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Out and About

  • 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.

  • USCL's new picnic shelter named after Rotaract Club

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News

    USCL’s Rotaract Club held a meeting recently at a newly constructed picnic shelter on the grounds of the University of South Carolina Lancaster, behind the Gregory Health and Wellness Center.

    The shelter was the result of a great deal of community effort, said Professor Robert Collins, instructor of Economics at USCL.

  • Bocce ball tournament benefits Safe Passage

    Enthusiastic crowds recently came to the courts to support players and to play in the Bocce Ball Tournament at Sun City Carolina Lakes. The tournament was a fundraiser for Safe Passage, a local organization that helps victims of domestic abuse.

    After three days of fierce competition, the following trophies were awarded to the winners:
    ◆ First place: Marc and Brenda Piette and Joe and Dell Lamoureux
    ◆ Second place: Roger and Lois Unbehagen and Michael and Frieda Nellenbach
    ◆ Third place: Bill Toflinski, Bonnie George and Bruce and Joan Vanetti

  • Sun City helps out

    The 2012  Sun City Volunteers and Helping Hands drive for Safe Passage was a big success.

    Susan McClure, who served as event co-chair with Jackie Sharp, said more than $700 in checks, cash and gift cards were collected, along with 158 cellular phones and hundreds – if not thousands – of toiletry items.

    “In fact, we have so many, I’m going to give some (toiletry items) to Lancaster Children’s Home and the men’s shelter in Charlotte,” McClure said.

  • Take care of mold before it turns ugly

    DES PLAINES, ILL. —September is Mold Awareness Month and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) wants homeowners to know how to recognize signs of mold or water damage, how to catch these issues early on or prevent them all together.

  • Black Gum Tupelos provide autumn beauty

    On a late August morning while enjoying coffee beside our pond, we noticed a flurry of activity high in a slender tree near the water’s edge opposite our chairs. Binoculars revealed a large number of juvenile blue birds, red bellied woodpeckers and American goldfinches picnicking on the dark blue berry-like fruits of a Black Gum Tupelo.