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  • LAKE WATEREE – If the symbols for a 25th wedding anniversary are silver, green garnet and irises, those used in a 24th wedding anniversary have to be peace signs, beads, tie- dyed clothes, green toenail polish with purple polka dots and flower arrangements inevery color of the rainbow.

    Evidently after celebrating 24 years together, you renew your vows surrounded by family and friends sitting on blankets in the midst of ladybugs meandering through patches of clover.

    That’s just what Charlene and Jamye Easler did Saturday at their “hippie wedding.”

  • Editor’s note: Each Sunday this month, in celebration of March as American Red Cross Month, The Lancaster News is honoring local volunteers who are the cornerstone of what the agency does. From donating blood and helping military families to disaster relief and teaching CPR and first aid, 96 percent of the Red Cross work force is volunteers. Many of those who make a difference everyday are your neighbors. 

    In 1989, Lancaster High School senior Pam Neely Giardiello started donating blood to the Red Cross at the urging of her mother, Kathy Sistare.

  • If a couple of the characters in Dr. John Griffin’s latest book, “Murder in the Low Country” seem familiar, that’s OK.

    Griffin, distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said they’re supposed to.

    Griffin will be signing copies of the book at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gallery, 201 W. Gay St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Griffin sees Bronson sheriff and narrator Catlette “Cat” Wolfe every time he looks in a mirror.

  • It’s time to “Spring forward.”

    Sunday at 2 a.m. signals the start of daylight-saving time, when Americans set their clocks ahead by an hour to create another hour of sunlight each evening.

    Here are a few interesting facts about the time change you may not be aware of:

    – It’s officially called daylight-saving time, not daylight-savings time.

  • About 300 people showed up for last year’s inaugural 4-H Fun Day.

    Given this weekend’s weather forecast, Ashley Hinson is looking for a heavy turnout for the second annual event, which raises community awareness of the 4-H programs for youth in Lancaster.

    4-H Fun Day is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ace Hardware and Garden Center, 714 S. Market St. Forecasters are calling for clear skies, plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s, which is a contrast to weather on the last two weekends.

  • OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Girl Scout cookies. Not that I eat them (that much); gastric bypass took care of any affinity for sweets that I have several years ago.

    But I am a fan. Imagine the surprise when I recently walked in and found two boxes on my desk, wrapped together with a bow, along with a note from Cherie Ellis, community development manager for the Mountains to Midlands division of the Girl Scouts of South Carolina.

    The Peanut Butter Patties were placed on the newsroom alter, where they almost immediately disappeared.

  • Inclement weather on Sunday forced postponement of the fourth annual Friends Concert at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gallery.

    Organizer Erin Moon-Kelly said the concert has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on March 8 at the arts gallery, 201 W. Gay St.

  • After 100 years, Mildred Caskey McWaters continues to grow in the kind of grace refined by fire.

    No, it’s not the kind of fire that emanated from the birthday cake she enjoyed during the celebration of her 100th birthday on Feb. 16 at White Oak Manor.

    McWaters’ grace comes from family flames that spark when one your four children accidentally sets the car shed ablaze and fire trucks show up, sirens blaring, in front of your home on West Gay Street.

  • In 1980, a relatively unknown bluegrass picker left Kentucky for Tennessee, where he promptly turned country music upside down with two No. 1 hits.

    That artist – Ricky Skaggs – and those songs, “Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You,” and “I Don’t Care,” are credited with giving birth the neotraditonal country music movement.

    Three years later, Skaggs was named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association.

  • These days, you want the most for your money. Now that you’ve clipped all the coupons and recipes, finished the crossword puzzle and gleaned every valuable nugget of information from the previous edition of The Lancaster News, what do you do with what’s left? Here are a few green suggestions on how to reuse and recycle your newspaper.

    1. Compost

  • Attention all musicians and music lovers in the Lancaster area.

    On Sunday afternoon, the Lancaster Council of the Arts gallery will once again be filled with beautiful musical strains ranging from Villia-Lobos to Johann Sebastian Bach during the 4th annual Friends Concert Series.

    The event is cosponsored and produced by Erin Moon-Kelly, EMK Music and the Lancaster County Council for the Arts.

  • When I walked into the Buford Little General Store one day earlier this month, co-owner Missy West handed me a cupcake.

    “Try it,” she said. Never one to argue, I did.

    “This is pretty good,” I said. “Did you make these?”

    Missy wasted little time with a reply.

    “Yep,” she said. “Now it’s your turn,” before handing me a Ziploc bag of something resembling pancake batter and a cake recipe for Amish Friendship Bread.

    “First Day, Feb. 7,” was written on the bag.

  • On Friday, May 27, 1791, American Revolution hero George Washington stopped by Nathan Barr’s Tavern to eat breakfast during his tour of the Carolina backcountry.

    It was part of a personal campaign the first president of the United States took each spring to become acquainted with the people he was elected to represent.

    After spending the night at James Ingram’s home near Hanging Rock, Washington records in his diary that he left there about 4 a.m.

  • Nobody has dreams of getting paid to perform at theme park in the mountains of East Tennessee, but that’s just what Steve French of the Kingdom Heirs does these days.

    One of the leading quartets in gospel music, the Kingdom Heirs will kick off the 2009 GlennMark Concert Series at 7 p.m. tonight at Second Baptist Church, 1526 Great Falls Highway.

    “They only travel a few weeks during the winter months so it’s a special event when they come to town,” said Dennis Nichols of GlennMark.

  • Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent are indeed the real deal.

    And given the way the two veteran musicians are taking the bluegrass scene by storm, there is a lot of truth to their “Real Deal” nickname.

    The award-winning duo will be in concert here at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fairway Room at Lancaster Golf Club.

  • With our tough economic times, it’s great to fall back on your favorite hobbies to take your mind off the real world for just a little while. 

    If you’re handy with a needle and thread, or would like to begin learn about sewing, the Lancaster One Stop Shop Hop is for you. 

  • For Donzell and Billy Allen, every day is Valentine's Day. It’s been that way through almost 50 years together and 42 years of marriage. And the Allens – who have been inseparable since becoming grammar school sweethearts in 1959 – don’t plan on changing any time soon.

    It’s not that they don’t appreciate holidays, family birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

    They keep it in perspective.

    “We try to make every day special,” Billy says. “We try not to make issues out of big days.”

  • On June 10, 1950, the big news in Lancaster was the upcoming high school graduations, the annual opening of Springs Park and a visit here by a replica of the Liberty Bell.

    There was no newspaper mention about the group of Rock Hill Road (Riverside Road) residents who met at the old Catawba School that day with the goal of forming a missionary Baptist church in their community.

    But it was a something that everyone at the meeting fully agreed with.

  • Now, this one is for the fellows out there who have run out of ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. If you want to give your sweetheart something she will really enjoy, serve her breakfast in bed.

    You may be scratching your head right about now, saying, “Huh?”

    Trust me, this is one idea that works every time.

    There are several pluses of this breakfast-in-bed deal you may not have thought of.

  • The Van Wyck Community Development Club is under new management. After 10 years with the same leadership, the club voted in new office holders in January.

    New officers are Ollie Bass, president; Chris Madden, vice president; Eloise Williams, secretary; and Kelly Bishop, treasurer.

    Retiring club secretary Betty Broome said she is excited about the change, adding that new people bring new ideas and energy.

    For 20 years, Broome has been a member of the club, which was formed in the 1940s. The club is responsible for the upkeep of the Van Wyck Community Center.