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  • With its different colors and textures, sushi is edible art.

    I can’t remember when I first tried this exotic, aesthetically pleasing Japanese delight. I don’t do the eel, salmon or raw fish varieties. I’m happy with some crab, spicy shrimp or vegetarian sushi.

    On a recent Saturday night, I had the joy of eating dinner with Donna and Cecil Weaver of Lancaster. Donna, whose heritage includes Japanese, is from Hawaii, which has its own unique twist on sushi.

  • Looking for something to do with your family Saturday? 

    Bring them to the Springdale Recreation Center for the 2009 Pregnancy Care Center’s Walk for Life.

    Amy Vincent, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center, said its volunteers have worked hard to make this a family-friendly fundraiser. 

    “We have added activities for the children, including several large inflatables, volleyball, face painting, balloons, refreshments and door prizes,” she said.

    It’s easy to take part in the walk.

  • Local attorney Rick Chandler knows the law. It’s especially clear when it comes to wearing seat belts.

    But there are some things you just don’t forget. He said experiencing death first hand as an 8 year old will do that.

    That day in 1963, Rick was hanging with his dad, the late Richard Chandler, at the family-run body shop when the police radio went off for a wreck call.

    The elder Chandler was out the door in record time to the scene, with his young son riding shotgun.

  • The cross is there. If you look for it hard enough, you’ll find it. It’s in the most unlikely of places.

    It’s nailed to the roof line, hanging beneath a tin shed at the Riverside Rodeo Arena. It’s above two sets of old gym bleachers painted blue and flanked by a portable welding machine.

    There are two old church pews against one side of the shed, but at Carolinas Cowboy Church – a place where the offering is collected in a cowboy hat – the padded benches look out of place.

  • NEWBERRY – These days, Division II Newberry College doesn’t have an official mascot.

    Under pressure from the NCAA in 2008, their Indians nickname was dropped and the spear disappeared from their helmets and was replaced by an “N”

    When football players reported for preseason drills that fall, Lancaster native and Newberry head football coach Todd Knight said they were told the “N” on the side stood for no.

  • Forty-three years ago, the sparse landscaping of Frank and Ann Ferguson’s yard at 962 Anderson Road consisted of a few small trees and rocks.

    Most weekends, the Fergusons could be found picking up rocks until they could plant grass.

    All that work has finally paid off. Now, six large oak trees form a canopy covering the entire front and back lawns. 

    The Fergusons gradually added shade-loving plants to transform their yard into a neighborhood showplace. 

  • Right after the light switch gets cut on each school morning, the frenzy begins.

    Getting kids up and ready for school is hectic. Depending on their age, getting them to eat a balanced breakfast is almost impossible.

    And whatever their early morning mood – in a rush to get them out the door on time when the clock is ticking – one of the first things to get neglected is a healthy breakfast.

    If you can get them to sit still long enough for a couple of bites of something they won’t turn their noses up at, consider yourself lucky.

  • The significance of the fire that damaged the Lancaster County Courthouse fire on Aug. 4, 2008, wasn’t lost on Walter Lee Tillman.

    But Tillman’s feelings for the 181-year-old structure that Robert Mills designed go well beyond its role as a house of justice.

    For Tillman and the 160-plus members of St. Paul AME Church, the courthouse is the house of worship they trace their religious roots to.

    While St. Paul AME will celebrate its 114th anniversary on Aug. 29-30 at its Pleasant Hill Street home, its tie to the historic courthouse remains binding.

  • If you can, stop by the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., to see the recent landscaping. 

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is so pleased that the gardens around the historic building are now so much more beautiful. 

    We would like to thank the city of Lancaster for the wonderful plantings, fountain, pathways, arches and benches that were added, along with an the irrigation system to help care for all of it. 

    The addition of ferns and new rocking chairs have also given the front porch a true Southern charm. 

  • When it comes to inspiration and sound biblical teaching, women often turn to the ministry of Beth Moore.

    Now women across the nation will get a chance to hear the best-selling author firsthand without having to leave town during a simulcast that will be broadcast live via satellite Aug. 28-29.  

