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  • Name: Colleen Estridge
    Age: 59
    Address: Flat Creek Road
    Family: Husband, the late Ferris Estridge; two children, Johnny Morrow and Lynn Morrow; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild  
    Job: Unemployed; I was the home health caregiver for my husband for three years
    Church: Baptist faith
    Hobbies: Gardening/flowers
    Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind”

  • Editor’s note – Each Friday in April, The Lancaster News is publishing the winning essays from “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest sponsored by the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office as part National County Government Month. The theme is “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.” Four winners (elementary school, middle school, high school and grand prize) will be selected and announced throughout the month.

    The Blue Jay of Life

  • In the last 47 years, Joyce Weathersby has seen more than most as a nurse at Marion Sims Hospital, Grace White Nursing Home, Springs Memorial Hospital and White Oak Manor.
    Given that, it’s hard to get anything over on, or past her.
    Weathersby hesitantly agreed to a “going-away” party several weeks ago when she announced her retirement.
    That eliminated any chance of friends, family, co-workers and well-wishers surprising her at White Oak Manor on Wednesday afternoon.
    Well, maybe not.

  • Editor’s note – Starting today and on upcoming Fridays, The Lancaster News will publish the winning essays from “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest sponsored by the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office as part National County Government Month. The theme is “Serving Our Veterans, Armed Forces and Their Families.” Four winners (elementary school, middle school, high school and grand prize) will be selected and announced throughout the month.     

  • Guy Penrod made a career-changing decision after the death of his dad, the late Rev. Joe Penrod, in 1994.
    After graduating from Hobbs High School in New Mexico in 1980, the studio musician had been putting his vocal degree from Liberty University to good use behind the scenes on Music Row in Nashville.  
    At the time, Penrod was making a decent living backing artists such as Steve Green, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Garth Brooks, James Ingram and Phillips, Craig & Dean.

  • Now, there are some holidays I just don’t understand.                    There’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day, which was Jan. 14. April 16 is International Juggler’s Day, which will probably have comedian Chris Bliss showing off to a Beatles song.

    What about Sept. 29, which has been designated as Poisoned Blackberries Day? Supposedly it dates back to the 1700s when blackberries caused more deaths than any other fruit. OK. 

  • I’ve just about had my fill of these cold, rainy days.

    They are dreary, but every once in a while, there is an upside to ’em.

    I couldn’t go outside and ramble with Tiger, but I could ramble in Uncle Harry’s well-stocked library. That was one of the advantages of growing up as the only child in a house of adults. 

    Uncle Harry was a well-read man. He not only gave me permission to plunder through the volumes on every shelf, he always encouraged me to enjoy the printed word.

  • Crouched down beside a brown and white speckled pit bull, Erica Jeffrey tilts her head and starts talking to the dog like they’re old friends.

    At a glance, the 11-year-old South Charlotte girl may seem like just another visitor to the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, but on March 24 she was there on a mission. 

    While other girls her age ask for clothes or CDs for their birthday, Erica decided to forgo presents and asked for items to help some of Lancaster County’s four-legged friends. 

  • The 2011 Lancaster County Relay for Life is May 6-7 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. 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 68 local Relay for Life teams are working hard toward the $220,000 goal. The money is used to help fund cancer research and American Cancer Society programs. 

  • There are millions of meatloaf recipes, including the fool-proof one your grandma came up with years ago.

    Regardless of ingredients, two factors make meatloaf the ideal comfort food.

    First, it’s quite economical and can feed a family of six for less than $10. 

    According to Chris Kimball, editor and chief of “Cook’s Illustrated” and host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” hard times have made meatloaf an economical,  low-cost chic dish to serve at dinner parties. 

  • “The Big C” – cancer – is no respector of age, race, or gender.  

    Cancer can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. Chances are it has touched your life in some way whether it was through a loved one, friend, or even yourself.

    The fact was evident Saturday by the presence of the 180-plus cancer survivors ranging from age 91 to 4, at the Relay for Life birthday dinner held at Covenant Baptist Church.   

  • Now let’s be honest. Age has its embarrassing moments. 

    Just the other day, I ran into a long-lost friend. 

    He walked up, shook my hand and said he was glad to see me. Shucks, we had not crossed paths since the 1950s.

    We’re about the same age and I was sure glad to see him, though our chance encounter was somewhat embarrassing. 

    For the life of me, I couldn’t recall his name and I am so ashamed. 

  • Age: 42

    Address: Taxahaw Road

    Family: A son, Wayne Blakeney Jr., 18, and a daughter, Shanequal Blakeney, 19  

    Pets: A dog, Spot

    Job: Lancaster County Maintenance

    Church: Rose Hill Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Fishing and playing pool

    Favorite book: The Bible

    Favorite movie: Any comedy

  • When Grace and Clyde Steele moved into their home at 1206 Trailstream Drive nine years ago, the 3-acre lot was filled with trees, leaving little space for sunshine to touch the ground.  That’s the way her daughter, Cindy McDonald, liked it. Cindy previously lived in this home with her husband, Jimmy, and their children. After her family moved to Myrtle Beach, the house stood empty for about six years.  

  • There was no electricity or assembly line available to help with the process. 

    Rather, he used a vice called a shaving horse to shape wood into eating utensils, furniture and other items found around the house.

    It took patience and a steady hand to make a spoon or a jug from a piece of stock wood in Colonial America. But the shaving horse was the best option for American settlers in the 1700s. 

  • “Dive…dive…” 

    These words are familiar to anyone who has ever seen a Hollywood film about a submarine. The words are always followed by a warning signal and the unmistakable sound of “a-rooo-ga, a-rooo-ga.”

  • Most folks my age will never forget how Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, changed our lives forever.

    For you youngsters, that’s the day the Japanese attacked our naval installation, Pearl Harbor.

    That was one rough month for me.

    Reality sunk in when Sears, Roebuck & Co. canceled my order for a J.C. Higgins Roadmaster Deluxe bicycle because someone in Greensboro thought it would be needed by the Army to fight the enemy.

    I still bet somebody whose daddy worked for Sears got my bicycle for Christmas.

  • Age: 73

    Address: Kershaw-Camden Highway

    Family: Wife, Flossie, 69; two sons, Arvan, 47, and Myron, 40, and a granddaughter, Mya, 11 

    Job: Retired, Lancaster County School District

    Church: Second Calvary Baptist Church, Heath Springs

    Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, boating and raising quail

    Favorite book: The Bible

  • Summer is just around the corner, which means children will be looking for things to do outside.     

    Lancaster High School senior Holly Ellis may be 17, but she’s never forgotten how much fun a slide can be.

    Ellis is making sure that a special group of children have the chance for a little swing set adventure, too. 

    A member of Girl Scout Troop 3671, sponsored by St. Luke United Methodist Church, Ellis just completed a playground at Family Promise of Lancaster to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

  • Gettin’ the word out is always important.

    Today’s cell phones and palm pilots are far advanced of my first one. They’re more expensive, too.

    Me and one of the fellas managed to make it home from Mackey’s Drug Store with a couple of Dixie Cups.

    Thanks to a block of Gulf Sealing Wax and a short piece of kite string, we were jabbering away in no time.

    Alexander Graham Bell would be impressed with our choice of raw materials. We knew that a waxed kite string offers the best reception.