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December 4, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The play, "Christmas at Home" will be presented Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. daily at Open Door Church, 500 Miller St. The story begins on Dec. 25, 1848, with the birth of Emmanuel Christmas McLaw. Music will be provided by the choir of Open Door Church. Re-enactors, including those pictured, above, from the 14th Tennessee Co. B, the 3rd Maryland Co. B and the 11th Pennsylvania Fife and Drum Corps., will take part in the production.
December 14, 1997
Foes make peace during holidays By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Union soldiers welcomed Confederate soldier Patrick Davis to their camp Sunday afternoon, where they shared a meal, sang songs around the fire and exchanged news as part of their Christmas Day celebration of 1863. It was the only time during the year that Davis could cross enemy lines in peace, all in the spirit of the holiday. There was little talk of the war, entering its third year, as the soldiers tried to make the best of the meager yet better-than-usual meal and stay warm in the biting cold.
May 3, 2002
A dogwood tree and plaque in memory of the victims and families of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be dedicated at the historic Jonathan Hager House and Museum May 12 at 4 p.m. The tree and plaque are believed to be the first permanent memorials in Hagerstown commemorating the attacks. The same ceremony will honor the late Robert W. Shumaker, past grand noble and chief patriarch of the International Order of Odd Fellows Potomac Lodge 31 and Grand Encampment 6 of Hagers-town.
September 28, 2007
Pack 14, of Smithsburg, visited the Civil War Living History Encampment at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, Pa., on Aug. 11. Dr. Roger Hershey told the Cub Scouts and their leaders how the military police protected the citizens of an area during the Civil War. Brett Tower explained how a doctor cared for the wounded and injured during a battle. The Scouts visited the Union and Confederate camps and talked with the "soldiers" about the ways of preparing food, caring for weapons and packing for long hikes.
August 5, 2003
LEITERSBURG - Leitersburg Ruritan Club will sponsor its 24th annual Peach Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, on the grounds of the former Leitersburg School House, now Leitersburg Community Park. The festival offers foods from the area including homemade peach pies, peach ice cream, roast beef, country ham and other items. Ernie Bradley & Grassy Ridge will perform bluegrass and country music; Saxy will perform rock and roll music. There will be a homemade peach pie contest on Saturday; pies must be sumitted by 11 a.m. There are two categories of pies: open faced and closed.
By JENNIFER FITCH | August 9, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Gun powder dissipated in the air Sunday as Civil War re-enactors stripped off heavy pouches and sweat-drenched jackets following a "battle" witnessed by about 50 spectators. J. Walter Callis and Sharon Drost waited in the Confederate camp for their comrades to return. Their tents and belongings were set up on the lower lawn of Renfrew Park, which has hosted the weekend encampment for 29 years. "It's a beautiful place. All the people we've met are very nice," said Callis, who, like Drost, was visiting Renfrew for the first time.
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 27, 2006
BIG POOL - Much like sutlers did in the 18th century, Neal Redmond sells handcrafted wares for a living. In his case, the wares are wearable. Redmond and his wife, Margie, make 18th-century-style military and civilian clothing, such as waistcoats, knee britches, long pants, shirts, sleep waistcoats, coats, hats and ladies clothing. They will be among more than 130 artisans, craftspeople and vendors at Fort Frederick's 12th annual 18th Century Market Fair today through Sunday.
By DAVE McMILLION | October 18, 2009
CLEAR SPRING -- Michael J. Varhola was in town Sunday, offering up some creepy tales fitting for the Halloween season. Varhola studies ghosts and has released a book about the paranormal in the Old Line State. In "Ghosthunting Maryland," Varhola divides the state into six regions and profiles the best destinations in each, according to Varhola came to the Washington County Free Library's Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch in Clear Spring Sunday afternoon to relate to about a dozen people some tales of the spooky, including a trip he made to Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Md., in May. The Battle of Monocacy was fought July 9, 1864, and pitted about 5,800 Union soldiers against 15,000 Confederates advancing on Washington, D.C., through Frederick County, Md. Varhola, a freelance writer who obtained a journalism degree from University of Maryland, College Park, in 1993, said he went to the battlefield with members of the Maryland TriState Paranormal group.
By MARIE GILBERT | | May 18, 2011
Imagine a time in our nation's history when covered wagons creaked and swayed across a vast landscape. Pots and pans clanged against the sideboards and large, spiny wheels — prone to splinting — dipped in and out of ruts. With little more than a willing spirit, families headed West, hoping to stake a claim and start a new life. Cradling babies and shotguns, their journey carried them along the National Pike. Following his inauguration in 1801, President Thomas Jefferson championed building a national road into the west to facilitate American expansion.
September 26, 2005
Members of the Martinsburg Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently recognized the superb support and assistance of one of the members of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard. Tech. Sgt. Robert E. Hall, one of the Air National Guard recruiters from Martinsburg, W.Va. was presented a CAP Appreciation Plaque denoting his outstanding support of the Civil Air Patrol cadet program. Hall has been very supportive of the CAP cadet program and has spoken often to the squadron cadets, encouraging them to advance leadership skills and expanding their knowledge of aerospace education.
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