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By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | January 22, 1999
After being nearly gutted by fire last November, The Big Dipper ice cream store in Hagerstown is coming back with a new look, new flavors and a drive-through. The popular summertime destination in the city's South End has been closed since fire tore through the single-story building at 1033 Virginia Ave. on Nov. 22. The fire, sparked by faulty electrical wiring, caused about $100,000 in damage, store owner Wayne Eury said. Renovations have begun and the store is expected to open by mid-February, he said.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | September 12, 2004
bonnieb@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Big Dipper, a popular restaurant and teen meeting place of the 1950s and 1960s, has been closed for 34 years, but fond memories of it brought many former patrons back Saturday for a reunion. The "former teens" danced to Elvis Presley music, ate hamburgers and fries, and reminisced about the fun they had at the Big Dipper. The reunion at Waynesboro Area Senior High School was the second one for former Big Dipper owners Dick and Mary Jane Boyer to renew friendships with former patrons and employees.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | September 14, 2003
In the 1950s and '60s, the Big Dipper was the place to be for Waynesboro-area teenagers. Saturday evening, the cafeteria of the Waynesboro Area Senior High School was the place to be for those same, former teens. Transformed into the Big Dipper of the '50s and '60s for one night, the cafeteria was decorated with Big Dipper placemats, 45 rpm records hanging from the ceiling and lots of photos and memorabilia of the green-and-white restaurant that attracted as many as 400 to 500 teens a night.
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by ERIN JULIUS | May 16, 2007
Someone police are calling "Scoop" or "Scoops" assaulted a teenage employee at an ice cream store and fled after taking cash Tuesday afternoon. The robber told the clerk he had a weapon, but did not show one, when he robbed The Big Dipper ice cream store at 1033 Virginia Ave. at about 1 p.m., Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagers-town Police Department said. The robber was dressed in jeans and a white T-shirt, Kifer said. Officers found a white T-shirt near the shop. Written in permanent marker were the words, "Scoops (or Scoop)
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November 11, 2005
Veterans Day Sponsored by Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 42. Guest speaker will be Daniel L. Watson Jr., who was deployed to Iraq last year. Mason Dixon Barbershop Chorus will sing. Today, 11 a.m. Washington County Courthouse, West Washington Street, Hagerstown. A reception will follow at the Post on Northern Avenue. 'Life on Earth' A tender look at life in a small, struggling village in Africa on the eve of the new millennium. Offered by Shepherdstown Film Society.
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November 8, 2012
Deadline is today for Pa. Lights of Love effort GREENCASTLE, Pa. - To sponsor “Lights of Love” in Heritage Christmas, contact the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce today. Each light on the Greencastle square can be named “in celebration of” or “in memory of” a loved one. The Lights of Love scrolls will be initially displayed during the tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 16 Forms are available at the Chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St. For more information, call 717-597-4610.
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September 18, 1997
By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNSEBORO, Pa. - Fifty years from now, Waynesboro residents will haul a small burial vault out of the borough hall, open it and find images of late 20th-century pop culture, a touch of local history and a look at what folks today think their world will be like. "I hope we're all here to open it in 2047," said Glennda Lowson, a member of the board of the Exchange Club of Waynesboro. The capsule was filled and sealed Wednesday in honor of the town's 200th anniversary celebration now going on. It will be kept in the borough hall.
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By CHRIS KOPKO/William Brish Planetarium and ANDY SMETZER/TriState Astronomers | June 1, 2013
A year has already passed since the transit of Venus and though there is nothing in the June sky quite so spectacular this month, there's still plenty to see!  Let's get started finding our way around the June sky. As usual, we begin with the Big Dipper because it stands out in the night sky and is fairly easy for many people to find.  Locate the Big Dipper high in the northwestern sky with the handle made of three stars and the cup made of four.    Locate the two stars on the outside of the cup of the Big Dipper and follow an imaginary line through those two stars out the top of the cup until you reach the first bright star.  This star is called Polaris and is also currently the North Star because it's the star that is closest to being directly overhead at the north pole of the earth.  It will not always be the pole star and it has not always been the pole star in the past, however, because the earth wobbles on its axis as it spins in much the same way as a top wobbles as you spin it on a floor.    Because of this wobble the north pole of the earth does not always point toward the same star, causing the North Star to change over time.  This wobble does not happen quickly though, so Polaris has been and will continue to be the North Star for centuries to come.
