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  • Your hard-working vehicle needs attention during cold weather, too. Below-freezing temperatures can especially take a toil on rubber and plastic parts, causing them to fail and break. Here are some basic maintenance tips to keep your car running in tip-top shape after last week’s snowstorm:

  • Moisture problems occur inside a home whenever there is an imbalance between the amount entering and exiting it and the structure’s capacity to store that moisture.
    Moisture is generated through cooking, bathing, watering indoor plants, using unvented space heaters and washing clothes.
    If this happens on a cold window pane, you will see the water run down and collect on the window sill, where it may damage the paint or rot the wood trim.
    The water may even freeze, producing frost on the inside surface of the window.

  • Moisture problems occur inside a home whenever there is an imbalance between the amount entering and exiting it and the structure’s capacity to store that moisture.
    Moisture is generated through cooking, bathing, watering indoor plants, using unvented space heaters and washing clothes.
    If this happens on a cold window pane, you will see the water run down and collect on the window sill, where it may damage the paint or rot the wood trim.
    The water may even freeze, producing frost on the inside surface of the window.

  • At one time, soup was just considered part of a meal.

    These days, thanks to busy lifestyles and ultra-tight budgets, one-pot cooking has become popular and economical.

    While canned soup requires little effort to prepare, it doesn’t compare to the homemade variety.

    A few flavor-filled ingredients, when combined with chicken or beef stock and the right amount of seasoning, will create a tasty pot of the good stuff.

    It requires a little more work, but making soup is one case where the result is worth the effort.

  • • Soups and stews always taste better if made a day or two in advance and reheated just before serving. You can also reduce the fat content by making soup the day before, chilling it and then scraping off the fat that rises to the top. If you don’t have time to chill the soup, use qcpaper towel to soak up oil from the surface.

    • Use fresh ingredients if possible – Fresh ingredients are best, but some canned or frozen vegetables, such as peas, green beans and corn, will work.

  • For Chase Gordon, 2011 is shaping up to be a better year than 2010.

    After undergoing surgery for cancer in 2009, the 4 year old celebrated New Year’s Day at Disney World with his parents, David and Nicole, and brothers Cody, 7, and Braxton, 5, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    For his parents, the vacation was an early wedding anniversary present. The Gordons were married Jan. 16, 2005.

    The Gordons were in Orlando from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4.

  • This week's winter storm shut down most of Lancaster County. Here is a little look at what your neighbors have been up to.

  • On cold winter days when the mercury hovers around the freezing mark, it’s hard to top a warm meal to break the chill.
    When a slow cooker does all the work, a hearty, satisfying and wholesome family dinner doesn’t require tons of work.
    Once the ingredients are in place, it’s as simple as closing the lid and walking away.
    A green salad and some fresh bread and something from the slow cooker has all the makings of a great meal.  

  • Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    In the early 1950s, an up and coming featherweight boxer who idolized Joe Louis was walking back to the locker room inside Detroit’s Woodward Avenue Gym locker room after a rigorous workout.
    The Korean War veteran said a poster advertising a battle of the bands between Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton grabbed his attention.
    It was hanging above the poster of an upcoming boxing match. The two posters stopped him in his tracks and changed his life.

  • Omileye Achikeobi Lewis
    How do you get children to enjoy learning?
    You slip them factoids while they are eating or playing. At some point, it might hit them that they actually learned something new and interesting. This is what happened to the children of Lancaster who attended the third annual Humanity4Water Award ceremony, “Island Earth Party for Our Children.”

  • Most Americans consider green tea as a beverage.
    However, in Asian cuisine, green tea is used in common recipes.
    For centuries the Chinese have used tea leaves as an stuffing ingredient  for steamed fish, said Diana Rosen, author of “Cooking with Tea.”
    It was added to fires to enhance the flavor of smoking ducks and to give hard boiled eggs  a little eye appeal.

  • In 2010, The Lancaster News published 164 issues. That’s a lot of your stories to tell.
    We said hello to Zantwan Adams, the county’s first baby, born Jan. 2.
    We lost Dr. Bill Duke, school board member Dr. Peter Barry, longtime business owner J.L. Knight, “Aunt Jo” Williams, former county councilman Gene Hudson, the Rev. N.J. Neely and countless others who made a difference.
    In looking back, choosing the top feature stories for the year was quite a task.

  • In celebration of the holiday season, the homes of Lancaster are decorated with ribbons, lights, and greenery inside and out.   
    For this reason, the December Yard of the Month is not only selected for landscape design but also for the festive decorations that enhance it.
    With this in mind, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs selected the home of Rick and Dean DuRant, 1405 Somerset Drive.
    “This is a charming brick home. The holiday decorations work beautifully from day into night,” said Joyce Morin of the Lancaster Garden Club.

  • In the upcoming year, the Lancaster County District of the Boy Scouts of America will be under construction to revamp its volunteer support base from the ground up, said local Boy Scout executive Art Harris.
    “It’s been around 100 years and has contributed a lot of leadership to Lancaster in that time and we want that to continue,” Harris said.
    Harris said the great thing about scouting is everyone gets to play, regardless of skill level.

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    The day before Thanksgiving is a day Ruddy and Linda Shipton will never forget. They lost their home and three of their beloved dogs to a ferocious fire. 

  • What Denver Bierman stands for is not as important as the rock he stands on.
    A diehard Hoosier who now makes his home in Hendersonville, Tenn., Bierman doesn’t keep his light under a basket. He and his merry band of musicians let it shine for everyone to see.
    The 33-year-old trumpet player/singer/band leader of the Denver and the Mile High Orchestra (DMHO) will fill the Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina on Friday with a high-energy holiday big band sound that is timeless, cutting edge and spiritual.

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       The sun was rising over the eastern horizon and daylight was burning. It was almost picture show time at the Imperial Theater on Main Street and the coins in my pocket were about to burn a hole in my britches.

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    Each month, the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs designates a yard in Lancaster County as the Yard of the Month. Irony plays a huge role in the selection this month.  

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