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NEWS
January 9, 2013
The 2013 Polar Bear Plunge generated more than $11,000 for the Humane Society of Washington County, officials announced Tuesday. The event, which is held in cooperation with the Town of Williamsport, attracted 369 people who took a quick dip in the Potomac River on New Year's Day at the town's River Bottom Park. “It seemed compassion was the operative word for the first day of the New Year with so many dedicated polar bears, spectators and supporters raising over $11,000 for the shelter,” Humane Society president Shannon Cianelli said in a news release.
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NEWS
August 31, 2011
Aug. 24 - School began for students Sept. 5 - Labor Day holiday Oct. 3-5 - High school testing Oct. 7 - Early dismissal     Oct. 21 - Association day, no school for students Oct. 28 - Early dismissal Oct. 31 - Professional development, no school for students Nov. 1 - Professional development, no school for students      Nov. 24-25 ...
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | January 1, 2013
The traditional New Year's Day dinner of pork and sauerkraut came to Franklin County, Pa., by immigrants from Lancaster, Pa., and before that by immigrants from Germany, Robert Windemuth said Tuesday. Windemuth, a history teacher from Chambersburg, Pa., and his wife, Roberta, joined about 600 people at the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., where the pork and sauerkraut tradition lived on Tuesday. Fire department members and friends put on annual dinners, including the New Year's feast, which bring in more than $20,000 for the fire department coffers.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | January 1, 2011
At about 47 degrees, the air might have been warmer than average for New Year’s Day in Williamsport, but the water? “Freezing!” said Ashlyn Powers, 18, of Hagerstown, as she emerged, dripping, from a dip in the icy Potomac River. “I can’t feel anything.” Powers was one of hundreds of people who participated in this year’s Polar Bear Plunge, a New Year’s Day tradition at River Bottom Park in Williamsport to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2011
The Top Five Wine Down Friday Matt Zimmerman, acoustic singer and songwriter, will perform. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Knob Hall Winery, 14108 St. Paul Road, Clear Spring. $5. Call 301-842-2777 or email lauren@knobhallwinery.com . Bluegrass jam The public is invited to listen or bring an instrument and play. Refreshments. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Beck and Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $4. Go to www.beck-benedicthardware.com or call 717-762-4711.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 2, 2011
Franklin Fire Co. is seeking donations to ship items gathered during its first “Stuff the Firetruck for the Soldiers” collection. Event coordinator Ken North said firefighters filled a trailer with things like hygiene items, golf balls and food. They collected donations at various Chambersburg-area sites between Christmas and New Year’s Day. North said organizers originally believed they would receive reduced or free shipping for donations. However, he now anticipates they’ll need thousands of dollars to send the care packages.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2011
1. Ready! Get set! Take the plunge! Take the annual Polar Bear Plunge in the icy Potomac River at noon Sunday, Jan. 1, at River Bottom Park, Williamsport. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.  Go to www.williamsportmd.gov . 2. A brisk, New Year's walk Maryland state parks, including Fort Frederick State Park, pictured, and Greenbrier State Park, will offer hikes on New Year's Day. 11 a.m. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool; meet at the Beaver Pond Trail.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | December 31, 2012
Dean Hamburg had plans with his wife and family for New Year's Eve but said the number of people who drive under the influence around that time would keep him off the road late. “I teach Driver's Ed, and I know there's too many irresponsible people on the road at that time of night,” Hamburg, 44, of Hagerstown, said. “When I would go out in the past, my wife was always the designated driver because she doesn't drink.” On New Year's Day in 2011, there were 122 killed in traffic accidents - 50 percent involved drunken drivers, according to Ragina Avarella of AAA who was citing the most recently available data.
NEWS
December 19, 2012
Members of the Williamsport Polar Bear Club, the board of directors and staff at the Humane Society of Washington County, and the town of Williamsport invite the community to the 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge on Jan. 1.   The event will take place at noon at the boat ramp in Williamsport. All proceeds benefit the animal shelter.  Participants will become official members of the Williamsport Polar Bear Club. Registration costs $20 per person and includes a custom-designed Polar Bear zipper pull, window decal and an official Williamsport Polar Bear Club certificate.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@hrald-mail.com | January 1, 2012
Legends are hard to break. People in the deep South believe eating black-eyed peas, rice and greens on New Year's Day brings luck and money. Pennsylvanians of German heritage say eating pork and sauerkraut on the first day of the year means luck for the rest of the year. On Sunday afternoon, about 250 people, not all of German descent, were not only hoping for a good year, they were also enjoying a fine dinner of pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and applesauce prepared by the members of Pond Bank Mennonite Church, a 120-member congregation on the community's main street.
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