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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 25, 2012
Shirley Mae Hutson used to roast venison from a deer that she or her husband, Donald,  shot for Christmas dinner. Then Donald, a carpenter, stopped hunting after he fell 9 feet onto concrete during a job, said Donald Hutson, 75, who lives in the Huyetts Crossroads area. So turkey became the new Christmas Day entree. But for the past three or four Christmases, the Hutsons have gotten their Christmas dinner from the Shepherd's Table at Rehoboth United Methodist Church on East Salisbury Street in Williamsport.
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NEWS
December 22, 2011
The Maryland State Highway Administration will suspend all nonemergency roadwork for the next two holiday weekends, officials said Thursday. The SHA will suspend roadwork from today at 9 a.m. until Tuesday at 9 a.m., SHA spokesman David Buck said in a news release. The same will be true for the New Year's weekend. "We'll suspend roadwork again next Friday at the same time, and it will start again that next Tuesday," Buck said. He said contractors might be out working on Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, Dec. 29, but the roads will be open any other time between today and Tuesday, Jan. 3. Buck said there is a possibility all roads will remain open throughout next week.
NEWS
December 19, 2011
The Salvation Army Christmas Dinner committee continues to prepare for the big dinner it serves Christmas Day. Committee members have been collecting food and presents for those who either need a meal delivered or who will come to the door of The Salvation Army's building at 159 Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg for dinner, according to a news release from committee chairwoman Lynne Newman. Although the meal and other preparations are done at The Salvation Army building, the committee wants to make sure the day does not take away from the great work the organization does throughout the year in feeding those in need, Newman said.
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Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | December 23, 2011
Ebenezer AME Church's Senior Choir will hold its 36th annual Christmas Eve cantata Saturday at 9 p.m. This year's cantata is titled "A Light Still Shines. " The community is invited. The congregation will celebrate Christmas on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. The church is at 40 Bethel St. in Hagerstown. Christmas Eve service Second Christian Church, at 65 W. North Ave. in Hagerstown, will hold its Christmas Eve service Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
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by RICHARD BELISLE | December 26, 2002
waynesboro@herald-mail.com TRI-STATE - Mother Nature must have been feeling sentimental. For the first time in nine years, she graced the Tri-State area with a white Christmas. According to area weather observers, residents woke up Christmas morning to more than 4 inches of snow from a storm that began Tuesday afternoon, let off during the night then picked up steam again Christmas morning. According to Hagerstown weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, 1.4 inches fell Christmas Eve and 3.9 inches more fell Christmas Day. Keefer said the only other time significant snow fell on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was in 1962, when 5 inches fell.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | December 24, 2010
Joe Beeman grew up on a cattle farm in Garrett County, Md. His family was Irish and firmly grounded in the Christian faith. Decembers were characterized by Christmas carols, evergreens strung with lights and ornaments, and family gathered around for satisfying home-cooked meals. Christmas time always was a big deal. Even as an adult, Beeman gathered with his five sisters for Christmas at his childhood home, a “big house full of people” where there was “always music going on.” So imagine the shock to his system when on Dec. 25, 2004, Beeman, now 33, of Hagerstown, found himself across the globe in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
NEWS
December 24, 2009
Five things to do this week Go to the movies Lots to see in theaters this week end. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel," pictured, is in theaters now. "It's Complicated," a rom-com starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin, opens Christmas Day, as does "Sherlock Holmes. " When the parents are away ... Kevin McCalister will play. Christmas classic "Home Alone," starring McCauley Caulkin as Kevin McCallister, will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 30, at The Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg, Pa. See page B3. I heard the bells on Christmas Eve Carilloneur Julia Littleton will perform seasonal music at midnight Christmas Eve on the carillon at Mercersburg Academy's chapel, 300 E. Seminary St. Go to www.mercersburg.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 26, 2002
andrews@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - Dates and names are getting harder for Martha Rice to remember now that she's 102 years old. But hymns, though, she sings - and remembers - sharply. "What a friend we have in Jesus," Rice sings, after some prompting. "All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!" The most important advice for a long, healthy life, she said, is "try to serve the Lord, for He's our boss. " Rice turned 102 Wednesday - Christmas Day. The staff and residents at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro, where she has lived for the last two years, threw her a party on Christmas Eve. Rice was born in Wolfsville in Frederick County, Md., and fondly cherishes the years she attended Salem United Methodist Church.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | December 23, 2007
One year, he made everyone get up at 3 a.m. on Christmas Day. Austin Black, who was 6 or 7 at the time, couldn't wait to open his gifts. He woke up everyone in the house and brought them to the tree. "I was excited," said Austin, now 11, of Hagerstown. For many people, merry memories of Christmas begin in childhood. Austin and other kids in the Tri-State are forming their Christmas memories right now. Sometimes, it's a special gift that stands out. Sometimes, it's spending time with family and friends.
NEWS
December 20, 2010
A poem for Christmas ’Twas just days before Christmas and all through our town, lights are twinkling in windows and snow covers the ground.   The houses are filled with the holiday cheer and children await as St. Nicholas nears.   Decorations fill our homes and carols float through the air. Cookies are made, enough to be shared.   Wrap all the presents and mail out the cards, Christmas is upon us, it’s really not that hard.   To share the good tidings and sincere Christmas cheer.
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