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December 4, 2007
Shirley Sheffield of Hagerstown bundles up to keep warm Monday while ringing the bell for The Salvation Army on Franklin Street.
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By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | November 19, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Nobody celebrates Christmas quite like the citizens of Greencastle. During the next few weeks, the town's annual Heritage Christmas will include a home tour, a door-decorating contest, horse-drawn carriage rides and many other events. The borough officially kicked off its Christmas season Friday night with the illuminating of the huge evergreen in Center Square. Traffic was rerouted so that hundreds of people could stand in the square to greet friends and neighbors and sing carols.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | November 20, 2004
bonnieb@herald-mail.com GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Seven hundred and fifty large jingle bells were given out to children and adults Friday night at the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Greencastle's Center Square. It sounded as though all of them were being shaken in the moments leading up to the lighting of the 2,800 white lights on the large Christmas tree in the middle of the square. Another 3,000 lights decorated the other trees surrounding the square. Doing the honors with a "magic wand" was 10-year-old Trinity Eyler, who also will serve as grand marshal of the 19th annual Greencastle Christmas parade today.
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by ERICA COLLIFLOWER | December 19, 2006
Christmas carols and other music of the holiday are everywhere, and I'm tired of it already. I am tired of the music for two reasons: We've been hearing them since before Thanksgiving, and they are the same songs we've been hearing since, well, as long as I can remember. We start hearing Christmas music around the middle of November. Evidently, this is supposed to boost spirits and make people excited for Christmas. It's probably related to marketing Christmas - to remind people that they need to start shopping and hoarding.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 6, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com DOWNSVILLE - Every tradition has to start somewhere. In Downsville, it was a grassy patch at the intersection of Md. 63 and Md. 632 where members of the Downsville Church of the Brethren gathered for Christmas tree decorating and caroling that they hope will become a yearly event. About two dozen town residents huddled at Downsville's main intersection to decorate and sing many Christmas staples. Unfettered by the noise of the engines of passing cars and the dropping temperature, the group belted out versions of "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells," among others, for about 30 minutes.
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By DAVE McMILLION | December 17, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The scene was one that could have come from any Christmas storybook. Voices from young children reaching for the notes in songs like "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells" and "Get on Board this Train" echoed across a room Thursday night in the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. It was the first public performance of the Western Maryland Homeschool Choir, which is the brainchild of Ruth Seiler. Seiler is a choral director who, along with her husband, moved from New Mexico to the area this summer.
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by LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | March 5, 2004
"Amy had not made a real wish at all. When Mitchell had blown away her first wish, she had been standing with her eyes closed trying to decide which of several wishes to choose - something with whipped cream on it for dessert, lots of birthday-party invitations in the fourth grade, or the president of the United States abolishing the multiplication tables. " And so begins the second chapter of Beverly Cleary's "Mitch and Amy. " It seems that some things haven't changed since 1967 when Cleary wrote about the adventures of a delightful set of fourth-grade twins.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 17, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Hundreds of people crowded into Center Square in Greencastle on Friday for the illumination of the borough's Christmas tree. "Here in the heart of our community comes this evergreen tall and strong," said Paul Schemel, vice president of the Greencastle Borough Council. It was the official kickoff of Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage Christmas celebrations, which continue throughout November and December. As people arrived on the square, they were greeted and handed bells by members of Greencastle Brownie Troop 981 who were dressed as Santa's elves, and Heritage Christmas Committee members in Victorian-style dress.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 16, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? Thousands of people crowded into Center Square in Greencastle on Friday for the illumination of the borough's Christmas tree. "Here in the heart of our community comes this evergreen tall and strong," said Paul Schemel, vice president of the Greencastle Borough Council. It was the official kickoff of Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage Christmas celebrations, which continue throughout November and December. As people arrived on the square, they were greeted and handed bells by members of Greencastle Brownie Troop 981 who were dressed as Santa's elves, and Heritage Christmas Committee members in Victorian-style dress.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | December 6, 2004
bonnieb@herald-mail.com FORT LOUDON, Pa. - While a crowd on the square in Fort Loudon sang "Jingle Bells" by candlelight, bells were heard approaching, and soon the song leader changed the tune to "Here Comes Santa Claus. " A few moments later, a farm wagon pulled by two draft horses emerged from between the bank and the community center, and Santa Claus officially arrived in Fort Loudon Sunday night. Santa climbed out of the wagon bed with a "ho, ho, ho. " The draft horses, with bells on their harnesses and red bows on their tails, waited while he lighted the town's star-topped Christmas tree to a cheer from the crowd.
