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By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN | December 5, 2008
The weekend after Thanksgiving I took my artificial Christmas tree out of the basement and carted it to school. Not that the tree is anything spectacular. Far from it. The branches are bent, the stem stands a little crooked and it's about half the size of a normal Christmas tree. Still, it's my firm belief that every classroom should be a tad festive at this time of year. My students firmly believe that we should have a more stately tree. They informed me that a larger one was available in storage at school.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | December 19, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com They might be as simple as cranberries and popcorn strung into chains, clove-ringed clementines, paper snowflakes or tissue angels - but crafting even the simplest holiday decorations together can make for joyful family memories. Ideas abound for age-appropriate seasonal decorations and those that the family can make together. Local crafters Judy Noland and Debi Price, who are making and selling wreaths and other items at City Farmers Market in Hagerstown this holiday season, suggested using items found around the home to decorate fresh or artificial wreaths.
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By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413 | December 8, 2009
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go - especially if your travel plans take you through Funkstown. Olde Tyme Christmas The Olde Tyme Christmas celebration is set for Friday. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m. with many activities, and things to see and do for all ages. A bonfire has been added at the community park and the craft show has been expanded. Come over early and have a roast beef dinner at the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., and then take a stroll through town and enjoy the lights and shops.
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December 20, 2008
By ROSE BENNETT GILBERT Creators Syndicate Q: My wife goes crazy with Christmas decorations every year. I don't get it because she has great taste in everything else, but Christmas turns into cutesy stuffed Santas and fake poinsettias everywhere. I always manage to tone down the outside lights - ours is not the neighborhood for blowup plastic snowmen. How can I get a message across without hurting her feelings - or her Mom's, the original overdecorator? A: Approach it with great care, like stockings hung by the chimney.
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December 11, 2009
Prime Outlets of Hagerstown is the site of a Pet Angel Tree to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. Set up in the food court, the Pet Angel Tree was established to supplement the HSWC's Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Campaign. The tree features ornaments listing items the HSWC needs and a copy of the shelter's Wish List with additional needed items. To make a donation to the Pet Angel Tree, choose an item to purchase and return it to the donation box. Participants can write their name on the back of the ornament they choose or on one of the labels provided at the tree.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | November 30, 2006
It can be a daunting task, standing amid the pink toys and electronic gizmos while trying to decide what to buy a grandchild for Christmas. A toy store employee, the child's parents or the child can help with suggestions, but some area residents suggest supplementing the latest toy with something that could have more meaning years from now. "The handmade things become the heirloom things," said Barbara Diefenderfer, of Hagerstown, who made...
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | December 20, 2008
During the 1940s and '50s, a Christmas tree graced Williamsport's town square. On Christmas Day, Santa Claus arrived on the corner, and families lined the streets with children awaiting goodie bags filled with oranges and peppermint sticks. Williamsport Town Councilman Anthony T. Drury said historical town photographs document the tradition. "We wanted to bring that atmosphere back," Drury said. On Saturday night, a group of merchants collaborated with the town council and representatives from the C&O Canal National Historical Park to do just that at Old Fashioned Williamsport Christmas.
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By MARIE GILBERT | November 21, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- About 30 years ago, Mary Donegan lost all of her Christmas ornaments when a creek jumped its banks near her home in West Virginia and turned her basement into a muddy lake. Yet her Christmas tree that year was one she always will remember. With no time to buy trinkets, Donegan said she decorated it with whatever was on hand -- mittens, pine cones, even plastic spoons attached to ribbons. After the holidays, she began replacing the ornaments she had lost.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2010
Regular customers at the City Farmers Market know Margaret Pheil for her homemade ornaments and crafts. This time of year, she works hard to keep up with the demand for her beaded satin ball and shaped ornaments. Her thumbs have the calluses to prove it. Pheil, 88, has been "going to market" for at least 30 years to the City Farmers Market at 25 W. Church St. in Hagerstown. Prior to that, she went with her mother, who used to sell vegetables and Christmas wreaths. Now, Pheil loads up her 1989 Ford station wagon on Saturdays for the weekly trip to town.
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