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November 14, 2007
A blue spruce donated by Billie Jo Torrey of Edgar Avenue was hoisted into position Tuesday on Memorial Square in Chambersburg, Pa., to serve as the community Christmas tree. The tree will be lit at the conclusion of Saturday's annual Christmas parade sponsiored by the Downtown Business Council. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m, Chris Eyler, an employee with the Borough of Waynesboro, hangs wreath and garland on streetlights Tuesday in Waynesboro, Pa.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | November 21, 2011
A steady rain began falling Monday night as city officials prepared to light a 25-foot blue spruce tree in Hagerstown's Public Square. A crowd of people showed up despite the chilly weather, and umbrellas bobbed back and forth as people took advantage of hot popcorn, and free hot chocolate and cookies. “By the way, it's not raining. It's just a heavy dew,” master of ceremonies Lou Scally told the crowd before the 6 p.m. lighting. With the flip of a switch from Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and a group of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students who helped decorate the tree, the blue spruce shone in the square to the cheers of onlookers.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2010
Fueled by hot chocolate and warmed by a bonfire, children darted around Cherry Run Farm on Sunday as adults strapped Christmas trees to pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Jeff Hull, who owns the farm with his wife, Beth, said families need little guidance when selecting among the Fraser fir, concolor fir, blue spruce and Douglas fir trees. “The best advice I can give is beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” Jeff Hull said. Some people prefer the concolor firs for their citrus scent, while others like the blue spruces because they can hold heavy ornaments, he said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | November 30, 1999
HAGERSTOWN ? Kathryn Renner said she wished her late husband, Ronney Lee Sr., could have been at the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Monday evening on the square in Hagerstown. Several years ago, Ronney talked about donating a tree from their property for the city to use, she said, but he died three years ago and never got the chance. Following through on her husband's wishes, Kathryn gave the city a 25-foot blue spruce to use this year. She lit it in his honor Monday night before a crowd of about 300 people.
NEWS
November 22, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony Monday at 5 p.m. at Public Square. The ceremony will be followed by the 20th annual Hollyfest at 7 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre. Both events are free. Tickets are not required for Hollyfest. This year's tree is a 30-foot blue spruce donated by Vicki Shirley. Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Michael Thorsen, principal of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, will turn on the tree's lights at 6 p.m. The North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high school bands will perform, and members of Girls Inc. will sing Christmas carols at the ceremony.
NEWS
By TARA REILLY | December 12, 2004
FUNKSTOWN The Heller family's method of finding a fresh-cut Christmas tree is rather simple: Picture how high the ceiling is and look for one that fits. "The ceiling is 8 feet tall, so that's how high the tree should be," said Fred Heller, who stood on his tippy-toes at the Good Spirits Tree Farm near Funkstown Saturday with his arm extended straight up in the air, demonstrating how much room the family had for a tree. Sharon Heller, his wife, said buying a Christmas tree from Good Spirits, at 9711 Old National Pike, has been a family tradition for about 15 years.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 14, 2003
waynesboro@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Wilbur and Ruth Wilson have a snapshot of their 19-year-old granddaughter, Megan, standing near a tiny blue spruce tree near the driveway of the Wilson's home. Megan was around 2 years old at the time, her grandfather said. The blue spruce behind her in the photo looks like it was about 4 feet tall. Early next week, some men will come to the Wilson's home at 13554 Country Side Lane and cut down the spruce, which now stands more than 30 feet high.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | October 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Roger Finn already knows what he wants for Christmas. Finn, who with his son, Randy, owns Antietam Tree and Turf, is on the lookout for a 25- to 30-foot-tall Norway, blue spruce or fir tree. They want to erect it in front of Washington County Hospital for the Christmas season. Finn, 65, has done this for about 15 years. The past few years, he has donated his work in memory of his grandson, Henry Atwell Finn. Henry, who was Randy's son, was 16 months old when he died of sudden infant death syndrome on Dec. 1, 2003.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Downtown Hagerstown has been spruced up as Christmas approaches. The 30-foot blue spruce in Public Square was donated by Vicki Shirley. After master of ceremonies Lou Scally's "3-2-1" countdown, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Michael T. Thorsen, principal of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, flicked a switch Monday to turn on the tree's lights for the season. The silver-and-blue glow from the tree and the red-and-gold-wrapped light poles along the sidewalks left the downtown bright and festive, despite a moderate rain.
NEWS
By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 4, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The 25-foot blue spruce that now floats in the middle of the lake at City Park once stood in the front yard of Vickie Shirley's home on Englewood Road. "It was too big to string lights on," Shirley said Friday night at the annual lighting ceremony at City Park. Shirley donated her two towering trees to the City of Hagerstown this year -- one for the lake and one that stands in Public Square downtown. "Now, I have all my Christmas lights and you can see them.