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By CHRIS KOPKO/William Brish Planetarium and ANDY SMETZER/TriState Astronomers | June 1, 2013
A year has already passed since the transit of Venus and though there is nothing in the June sky quite so spectacular this month, there's still plenty to see!  Let's get started finding our way around the June sky. As usual, we begin with the Big Dipper because it stands out in the night sky and is fairly easy for many people to find.  Locate the Big Dipper high in the northwestern sky with the handle made of three stars and the cup made of four.    Locate the two stars on the outside of the cup of the Big Dipper and follow an imaginary line through those two stars out the top of the cup until you reach the first bright star.  This star is called Polaris and is also currently the North Star because it's the star that is closest to being directly overhead at the north pole of the earth.  It will not always be the pole star and it has not always been the pole star in the past, however, because the earth wobbles on its axis as it spins in much the same way as a top wobbles as you spin it on a floor.    Because of this wobble the north pole of the earth does not always point toward the same star, causing the North Star to change over time.  This wobble does not happen quickly though, so Polaris has been and will continue to be the North Star for centuries to come.
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November 8, 2012
Deadline is today for Pa. Lights of Love effort GREENCASTLE, Pa. - To sponsor “Lights of Love” in Heritage Christmas, contact the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce today. Each light on the Greencastle square can be named “in celebration of” or “in memory of” a loved one. The Lights of Love scrolls will be initially displayed during the tree-lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 16 Forms are available at the Chamber office at 217 E. Baltimore St. For more information, call 717-597-4610.
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By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | February 13, 2009
When my son brought home a paper from his science teacher detailing how he could earn extra credit by attending the planetarium program "The Stargazer," we checked our calendar and made plans with friends to attend the show. It was such a nice evening. I would recommend it as a worthwhile family experience. The program, which is presented by the William M. Brish Planetarium of the Washington County Public Schools, will take place again on Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and 24, at 7 p.m. If you go, you will be encouraged to check out many aspects of the winter sky. These days, for example, if you look to the west on a clear night, you will be able to see the planet Venus.
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By ERIN JULIUS | August 17, 2007
A Hagerstown man charged in a robbery in May at The Big Dipper ice cream store on Virginia Avenue pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree assault. Efrem Rahseen Jones, 18, was sentenced to six years in prison, with all but 15 months suspended. Jones will be held at the Washington County Detention Center and be given credit for 86 days he has served while awaiting trial, Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long ordered. Other charges, including robbery, were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | July 15, 2007
HAGERSTOWN-Papa John's Pizza won't send its delivery drivers to Hagerstown's higher crime areas after dark because its oldest driver was robbed twice this year while delivering pizza. A 17-year-old Big Dipper employee said she has been afraid to do anything by herself after a robber cornered her in the Hagerstown ice cream store where she worked in May. Oak Ridge Liquors has installed video cameras, posted a large security sign and made it a policy to keep less money in the cash register after the Halfway-area store was robbed in February.
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by ERIN JULIUS | May 16, 2007
Someone police are calling "Scoop" or "Scoops" assaulted a teenage employee at an ice cream store and fled after taking cash Tuesday afternoon. The robber told the clerk he had a weapon, but did not show one, when he robbed The Big Dipper ice cream store at 1033 Virginia Ave. at about 1 p.m., Sgt. Paul Kifer of the Hagers-town Police Department said. The robber was dressed in jeans and a white T-shirt, Kifer said. Officers found a white T-shirt near the shop. Written in permanent marker were the words, "Scoops (or Scoop)
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