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December 14, 2010
Hedgesville Elementary School students presented their Jingle Bell Jukebox holiday performance Monday night at the school. The program included nine songs and featured solos by Savannah Gregory and Skylar Doub. For a complete list of the remaining holiday concerts in Berkeley County Schools, visit the school system’s website at  berkeleycountyschools.org .
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By DAVE McMILLION | December 17, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The scene was one that could have come from any Christmas storybook. Voices from young children reaching for the notes in songs like "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells" and "Get on Board this Train" echoed across a room Thursday night in the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. It was the first public performance of the Western Maryland Homeschool Choir, which is the brainchild of Ruth Seiler. Seiler is a choral director who, along with her husband, moved from New Mexico to the area this summer.
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December 8, 2008
Students from Fountain Rock, Rockland Woods and Salem Avenue elementary schools raised $4,375 for the Arthritis Foundation during the annual Jingle Bell Walk on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Rockland Woods Elementary School. Despite cold, windy weather, more than 100 participants walked with bells on their shoes down Rockland Drive. Students who raised at least $30 were eligible to win turkeys as door prizes, donated by local food stores.
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By TRISH RUDDER | December 23, 2007
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bernie Stotler taught his children that Christmas is about giving, and he considered decorating for the holiday a way of giving to kids of all ages. After nearly half a century of lighting up the December nights, Bernie passed away in August. Now his daughters ? Kim Pittman, Bea Shaw and Karen Barker ? are carrying on the tradition, creating Bernie's Winter Wonderland in his honor. "Christmas was his favorite day of the year," said Pittman. "He would have hated it if we didn't do it. " And so, in October, as their father did for so many years, they began putting up the Christmas decorations.
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By TRISH RUDDER | December 22, 2007
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Bernie Stotler taught his children that Christmas is about giving, and he considered decorating for the holiday a way of giving to kids of all ages. After nearly half a century of lighting up the December nights, Bernie passed away in August. Now his daughters ? Kim Pittman, Bea Shaw and Karen Barker ? are carrying on the tradition, creating Bernie's Winter Wonderland in his honor. "Christmas was his favorite day of the year," said Pittman. "He would have hated it if we didn't do it. " And so, in October, as their father did for so many years, they began putting up the Christmas decorations.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 17, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Hundreds of people crowded into Center Square in Greencastle on Friday for the illumination of the borough's Christmas tree. "Here in the heart of our community comes this evergreen tall and strong," said Paul Schemel, vice president of the Greencastle Borough Council. It was the official kickoff of Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage Christmas celebrations, which continue throughout November and December. As people arrived on the square, they were greeted and handed bells by members of Greencastle Brownie Troop 981 who were dressed as Santa's elves, and Heritage Christmas Committee members in Victorian-style dress.
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By ASHLEY HARTMAN | November 16, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? Thousands of people crowded into Center Square in Greencastle on Friday for the illumination of the borough's Christmas tree. "Here in the heart of our community comes this evergreen tall and strong," said Paul Schemel, vice president of the Greencastle Borough Council. It was the official kickoff of Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage Christmas celebrations, which continue throughout November and December. As people arrived on the square, they were greeted and handed bells by members of Greencastle Brownie Troop 981 who were dressed as Santa's elves, and Heritage Christmas Committee members in Victorian-style dress.
NEWS
by ERICA COLLIFLOWER | December 19, 2006
Christmas carols and other music of the holiday are everywhere, and I'm tired of it already. I am tired of the music for two reasons: We've been hearing them since before Thanksgiving, and they are the same songs we've been hearing since, well, as long as I can remember. We start hearing Christmas music around the middle of November. Evidently, this is supposed to boost spirits and make people excited for Christmas. It's probably related to marketing Christmas - to remind people that they need to start shopping and hoarding.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 10, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The soundtrack for Saturday's open house at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum came from an unexpected source. Driving by, Sevan Birky noticed the event. She went back to her Roxbury home and rounded up husband Greg and daughters Michelle and Rachael so they could go back and perform. Back at the museum, on Md. 65 north of Sharpsburg, Michelle played the flute as other family members sang Christmas tunes. On a few - "O Christmas Tree" and "Jingle Bells" - Sevan chimed in in her native Armenian.
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