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Picking the perfect family pet
May 26, 2010 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
Picking the perfect family pet | Test

There is nothing quite like seeing a puppy stick its little head out from a wrapped present on Christmas morning. And any kid will tell you that being surprised with a new kitten on their birthday was unsurpassed for best gift ever. Instead of surprises, however, local trainers and animal shelter representatives know how crucial it is to go about finding the perfect pet as a family unit, with plenty of thought and planning.

Don’t let that brain go to waste over the summer
May 25, 2010 – 7:27 pm | No Comment
Don’t let that brain go to waste over the summer | Test

It’s the time of year most of us wish we could revisit. Where neighborhood pools and the ice cream truck were the most important items on our agendas. Where sunburns didn’t equate to poor skin health and the ocean seemed to bring entire families together for weeks at a time. Ahh, summertime.

Easy, no-bake goodies
May 24, 2010 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Easy, no-bake goodies | Test

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Summer is a great time to get kids into the kitchen to make some snacks and desserts. Whether you need something to take to a picnic or just something to do on a rainy …

Tree trails, the pre-GPS solution
May 21, 2010 – 5:46 pm | No Comment
Tree trails, the pre-GPS solution | Test

No maps. No atlas. No GPS -navigation system. It didn’t matter, not back in the 1600s and 1700s anyway. Today, it may be cause for panic. The Cherokee Indians crafted their own way of locating landmarks and villages while trekking from place to place.

Seneca Fest to celebrate Memorial Day
May 20, 2010 – 6:00 pm | One Comment
Seneca Fest to celebrate Memorial Day | Test

The official start of summer kicks off next weekend nationwide, but in Oconee, the 4th annual Seneca Fest will bring in the season of fun at Norton-Thompson Park. Running over Memorial Day weekend, on Friday and Saturday, this year is slated to be bigger and better than years before. Rick Lacey, Seneca recreation director, said the music this year will be the best yet.

BlackBerry moms and dads…how technology and parenting impact kids
May 19, 2010 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
BlackBerry moms and dads…how technology and parenting impact kids | Test

Could technology be the newest home wrecker? Some experts say ‘yes.’ In a world of Blackberrys, iPhones, computers and mobile email, leaving the office physically doesn’t always mean leaving it literally. Studies show that nearly 50 percent of Americans take work home with them at least three nights a week and Joel Agate, an expert in therapeutic recreation at Clemson University, said it needs to be stopped.

Pre-summer bodies need boot camp? Fike has what you need!
May 18, 2010 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
Pre-summer bodies need boot camp? Fike has what you need! | Test

Boot camp. Does the term send shivers up your spine? Are you imagining a drill sergeant screaming in your face? No worries, you aren’t being recruited for the army. Instead, Upstate women are falling in love with a new kind of boot camp.

Simple summer solutions
May 17, 2010 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Simple summer solutions | Test

Summertime entertaining should be easy and fun. And it can be – with some simple solutions and fresh recipes. Holly Clegg, the “Queen of Quick,” is a best-selling cookbook author who knows how to keep things sweet and simple. She’s teamed up with the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Make it PossibleSM campaign to offer helpful tips and recipes to make your summer entertaining a breeze.

The tasty traditions behind Les Marmitons
May 14, 2010 – 5:17 pm | No Comment
The tasty traditions behind Les Marmitons | Test

One thing is for sure, their wives are thrilled at the prospect of not having to cook a few nights a week. Better yet, the wives are getting the ultimate food treatment from their husbands, all because of the tradition of Les Marmitons.

Museum events sure to please the whole family
May 13, 2010 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
Museum events sure to please the whole family | Test

Art, history, beautiful gardens, fun, family and food. That sums up what Upstate families will be enjoying this weekend at two different venues in Pickens County. In addition to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens providing the perfect backdrop to an afternoon stroll, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum (on site) will open its doors for “Museum Day,” an annual event with tons of activities lined up for all ages.

Fighting the good fight and winning
May 12, 2010 – 7:00 pm | One Comment
Fighting the good fight and winning | Test

It was relatively routine for Scott Brothers to visit his immediate family in Greenwood from Clemson University. He had settled in at school and was happy being a tiger. He had just modified his major to civil engineering and was satisfied with the road he was on.

Drop the sodas at dinner, pick up a glass of milk
May 11, 2010 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Drop the sodas at dinner, pick up a glass of milk | Test

The tradition of milk at dinner has lost popularity over the years. Now sodas, juices and even energy drinks are filling in the dairy blank at supper, and nutritionists are hoping to start a late rally cry for milk support.

Early peak for strawberries in the Upstate
May 10, 2010 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Early peak for strawberries in the Upstate | Test

The slightest pressure from a bite will unlock the juicy gates of a 2010 strawberry in the Upstate. The sweet favorites are here early this year and are as ripe as ever, according to local growers.

The philosophy of pottery: Shaped by hard work, as in life
May 7, 2010 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
The philosophy of pottery: Shaped by hard work, as in life | Test

When Randy Koon makes a new piece of pottery, he knows that the magic he works on his clay is very similar to the journey we all take through life. After dabbling in ceramics during college, he put down the clay until about five years ago.