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Today's Features

  • The very first Easter baskets were given the appearance of bird nests to include renewal and springtime into the holiday that commemorates Jesus’ resurrection.

    You can use that as a theme to make these kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing Chow Mein Noodle Birds Nest Cookies.

  • Sometimes I find myself sitting in front of a laptop at a kitchen table with two other adults who are also on laptops.

    It’s probably the geekiest thing ever.

    All three of us are likely catching up with friends, taking dumb quizzes or even chatting with each other online – yes, each other, even as we sit at the table together – on the social network – Facebook.

    I tried the MySpace thing, but it didn’t take. I forgot my password and could never log on again.

  • HEATH SPRINGS – Twenty years from now, Tucker and Thomas Adams are going to be old hands at farming.

    After raising 25 chickens last summer, the brothers have been raising two pigs as part of a 4-H market pig project.

    And under their watchful eyes and attention for the last four months, those two pigs – 13 and 35 – have grown from about 65 pounds each to almost 250 pounds.

    Tucker, 9, is a third-grader at Heath Springs Elementary School, and Thomas, 10, is a fourth-grader. They have been in 4-H for two years.

  • The 2009 Relay For Life for Lancaster County is scheduled for 7 p.m. April  24 at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium. The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser brings teams of local volunteers together to support those diagnosed with cancer and cancer survivors.

    But until then, the local 59 Relay For Life teams are working hard toward the $205,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs.

  • The members of Ambrosia have been together for 39 years now.

    The pop music act that climbed to the top of the charts in the 1970s and 1980s with Top-10 hits like “Biggest Part” and “How Much I Feel,” along with John Ford Coley, will close out the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Saturday night.

    Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $50.

  • For an April Fools Day prank your family won’t soon forget – get ’em when they least expect it – at the dinner table with this one-of-a-kind Baked Apples with SPAM Streusel recipe.

  • Editor’s note: Each Sunday this month, in celebration of March as American Red Cross Month, The Lancaster News has honored local volunteers who are the cornerstone of what the agency does. From donating blood and helping military families to disaster relief and teaching CPR and first aid, 96 percent of the Red Cross work force is volunteers. Many of those who make a difference every day are your neighbors. 

    Like many, Laura Hinson was incensed to learn that someone had the gall to steal a mobile trailer from the Red Cross.

  • People around here have lots of reasons why they enjoy spending time keeping their yards looking beautiful. But Janie Faile probably has one of the most unique. 

    Faile says that at her age if she doesn’t keep moving around and trying, she wouldn’t be able to do anything else. 

    This “moving around and trying” has not only kept her active, it has earned her home, at 249 Holiday Road in Lancaster,  the designation as Yard of the Month for March.

  • The lights of Lancaster Speedway were burning brightly on Saturday as local racers and racing fans alike welcomed the 2009 season at the half-mile dirt track. Here’s a look at some of the infield and pits road action.

  • Grocery store aisles can be recipes for disasters.

    Stacked with endless choices and bright labels, they can lead to all sorts of confusion for shoppers. When you throw in a medical condition, such as diabetes, the confusions quickly becomes frustration.

    It’s a never ending battle in trying to figure out what to eat, said Sherry Steele of Lancaster, who was diagnosed with diabetes about four weeks ago.