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NEWS
February 6, 2013
Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone in Maryland who joins the foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm.  The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign. The Tree City USA program has supported community forestry throughout the country for more than 35 years. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2011
Christmas just wouldn't be the same without the aroma of pine and a field full of perfectly sculpted evergreen trees. But, after more than four decades, 89-year-old Lee "Tucker" Hopkins and his wife Doris, 66, are closing out an era. This year is the official end to the Flowerwood Farms Christmas tree farm off Two Top Road in Clay Lick. Hopkins' health has forced him into an early retirement from the dream he began as a teenager. In the early 1930s, Hopkins read about a new industry of planting Christmas trees on strip mines in Pennsylvania that piqued his interest.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | November 21, 2011
A steady rain began falling Monday night as city officials prepared to light a 25-foot blue spruce tree in Hagerstown's Public Square. A crowd of people showed up despite the chilly weather, and umbrellas bobbed back and forth as people took advantage of hot popcorn, and free hot chocolate and cookies. “By the way, it's not raining. It's just a heavy dew,” master of ceremonies Lou Scally told the crowd before the 6 p.m. lighting. With the flip of a switch from Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and a group of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students who helped decorate the tree, the blue spruce shone in the square to the cheers of onlookers.
LIFESTYLE
Celeste Maiorana | January 7, 2011
In late December, in the wake of the storm that didn’t give us the snow that was predicted but did deliver the winds, I took a woodland walk with my family. As we stepped outside, the effects of the wind could be heard and seen, roaring through and tossing the tops of the trees with great vigor. At ground level, though, it was much more calm. We sauntered along the path, enjoying the sunshine, which has seemed too-often absent lately. As we approached the western boundary, which runs along open pasture and cropland, we suddenly felt the full force of the wind.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 6, 2010
Fueled by hot chocolate and warmed by a bonfire, children darted around Cherry Run Farm on Sunday as adults strapped Christmas trees to pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Jeff Hull, who owns the farm with his wife, Beth, said families need little guidance when selecting among the Fraser fir, concolor fir, blue spruce and Douglas fir trees. “The best advice I can give is beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” Jeff Hull said. Some people prefer the concolor firs for their citrus scent, while others like the blue spruces because they can hold heavy ornaments, he said.
NEWS
By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 4, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The 25-foot blue spruce that now floats in the middle of the lake at City Park once stood in the front yard of Vickie Shirley's home on Englewood Road. "It was too big to string lights on," Shirley said Friday night at the annual lighting ceremony at City Park. Shirley donated her two towering trees to the City of Hagerstown this year -- one for the lake and one that stands in Public Square downtown. "Now, I have all my Christmas lights and you can see them.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | November 23, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Downtown Hagerstown has been spruced up as Christmas approaches. The 30-foot blue spruce in Public Square was donated by Vicki Shirley. After master of ceremonies Lou Scally's "3-2-1" countdown, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Michael T. Thorsen, principal of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, flicked a switch Monday to turn on the tree's lights for the season. The silver-and-blue glow from the tree and the red-and-gold-wrapped light poles along the sidewalks left the downtown bright and festive, despite a moderate rain.
NEWS
November 22, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The City of Hagerstown will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony Monday at 5 p.m. at Public Square. The ceremony will be followed by the 20th annual Hollyfest at 7 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre. Both events are free. Tickets are not required for Hollyfest. This year's tree is a 30-foot blue spruce donated by Vicki Shirley. Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Michael Thorsen, principal of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, will turn on the tree's lights at 6 p.m. The North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high school bands will perform, and members of Girls Inc. will sing Christmas carols at the ceremony.
NEWS
November 14, 2007
A blue spruce donated by Billie Jo Torrey of Edgar Avenue was hoisted into position Tuesday on Memorial Square in Chambersburg, Pa., to serve as the community Christmas tree. The tree will be lit at the conclusion of Saturday's annual Christmas parade sponsiored by the Downtown Business Council. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m, Chris Eyler, an employee with the Borough of Waynesboro, hangs wreath and garland on streetlights Tuesday in Waynesboro, Pa.
NEWS
By ARNOLD S. PLATOU | October 3, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Roger Finn already knows what he wants for Christmas. Finn, who with his son, Randy, owns Antietam Tree and Turf, is on the lookout for a 25- to 30-foot-tall Norway, blue spruce or fir tree. They want to erect it in front of Washington County Hospital for the Christmas season. Finn, 65, has done this for about 15 years. The past few years, he has donated his work in memory of his grandson, Henry Atwell Finn. Henry, who was Randy's son, was 16 months old when he died of sudden infant death syndrome on Dec. 1, 2003.
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