Food and Fun

  • Happy birthday to all of you!

    A Pageland couple got a very happy birthday surprise on Tuesday, April 2, and Springs Memorial Hospital has a new event to add to their history books.

    Carl and Lagana Blakeney share the same birthday, April 2, and while that isn’t unusual, the birth of their daughter, Lacaria, on the same day, is.

  • Avoiding the treadmill cycle

    I was at a local gym the other day and noticed a sign on the wall. The sign read, “One hour of exercise is four percent of your day.”  

    That made me think; if we’re doing the exercise wrong, what percentage will we end up with? To gauge that from an efficient and exercise productivity stand point, I would say zero percent.

  • Injured vet can't walk . . . but he can ride

    INDIAN LAND – American hero Jonathan Alan Roberts returned home from the War on Terror in August 2005. But for Roberts, the real battle of his life had just begun, one he continues to fight every day of his life.  

    Roberts, who joined the U.S. Army in summer 2002 as a Special Forces candidate, was deployed to Iraq with the 18th Airborne Corps following school and training at Forts Benning and Bragg.

  • Get Ex-SI-ted

    A TV celebrity is coming to Great Falls as part of the Great Falls Rescue Squad’s 6th Annual Pro Rodeo.

    Si “Uncle Si” Robertson, who appears on A&E’s most-watched reality television series, “Duck Dynasty,”will be at the rodeo for a “meet and greet” session.

    Back for a third season, “Duck Dynasty” features a Louisiana bayou family – the Robertson family – living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle.

  • Partnerships grow arts education

    The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations such as as the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

    Throughout the nation, these programs develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems and other community-building organizations; the primary purpose of which is to promote learning by teachers.

  • Chocolate Mousse Pie With A Touch o’ Irish

    Sweet or savory – the ultimate snacking question.
    Recipe creator Scott Anderson has the answer with his Chocolate Moussecarpone Pie.
    Anderson layers a chocolatey Irish liqueur mousse made of chocolate chips and mascarpone (a mild, creamy cheese) on top of savory crunched up pretzels with divine results. Now, the only question is one slice or two?
    See step-by-step photos of Anderson’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at www.justapinch.com/mousse

  • Go green this St. Paddy's Day

    It's more important than ever to go green in the kitchen. Why? Because it's St. Patrick's Day, of course. This time of year at justapinch.com we love to embrace new and traditional Irish recipes alike, but darn it if all of those dishes don't taste a wee bit better when they're served up green.

    Kick off your dream green meal with a big bowl of Laura Davis's Jalapeno Dip. While this recipe's roots may lay a little further south than the Emerald Isle, it serves up a freshness of flavor that sets the perfect tone to any party.

  • Eat right, live right, do right

    GREAT FALLS  – Willie Locke Bell was at a movie theater in Lancaster when her boyfriend, Derry Tidwell, and his cousin came to the theater for Tidwell to sweep her off her feet.

    Tidwell purposed to find the young girl he wanted to make his wife.

    He was successful in his Saturday, July 11, 1934, endeavor.

    Bell, then 17, and Tidwell had been romancing one another for a while.

    They didn’t get to date but they’d write love letters to express their intimate feelings.

  • Daddy sure was right about Main Street

    Now I know times and customs have changed, but I’m at a loss to guess what today’s teenagers look forward to on the weekends as warm weather approaches.

    Take the spring of my senior year of high school for example. Lancaster was a hopping place, despite downtown merchants closing at noon every Tuesday for the day.

    We were making news for several reasons. My classmates in the textile and home economics classes had come together an sent the state superintendent of education a box of handkerchiefs they had made.

  • Here come the cookies

    Forget birds, blossoms and longer days, perhaps the most significant harbinger of spring is the annual arrival of Girl Scout cookies.

    Since 1922, the Girls Scouts of The United States America have been distributing cookies in some way or form.

    Cherie Ellis, who has worked with Lancaster’s Girl Scouts for 15 years, is community development manager for Girl Scouts of South Carolina in Lancaster County. She says preliminary numbers from cookie presales are already 370 boxes more than last year.