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  • The Lancaster County Council of the Arts Board of Directors is excited to announce that our annual Arts Gala is Saturday, May 12, at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. If you aren’t an LCCA member and would like more information about the gala as soon as it is available, contact us.

    Mark your calendars now for this, and our other signature event, Ladies Night Out, which is April 19 at Edwards Scott House.

  • Name: Sybil Blakely

    Age: 77

    Address: Hampton Grace Avenue

    Family: Husband, William, 77; two daughters, Gina Warren and Robin West

    Job: Retired

    Church: White Springs Baptist Church

    Hobbies: Visiting the nursing home and with people in their homes

    Favorite book: “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom

  • The room was abuzz with laughter and friendly chatter as women from across the area gathered for the Christian Women’s Connection birthday luncheon on Tuesday.

    But this sort of camaraderie isn’t unusual. It’s like this every time these  women of faith gather to encourage one another as they enjoy a meal together.

  • How does being overweight affect children?

    It’s widely known that being obese and overweight leads to health problems in adults.

    Health issues that were once thought only to affect adults are now known to impact our children.

    Obesity has long-term consequences in children, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, increased risk of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal problems, fatty liver disease and gastro-esophageal reflux.

  • I’ve often heard the expression that folks should be careful when pointing fingers of blame at someone else. When we do, three fingers are pointing back at us.

    I ain’t taking the heat for the financial trouble of Sears and Kmart.

    In late December, they announced plans to padlock 80 stores in the United States.

    The blame for this should be firmly placed on the shoulders of greedy executives who were looking into a fishbowl instead of a crystal ball down at the carnival.

  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, students who pass by Room 412 at Lancaster High School Career Center can count on one thing – a chorus of blow dryers will be singing out.

    The 20 members of Jan Williamson’s senior cosmetology class won’t be talking to each other much and Williamson won’t be lecturing them from an adjacent classroom.

  • I have to hand it to the estimated 7,700 residents of Rockland, Maine.

    They saw snow Monday, ice pellets on Tuesday and went outside this morning to a temperature of about 7 degrees.

    In the upcoming days, the residents of the coastal town will see more snow and rain. Weather like that doesn’t generate many smiles. It’s not something to celebrate.

    But Rockland residents will be celebrating Sunday afternoon with its annual Pies on Parade to commemorate National Pie Day on Monday.

  • In 1972, Arlo Guthrie recorded a song about a nightly passenger train that travels the 934-mile stretch from Chicago to the Big Easy.

    I can’t recall all the lyrics of “The City of New Orleans,” but the chorus  makes reference to the train going “500 miles when the day is done.”

    You know, I can identify with that these days. I have to travel 500 miles to get to my granddaughter’s Maryland home.

  •  Name: Barbara Benton

    Age: 55

    Address: Denton Hill Road

    Family: Husband, Freddie, 46; a daughter, Jessica, and a grandson, Carson

    Pets: Four horses, Princess, MayBaby, Buford and Spirit; four cats, Marley, Slater, Smokey and Flame; and a miniature dachshund, Rascal 

  • Most days, a labor and delivery nurse goes home smiling.

    “We get to share in the happiest days of people’s lives,” said Cathy Montgomery, who is the nurse manager for labor and delivery and newborn nursery at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    But there is a flip side to that happiness coin, when things go wrong and pure joy turns to unspeakable sorrow.

     Those are the days when infants are stillborn or die.

    “I always say we have the best job in the world or the worst,” Montgomery said.

  • If you feel like pulling the covers back up or staying home today, don’t worry.

    You aren’t alone. Friday the 13th has a way of doing that. 

    According to research, as many as 25 percent of the population believe Friday the 13th is a day of calamity.

    The fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskevidekatriphobia (“para-ska-vee-decka-tri-phobia”), which stems from the Greek words for fear, Friday and 13. Friday the 13th happens three times in 2012 – today, April 13 and July 13.

  • Having a successful career means a lot to Stephanie O’Dea. 

    But in the big picture, being a successful mom means more, especially when that family includes three children under age 10, including one with Celiac disease (gluten intolerant).

    But can you have both? 

    Absolutely.

    How else can you explain a cookbook on the New York Times best-selling list for six weeks and national TV appearances, as well as feature stories in “Real Simple Magazine and “Woman’s World?”

  • Don’t be afraid to substitute herbs and spices

    From time to time, every cook gets into a pinch when there is no pinch of cumin in the cupboard.

    Before going out to buy more, see if there are other alternatives that will work just as well. 

    It not only saves money, but eliminates waste by using another herb or spice in a way that serves the same purpose. It could also keep you from buying a herb or spice you will only use once. 

  • I reckon time does heal old Sears & Roebuck wounds. Me and my secondhand bicycle became almost inseparable. 

    It sure made running to the store for Mama a whole lot faster. 

    Through the years that old bike had several paint jobs. Shucks, right after the war, it sported shiny chrome fenders and chain guard.

    Maybe I was getting carried away by those Saturday morning cowboy movies.

    Mama was no longer makin’ Bill Whitesell go to the picture show with me. 

    I was getting older. 

  • Name: Monique Stover

    Age: 41

    Family: One son, Deontae Stover, 10

    Job: Associate auto adjuster for Met Life Auto & Home

    Church: In His Presence Ministry (Pastor Daren Mackey)

    Hobbies: Singing, gospel radio announcer (WAGL-AM), traveling, shopping, church and cooking

  • If you want to celebrate the tremendous lifetime accomplishments of highly acclaimed performance artists, one of the best programs to watch is the annual Kennedy Center Honors, which was televised Dec. 22. 

    The Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded annually since 1978 by the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

  • Terrell Springs started off 2012 by making a mad dash to Lancaster from Great Falls in the wee hours of the morning.

    No, the trip wasn’t in the New Year’s Day  plans of he and his girlfriend, Ashley Boulware. However, their daughter, Telia Alani Springs, couldn’t wait.

    “I had the emergency flashers on all the way,” he said. 

  • On occasion, I’m a little jealous of W.B. Evans. This is one of those times.

    When it comes to looking back, “Mr. Bill,” as we call him in the newsroom  doesn’t have to pick and choose when looking for what stands out. Choosing the top features stories of the year is hard.

    I went through 157 issues making a few notes and was stunned to recall the people, places, events and organizations that make a difference. 

    To cull the list to 10 was almost impossible.    

  • Christmas 2011 has passed, but in reflecting on the past year, it’s an appropriate time to recall Mama’s words from 1941. She made it a point to remind her only son that I should always be grateful, regardless of circumstances.

    “Be thankful of any and all gifts under the tree,” she said.

    That’s as true now as it was then, especially after I showed my selfish streak on that Christmas Day 70 years ago. 

  • Christmastime is always special at 618 Morris Road.  

    It’s the time of year when Harris and Marcene Plyler bring their Victorian-style home to life with boughs of holly and berries. 

    These natural decorations enhance both the Plyler home and yard. 

    Beth Craig of the Leaf and Petal Garden Club passes by the Plyler home often and especially enjoys seeing it during the Christmas holidays.