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BREAKINGNEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE and DAVE McMILLION | julieg@herald-mail.com and davem@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2012
Hagerstown and the surrounding area woke up Tuesday to a white Christmas, much of which had melted by the evening as another storm was expected to bring a wintry mix, including ice, that would make travel treacherous Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. On Christmas Day, the National Weather Service upgraded a winter storm watch for the region to a winter storm advisory, as up to two-tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is expected in the Hagerstown area and along the Interstate 81 corridor through Wednesday night, meteorologist Jared Klein said.
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NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2012
Hearty post-holiday bargain hunters headed out to the Valley Mall in fair numbers on Wednesday despite the snow and icy conditions that left roads a slippery mess. The day after Christmas might be the new Black Friday for shoppers, but this one posed a challenge to those determined to hit the stores. “The weather outside is frightful, but once you're inside it's delightful,” said Julie Rohm, the mall's general manager. The mall's hours were unchanged Wednesday despite the weather, but whether any sales would be extended would be a decision of the retailers, many of which are national chains, such as Sears, American Eagle and Bon-Ton, she said.
OPINION
December 25, 2012
“I see a former city council member thinks that the city mishandled the anonymous donor, whoever that might have been, for the stadium. Well, look at yourselves in the mirror, council people, the past council. And maybe you should ask yourself, why were we being so secretive? Why weren't we more open with the public? This anonymous donor should have been open with the public, especially when it came to that much money and that much work downtown. And I think our county commissioners should take note also.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 25, 2012
Shirley Mae Hutson used to roast venison from a deer that she or her husband, Donald,  shot for Christmas dinner. Then Donald, a carpenter, stopped hunting after he fell 9 feet onto concrete during a job, said Donald Hutson, 75, who lives in the Huyetts Crossroads area. So turkey became the new Christmas Day entree. But for the past three or four Christmases, the Hutsons have gotten their Christmas dinner from the Shepherd's Table at Rehoboth United Methodist Church on East Salisbury Street in Williamsport.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
There could be snow and sleet this Christmas Eve as the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., has issued a winter weather advisory for Washington County and Western Maryland that will be in effect until midnight. The forecast called for a chance of freezing rain Monday afternoon, the weather service said. Snow and sleet could accumulate up to an inch with “a trace” of ice accumulation. The chance of precipitation is near 100 percent, the weather service said. Conditions are expected to be substantially the same for Allegany County, the weather service said.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 24, 2012
A foam meal tray is pulled from a tower of trays and moved down a row of tables, where someone places a slice of ham in the tray, and then another volunteer tops it with a slice of turkey. Then a scoop of stuffing, a spoonful of buttered green beans, a plop of roasted potatoes and a ladle full of gravy are added. The tray is closed and slid around the corner of tables, where someone packs it into a red reusable Meritus Health bag. Another container, holding a slice of pumpkin pie, a roll, cranberry sauce and whipped spread is added to the bag. At least 200 volunteers were busy cooking, packing and delivering hot meals Monday morning and afternoon for approximately 2,300 Washington County residents on Christmas Eve. This was the 11th year for the Lend-A-Hand Dinner sponsored by Meritus Medical Center's medical staff and Medical Emergency Professionals, which is the contracted group that staffs the medical center's Emergency Department, said Dr. Stephen Kotch from the medical center's Emergency Department.
OPINION
December 23, 2012
The traditional wish for Christmas peace is all the more poig-nant in this, what has been a most divisive and unsettling year. We have survived another campaign year - not gracefully perhaps, but we survived nonetheless. Just this month, we have witnessed one of the more unthinkable tragedies in the nation's history. And locally, we are once again wrestling with the same old issues that have plagued Hagerstown for decades, even ones that we thought we had just recently, finally, put to rest.
LIFESTYLE
December 23, 2012
Ornaments are more than decorations on a Christmas tree. With each hook, they hold a memory. They could be a store-bought ornament that was given to mark a milestone in your life. Or maybe it was a handmade item made by your babies who are now grown-up and have babies of their own. Maybe it was a gift from your grandmother who loved you unconditionally, but sadly passed away years ago. We asked our readers to share with us their stories and a photo about their favorite ornaments and we had a wonderful response.
NEWS
Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | December 23, 2012
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.   Preschool to hold open house Jan. 6 Northern Cross Preschool will hold an open house Sunday, Jan. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. The preschool is for 3- and 4-year-olds. It meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to  11:30 a.m. from September until mid-May. It is at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. Children are welcome to attend the open house with their parents.  For more information, call Beth Adams at 301-797-3114 or go to northerncrosspreschool.com.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | December 23, 2012
In Germany, St. Nicholas visits children Dec. 6, accompanied by Krampus to take away those who were bad. Charles Sekula, 67, who grew up just outside Munich, Germany, was taken away when he was 5. “Krampus takes away the bad children until they promise to be good,” Sekula said. “He takes you downstairs and around the corner and lets you out, but at that point you don't know where you are, and you just run until you find your way home.” Sekula, who has lived in Hagerstown for 42 years and practices the common holiday traditions in the United States, said parents contacted people ahead of time to play Krampus and St. Nicholas.
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