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Food and Fun

  • It's never too late to start over

    Love is a many-splendored thing, according to a 1955 movie of the same title, and one of the most splendid things about it is that it is not bound by time, distance, or even age.

    Faye Williams, 65, will walk down the aisle on Saturday, Sept. 7 and say “I do” to 69-year-old Homer Moree, and a love that found its way to her under very unusual circumstances.

    “I’ve known Homer for 10 years now,” Williams said. “His wife, Crady,  was my best friend.”

  • Tree farm field tour Sept. 27

     Things are all a’bustle at Cedarleaf as we count down the days until Sept. 27 when we host the annual S.C. Tree Farm Field Tour.

    “Field Days” are traditionally held at the current Tree Farm of the Year, and we have been busy preparing for our event over many months.

  • That One (Direction) thing

    Teenage best friends share a lot – their dreams, their secrets, their laughter.

    And a few months ago, four local girls shared a combined dream – to attend a One Direction concert.

    The girls’ determination to see the English-Irish boy band from London prompted them to begin a fundraising campaign to buy concert tickets.

    Debbie Burchett, Breanna Burchett’s mother, said the girls started raising money in February.

  • Tantalize your taste buds with tomatoes

     I’ve said it before and I will say it again; I love tomatoes. 

    When they are ripe and juicy, you can eat them as a snack (I may be known to do this from time to time). On their own, tomatoes are great. But once you start cooking with them, the taste factor goes to a whole new level.

  • Lancaster's own Dream Team

    The Dream Team Foundation in Lancaster is seeking for participants as it kicks off the sixth year of providing sports opportunities for special needs children in Lancaster County.

  • Brighten up school lunches with fun recipes

     Shhhh, don’t tell the kids, but it’s nearly back to school time again. 

    I can hardly believe it myself. It seems just like yesterday that I finally got all the summer clothes ironed and hung up (Oh dear, I think that was yesterday). 

    Well, no matter - summer wasn’t meant for chores anyway. 

  • SPCA to give pets hope in new homes

     A new animal rescue group is forming in Lancaster in the hopes of lessening the number of animals that pass through the doors of Lancaster County Animal Control.

     Lancaster resident Diana Knight said she’s been fostering animals for a few years and finally decided that Lancaster needed some help in terms its homeless animal population as well as the number of animals that are put to sleep at the shelter each year.

  • I still go crazy for coleslaw

    Ice cream aside, nothing cools down a steamy barbecue like creamy, crunchy coleslaw.  

    Slaw has long been a favorite of this cookout-loving gal, and I’ve eaten my way through many fabulous recipes.  

  • 'I want to tell everyone to never, ever give up': Life goes on for Alyssa Garris after pediatric stroke in 2010

    Pediatric strokes are extremely rare. When Lancaster High School student Alyssa Garris suffered a stroke after cleft lip and palate surgery in June 2010, the doctors on her case had a hard time giving her parents a proper prognosis.

    They couldn’t even tell Mika and Mark Garris what the future held for their daughter.
    “It was a really, really tough thing to hear,” Mika said. “We go in expecting a routine surgery and plan to be going home in two or three days, and it turned out she didn’t come home for seven weeks.”

  • Sign up for Arts & Sciences Camp

    I recently read a story that related how learning to play music can help trauma victims.

    This article was about the “Guitars for Vets” initiative.
    It was fascinating to learn about the mission of this organization and how much it has grown nationwide – to more than 25 chapters.

    The program offers one-on-one free guitar lessons (and a loaner guitar) to veterans who suffer from mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of war, deaths, injuries or other disasters.