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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 18, 2007
GREENCASTLE, PA. - Santa Claus made his official debut in Greencastle Saturday for the borough's annual Christmas Parade, riding in a large sleigh with his elves. The parade began at the corner of Ridge and Baltimore streets, proceeded down East Baltimore Street, turned left onto Carlisle Street and ended at Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373. For more than an hour, the crowd that assembled along Baltimore Street was entertained by more than 60 units of fire companies, school bands, brownie troops, dance groups, antique cars, church groups, banks, automotive companies and more.
December 18, 2006
Last week's question Members of the Hagerstown City Council changed their minds a couple of times on the procedure for replacing Kristin Aleshire. How should they do it if a vacancy occurs again? The next highest vote-getter should be placed in the vacant seat. We the people elected them, (not) the sitting body. Judging by who the people vote for, I don't think it would be a good idea to let the people decide. Elect two alternates when you have elections.
December 11, 2008
Every time a bell rings ... Get out the hot chocolate and the hankies as NBC plays the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" at 8 p.m. Saturday. You'll not only root for George Bailey (James Stewart), but learn the lyrics to "Buffalo Gals. " Colonial Christmas Take a walk back in time as the Gen. Adam Stephen House hosts its annual Colonial Christmas Illumination and Open House Saturday and Sunday in Martinsburg, W.Va. Yule log lighting, children's craft activities and plenty of holiday decorations.
December 23, 2012
Envision carolers singing in the streets of London and the joy of Christmas. That was the scene Nov. 17 for Heritage Academy's drama production of “A CHRISTmas Carol Revisited.” The classic “Christmas Carol” tale was adapted by Texas author Sharon R. Manacapilli. Ebenezer Scrooge was played by Collin Poyle and Bryce Nigh portrayed Jacob Marley. Cherie Clarke, Adam Long and Zach Muller played the three angels of Christmas. Under the direction of Mrs. Rohrbaugh, the school's art and drama teacher, the play brought the message of Christ to its audience, while also presenting a fun play to watch.
by MARIE GILBERT | December 3, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Saturday was a first for the little girl with the striking blue eyes. In years past, Santa had made her cry. But here she was, fearlessly sitting next to him, whispering in his ear and even smiling as she had her picture taken. "It's a Christmas miracle," her mother joked, as the 4-year-old left Santa's side and headed for a tray of cookies. "I guess you never know what to expect with kids. " Santa's appearance was the highlight of a Christmas party hosted by the Antietam Exchange Club for participants in the local Healthy Families parenting program.
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | December 19, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- There is no box and no bow. It was not handmade nor was it bought at a store. But it is the greatest gift Floyd Parsons has ever received, and the same gift he has spent the last 36 years giving to others. "It's pure joy," he said. "Seeing the look on their faces, I'd rather do this here than open a thousand presents. " Since 1973, Parsons, of Greencastle, Pa., has spread the gift of joy to residents of area nursing homes by dressing up as Santa.
by PEPPER BALLARD | December 9, 2002
HAGERSTOWN - Whether it's doing the math by hand or hand stitching every ornament she sells, Margaret Pheil stands to remind the community the Hagerstown City Farmers Market is a lasting personal experience. Pheil, 80, has been a vendor at the City Farmers Market for 50 years. She said she is proud of the Christmas ornaments - made of pearls, sequins and straight pins - that dangle for sale in a standing display on her table. The annual Holiday Craft Bazaar Sunday at the City Farmers Market brought in more Christmas shoppers this year than last, said Margaret Cronauer, owner and manager of Basket Celebrations, which sponsored the event.
by ERICA COLLIFLOWER | December 19, 2006
Christmas carols and other music of the holiday are everywhere, and I'm tired of it already. I am tired of the music for two reasons: We've been hearing them since before Thanksgiving, and they are the same songs we've been hearing since, well, as long as I can remember. We start hearing Christmas music around the middle of November. Evidently, this is supposed to boost spirits and make people excited for Christmas. It's probably related to marketing Christmas - to remind people that they need to start shopping and hoarding.
By LAURA ERNDE | December 18, 1999
All year long, those who work at Hagerstown's Department of Juvenile Justice try to help troubled youth straighten out their lives. But once a year they shift their attention to the older generation by singing Christmas carols to senior citizens. "It's turned out to be one of the nicest things we do as an office," said probation officer Joan Cave. On Friday, 11 of the co-workers walked across Public Square from their office to the Alexander House and sang holiday favorites like "Deck the Halls," "Jingle Bells," and "Frosty the Snowman" to about 50 seniors.
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