    Lancaster’s Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, has been selected as one of 650 churches in the United States to host the women’s event, said Kathy Stepp, leader of the Women’s Ministry Team there.

  • KERSHAW – Darryl Pierce doesn’t teach high school family and consumer science (home economics).

    The former elementary school teacher is now the instructional facilitator at Andrew Jackson Middle School.

    In that role, he supports both students and teachers alike in the learning process so that both are successful.

    However, if Pierce cooks as good as he sews, teaching home economics wouldn’t be a stretch.

  • The Spinners’ roots can be found in Michigan’s Royal Oak Township when childhood friends there started singing together for fun in 1954.

    Their five-part harmony became legendary solid gold Philadelphia soul that has sold millions of records and chart-topping songs and led to a spot in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

    With hits like “Rubberband Man” and “Then Came You,” the Spinners will kick off the 2009-10 University of South Carolina at Lancaster Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

  • Peach cobbler, ice cream, pie and breakfast cereal topper. Somehow, the mention of  such those tasty treats doesn’t match with a fruit loaded with fiber, great vitamins (A, C and E) and packed with nutrients.

    But that’s exactly what you get with a fresh peaches.

    Somewhat sensitive and temperamental, peaches bruise easily and have to be handled with kid gloves.

    When handled with care, a ripe South Carolina peach is summer at its best.

  • Nothing hurts quite like losing a good dog. I experienced that just before Christmas, with the passing of Speckles.

    Almost 15 years old, Speckles wasn’t your typical dalmatian. She was a member of our family.

    Because of that, I debated long and hard about getting another dog and didn’t do so until the time was right.

    However, the one decision I did make was to adopt a dog from Lancaster County Animal Shelter.

    It’s kinda like the starfish-on-the-beach story.

  • At 6 p.m. Sunday, Pat McManus will join more than 100 of her brothers and sisters in Christ to raise her voice in song during the annual Moriah Association Mass Choir Concert at Second Baptist Church.

    “We aren’t professional singers, but when we blend our voices together, it’s always beautiful,” said McManus, who has been a choir member at White Springs Baptist Church since 1959. “The chance to sing in front of that many people is just an awesome experience.”

  • The chances of a high school teacher and four of his students climbing to the top of gospel music charts are pretty unlikely.

    The odds of them remaining there for almost half of a century are even higher, but that’s just what the Inspirations have done.

    Known as one of the most consistent, solid and successful Southern gospel groups, the Inspirations will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church.

    That just goes to show the Inspirations’ sound is timeless, said Dennis Nichols of GlennMark Promotions.

  • Lauren Rowell knew the opportunity to play softball on an international stage in Eastern Europe last month at the Youth Friendship Games was a once in a lifetime chance.

    But that notion didn’t really sink in for the rising eighth grader at Buford Middle School until the last out was made.

    Rowell, 13, was selected by her United States teammates as its most valuable player in a fast-pitch softball tournament featuring four international softball teams in the 11-to-14 age bracket.

  • Summer squash is a great pretender.

    It’s true that a 1-cup (boiled, drained and lightly salted) is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. It’s a good source of vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and cooper.

    But it doesn’t end there.

    When you include dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamins, B1, B2, B6, folate, potassium and manganese, along with omega-3 fatty acids, squash is a little yellow nutritional powerhouse.

    But at the same time, it’s the biggest liar in the garden patch.

  • For brothers Damon and Devin Mungo, farming has always been a way of life. Between cattle, turkeys jobs and families, the two third-generation farmers take advantage of every hour in the day. The two took over the family farms in 2000 after the death of their father, Dwight.

    Right now, Devin has 220 beef cows and five turkey barns that house 28,000 birds on close to 500 acres. He gets baby turkeys at the age of five weeks old and raises them for 15 more weeks. If that’s not enough, Devin runs a deer processing operation from September through January.

  • This year, families are looking for ways to save money and cut household expenses at the same time. One way to reduce rising food costs is vegetable gardening. Growing your own food and preserving just seems to make sense for many folks trying to spend less while eating healthy. That's the way Larry Ellis sees it. 

    Newcomers to gardening can learn all those tried and true secrets from local growers like Ellis.