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By C.J. LOVELACE | | November 19, 2012
Complete with an enthusiastic countdown, more than 200 people helped ring in the holiday season Monday night at Hagerstown's annual tree-lighting ceremony in City Center. Capped by the 10-count and a loud cheer, the 37-foot blue spruce in Public Square, wrapped in strings of lights, decorated with dozens of ornaments made by students of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and, of course, topped with the bright star overlooking the downtown, lit up the faces of many standing nearby.
By ROXANN MILLER | | November 17, 2012
It was a beautiful November day for both the Greencastle and Waynesboro Christmas Parades on Saturday. Scarves, mittens and warm coats were the dress of choice for the 27th annual Christmas parade, sponsored by VerStandig Broadcasting, in downtown Greencastle on Saturday at 9:21 a.m. Thousands lined the Greencastle parade route from E. Baltimore Street onto the square and down S. Carlisle Street to watch bands, floats and costumed characters spread...
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | November 10, 2012
Decidedly masculine, with a full-bodied beard. Sensitive, with a renowned love for children. He is arguably one of the most famous men in the world, and he drew a crowd Saturday when he arrived by train, among elves, at Valley Mall. Santa Claus rang in the holidays with the clang of the train bell, chugging down the vestibule to Center Court, which is decorated during the holiday season in a train-themed motif dubbed Valley Mall Junction. Jessica Straley, 6, of Upton, Pa., was first in a long, winding line of children who were waiting for some face time with Mr. Claus.
November 6, 2012
1. Rockin' in the free world Evolution Rock School's 2012 fall concert will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Academy Theater, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. Seven bands will perform. A guitar and bass guitar will be raffled off to benefit the Rock School Scholarship Fund. $7.50. Call 240-285-3526 or email 2. Happy birthday, Shepherdstown Shepherdstown 250th anniversary celebration will concludes this weekend. Friday, Nov. 9's highlights include: community potluck party at Community Club with music by Sacred Groove, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10 highlights include: dedication of a plaque to the town's founder, Thomas Shepherd, at the Shepherd family graveyard on New Street; open house at Thomas Shepherd Grist Mill, High Street, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 highlights include: model steam engine demonstration for children and parents at Entler Hotel, 1 p.m.; Coming Home Parade, German Street, 3 p.m.; closing ceremony in front of McMurran Hall, 4 p.m.; Coming Home Soup Fest at various sites in the town, 5 to 7 p.m.; After the Soups open house with music and refreshments at the town's historic train station, 7 to 9 p.m. Activities are free, but some Soup Fest locations will charge a small fee or accept donations.
July 2, 2012
Granted, my memory isn't the greatest, but I can't recall ever seeing so many people huddled around the TV set awaiting a Supreme Court decision. Has the whole world gone nerd? A moon landing I get, but a decision on the legality of reams of arcane and impenetrable health care legislation? This is public policy, people. Not the O.J. Simpson trial, public policy. Yet here were housewives, bartenders and maintenance crews - who otherwise wouldn't know the Commerce Clause from Santa Claus - hanging on every word, parsing the framers' true intentions in the realm of implied powers.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | December 23, 2011
Hagerstown resident Mike Stoner's favorite Christmas memory involves a tradition that sent his children scurrying to bed in advance of Santa's arrival. Stoner, who recently was collecting money for The Salvation Army at Valley Mall, said that memory dates back 30 years, to when his children were young. "We would get the kids to the window, and I would go up in the attic with a bell and say, 'Santa Claus is coming,'" said Stoner, 69. "The kids would run and get in bed because they were sure that they heard sleigh bells.
By ROXANN MILLER | | December 17, 2011
Snow flurries and an old-fashioned horse-drawn sleigh created the perfect backdrop for Saturday's Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas Celebration. Now in its sixth year, the event, sponsored by the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library, featured a host of free activities in and around the library. Once 5-year-old Carleigh Forrest of Cascade saw a white horse pulling a sleigh, her parents knew how they would be spending their Saturday evening. "We were coming around and she saw the snow and said, 'Look, it's snowing.
Amy Dulebohn | December 15, 2011
At Christmastime 2010, my daughter was barely 9 months old. She had two teeth, could walk around objects as she held on, and had just learned to say, "Mum. " She was friendly to everyone and happily sat on Santa's lap and posed for pictures. In the space of a short year, she has become an ardent eater, walks freely around the house, and talks a mile a minute. And she's not as friendly with strangers as she used to be, and her cautious mommy is OK with that. My daughter loves pictures, particularly of herself, so I prepped her for her meeting Santa Claus this year by showing her pictures of last year's visit.
By DAN DEARTH | | December 3, 2011
For more than 30 years, the Antietam Exchange Club has hosted its annual Christmas Party for Kids not only to make sure children enjoy the holiday, but to offer their parents a little help by donating diapers and other necessities. Arthur Schneider, Exchange Club member and event co-chair, said Saturday during this year's party at the Masonic Temple in downtown Hagerstown that organizers planned for about 200 people. "Each child got to sit with Santa Claus and talk about Christmas," Schneider said.
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