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Out and About

  • Precious in his sight

    Precious in his sight

    Children of the World International Choir comes here

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews

    Those who think children should be seen and not heard have never met Chiman. From Nepal, he likes to play basketball and has aspirations of being a scientist one day.

    They haven’t met Irene, either. She hopes to turn her love of singing into a career as a music teacher in her native Philippines.

  • Prepare garden for cold weather

     Scotts Miracle-Gro

    As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, there are a number of ways to prepare your yard for winter. 

    Performing these few chores now will help get your garden through the cold weather in good shape - and make gardening easier in the spring.

  • One day getaways – road trips promise a feast of fall foliage

    We’ve sprung through spring and splashed through summer. Autumn splendor is on its way; Carolina blue skies will backdrop leaves of ambers, ochres and rich reds. Temperatures will drop and fall foliage will soon follow. Don’t miss a chance this year to see fall in all its majesty.

    While there are countless locations to enjoy autumn colors right here in Lancaster County – including your own backyard – you can also pack a picnic and take a day or weekend trip to soak up the changing of seasons. 

  • Partners, volunteers plant seeds of success

    What a summer – and how quickly fall has arrived!

    Thank you, friends, family, business associates and members for the many ways you have welcomed me as the new executive director of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  

    For me, coming to work in the beautiful, historic Springs House every day in the community I love (with access to a beautiful grand piano on the first floor) is a sign that life is good.

  • Start your sewing machines!

    Drivers revved their machines at the starting line. 

    When the green flag dropped, they were off, sewing wide open. 

    The Ragin’ Cajun, who was on the pole, jumped out to a quick lead, dogged closely by Cannonball, Burn Out Babs and the rest of the pack. 

    Pit crew chiefs with names like Flash and Oil Can scrambled to keep their drivers moving. 

    Race car fans, don’t think you’re losing it if these names aren’t familiar, because this race was not at Lancaster Speedway. 

  • Ponytails and Pigskins

    The element of surprise was not a factor when Buford Middle School opened football practice in August for the 2011 season. Not for BMS veteran football coach Greg Caskey, who among his new players was Tory Knight, 12.

    Knight, a Buford Middle seventh-grader, is a girl.

    Still for Caskey, it wasn’t stunning to see Knight out for the team.

    “I wasn’t surprised in the least bit,” Caskey said. “She had told me as a sixth-grader in my physical education class she was coming out for the team.

  • 180-degree turnaround

    Seventy-six-year-old Ruthie Hayden believes in the power of prayer.

    When the Northwest Apartments resident hits her knees these days, it’s to lift up her neighbors, and not to duck from random gunfire that used to be heard outside her front door. 

    “When you put enough prayer on ’em, they have to either start living right or get out,” she said. “That’s the only choices they have. They’re going to live right if they live here.”

  • Two nights of gospel music come to Lancaster

    Blessed to be a blessing is the philosophy two Lancaster groups synonymous with gospel music firmly believe in.
    Now, thanks to the local support they’ve received, they are giving back.  
    Free gospel music concerts, featuring some of the area’s best vocalists, are on tap for tonight and Saturday.
    At 7 p.m. tonight, GlennMark Promotions will host its annual fan appreciation Southern gospel concert at Second Baptist Church, featuring King’s Cause, The Heritage Quartet and the Good News Quartet.

  • Quilters win national contest

    The Magic Needle Quilt Guild won national recognition in the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for the most quilts donated by one group.
    In July, nine members of the Magic Needle Quilt Guild traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., with 246 quilts packed in a truck and a van to donate to the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge.
    The members who took the quilts to Washington were Terri Harich, Brenda Marshall, Janet Nelson and her husband, Ron, Judy Phillips, Emma Thompson, Pat Ussery, Marjorie Vincent and Christine Williams.

  • Three Dog Night comes to USCL

    From 1969 to 1974, nobody did pop music better than Three Dog Night and they have the hits to prove it.American music icons, the group’s name allegedly came from the practice of indigenous Australians sleeping in holes dug in the ground with dingos to stay warm (if the night was especially cold, it was a “three dog night”).But some say that story is up for debate.What is not up for debate is the numbers that the group put up in the early 1970s with their smooth, polished vocals.Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2