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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | November 19, 2012
The Salvation Army kicked off its holiday kettle drive Monday at Valley Mall, and as members of the organization spoke, holiday music played and a $1,000 check exchanged hands. “We have only one goal this season, and that goal is to bring hope to men and women and boys and girls,” said Maj. Robert Lyle, commanding officer of The Salvation Army in Washington County. “We live in the greatest country in the world, we have the greatest amount of freedom of any nation, but we still have problems here in America, and in Hagerstown, it's no different.” Salvation Army Advisory Board member Ward Childerston began the kickoff by telling a story about a gift he received when he was 5 years old. “My father built a toy barn for me,” he said.
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December 16, 1999
Christmas Angels: Day 8 New kettle houses help keep coins clinking Editor's note : For these 12 days before Christmas we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the fifth in a series. By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer As the holiday season approached, The Salvation Army in Hagerstown examined the existing Christmas kettle drive houses and found them to be in foul shape.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | December 24, 2006
The red kettle is familiar, but what many people might not know is that sometimes The Salvation Army's annual kettle drive also is a benefit to the bell ringers. The Washington County Salvation Army had about 200 people, mostly volunteers, ringing for donations this holiday season, said Salvation Army Major Robert Lyle. Volunteers can't cover all the hours, so several bell ringers are hired. The seasonal job allows Debbie Reeder, who is on disability, to earn money so she can buy Christmas gifts for her daughter and granddaughter.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | October 12, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com Peering into a large kettle being stirred by David Rankin, people tried to guess its contents. Chili? Spaghetti sauce? Beans? With a shake of his head, Rankin could only wonder what the people were thinking. Perhaps they didn't realize they'd parked what seemed like a mile away and battled scores of people in downtown Berkeley Springs to attend the 30th Annual Apple Butter Festival. That reddish-brown, thick concoction in the kettle was about 25 gallons of apple butter.
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By MARLO BARNHART | April 21, 2009
FUNKSTOWN -- Usually the first thing that happens at the annual appreciation dinner for The Salvation Army is the recognition of some special people for their work with the mainstay charity operation in Washington County. "But you know all of you are extra-special people," said Ward Childerston, a longtime member of the board. He led the applause for the more than 150 people assembled at Next Dimensions Restaurant near Funkstown Tuesday evening. He did single out one particular bell ringer: "Pappy" Jewell, now 94, was honored as the person/bell ringer of 2008.
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By JEFF SEMLER | jsemler@umd.edu | December 11, 2012
Nostalgia is an interesting thing. It is defined as a longing for the past, often in idealized form. It is the idealized part that makes nostalgia interesting. Many of us are guilty of harkening back at least in our minds to a simpler time, especially during the frenzy of the Christmas season. What we forget is the reality of the situation. We cannot live in the past, but what we really need to do is take the good aspects of days gone by and apply them today. One of those aspects is the sense of community.
NEWS
by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | December 21, 2003
Charitable donations in Franklin County are down during this holiday season, but services are not in danger of being cut back, say directors of several local organizations. United Way of Franklin County kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign at the end of September, and contributions are lagging behind last year. Executive Director Cindy Hawbaker said that the agency is two-thirds of the way to its $700,000 goal. "Usually, we're three-quarters of the way to our campaign goal by this time of year.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | November 18, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Thick puffs of pungent smoke arose from 30-gallon cast-iron kettles atop fires contained by halved 55-gallon drums. Two-inch-square slices of pig fat boiled inside one kettle, head meat boiled in another. Various cuts of pork lay tidily on a nearby table, while two backbones dangled and wafted from a line in the chilly breeze. Bill Poffenberger provided a butchering demonstration Saturday on the grounds of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. As he was demonstrating, Poffenberger said he remembered the advice his grandfather gave him. "Boy, always learn something you can do and somebody else can't," Poffenberger said.
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By LISA GRAYBEAL | March 16, 1998
by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer see enlargements by clicking on images Hundreds attend Maple Heritage Festival THURMONT, Md. - Pancakes would hardly be worth eating without maple syrup soaked into each piece and dripping off of the fork. But hundreds of people who attended the 28th Maple Heritage Festival at Cunningham Falls State Park Sunday learned there's more to maple syrup than simply squeezing the sweet and sticky stuff out of a plastic bottle commonly found on supermarket shelves.
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by KATE COLEMAN | January 14, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com Oh, the weather outside might not be frightful, but it has been cold. How about warming up from the inside out with a nice hot cup of something to drink? Grocery store shelves are full of tea options - with and without caffeine, in many flavors and for several purposes. They're touted as helping with tension, sleeplessness, even indigestion. There's a wide world of coffees - flavored and not, made from beans grown in different parts of the globe, ranging from a plain cup of "Joe" to a frothy cappuccino or latte.
