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Today's Features

  • Light the grill; Independence Day is here.While hot dogs, hamburger patties and barbecue chicken take center stage in the backyard on Friday, nothing adds spice to a star-spangled July 4 feast like all-American side dishes.The great thing about side dishes is you can mix and match them, depending on what your tastes are.From baked beans and coleslaw to potato salad and fresh-shucked corn, the combinations are endless.Nothing is better than topping it with homemade ice cream and a patriotic sweet treat or two, including an ice cold watermelon.

  • Janice Smith knows a winner when she sees one.And that’s just what JoAnn and Jimmy Mosier have created at 2352 Country Club Drive.The Mosier home has been selected by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs as the Yard of the Month for June. Smith is chairwoman of the selection committee.

  • They don’t call it summer squash for nothing.And right now – while it’s coming in season – is the perfect time to add it to the dinner table.A fleshy vegetable protected by a hard rind, squash belongs to the plant family that includes melons and cucumbers.Among substances present in summer squash are phytochemicals, coumarins and flavonoids.

  • If you want some of the freshest produce around, you’ll find it at a local farmer’s market.The reasoning is simple. There is no “jet lag” involved. While most of the produce that hits the supermarket shelves is trucked in, local produce has traveled less than a day to get to market, making it as garden fresh as possible.

  • The giant mowing pan on the SCDOT tractor parked in the hay field at Ben Snipes’ farm off Riverside Road immediately grabbed Clay Coley’s attention during Tuesday’s 4-H Agriculture Safety Day.Sitting under an awning beneath a shade tree to beat the heat, Coley, 6, listened as Bryan Baker, trade specialist for the local SCDOT right-of-way and vegetation management, explained how the tractor’s mowing pan can throw debris more than 300 feet.“That’s as long as a football field,” Baker said.“I like that tractor

  • The 2008 Lancaster Dixie Baseball all-star tournaments open with the annual AA city championship playoffs for the ages 7-8 league.The playoffs open Saturday with games at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Wylie Park’s field five. Play continues Monday with games at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.If needed, games will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m.

  • We old folks are still in awe at just how quick the years fly by. It’s remarkable that the memories made of certain days – like June 6, 1944 – can remain so vivid in our minds.Only 11 years old, I was rushing through the upstairs hallway on a warm summer morning when my attention was drawn to the announcements on the radio.This was a day we all knew was coming.Normal broadcasts were interupted as war correspondents reported that thousands of men, thousands of ships, hundreds of airplanes had launched a massive invasion

  • Ready or not, the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun.And until Nov. 30, weather forecasters will keep a close eye on tropical systems along the Eastern Seaboard.June 1 is the start date for activity.In April, a team of Colorado State University forecasters predicted that at least 15 named storms will form in the Atlantic basin, with eight growing into hurricane status.

  • Grill enthusiasts who depend on barbecue sauces and marinades to awaken meats may be missing the boat.Nothing can add character and a kick to beef and pork like a good rub.A rub is simple, dry powder usually made of spices, salts and sugars that’s applied to meat before it’s grilled.It not only boosts the flavor, but also forms a tasty crust by clinging to the meat.According to the Web site www.fiery–foods.com, rubs work well because they “open up” the meat.

  • Area garden clubs will celebrate National Garden Week from June 1-7 by showcasing, touring and improving some of the most beautiful gardens in the county.