• by Kayla Vaughn for Carolina Gateway
    Do your kids have green thumbs? Even if they’re all thumbs, Lancaster County 4-H has a program that can teach them how to garden.
    The 4-H small garden project sets them up with seeds and plenty of help in getting them well on the way to successful gardening.
    By growing gardens of their own, youth involved in the 2016 4-H small garden project experienced first-hand what it means to grow their own food.

  • Local residents are finding ways to enjoy the outdoors without the elements.
    Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Theresa Gahren’s custom-built, screened-in porch allows her to enjoy the outdoors, no matter the season or weather.
    “We love it,” she said. “It’s an extension of the inside, outside.”
    Gahren enjoys sitting on her extended patio with her German shepherds and uses her porch for eating meals, napping and reading.

  • from Budget Blinds release
    There are two unwritten rules in the parent-child relationship: Children will play with and around things they are not supposed to, and parents must do their best to keep their children from getting into danger.
    As a help to parents, Budget Blinds encourages parents to look for hidden hazards around window areas, particularly window treatment cords.

  • METRO – After a few months of chilly temperatures, come spring, many homeowners are eager to throw open their windows and doors and breathe new life into their homes. Simple changes made now – even before the weather warms up – can improve interior spaces and brighten the atmosphere of a home.
    Go plant shopping

  • VAN WYCK – American diarist and suffragette Ellen Birdseye Wheaton one wrote, “All my scattering moments are taken up with my needle.”
    Local seamstress Janie Straight knows that truth firsthand.
    A self-professed former hippie in 1970s California who worked as a waitress, journalist, typesetter and sign painter, to name a few of her jobs, Straight left the chaotic world of Los Angeles and settled in South Carolina with her husband, Dennis, 20 years ago.

  • Catawba Area Agency on Aging

    ROCK HILL – Kathy is a 76-year-old independent woman. She owns her home and car, but she struggles to pay the bills and afford nutritious food each week. As a result, she lost 25 pounds in the last year.
    Luckily, she found help before her health suffered. A community organization helped Kathy apply for and receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Kathy quickly regained 10 pounds and feels better than she has in years.

  • ◆ Indian Land Satellite Senior Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521 North), Indian Land, (803) 802-4653. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Site manager: Julie Morgan
    ◆ Sun City Carolina Lakes Lake House, 1353 Del Webb Blvd., Indian Land, (803) 547-8858. Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open only to Sun City residents.
    ◆ Lancaster County Council on Aging, 309 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster, (803) 285-6956. Executive director: Sally Sherrin

  • September is a time of year when many things happen. School is back in session, the weather begins to cool, the days are just a bit shorter and, more importantly, it’s an opportunity to contemplate several important things:  
    ◆ Today, Sept. 23, is Falls Prevention Day, so all Lancaster County senior centers will be discussing ways for seniors to prevent falls.  

  • The highly anticipated morning of April 1 brought much excitement to Lake Antler in Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    Senior sailors from the Model Yacht Club hosted a regatta for the young men from the Lancaster Children’s Home.
    The regatta had been scheduled for March 30, when it was cold  and rainy, but on this day, a power greater than the weatherman  provided a perfect day for sailing.  

  • Today, there are more drivers over age 70 than ever as Baby Boomers keep the keys into their golden years.
    Estimates by the Federal Highway Administration indicate there were nearly 23.6 million licensed drivers over age 70 in 2013, or about 11 percent of all drivers.
    This percentage is expected to increase as the population of those 70 and older rises to nearly 53.7 million by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • By Karen Reardon, Heritage Funeral & Cremation

    Baby boomers are heading toward retirement and are more than ever thinking about the disposition of their bodies upon their death.
    In general, baby boomers have always wanted to be different, so they are either planning elaborate send-off parties or, more likely, returning to the philosophy of simplicity is better.
    Heritage Funeral Home and Forest Lawn East Cemetery are one of a limited number of funeral home providers offering green burial in North and South Carolina.

  • The White House has held a Conference on Aging each decade since the 1960s to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade.  

  • May is Older Americans Month.
    This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the federal Administration for Community Living, is focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities and making a positive impact in the lives of others.
    The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is Get into the ACT.

  • from Catawba Area Agency on Aging

    Recently, the S.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging has been alerted to a scam in South Carolina involving lotteries and sweepstakes contests that targets senior citizens. 
    If you, or a loved one, ever receive a letter or telephone call announcing that you have won the lottery or a sweepstakes contest, do not provide any personal or financial information.

  • Acataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that occurs over time due to aging, certain diseases such as diabetes, certain medicines, smoking, family genetics and injury.
    Everyone who lives long enough gets cataracts at some point in their life. Key advances in cataract surgery now provide surgeons with exciting, potentially life-changing treatment options for patients with cataracts.
    Unfortunately, there is no eye drop or medicine to clear up a cataract.

  • IL Masonic Lodge held its annual barbecue fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 21. Here are some photos from the event.

  • Shopping is a big part of the holiday season, when families and friends gather to reconnect and exchange gifts. The benefits of shopping locally go beyond convenience and the chance to reduce your carbon footprint. Shopping locally this holiday season can directly benefit your community and the people who call it home.

  • If your shopping list includes gifts for art lovers, have no fear. Lancaster County offers plenty of local artwork.
    Bob Doster, an internationally acclaimed metal sculptor, makes his home in Van Wyck. But you can usually find him at Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, 217 E. Gay St., Lancaster. The studio is a treasure trove of art by local artisans including Doster himself. His work can also be found at Winona’s Flowers and Gifts, Annette’s Hallmark and the Lancaster County School District Office.

  • With all of the available technology available to children, sometimes it may seem that traditional toys get left in the dust. However there are still a ton of tangible items that are popular with children.

  • If you’re looking for Christmas gifts that are unique and unusual, there are several local stores that can help with that.
    The Southern Nest, 6820 Carolina Commons Drive, offers a charming mix of home decor, jewelry and gifts. Owned by Leslie Harris and Marie Chamberlain, it is full of paintings, handbags, themed items, Lilly Pulitzer items, clothing and more.