiger sleep it off

    Lancaster folks were a bit antsy the last week of October 1940.
    All of this war stuff was taking a toll.

    James Williams of Route 4 and Henry Flynn of Elm Street were among the first soldiers whose draft numbers were drawn from a fish bowl in Washington, D.C., that week.

    It had been a tough week. Friday night’s weather had messed up the football game between Lancaster and Fort Mill.

    The game ended in a 7-7 tie. Some didn’t go ’cause of the rain and the ones who went were mad about the outcome.

  • Kirkin' o' the Tartan Nov 4.

    First Presbyterian Church, 700 N. Main St., will present is annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service at 11 a.m. Nov. 4.

    The ancient tartan ceremonies started in the 1700s as way for Scottish clans to rededicate their families to God.

    The service had its beginnings in the United States during World War II, when the late Dr. Peter Marshall preached a series of sermons to raise funds to aid Scottish churches. Dr. Marshall’s sermons were popular. When asked to entitle his May 2, 1943, message, Marshall suggested the tartans name.

  • All Dolled Up

    Eula Mae Baker has a thing for dolls. Dolls of all shapes, sizes, and textures line the walls of her home in Lancaster, and she can tell you all about each one of them – no matter how long she’s had them. At 88-years-old, she has been building the collection for several decades.

  • Mystery, intrigue on tap for GFHTA dinner theater

    GREAT FALLS – Murder, mystery, intrigue and a good dose of humor is all on tap for the Great Falls Home Town Association’s first murder mystery dinner theater. The evening of food, fun and murder will unveil a mystery dinner show that spoofs television chefs, old-time detectives, art lovers and chocoholics!

  • New Habitat homeowners get special housewarming

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County

    Our new Habitat homeowners, who will soon be moving into their new homes on Penny and Meeting Streets, have just received a very special housewarming gift. Painter and muralist Kim Twitty donated her talents to paint murals for the children’s bedrooms at both homes.

  • Let's Keep Lancaster Warm

    Let’s Keep Lancaster Warm, sponsored by Hope on the Hill and Development & Construction, LLC, are accepting new or gently used clean coats through Dec. 15. Coats may be donated in the lobbies of Barr Street Gym, Lancaster Fire Department, Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster Sheriff’s Office, Porter Belk Lumber, The Lancaster News, Springs Memorial Hospital and The UPS Store.
    Please include coat hangers. Drop-offs can also be collected by calling (803) 313-9744.

  • Continuing the joy

    Sometimes hobbies become a passion that turns into a part of who we are. That’s exactly what happened to the late Jim Lasley.  

    Lasley stumbled into his birdwatching hobby innocently. Trying to answer questions about birds posed by his three (then small) children back in the early  1950s, he found he needed to do some research of his own.  Lasley, a well respected mechanical engineer who oversaw the construction of the Grace Plant for Springs Industry, didn’t know much about birds but knew just who to contact.

  • Williams honored by Lancaster DSS

    The Lancaster County Department of Social Services honored a volunteer on Thursday who has given more than 20 years of service as a member of the Lancaster County DSS Advisory Board.

    Flossie Williams, a retired Lancaster County School District secretary, attended the event with her husband, Eugene. After Lancaster County DSS Director Janice Chapman presented Williams with a plaque commemorating her years of service, the other board members presented her with a variety of gifts.

  • American music focus of fall concert

    Organizers of the Vivian Major Robinson concert series have a different kind of musical treat in store for their fall concert.

    Until now, the focus has been on classical music in a variety of styles.

    But in a departure from tradition, this concert will exclusively feature American music – music written or arranged by Americans.