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By CALEB CALHOUN | | December 7, 2012
For Alekos 2 Go owner Steve Kontos, the Grinch came early. Kontos showed up at work Friday morning to notice some of the lights stolen from his Christmas tree outside and an American flag stolen from the property. “I'm inside prepping, running back and forth, and I noticed out front there was a stack of lightbulbs from the Christmas tree laying on the ground,” he said. “I thought that was weird because they were on last night when we left.” Kontos also realized that the heat was not working when he went inside.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | December 1, 2012
Whack. A toddler struck a Christmas tree with a bat. A crowd cheered him on as it spun in circles. The tree was stuffed with candy, a piñata to amuse the 50 or so children who celebrated the Christmas season Saturday at Fort Ritchie Community Center's Tree Lighting and Fun with Santa. At the opposite end of the gymnasium were older children with slightly more refined motor skills hammering away at a snowman piñata. A young girl executed the final blow as an excited throng made a mad dash for its contents.
By TRISH RUDDER | | November 30, 2012
A new tradition began Friday night when the Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held for the first time in the new town square on King Street. The 20-foot Norway Spruce twinkled with multi-colored lights and was topped with a gold star.  Randy Lewis, director of Main Street Martinsburg, the organization's sponsor, said the Home for the Holidays Downtown event kicks off the holiday celebrations in town. The event “is totally for the community,” Main Street Martinsburg president Nancy Ferner said.
November 29, 2012
The Top Five 'Almost, Maine' Presented by Boonsboro High School Drama. In a town called Almost, Maine, the meaning of love, in all of its beautiful and sometimes troubling ways, is addressed. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30. Boonsboro High School, 10 Campus Ave., Boonsboro. $5. Call 301-766-8022 or email . Christmas by candlelight Ring in Christmas 1876 during Rural Heritage Village by Candlelight tour. Visitors will listen to storytellers, learn holiday customs, sing carols, and see traditions from early Washington County settlers and period decorations.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | November 29, 2012
Bid on a Christmas wreath for the door, enjoy a holiday tea on real Fostoria glassware, buy a gift at the Snowflake Festival Market, see Santa light the town Christmas tree on the square. These and more will be on hand today through Thursday during Home for the Holidays, the annual Christmas gift to the community from the volunteers at Main Street Martinsburg. The festivities begin today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the opening of the Doors to Christmas in the Shenandoah Hotel building at North Queen and Martin streets.
By BETH ROWLAND | Special to The Herald-Mail | November 29, 2012
Remember Charlie Brown's Christmas tree? The pitiful-looking little twig that becomes a beautiful Christmas tree with a little Christmas love and spirit? Every year since 2009, the Springfield Farm Barn in Williamsport becomes the embodiment of that favorite story as "Charlie Brown's Christmas-Reindeers in the Rafters" is staged. This year's Charlie Brown Christmas - Reindeer in the Rafters runs 3 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1 and 8, Sundays, Dec. 2 and 9; and noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. A full schedule and a virtual tour of last year's event are available on the Williamsport website (see box)
Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | November 28, 2012
Fresh Christmas trees from Fulton County, Pa., and Garrett County, Md., are available for purchase at Concordia Lutheran Church. Fraser fir trees cost $45 and Douglas firs cost $35 (available Dec. 5). Live wreaths and centerpieces also will be available. The trees will be available Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. The church is at 17906 Garden Lane in Hagerstown.   WHS 60th reunion Classmates of Williamsport High School Class of 1952 are invited to the 60th reunion Sunday at Western Sizzlin' steakhouse in Halfway.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | November 24, 2012
A crowd of about 75 people braved cold and blustery weather conditions Saturday night for this small western Washington County town's annual Christmas tree lighting. Tyler and Maryann Johnson of Warfordsburg, Pa., brought their 4-year-old daughter, Alexis, to Joseph Hancock Jr. Primitive Park. “This is our first time,” Johnson's mother said as they waited in a small line to meet Santa Claus, who arrived on a firetruck just before a large fir tree was lighted in the park. Alexis said she wanted a red Ninja Turtle when asked what she wanted for Christmas.
By DON AINES | | November 24, 2012
While malls and shopping centers were jammed with Black Friday shoppers, the Greensburg Farm Market on Virginia Avenue was doing a brisk business in Christmas trees, wreathes and garland. “It's a nice day, we usually get our tree right after Thanksgiving and my son was here to help me, so I took advantage of the situation,” said Shelley Sachariah of Hagerstown. “And they always have a good selection of the trees I like, Frazier firs,” she said. Buying a Christmas tree at Greensburg Farm Market is a tradition for Bill Martin of Hagerstown, who was accompanied by his wife and son. The trees are always fresh at the market and last six weeks to two months, he said.
November 23, 2012
Christmas tree lighting with Santa Hancock's Christmas tree will be lighted, and Santa will come through town and stop at the tree to meet children and give treats. 6 p.m. Saturday. Joseph Hancock Jr. Primitive Park, 161-175 W. Main St., Hancock. Call 301-988-2776 or email . Country Western dance Country Western Dance Association line dance for singles and couples. 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Maugansville Ruritan, 18007 Maugans Ave., Maugansville.
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