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  •  No matter what your lifestyle, incorporating fitness into your daily schedule is easier and more natural than yothink. Here are a few suggestions that can help make yofit fitness into your daily routine. However, ask your doctor before engaging in strenuous physical activity 

    At work

    Walk, bike or jog to work once a week.

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    Past generations turned to low-cost frozen dinners when the money got tight. These days, cutting back means skipping restaurants and cooking at home instead, according to Sloan Trends, which follows changes in eating habits.

    According to a recent report in Food Technology, 53 percent of consumers are cooking from scratch more frequently.

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    A new Elks Lodge has been established in this area.

    The Fort Mill Elks Lodge No. 2859 was formally chartered  March 29.

    The group, which meets at the American Legion building in Fort Mill, already has 122 members from the Fort Mill/Indian Land area.

  • Krista Cahill walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma Friday. But unlike her fellow 398 Lancaster High grads, Cahill, 18, has some unfinished business to take care of later this month.

    After taking top honors in the hairstyling division at the 2009 Skills USA Trade Competition in Greenville, Cahill will represent South Carolina in the upcoming nationals.

  • Do the math.

    Those in search of the perfect Father’s Day gift may want to consider buying Dad a season ticket for the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    At $395, that works out to about $44 apiece for the nine upcoming shows, which includes The Spinners, Little Big Town, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tams.

  • Ready or not, the switch from analog television to the digital age is here.

    If you don’t notice anything different, that’s a good thing, analysts say.

    “When you get up Saturday morning and turn on your TV, if it doesn’t work,  you’ll know,” said Doug Crenshaw, owner of the Energy Center, who is certified to sell the special converter boxes that decode the digital signal.

    The FCC has set up  a toll-free hot line – 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322) – for viewers with technical difficulties.

  • Father’s Day is rapidly approaching (June 21) and you don’t have any idea what to get dear old Dad for a gift this year.Not only are your ideas limited, but your Benjamins are, too. However, take heart: there’s more to choose from than boring gold-plated pens, neckties and new socks if your budget is in a bind. Why not consider one of these gifts that are priced below $25?

  • The mercury is rising, picnic baskets are coming down from the attic and it’s almost time for swimming pools to open.

    It’s also time to sit back in the porch swing and sip a glass of iced tea.

    Legend has it that English tea merchant Richard Blechynden discovered the beverage nearly 100 years ago at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

    Those attending the gala showed little interest in drink hot tea that day so the quick-thinking Blechynden added ice, and the rest is “hist-tea-ree.”

  • There’s no argument among the experts that we should consume less trans fats and saturated fats. The problem is we don’t want to give them up.

    Trans fats and saturated fats contribute to increases in blood cholesterol and a greater risk of heart disease.

    The truth is we like the taste. Saturated fats typically come from animal-based products such as red meat, butter and other full-fat dairy products. Trans fats are commonly found in packaged bakery products.

    But not all fats are bad.

  • National Garden Week is a great opportunity to call attention to the many contributions gardeners make to the beauty and environmental health of our communities and nation.

    In celebration of National Garden Week, the Lancaster Garden Club is sponsoring a free garden tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday that features five of Lancaster County’s most beautiful yards. The club is also featuring these tours in honor of fellow club member, Betsy Steele, who was just inducted as president of the Garden Club of South Carolina.

  • HEATH SPRINGS – Jesus’ admonition to Peter in John 21 to feed his lambs can be interpreted in any number of ways.

    Six churches – St. Luke United Methodist, Salem United Methodist, Flint Ridge Baptist, Fork Hill Baptist, Oakhurst Baptist and Rich Hill Baptist  – are doing just that.

  • Using a variety of discarded objects, art supplies and boxes, students in a recent workshop at the Artisans Center learned how to sort through the subconscious world of their dreams.

    The workshop was taught Saturday at the center by San Francisco artist Barbe Saint John.

    Saint John met local artist Heather Mullins-Teasley through etsy.com, a Web site where artists share and sell their work worldwide.

  • As soon as the rain lets up and it’s dry enough to cut grass, the sound of running lawn mowers will fill the air.

    Until that time gets here, why not take advantage of the lull by servicing your mower?

    Most rotary mowers are simple to maintain, according to Clemson University’s Home and Garden Information Center.

    Just like taking care of an automobile, taking care of a mower by following a regular maintenance schedule keeps it in optimal condition.

    It can also save money by prolonging its lifespan.

  • Like many homes built in the late 1970s and early '80s, azaleas once surrounded the foundation of Carolyn Plyler’s home at 505 Gillsbrook Road.

    While the blooms were beautiful in the spring time, Plyler opted to transplant them to other areas of the yard and replace them with a larger variety of shrubs. 

  • Mr. Evans is away in Maryland this week, so I figured I’d take a stab at this in his absence.

    But technically, he’s here; he’s the one who shared this story with me. So, here goes.

    Mr. Bill said this was a recent question on a round of Final Jeopardy.

    “It’s the number of steps each sentinel takes during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns.”

    “All three of em’ (contestants) missed it,” Evans said.

    If you don’t know the answer, don’t feel bad. At the time, I didn’t know.

  • There are 1,080 American flags on the grave markers at Lancaster’s Memorial Park. By this time next year, there will be more.

    Despite overcast skies, about 250 came out to Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon to honor the military dead during the county’s 18th annual Memorial Day service.   

    The flags placed there are a visible reminder that freedom is not free, said Korean War veteran Ernest Stroud, who serves as legislative chairman for the S.C. Disabled American Veterans and S.C. American Legion. 

  • CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Before Tim Williams was a pastor and a parole and probation agent for the state of South Carolina, he was a Marine.

    Now some 37 years after he left Erwin Farm in a pale yellow Ford Mustang for Parris Island, he is a full-time Marine again.

    And for this father of three and grandfather of one who now calls Pageland home, what happened from 1972 to now has put U.S. Navy  Cmdr. Tim Williams in the unique position to answer God’s calling for his life. He was called back to active duty from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in November 2008.

  • If Sally Deese hasn’t picked up the telephone the last couple of days by the sixth ring, just hang on; she’s coming.

    It’s a sure sign that Deese is busy preparing food for Sunday’s Golden Age of Merit Dinner at her 40-acre Four Oaks Farm in the Buford community.

    The dinner, at 1:30 p.m., is open to any senior citizen age 55 and older. There is only one rule; no children are allowed.

  • Melanie Overcash is a Lancaster High School junior who’s ranked in the top 20 of her class. She was recently selected to serve as a junior marshal for the upcoming graduation ceremony.

    But the 17-year-old has been selected for something else, too, and this is a side of Melanie that her high school classmates might not be aware of.

    An aspiring model, Melanie and her mom, Amy Overcash, are headed to Paris, France, on Saturday for the invitation-only four-day European Model Showcase.

  • It’s a sure sign that warm weather is on the way.

    Right now, somewhere on a grocery store shelf, you’re going to find space dedicated to graham crackers, marshmallows and large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.

    That’s the way it should be.

    When you’re in the mood to make s’mores, you shouldn’t have to walk the aisles looking for the ingredients. It should be a quick dash in and back out the door.