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  • Chris McGinn
    For The Lancaster News
    “We are in an ever-deepening child-rearing crisis, and we need to wake up!” parenting expert John Rosemond told parents at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church on Sept. 22.
    The church invited Rosemond to deliver his “Parenting with Love and Leadership from Tots to Teens,” a three-hour seminar on his common-sense approach to child-rearing. About 40 parents attended the event  in the church sanctuary.

  • Seven years ago, Tom and Hope Davis chose Lancaster as their new home. Relocating here from Virginia, they headed south to be closer to their children who live in Belmont, N.C., and at the time, a little further away in Florida.  While home searching, they found the perfect house at 4060 Flint Drive in the Shiloh Commons neighborhood.  

  • This is a Halloween tale, especially for my friend, Bill, in Kershaw. Bill has difficulty seeing these days, but can still picture it in his mind. I’m sure someone will read it to him.

    It was the last of October and the wind was whistling along Chesterfield Avenue.

    Aunt Bess told me that the cold air must have been blowing in from some icy place far away.

  • Members of Lancaster County EMS, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department and the city of Lancaster Fire Department are coming together for a night of fun and comedy to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter in Lancaster.

    The “Tribute To Veterans – A Variety and Comedy Show” will take place on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Bundy Auditorium at University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • October is Family Promise Awareness Month, when a local and national focus is put on the problem of homelessness – more specifically the homelessness of children – in Lancaster County and across the country.

    Family Promise was founded in 1988 and is a national non-profit organization that mobilizes communities and existing resources to help homeless families regain their independence. 

  • Sunday, Oct. 20, will simultaneously mark two firsts for Lancaster – the first piano-string trio performance since the Vivian Major Robinson Concert series began more than 10 years ago, and the first ever piano-string performance at the Cultural Arts Center.

    Three talented musicians from different parts of the globe form the Sekino-Kim-Gruber trio. 

  • The Springs House was alive with activity on Thursday, Oct. 10, as board members and guests gathered for a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

    Debbie Jailette, immediate past chair of the foundation, played the piano as attendees chatted and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during the reception. 

    Current foundation chair Audrey Curry spoke about the foundation’s beginnings and where it stands today.

  • Theater lovers, mark your calendars – the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County is bringing the Harper Lee classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” to the stage at the Barr Street Auditorium this month.

    Directed by Chris Smith, this revised version of “To Kill A Mockinbird” by Christopher Sergel tells the story of Scout, her brother Jem and her father, the attorney Atticus Finch, who finds himself defending a black man charged with the  rape of a white woman. The time is 1935, the place is southern Alabama.

  • The Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special reception at The Springs House on Thursday, Oct. 10.

    Established in 1988, the foundation was created in order to increase the charitable giving resources in Lancaster County. 

    An initial gift of $50,000 from the Springs Close Foundation got the foundation started. 

  •  KARE release

    Kershaw Area Resource Community Exchange (KARE) announces a weekend of beauty and hope.  With an eye on the future, KARE continues not only to assist neighbors in financial crisis, but also empower them to take charge of their futures. 

    Through educational workshops – a program that continues to expand – participants are taught various skills that will assist in money saving, further life skill development, networking and more.  

  • Just a Pinch

    By Janet Tharpe

     “No self-respecting Southerner uses instant grits!”

    Ahem, I beg to differ. This line from the film “My Cousin Vinny” may have made the legal case for the lead character, but it doesn’t hold water in my way of thinking. 

    I also take goodnatured issue with the notion that Northerners aren’t able to “get” this A.M delicacy. 

  •  There I was, sitting at my desk, writing a story on deadline and sipping from a tall cup of iced coffee, when I heard a comment that turned my head. 

    “Chris, I just have to tell you that I can’t stand iced coffee,” said my coworker, and occasional chef, Greg Summers. “Hot coffee is where it’s at. I’ll never figure out the appeal of that cold stuff. I just don’t get it. Coffee is ’sposed to be hot enough to take hair off a hog’s back.”

  • Wendy Winn knew from the time she was a little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up – a performer. 

    A 2012 graduate from Andrew Jackson High School, Winn was part of the art-focused curriculum and had shown a gift t for music all through her school years. 

    Now a sophomore at Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn., Winn is studying commercial voice with an emphasis in music business and vocal performance in order to continue to pursue her dream of a career in singing. 

  • Rita Vogel, the new director for the three Lancaster County libraries, envisions the library system becoming even more of a valuable resource for information and connections, assisting in the advancement of the people of Lancaster County.

    “I want people to see the library as a place where they can find reason for hope,” Vogel said. “I would like to train people to see what good information we have for them to use at their fingertips.”

  •  From release

    The annual S.C. Botanical Garden Fall Plant Sale is Oct. 4-5 at the gardens on the Clemson University campus. The staff has assembled an extensive collection of unique and seldom-offered plant species that will thrive under local growing conditions.

  •  From release

    Have you been faced with adversity, and challenge? How did you find your way through it? Each day, children are faced with challenges and struggles. One group in particular, is children who have been physically or sexually abused. 

    Annually, in April, efforts are made nationally to raise awareness of the abuse of children. 

  •  Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    The sixth annual “Lancaster Cooks: Look Who’s Cooking,” an evening that brings together good food with a great cause, is Sept. 24.

    The event was started by chairperson Evelyn Springs, whose 11-year-old grandson with autism was the driving force behind her desire to get involved with programs that raise money for autism research.

  •  Fall is on its way, and with it the foliage begins to turn, along with a slight nip in the evening air. And for my family and friends, it’s football time. 

    The sport is big business in my part of the country - and everywhere else for that matter. Next to which rivalry is playing out on any given weekend, the most important part of the day is what’s on the menu.

    No football party is complete without something “buffalo” (at least in my eyes). 

  • Getting plants in the ground is easy. Watering, weeding, feeding – well, these activities take a little time, but they’re easy, too. 

    Knowing when to harvest your bounty is tricky, because it’s not always obvious. 

    After all, how can you check on your potatoes without digging them up? 

    Here are some quick tips to keep in mind for picking some of the more popular garden vegetables.