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Out and About

  • How to survive workplace bullying

    Are your days off spent exhausted and lifeless?

    Are you receiving nasty e-mails and snide remarks from your boss or colleagues?

    If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you may be the victim of workplace bullying and harassment.

    Apparently, you are not alone. More than 53 million Americans have reported workplace bullying, and the situation is getting worse in this economic downturn.

    The problem is what to do about it? This became my quest to find out in my bid to help a friend and others navigate through the maze.

  • Make burls into something interesting

    On a Thanksgiving visit to Giles County, Va., we met Allen Neely, a true mountain man who shared his passion for tree burls.

    A burl is an abnormality in which bud cells have grown in a chaotic manner, dividing in many directions to create a spherical shape.

    Burls are commonly found in the form of rounded outgrowths or bumps on a tree trunk or branch.

    Other burls grow attached to roots beneath the ground, and may not be discovered until the tree dies or falls.

    Almost all burl wood is covered by bark even if it is underground.

  • Colonial Dames get chartered

    The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century’s newest chapter, the Land of the Waxhaws, was chartered Oct. 20 at the historic Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. 

    Jane Massey, president of the new chapter, conducted the chartering ceremony, with the help of national and state officers, to celebrate the chartering of S.C. chapter No. 26.

    The Rev. J.R. McSpadden, minister of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, greeted and welcomed the group to the Waxhaws area.  

  • Stability and motion equally important, Part 2 of 2

    ACL; do those three letters ring a bell?  

    If we look back at the historical and scientific study of the human body, it isn’t normal for 10- to 13-year-olds to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) strain or tear.

    However, the reality is this type of injury is becoming more common for today’s young athletes.

    Research shows that a few possible causes could be compensation of over-tightened and imbalanced muscles and various other altered functional movement patterns.

  • Remembering Benjamin

    An unveiling ceremony for a historical maker designating the Old Clyburn Plantation was held Nov. 10 , just in time for Veteran’s Day.

    The site of the old plantation home, located at the corner of Gold Mine Highway (S.C. 601) and Tom Gregory Road in Kershaw, marks the legacy of a family whose history predates the Civil War. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Melody Clyburn Craig, chair of the Lancaster County Historical Commission. Craig is also the great-granddaughter of Thomas Lorenzo Clyburn, who built the Clyburn Plantation.

  • What causes the leaves to change?

    Although the phenomenon of leaves changing color is still not completely understood, we know that it is primarily influenced by three things.

    The least variable of these factors is the increasing length of night.

    As nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes are triggered in leaves.
    The second contributor is the pigmentation present. Chlorophyll is the dominant pigment that makes leaves green.

    It absorbs sunlight to produce sugars for food.

  • Blue Star Memorial Highway makes its mark

    From release
    At the intersection of Highway 9 Bypass and Highway No. 9, a Blue Star Memorial marker stands proud, once again, to pay tribute to the present and fallen members of our military.

    This is an ongoing project of the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs, the Veterans’ Administration, and the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

    This Memorial Marker to all Veterans was placed on the Bypass about 10 years ago.

  • Lancaster 4-H Horse Club food drive

    The Lancaster 4-H Horse Club is collecting non-perishable foods for HOPE in Lancaster, Inc., through Dec. 21.

    Just one or two items can go a long way in helping families in need.

    While all non-perishable foods will be appreciated, HOPE has the following needs at this time: self rising flour, cornmeal, sugar, grits, canned evaporated milk, jelly, peanut butter, juice, canned beans (except green beans), canned squash, canned sweet potatoes and canned tomatoes.

  • Piedmont Folk Art Show is Dec. 1

    From release

    Artisans from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia will gather at St. Luke United Methodist Church in the Elgin Community on Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to display and sale fine quality folk art that reflects Southern Heritage through a variety of art forms. Art will include – but is not limited to –  pottery, textiles, carvings, baskets, jewelry and paintings.

  • Maple leaves add beauty

    “The scarlet of maples can shake me like a cry of bugles going by.”
    – William Carman

    I  have loved maple trees since I was a little girl living on a street named Maple Lane.

    I remember playing in our schoolyard and watching the double-winged fruit of old maples spiral slowly to the ground.

    We children called them “helicopters.”

    One of the first things I did when I came to our farm in 1982 was plant two maple trees near the house.