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OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | December 28, 2011
The Male Christmas Experience: You've gone through this all about 20 times before, so you understand you're pretty much hopeless before the whole things starts. But you know you have to shop anyway, and you still remember a couple of ground rules from past Christmas disasters. Rules like don't buy her something that reminds her of work, like a toilet plunger, and don't buy her something that you really want for yourself like "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. " So, armed with these reminders in your toolbox and a few others, you head out to the store.
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NEWS
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.
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
Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro | December 20, 2011
The Boonsboro High School Band will present a holiday concert tonight in the auditorium at the school at 7 p.m. The event will include seasonal music and light refreshments after the show.  Admission is by donation to the Band Boosters. 'Miracle at the Manger' Mount Nebo Christian Preschool will present  “Miracle at the Manger,” a musical play performed by students ages 2 to 13.    The play will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Boonsboro High School auditorium.
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.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
The Rev. Tom Claggett is no stranger to the Brunswick area. A descendent of the first Episcopal bishop of Maryland, Claggett resides on a farm that has been in his family since 1793. He is a native son of St. Mark's Parish, which includes Grace Episcopal Church in Brunswick. When Bishop Eugene Sutton assigned Claggett to Grace, it was more like a homecoming. Claggett splits his ministry between Grace and St. Paul's in Point of Rocks, Md.   The church also has welcomed the Rev. Anjel Scarborough, who will serve the parish.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 25, 2010
The Waffle House on Sharpsburg Pike felt more like a home on Christmas Day as some families gathered at the restaurant to share their holiday breakfast. Boonsboro resident Jill Selby said her family made Waffle House a part of its Christmas celebration about a decade ago. “We come out for breakfast after we open our presents,” she said. “It’s the only place that’s open. They always treat us good. It’s sad they have to work, but I’m thankful they do.” Waffle House District Manager John Strickland said the restaurant chain never closes.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
December 23, 2010
Christmas Day has the joy, but Christmas Eve has the spirit.   It's the calm before the paper-shredding, food-shoveling, battery-operated storm that, for better or worse, has come to define Christmas. We find that Christmas Eve - after the last store has closed and after the last cookie has been baked - is the most soulful time of the season, the time for taking a breath and enjoying the lighted tree and unripped rainbow of color beneath it. Perhaps some candles and the scent of pine complete the mood.
LIFESTYLE
December 23, 2010
 The Williamsport Ministerium invites the public to the fifth annual Shepherd’s Table Christmas dinner. The free dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Day at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., Williamsport. Organizers says the Shepherd???s Table Christmas dinner is open to anyone who needs a hot meal or who will be alone on Christmas Day. For more information, call 301-582-3454 or go to www.rehobothumc.org.
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