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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2012
Carletta Leather said that at age 76, she has everything she needs. For birthdays and Christmas she asks her children to give her packing tape, a testament to how important her involvement with Operation Christmas Child has become to her. “They didn't like the idea at first,” she said. The packing tape is used to completely cover the decorated shoeboxes, that will hold gifts for needy children across the globe. Carletta has heard that the boxes are prized by the children as much as the contents inside.
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December 19, 2012
Donations of toys and food are still needed for the annual Christmas Day dinner in Franklin County, Pa. Tuesday's dinner is sponsored by the Salvation Army and run by volunteers, including Lynne Newman, who is organizing the event for the 21st year. Doors open at noon at the Salvation Army building at 159 Lincoln Way West in Chambersburg, and dinner will be served until 2 p.m. Deliveries to shut-ins and others who need a Christmas meal begin normally between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Volunteers decorate the lunch room for the holiday and wrap presents as well as help cook, cut up turkeys and deliver the meals to shut-ins and serve those who come to the Salvation Army.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | December 19, 2012
Just the vision of melted chocolate, sugar and vanilla mixed together into chewy Christmas cookies that melt in your mouth can tempt even those with the strongest wills. Not only are decadent sugary treats a part of the holiday season, but the familiar red kettles and sounds of Salvation Army bell ringers are synonymous with the season. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau sponsored a friendly C is for Cookie Contest at the Chambersburg (Pa.) Mall on Wednesday as part of its Food Fight on 11/30 promotional effort.
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December 18, 2012
Mount Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ in Keedysville invites the community to its Dogs and Cats Welcome Christmas Eve service for family, friends, neighbors and their pets. The church doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the service begins at 5 p.m. The church is at 64 S. Main St. in Keedysville. Animals have a special place in the celebration of Christmas, and many Christmas plays and outdoor nativity scenes showcase animals, such as donkeys, camels, sheep, oxen and goats. Pets should be on a leash or in a pet carrier.
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Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | December 17, 2012
St. Peter's Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service Monday, Dec. 24, starting at 10 p.m.    The community is invited. The church is at 30 S. Martin St. in Clear Spring. Christmas service On Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m., Mount Carmel United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Day service. It will be an informal service with music, Christmas stories and readings. The community is invited. The church is on Big Pool Road near the entrance to Fort Frederick State Park.
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Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | December 16, 2012
Paramount Brethren in Christ Choir will present a Christmas cantata titled “A Celebration Of Carols” Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. The events will culminate with a candlelight service.  The church is on Longmeadow Road in Hagerstown.  For more information, call 301-790-2492. Zumba classes The Washington County Recreation Department will offer Zumba fitness classes at Pangborn Elementary School on Saturdays from Jan. 12 to April 6. The instructor will be Liz Martz.  The classes will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m. The classes cost $25 for Washington County residents and $30 for noncounty residents.
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Staci Clipp | Around South Hagerstown | December 16, 2012
LifeHouse Church Bethel, 515 E. Wilson Blvd., will hold a Christmas Eve communion service Monday, Dec. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. The community is invited. Lions Club Tuesday - The Hagerstown Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas celebration with eggnog. After the party, Lions Club President Clare will lead members through a business and administrative meeting. It will be the final meeting of the year. The first meeting of 2013 will be Tuesday, Jan. 8. City Market to hold Christmas event On Saturday, the City Farmers Market will hold its Christmas event, starting at 8 a.m. Gifts for You Giveaway is a gift-giving event for customers from city vendors and city staff.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2012
The rows of black garbage bags filling a vacant storefront in Chambersburg on Sunday held not trash, but the Christmas presents for 817 families with a total of more than 2,000 children. Landis-McCleaf Marine Corps League Detachment 295 and its ladies auxiliary administered a Toys for Tots distribution for Franklin County, Fulton County and the Shippensburg area of Cumberland County in Pennsylvania. For 11 hours, youth volunteers carried bags of toys to recipients' vehicles. “We live in a very generous community, even when times are tough,” said Kathy Hoffman, who organized the toy drive with her husband, Rodney.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2012
There are a few things you can usually count on at the Williamsport Community Band's annual Christmas concert. The band will perform “The Night Before Christmas” while the poem is read to children, Santa will drop by and hand out toys donated through the Marine Corps League's Toys for Tots program and Nelson Deal will serve as announcer for the program. Deal, 81, said he's missed a few of the band's concerts due to his health and, one day, there will be a younger announcer, but he enjoys the role.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | December 15, 2012
Elizabeth Morgan took seriously the challenge of raising enough money to make the best Christmas for a child she didn't even know. Morgan, 17, a Hedgesville High School junior, is a student in Frank DiNicola's marketing class. Students in his three classes - Marketing One and Two and Entrepreneurship - are keeping up a 32-year tradition of raising money for an annual Christmas party for five students each from Hedgesville and Opequon elementary schools. Principals at Hedgesville and Opequon select the students.
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