January 27, 2012
Normally on the first night of IceFest, downtown Chambersburg is packed with curious spectators watching huge blocks of ice carved into frozen masterpieces. But, not this year. The rain put a damper on the 10th annual event. Not only is the rain going to erode the sculptures, but also attendance will be down, IceFest committee members said. All of Thursday's IceFest activities, including the ice carving, were postponed due to the rain. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. today.
January 25, 2012
It probably will be be easy to spot the contestants, even in a crowd. They'll be the ones with the watery eyes and flushed skin - the faces that prove you are what you eat. And in this case, what they'll be eating is jalapeno peppers. A little bit of fire will mix with IceFest in downtown Chambersburg when the annual winter celebration offers two food competitions - a chili cookoff and a challenge to see who can eat the most hot peppers. The contests have become a popular tradition during the four-day event, said Tina Flohr, coordinator of the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg.
January 20, 2012
A Hagerstown grandmother who allegedly entered the United States illegally is in the custody of federal agents awaiting deportation to Mexico, an official from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement said Friday. Josefina Rodriguez-Vega, 60, whose last known address was 1401 Haven Road in Hagerstown, will be deported after failing to adhere to an immigration judge's order to leave the United States before Jan. 5, according to an ICE news release. Nicole A. Navas, an ICE spokeswoman, said Rodriguez-Vega was arrested by ICE agents in Hagerstown on Jan. 12. She said ICE does not release deportation dates for security reasons.
January 13, 2012
Sharpsburg Elementary School nominated 14 students for exemplifying all the character traits of a responsible student. These students enjoyed lunch at the Golden Table with counselor Jacklyn Kinzer, eating ice cream sundaes to celebrate their accomplishments. Legion members hand out oranges Sharpsburg American Legion Post 236 continued the holiday tradition of giving students and staff oranges and candy canes for Christmas. The Legionnaires said they were impressed with the enthusiasm and behavior of the students at Sharpsburg Elementary School. Sharpsburg Elementary celebrates Sprit Day Students and staff will wear clothes inside out or backward today for Spirit Day. Today is also Bank Day and the Good News Club will meet after school.
December 29, 2011
Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex is sponsoring a Business After Hours event for Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Chamber members can skate for free from 5 to 6:20 p.m. during the event, and Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex will be giving away other prizes, including a one-hour private ice event and two birthday parties. Chamber members should register to attend to be eligible to win the chamber's prize drawing of $3,000.
December 7, 2011
Name of business: Hard Rock Ice and Delights Owners: Natoma Baker and Dana Ludwig Address: 9033 Williamsport Pike, Falling Waters, W.Va. Opening date: April 18, 2011 Products and services: Hand-dipped ice cream; locally handmade and Garber's ice cream; soft-serve ice cream; locally made pies; fresh-made cookies; Black Dog Coffee by the cup and/or bag; made-to-order simple sandwiches; shakes; sundaes; sundae cake supremes; ice cream tornadoes; icy smoothies; and lollipops.
October 1, 2011
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail runs "A Life Remembered. " Each story in this continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Marc D. Lipella, who died Sept. 15 at the age of 29. His obituary was published in the Sept. 17 edition of The Herald-Mail. Marc Lipella lived life to the fullest, even though his life was shorter than expected.
September 27, 2011
Flair and creativity have always been key tools in a pastry chef's bag of tricks. But a new generation is taking those skills to the next level - turning desserts into works of art. Case in point is Katie Martin. She can manipulate batter and icing to make edible architectural wonders - including cakes that look like the skyline of Manhattan and a piano that has you reaching to tickle the ivories. She has assembled cupcakes with crowns fit for a princess and others that would be perfect for an African safari.
September 12, 2011
On Aug. 22, Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts & Technology celebrated back-to-school night with an ice cream social. The ice cream was donated by Unilever (Good Humor-Breyers) in Hagerstown.
September 12, 2011
Unilever informed government officials that layoffs at its Hagerstown ice cream plant are expected to begin this fall and the plant will officially close in August 2013, a Washington County economic development official said Monday night. The Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream plant on Frederick Street employs about 440 people, said Timothy Troxell, executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission. Unilever North American Ice Cream officials did not have a schedule for how many employees would be laid off during the next two years, Troxell said.