December 23, 1999
Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas we have been recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the last in the series. By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer At the Ragland's, presents and Christmas dinner wait until after the family has helped cook for more than 1,000 people. If all goes as planned this Christmas morning, Robert Ragland Jr. will wake up at 5. He'll get his children, who will "jump out of bed," and then they'll all go to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel.
December 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown residents could see up to 2 inches of snow and sleet on the ground today as the latest winter storm is expected to hit the area, according to a National Weather Service spokesman. The National Weather Service said Wednesday the Hagerstown area was under a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. today until 1 p.m. The last winter weather hit the area on Christmas morning in the form of freezing rain. The forecast was for snow to begin this morning after 4 a.m., although it is possible precipitation could start falling between 1 and 2 a.m., said meteorologist Kevin Witt of the National Weather Service.
November 16, 2006
Township planners OK building plans WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Washington Township planning commission moved forward on seven proposed developments and two subdivisions Monday, recommending that each be approved by the township board of supervisors. The seven proposed developments ranged in size from the 159-lot Glen Oaks Development along Pa. 16 to a one-lot ice cream shop on Washington Township Boulevard. While the commission recommended each plot plan for supervisor approval, most of its recommendations came with stipulations.
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.
December 17, 2006
Editor's note: In this 12-part series running through Christmas Eve, The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others. Name: Anne Marie DeBarge and Denise Lescalleet Age: Both women are 41 Home: DeBarge lives in Keedysville; Lescalleet lives in Hagerstown Occupation: DeBarge is school secretary; Lescalleet is school nurse Organization: Fountain Rock Elementary School What do you do to make Christmas brighter?
November 21, 2004
firstname.lastname@example.org SHARPSBURG - Old toys, new toys, farm toys of all description lined booths at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center this weekend, turning the exhibition hall into a rustic paradise for country-minded tots. Vendors hawked model tractors, toy grain trucks, even mini hay bales. A display of pint-sized pedal-propelled tractors invited examination, but signs warned that the toys were not for sale - or even for touching. Not all of the toys were geared toward children - along with model John Deere tractors, visitors could purchase John Deere desk clocks, John Deere dustpans, John Deere oven mitts and John Deere ceiling fans.
December 19, 2010
MONT ALTO, Pa. — “Ho, ho, ho” rang out over the sounds of firetruck sirens Sunday as Mont Alto-area volunteers embarked on their annual toy drive distribution. Santa Claus accompanied dozens of volunteers as they took toys, food and gift cards to families in need in the communities served by the Mont Alto and South Mountain fire departments. Santa prompted children to open one gift from the boxes carried into their homes. Coordinator Robin Vaughn said she remembers one woman urging her children to open only one present, as they wouldn’t otherwise have any for Christmas morning.
December 28, 2012
Penny R. (Dail) Cline, 69, of Boonsboro, Md., and formerly of Rockville, Md., passed away Christmas morning, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at her home. Born July 20, 1943, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Virginia (Hanger) Dail. Penny attended Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. Penny and her husband owned and operated Antique Partners in Boonsboro for more than 20 years. She was also an important part of the family weaving business, as well as a homemaker.
June 19, 2013
Betsy Payette of Mont Alto, Pa., is a member of the Waynesboro (Pa.) Historical Society. She contributed this recipe for Finnish pancake to the society's 2001 cookbook, “Culinary Traditions: A Taste of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.” Payette said her family ate this pancake every Christmas morning with sliced peaches and honey drizzled over the top. “It was the three of us - my husband, my daughter and myself,” Payette said. “My husband, George, made it. We lived in Europe, and probably it was served to us.” Betsy and George lived in Germany when he worked with the U.S. military newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
December 20, 2005
Every family has its own holiday traditions. Here, teen writers with The Herald-Mail's Next section share some of theirs. Stockings unstuffed By Nell Barber My brother and I get up and go to my parents' room with our stockings and open them on their bed. Then we have breakfast and then take turns opening presents. Card making By Fedora Copley My dad and I make Christmas cards and sell them at the Farmers Market in Hagerstown on Saturdays.