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December 9, 2003
Barbara Cheeseman, right, remembers her son, Steven Cheeseman, during Monday night's Victim Candlelight Vigil held outside the Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Public Library. Steven Cheeseman was killed by a drunken driver on April 23, 2002. Family members and friends of victims placed stars with the victims' names on the tree. The vigil was sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Berkeley County.
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By LLOYD WATERS | December 16, 2007
"Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright" are the words that flowed from the pen of an Austrian priest named Josef Mohr in 1816 as he wrote this popular Christmas carol. As he sat near his fire on a wintry night, I wonder what was going through his mind as he wrote these lyrics. Perhaps he was thinking about those members of his congregation, maybe a widow trying to make ends meet; maybe an orphan who had no parents; maybe the elderly and sick; or maybe a young soldier off to war or away from home.
NEWS
December 24, 2008
Remembering the reason for the season, last week, residents at Menno Haven Menno Village Nursing Center donned robes and became members of a live nativity as part of their annual Christmas pageant. Featuring a full cast of characters, residents played the roles of Mary (MaryLou Beals) and Joseph (Emanuel Klawansky), wise men (Ronald Rowles, Paul Frey, George Myers), angels (Helen Rindle, Johanna Weaver) and shepherds (Peggy Mohr, Rena Heckman). Menno Haven's Life Enrichment staff members worked with volunteers SueAnn Sarvis and Anna Shank to create costumes for the nativity.
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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.
NEWS
December 23, 2009
One silent night: Memories from a military wife To the editor: I have many wonderful memories of our 28 years in the U.S. military. I was married and my children born in the faraway land of Germany. I remember standing on the deck of a ship, watching and waiting for the lady, the Statue of Liberty, to appear. I recall flying over the white cliffs of Dover and visiting the concentration camps and trying to explain to my children about why we were in Germany and that their Daddy was working hard to make sure that this horror would never happen again.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 2008
HANCOCK - More than 100 people joined in the singing of carols and holiday merriment Saturday night at the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration in Hancock. Capped by a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived on a firetruck, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Saturday's event at the Town Hall community center building was the 10th year for the festivities. "We have a good time with it," Murphy said as people gathered outside for the lighting of a tree and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman ornaments.
NEWS
December 25, 2000
Dinner reaches out in city By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer Some of the Christmas diners at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Hagerstown were kings for a day. Others were shepherds or Joseph or Mary. "We dressed them up in costumes ... and made a nativity scene," said Kathy Horst, who helped organize the church's third annual Christmas Day of free food and fellowship. Her husband, Clarence Horst, ferried people in a van to the church from local shelters and from Elizabeth Court and Walnut Towers.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 29, 2008
HANCOCK -- More than 100 people joined in the singing of carols and holiday merriment Saturday night at the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration in Hancock. Capped by a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived on a firetruck, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Saturday's event at the Town Hall community center building was the 10th year for the festivities. "We have a good time with it," Murphy said as people gathered outside for the lighting of a tree and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman ornaments.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | November 30, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Town Manager Larry Logan described Saturday's holiday festivities this way - "It's just a small, simple tree for a small, simple town. " Still, more than 50 citizens of that small, simple town in far western Washington County turned out at the Hancock Community Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony which featured music, cookies, a dash of patriotism, a Christmas story and the arrival of Santa Claus. The 15-foot evergreen tree was planted at the edge of the center property about five years ago. For the past four years, the Interfaith Service Coalition has sponsored the event while the Hancock Chamber of Commerce contributed an assortment of cookies and other goodies.
NEWS
December 11, 2000
Loved ones remembered through hospital tree By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - About 30 people huddled in a semi-circle around the Christmas tree outside Chambersburg Hospital Sunday evening, waiting for the 20-foot tree come alive with white lights. continued The temperature had dropped below freezing and a few snow flakes had fallen throughout the day, but the group didn't want to miss the tree-lighting ceremony marking the 12th annual Festival of Lights.
