May 4, 2012
Spring is a wonderful time of year To the editor: Oh, what a beautiful time of year … gets our five senses just tingling, doesn't it? The beautiful colors; the smell of flowers and fresh grass; the taste of the famous Easter desserts; the feel of the grass, soft as a carpet under your feet; and the sound of the birds chirping. Our hearts sing with the real reason of the Easter holiday. Hallelujah, Christ is risen! We have such nice small communities where people still care.
April 6, 2012
Easter at the Market Today's activities include an Easter egg hunt from 8 to 11 a.m., for children ages 12 and younger. The Easter Bunny will visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Anyone older than 12 wearing bunny ears may earn a special treat. 8 a.m. City Farmers Market, 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown. Go to www.hagerstownmarket.org . Easter egg hunt Williamsport Fire and EMS will sponsor an Easter egg hunt. 10 a.m. today. Byron Memorial Park, off U.S. 11, Williamsport.
April 4, 2012
TOPS MD 0462 Smithsburg had a no-gain weigh-in this past week, the second one for this month. John and Mary were the thinner winners for the week, each losing 2.25 pounds. Sallie was back on track with a loss of .75 pound. Congratulations to the newly-elected chapter officers: John as leader; Dale as co-leader; Mary as secretary; and Sallie as treasurer. Also appointed as weight recorder was Mack, and assistant weight recorder was Susan. TOPS is a nonprofit weight loss support group focused on working with your personal doctor to help you reach your goal weight.
April 2, 2012
1. Calling single ladies Charity Bachelor Auction will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown. The auction will feature 11 bachelors from the Washington County area, ranging in age from 25 to 50-ish. Proceeds benefit Safe Place. Cost is $10, includes heavy hors d'oeuvres. Call 240-420-4300. 2. A discussion on Beethoven Erik Reid Jones will discuss Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at The Maryland Symphony office, 30 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown.
March 29, 2012
The Easter Bunny has arrived at his spring garden in Center Court at Valley Mall. Children can have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny through Saturday, April 7. Each child will receive a free gift. The first 100 customers who purchase a photo will receive a plush, cuddly bunny, while supplies last. Fundraiser planned for cancer patient A fundraiser for Pat Simons will be held Friday, April 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Next Dimensions in Hagerstown.
March 22, 2012
Spring is officially here. That means kids are on the lookout for the Easter Bunny and where he might be hiding those brightly colored Easter eggs. To help the little tykes on their egg-hunting adventure, we've rounded up some of the Easter egg hunts in our area. Look in The Calendar for updates. Happy hunting! - Crystal Schelle, Lifestyle editor Friday, March 23 Easter Bunny at Valley Mall Visit the Easter Bunny for a keepsake photo.
April 23, 2011
The ancient German tradition of switching would not have sat well with Sierra Slick. Sierra, 7, of Martinsburg, W.Va., learned of the tradition during the German Easter Tour on Saturday at Jonathan Hager House in Hagerstown's City Park. Historic Sites Facilitator John Bryan said the Monday following Easter is the day of switching, a custom based on pre-Christian fertility rites. "Carrying their rods of pussy willow or leafy branches, the boys go in little groups from house to house, apply these switches to all women, and receive small presents in reward," Bryan said.
April 22, 2011
It was a tragic Easter. My in-laws had gathered at our house. My brother-in-law, Justin, brought along his dog, Pearl. A city-dweller who typically spends most of her time indoors, Pearl loves to roam free in our sizeable, fenced-in back yard. Sometime during the course of our hearty holiday dinner, we heard the dog snarling out on the lawn. One of my older children, who was closest to the doorway of our crowded dining room, bolted out to see what was going on. He came running back in with news none too pleasing to my toddler and preschool-aged children.
April 14, 2011
A guide to area Easter egg hunts Easter is coming, and with it those colorful reminders of fertility and spring - Easter eggs. Eggs have been a symbol of new life for thousands of years, and many ancient civilizations dyed or decorated eggs to celebrate spring. Early Catholics forbid eating eggs during Lent, the period of fasting and repentance before Easter, according to "The Catholic Encyclopedia. " Eggs were served on Easter morning. Later, Christians adopted the egg as a symbol of Jesus' death and resurrection.
April 12, 2011
Ever since Stacy Horst was a little girl, her mother has prepared a special treat for her family's Easter baskets — O'Henry Bars. She shared these delicious bars with friends and family and, of course, she would leave one out for the Easter Bunny to enjoy with his carrots. Horst's mother has always enjoyed cooking and baking and this recipe is a family favorites. During Lent, the Christian season of fasting and penitence before Easter, Horst's family often abstained from sweets.