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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2012
By the end of Wednesday night, production was expected to be over at the Unilever ice cream plant on Frederick Street and the 391 employees who will lose their jobs were dealing with the shutdown with “mixed emotions,” according to a plant worker who is also a United Steelworkers union official. “I'm glad it's over so I can move on with my life,” Teal Beard, who has had the prospect of the plant closure hanging over his head for three years, said Wednesday. Beard, who has worked 21 years at the plant doing stocking and forklift work in a freezer unit, said he did not have any plans beyond taking some time off and enjoying the rest of the summer.
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LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 16, 2012
The "Ice Age" franchise has always annoyed certain viewers with its historical inaccuracy.  The main characters of the films are prehistoric mammals, and it really bothers some people that they interact with humans and dinosaurs, who were from different eras. Now comes "Continental Drift," an installment that sees millions of years' worth of plate tectonics happen very rapidly. If you find the gag to be insulting to your intelligence, you aren't a good candidate for "Ice Age. "  The rest of us are OK with this kind of gag because this is an animated film with talking animals and our suspension of disbelief is already stretched wide enough to cover one of the new continents.
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Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | July 3, 2012
St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Big Pool will hold a homemade ice cream festival   Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person.  In addition to ice cream, hot dogs, steamers and a cake walk will be available.  Teacher to lead library program Dream big at the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library in Clear Spring.  Science teacher Jeff Byard will lead science experiments at the library from July 10...
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 2, 2012
John Herbst remembers the early Ringgold Ruritan Strawberry Festivals more than 50 years ago. A charter member of the club, Herbst, 89, and his wife Betty, 90, used to take their children with them to the old schoolhouse to make homemade strawberry ice cream. Right up through last year, Herbst dipped ice cream at the fundraiser. This year, he decided to pass on the scoop. “I finished it. My son does it now,” he said. The elder Herbsts owned and operated Smithsburg's Misty Meadow Farms.
LIFESTYLE
March 21, 2012
Coffman Nursing Home in Hagerstown celebrated the first day of spring by taking its residents across Pennsylvania Avenue for free ice treats at Rita's Italian Ice. Brandy Beard, activity director at the nursing home, said the rain held off long enough for the staff and residents to make it to Rita's for its free Italian Ice, which was Rita's first-day-of-spring promotion. Coffman had a total of 25 residents make the trip Tuesday. Family members, staff and volunteers partnered one-on-one with the nursing home residents and wheeled them across Pennsylvania Avenue to Rita's Italian Ice. Two Hagerstown Police Department auxiliary police officers escorted the group to Rita's and back, stopping traffic for the group to cross safely.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | March 5, 2012
About five years ago, farmer David Herbst and his family had a big decision to make. With two of his four children - married with kids of their own - wanting to continue the family business of operating Misty Meadow Farm on the outskirts of Smithsburg, they either needed to drastically increase their dairy production or undertake more custom-crop farming to support everyone. “We needed to go to 600 cows if we wanted to support these other families,” Herbst said, saying the idea was met with great resistance by his daughter, who handles most of the milking of their 160 cows.
LIFESTYLE
February 22, 2012
Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex recently hosted the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Women's Division 1 and Division 2 hockey playoffs. It was the third year in a row the championship tournament was hosted by the ice rink. The women's hockey playoff teams included the University of Delaware; Slippery Rock University; the University of Virginia; the U.S. Naval Academy; Columbia University; Rutgers University; California University of Penn; West Chester University; American University; Liberty University; the University of Pennsylvania; and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2012
Thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Chambersburg on Saturday to admire and photograph the more than 70 ice sculptures on display at IceFest. But it's been a tough week for the festival's main attraction - ice. First, rain forced Thursday's carving activities to be postponed. Then, Saturday's unseasonably warm temperatures disfigured some of the ice masterpieces. But most of the passers-by seemed unfazed that many of the ice sculptures had lost their original brilliance.
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