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September 3, 2011
The Herald-Mail interviewed four Washington County families that raise chickens for food and hobby.     David Gray Sr. and his son, David Gray Jr., keep three chickens on their quarter-acre lot in Boonsboro. Deb IntVeldt keeps nine chickens on her 1.25 acre lot on Beaver Creek Road. Susan Simonson and her family keep about 30 chickens on a 5-acre hobby farm on Beaver Creek Road. Bob and Kristin Garrett keep seven chickens on their 10-acre property near Fairplay.
August 3, 2011
Kelly Rajahpillay and her husband moved to Hagerstown in 2001. They emigrated from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Rajahpillay said the cuisine of Mauritius is influenced by foods from India, China, France, England and Africa. It is often spicy. This recipe is an adaptation from a traditional food from the Chinese region of Canton. Rajahpillay said when she serves these eggs, Americans wonder what the dish is. But when they try it, they like it, she said. These roasted eggs are like a snack.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | July 14, 2011
Clayton Wilcox, the new superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, shared his sense of humor along with some ideas Thursday morning during a presentation hosted by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Speaking to a record crowd for a chamber Eggs and Issues event - approximately 140 people were registered for it at the Academy Theatre in downtown Hagerstown - Wilcox showed a video of workers constructing an airplane while it was in flight. "In many ways I think that's absolutely what we have to do," Wilcox said of the video's concept.
July 8, 2011
Three naturally raised hens will lay about a dozen eggs or more a week — more in summer, less in winter. For many people, three hens in the backyard would fully supplant their need to buy factory-raised eggs from the supermarket. A hen will squawk when she's getting ready to lay, and chatter proudly after she has produced. Other than that, they're mostly quiet, unless alarmed. A hen will make far less noise than your average car-driving, lawn-mowing, music-playing, leaf-blowing, TV-blasting human.
May 23, 2011
In April, the Student Services Department at Kaplan University hosted a “Good Egg” event for students, staff and faculty to help raise awareness for the Easter Seals Adult Day Services program of Washington County.   Candy-filled eggs were sold on campus, with all proceeds being donated. The Student Services Department encouraged all to buy eggs and give to anyone who has helped them or been a good friend and a “good egg.”    Recently, Lisa Copenhaver, dean of student affairs, and Bonnie Mazzocchi, student success coordinator, presented a check for $270 to Brenda Bush, community outreach director for Easter Seals Adult Day Services.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | April 23, 2011
Amelia Bowman was dressed for the occasion. Sporting a white bunny suit for fun and leopard-print rainboots for function, the 4-year-old was ready for the task at hand — searching the wet hills for eggs. Curly hair and bunny ears bouncing, Amelia scrambled for plastic eggs on the grounds of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Amelia's mother, Sarah Bowman, of Fairplay, said she takes her children to the event every year. "It's so beautiful out here at the Ag Center," Bowman said.
Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport | April 20, 2011
The Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS will hold its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday in Byron Memorial Park, beginning at 10 a.m., for those 12 and younger. There will be candy for all children and a chance to win a new bicycle. The event will be held rain or shine. Sunrise service, celebration planned A community Easter sunrise service will be held at the Town Museum, lower level of Springfield Farm Barn, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. It is sponsored by the churches of the Williamsport Ministerium.
By CHRIS COPLEY | 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.
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | April 4, 2011
Has the world ever decided on what the Easter Bunny does exactly? We all know that Santa Claus has a specific function and an elaborate backstory, but the Easter Bunny is little more than a mascot for a holiday that falls on a Sunday and therefore does not automatically get kids out of school.  In fact, you rarely hear about him unless he's mentioned alongside Santa and a leprechaun on a list of ridiculous holiday characters. Now along comes "Hop," a film where the Easter Bunny is finally center stage ready to introduce the audience to a world all his own.   According to "Hop," the Easter Bunny spends all year supervising workers in a factory until one special night where he rides a sleigh to deliver goodies to the children of the world.
By DON AINES | | April 2, 2011
A development with almost none of the modern conveniences, the 19th-century village at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum continues to grow, with a cobbler’s shed nearing completion and foundation work beginning on a blacksmith’s shop. This weekend was the 11th annual spring open house for the museum at the county’s Agricultural Education Center at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. It continues today from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors on Saturday stepped back in time to see Dr. Peter Fahrney’s office, the Mount Tabor United Brethren in Christ Church, and a cooking and Easter egg-decorating demonstration in the Poffenberger cabin.
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