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January 22, 2012
Music has always meant so much to me To the editor: I will try to find the words to tell you what music means to me and how important it is in my life. I'm one of 13 children and all of us loved to sing. We grew up singing in our home with the piano (which four of my siblings played) and organ, even without musical background. We all sang in our church choir, in school plays and operettas, and one of my siblings directed a church choir for 35 years. Music has always been so much a part of our lives.
December 28, 2011
Hagerstown police have charged a city man with allegedly threatening a man with a handgun on Christmas Eve. Tony Grant, 24, whose last known address was 408 N. Prospect St., is charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a handgun and using a firearm in a crime of violence, according to the statement of charges. Grant was jailed on $150,000 bond, according to Washington County District Court records. Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police were called to North Potomac Street for a report of an assault, the charging documents said.
By DON AINES | | December 24, 2011
One man at the Bridge of Life community dinner on Christmas Eve described his holiday situation this way: “I'm right next to homeless and hungry,” said the man, who declined to give his name. He went on to say he has been out of prison for six months, and times on the outside have been tough. The hungry part was satisfied, at least for the time, for that man and about 200 other men, women and children who showed up at the church for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other trimmings, and plentiful desserts.
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.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | December 23, 2011
Hagerstown resident Mike Stoner's favorite Christmas memory involves a tradition that sent his children scurrying to bed in advance of Santa's arrival. Stoner, who recently was collecting money for The Salvation Army at Valley Mall, said that memory dates back 30 years, to when his children were young. "We would get the kids to the window, and I would go up in the attic with a bell and say, 'Santa Claus is coming,'" said Stoner, 69. "The kids would run and get in bed because they were sure that they heard sleigh bells.
Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | December 21, 2011
Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope everyone enjoys Christmas with a child's enthusiasm and an adult's wisdom. Christmas is a great time to forgive the past and begin the present. Senior site Smithsburg senior site calendar: •  Today - Christmas singalong, 10 a.m. Pets invited to service Mount Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ in Keedysville invites the community to a Christmas Eve service for family, friends, neighbors and their pets.
By DAVE McMILLION | | December 21, 2011
A 62-year-old Hagerstown woman is having a difficult time this Christmas season. The woman, who would only give her first name as Vicky, said she always spent Christmas with her sister. But her sister committed suicide on Halloween. "Christmas doesn't seem like Christmas this year, because it's just too full of sadness," Vicky said following a "blue Christmas" service Wednesday night at Washington Square United Methodist Church on Washington Avenue in Hagerstown. Vicky said her sister suffered for years from depression.
December 21, 2011
Antietam Church of God, Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Saturday. Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren, candlelight Christmas Eve service with communion at 11 p.m. Saturday. Special music and soloists. Pastor Rachel Black and Caleb Wilson will be the readers. Blair's Valley First Church of God, Clear Spring, Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Saturday with children's recitations. A skit by Bev Hawbaker will be presented by adults titled "The Joy of Christmas. " Bridge of Life, a Christmas Eve celebration featuring the worship team, One Accord Youth, dance team and children's ministry at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | December 20, 2011
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, at 30 S. Martin St. in Clear Spring, invites the community to its Christmas Eve candlelight worship service at 10 p.m. The service will include Christmas music by organist Lisa Shives, pianist Judy Haines, vocal solos by Jeff Cook and Katrina Petryka, and a quartet of Emily Myers, Gavin Myers, Sam Myers and Beth Smith. Legion dance set for Friday Clear Spring American Legion Post 222 will hold Motown Night Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight.
December 20, 2011
The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor this year's Christmas Eve service at the Letterkenny Chapel, 2171 Carbaugh Ave., on Saturday at 6 p.m. The service will be patterned after the traditional Christmas Eve services held from 1960 to 1995 when the Chapel served its congregation as a military chapel. This year's speaker will be the Rev. Ray L. Kauffman, former chaplain of Franklin County (Pa.) Jail and the Fruitbelt Farmworkers Ministry. The Rev. Dr. William Harter will assist as liturgist.
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