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By JEFF SEMLER | jsemler@umd.edu | December 11, 2012
Nostalgia is an interesting thing. It is defined as a longing for the past, often in idealized form. It is the idealized part that makes nostalgia interesting. Many of us are guilty of harkening back at least in our minds to a simpler time, especially during the frenzy of the Christmas season. What we forget is the reality of the situation. We cannot live in the past, but what we really need to do is take the good aspects of days gone by and apply them today. One of those aspects is the sense of community.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | November 19, 2012
The Salvation Army kicked off its holiday kettle drive Monday at Valley Mall, and as members of the organization spoke, holiday music played and a $1,000 check exchanged hands. “We have only one goal this season, and that goal is to bring hope to men and women and boys and girls,” said Maj. Robert Lyle, commanding officer of The Salvation Army in Washington County. “We live in the greatest country in the world, we have the greatest amount of freedom of any nation, but we still have problems here in America, and in Hagerstown, it's no different.” Salvation Army Advisory Board member Ward Childerston began the kickoff by telling a story about a gift he received when he was 5 years old. “My father built a toy barn for me,” he said.
NEWS
December 8, 2011
A man wanted in a Salvation Army kettle robbery last month in the Chambersburg, Pa., area was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Waynesboro, and is accused of trying to take an officer's gun during the arrest, police said. Robert Stokes, 19, of 3524 Brook St., Greencastle, Pa., was arrested at 8:31 a.m. on a warrant charging him with robbery. He was turned over to Pennsylvania State Police, who investigated the robbery on Warm Spring Road in Hamilton Township, Pa., according to a Waynesboro police news release.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | November 21, 2011
The red plastic kettles that started appearing in Washington County on Monday are a symbol of The Salvation Army's mission to serve others, said Amy Whittington, chairwoman of the local Salvation Army's advisory board. For some, the kettles and bell ringers are a cheery sign of the holiday season, Whittington told those gathered at the Valley Mall's Food Court on Monday as The Salvation Army kicked off its holiday fundraising drive. Others might see the kettles as an inconvenience or feel a twinge of guilt as they walk by and realize they have no cash in their pocket, said Whittington, admitting to the latter on occasion.
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By MARLO BARNHART | April 21, 2009
FUNKSTOWN -- Usually the first thing that happens at the annual appreciation dinner for The Salvation Army is the recognition of some special people for their work with the mainstay charity operation in Washington County. "But you know all of you are extra-special people," said Ward Childerston, a longtime member of the board. He led the applause for the more than 150 people assembled at Next Dimensions Restaurant near Funkstown Tuesday evening. He did single out one particular bell ringer: "Pappy" Jewell, now 94, was honored as the person/bell ringer of 2008.
NEWS
December 4, 2008
We've all noticed, you can't help but notice, the cheerful ringing of The Salvation Army bells during the Christmas season. But now, those bells have been muted inside Valley Mall after several retail stores complained about the racket. I am stunned. You mean to tell me there are still some retail stores out there that haven't gone out of business? Anymore, you take your eye off a retail store around here for 10 seconds and the next thing you know it's holding a liquidation sale.
NEWS
January 18, 2008
The generosity of the community during the recent Christmas season means The Salvation Army likely will be able to meet the needs of many in Hagerstown in 2008. The Christmas kettles brought in $85,225 in donations, an increase of $7,000 from 2006, Maj. Robert Lyle said. "It was the first year for a kettle at Pennsylvania Dutch Market, and it did very well," Lyle said. The kettle at the U.S. Post Office on West Franklin Street reported double what it took in last year, he said.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 20, 2007
HALFWAY - The bells are ringing and not just for "me and my gal. " The Salvation Army launched its holiday kettle drive Monday at Valley Mall with inspirational words and music, and a $1,000 check presented by William M. Breichner, representing the Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown. "Now we only need $109,000 to reach our kettle goal," said Ward Childerston, a member of the agency's advisory board. In addition, the annual direct-mail drive goal this year is to bring in another $150,000, up $13,000 from last year's goal, said Harry Barger, director of development for The Salvation Army in Hagerstown.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | November 18, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Thick puffs of pungent smoke arose from 30-gallon cast-iron kettles atop fires contained by halved 55-gallon drums. Two-inch-square slices of pig fat boiled inside one kettle, head meat boiled in another. Various cuts of pork lay tidily on a nearby table, while two backbones dangled and wafted from a line in the chilly breeze. Bill Poffenberger provided a butchering demonstration Saturday on the grounds of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. As he was demonstrating, Poffenberger said he remembered the advice his grandfather gave him. "Boy, always learn something you can do and somebody else can't," Poffenberger said.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | December 24, 2006
The red kettle is familiar, but what many people might not know is that sometimes The Salvation Army's annual kettle drive also is a benefit to the bell ringers. The Washington County Salvation Army had about 200 people, mostly volunteers, ringing for donations this holiday season, said Salvation Army Major Robert Lyle. Volunteers can't cover all the hours, so several bell ringers are hired. The seasonal job allows Debbie Reeder, who is on disability, to earn money so she can buy Christmas gifts for her daughter and granddaughter.
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