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December 23, 2009
One silent night: Memories from a military wife To the editor: I have many wonderful memories of our 28 years in the U.S. military. I was married and my children born in the faraway land of Germany. I remember standing on the deck of a ship, watching and waiting for the lady, the Statue of Liberty, to appear. I recall flying over the white cliffs of Dover and visiting the concentration camps and trying to explain to my children about why we were in Germany and that their Daddy was working hard to make sure that this horror would never happen again.
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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.
NEWS
December 24, 2008
Remembering the reason for the season, last week, residents at Menno Haven Menno Village Nursing Center donned robes and became members of a live nativity as part of their annual Christmas pageant. Featuring a full cast of characters, residents played the roles of Mary (MaryLou Beals) and Joseph (Emanuel Klawansky), wise men (Ronald Rowles, Paul Frey, George Myers), angels (Helen Rindle, Johanna Weaver) and shepherds (Peggy Mohr, Rena Heckman). Menno Haven's Life Enrichment staff members worked with volunteers SueAnn Sarvis and Anna Shank to create costumes for the nativity.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 2008
HANCOCK - More than 100 people joined in the singing of carols and holiday merriment Saturday night at the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration in Hancock. Capped by a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived on a firetruck, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Saturday's event at the Town Hall community center building was the 10th year for the festivities. "We have a good time with it," Murphy said as people gathered outside for the lighting of a tree and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman ornaments.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 29, 2008
HANCOCK -- More than 100 people joined in the singing of carols and holiday merriment Saturday night at the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration in Hancock. Capped by a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived on a firetruck, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Saturday's event at the Town Hall community center building was the 10th year for the festivities. "We have a good time with it," Murphy said as people gathered outside for the lighting of a tree and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman ornaments.
NEWS
By LLOYD WATERS | December 16, 2007
"Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright" are the words that flowed from the pen of an Austrian priest named Josef Mohr in 1816 as he wrote this popular Christmas carol. As he sat near his fire on a wintry night, I wonder what was going through his mind as he wrote these lyrics. Perhaps he was thinking about those members of his congregation, maybe a widow trying to make ends meet; maybe an orphan who had no parents; maybe the elderly and sick; or maybe a young soldier off to war or away from home.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
Barbara Cheeseman, right, remembers her son, Steven Cheeseman, during Monday night's Victim Candlelight Vigil held outside the Martinsburg-Berkeley County (W.Va.) Public Library. Steven Cheeseman was killed by a drunken driver on April 23, 2002. Family members and friends of victims placed stars with the victims' names on the tree. The vigil was sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Berkeley County.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | November 30, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com Town Manager Larry Logan described Saturday's holiday festivities this way - "It's just a small, simple tree for a small, simple town. " Still, more than 50 citizens of that small, simple town in far western Washington County turned out at the Hancock Community Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony which featured music, cookies, a dash of patriotism, a Christmas story and the arrival of Santa Claus. The 15-foot evergreen tree was planted at the edge of the center property about five years ago. For the past four years, the Interfaith Service Coalition has sponsored the event while the Hancock Chamber of Commerce contributed an assortment of cookies and other goodies.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | June 10, 2003
marlob@herald-mail.com CLEAR SPRING - What started out as a shot in the dark a year ago turned into the gig of a lifetime for four Clear Spring-area young men who sang the national anthem before more than 20,000 people at the May 27 Orioles-Anaheim Angels baseball game. "That was our biggest audience ever - by about 19,000 or so," said Unknown Harmony first tenor Gerad Haupt, a psychology major at Messiah College. Haupt said it's his job to sing the "ridiculously high notes" needed in the group's performances.
NEWS
December 25, 2000
Dinner reaches out in city By ANDREW SCHOTZ / Staff Writer Some of the Christmas diners at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Hagerstown were kings for a day. Others were shepherds or Joseph or Mary. "We dressed them up in costumes ... and made a nativity scene," said Kathy Horst, who helped organize the church's third annual Christmas Day of free food and fellowship. Her husband, Clarence Horst, ferried people in a van to the church from local shelters and from Elizabeth Court and Walnut Towers.
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