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December 17, 1998
By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer Financial strains make it hard for Brenda Johnson to focus on Christmas the way she believes it should be. "I've been real tense about it," the Frederick, Md., resident says. She is a single parent to 11-year-old Jake Johnson and his 21-year-old sister, Lisa Lahm. Jake will wake up Christmas morning at his mom's house and then spend part of the day with his father. He understands that his mother can't afford to buy a huge pile of presents for under the tree.
By BOB PARASILITI | | November 25, 2012
There is always something comfortable about this time of year. There is a secure feeling when it comes to Thanksgiving. It's all about traditions and homecoming and places we are comfortable being around. We don't need to go over the reasons why that happens. We've all seen the Norman Rockwell paintings of families sitting around turkeys and enjoying each other's company. An adopted tradition has spilled over into football. The Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions cashed in on that a long time ago, making sure that they and the NFL have a captive, nationwide audience.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | December 29, 2012
As a 12,000-pound crystal ball works its way down a pole in New York City's Times Square bidding farewell to 2012, people across the United States - including those locally - will raise their cups with cheers and a toast to ring in the new year. It's tradition. New Year's Eve celebrations are characterized on Wikipedia as “evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages and watch or light fireworks.” But not everyone ascribes to the “go out and get lit” approach to the new year.
April 3, 2001
The incredible, edible tradition The symbol of the egg and, of course, the chicken are at the heart of Easter traditions, says Linda Arnaud in her new book, "The Artful Chicken" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $29.95). However, the ornamental and decorated Easter eggs enjoyed by Christians each year are the legacy of a variety of cultural traditions. continued In ancient China, Greece and Rome, eggs were offered as gifts celebrating spring or love. In the British Isles, colored eggs honored pagan deities.
By DAVE McMILLION | | December 12, 2012
Ed Poling remembers little waffle-like cookies baking on the stove during Christmas time at his home in Windber, Pa. Poling, now senior pastor at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, remembers those cookies, known as Pizzelles, as having a distinct taste due to anise that was added to them. Poling figures the treats probably have an Italian origin, which makes sense given the diverse background of Windber, a community outside of Johnstown, Pa. Windber was known for its coal mines and steel mills, and people from throughout Europe immigrated to the community for jobs, Poling said.
by Chris Copley | April 9, 2004
When it comes to starvation, modern Americans are privileged.With fast food restaurants sprinkled on commercial strips and grocery store shelves packed with food 12 months a year, the typical American family does not see hunger as a real issue. So the coming of spring is more about pleasant weather and blooming flowers than about life and death. But for families in temperate climates throughout most of history, growing food for basic nutrition has been a top priority. For farmers and herders, the coming of spring meant the beginning of the growing season, the birth of livestock, the time to plant seeds for a (hopefully)
by ELINA MIR | October 17, 2006
Eid al-Fitr is the celebration at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of seeking forgiveness for sins. On Eid, we hope God has accepted our fasting. In my family, on the day before Eid we have Chand Raat - the Night of the Moon - an Indian and Pakistani tradition. Women have parties where there are dances and food. We usually put henna on our hands and dance until our feet hurt. We skip school for one day. I start out Eid by dressing in very nice clothes and eating a little something sweet.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | April 9, 2006
One should roll naked before sunrise in the Easter morning dew to maintain yearlong health. If a girl gives her boyfriend one egg on Easter, she is saying their relationship is on the rocks. If she presents him with six eggs, she is indicating that she's expecting marriage, and soon. If she presents her man with no eggs, he may rightfully spank her with a cane. Visitors to the Jonathan Hager House collected those tidbits Tuesday through Saturday during the German Easter tour.
By ASHLEY HARTMAN | August 5, 2007
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The hot weather was no match for the crowd gathered Saturday to celebrate the official opening of the 36th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week. Although Old Home Week events began earlier Saturday with the 23rd annual Fred Kaley Memorial 5K Run-Walk and window display judging, the official opening ceremony took place at 11:30 a.m. at Center Square. State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin, who grew up in Greencastle, was the keynote speaker. "This may be considered a small town, but it has a large heart," said Kauffman, R-Pa.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | October 18, 2012
The Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is getting an award for its contributions to Maryland's cultural heritage. The almanac and the other two winners of this year's Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Awards will be honored at a ceremony at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in December. The almanac, which John Gruber founded in 1797, won in the “Tradition” category. “The Almanack has made Hagerstown widely known throughout the U.S. and has given Maryland an 'epicenter' of farming and agricultural life,” the award announcement says.
By BILL KOHLER | | August 27, 2013
There's a long-standing joke in the Gossert family: “If you marry into our family, you marry into the ox roast, too.” Molly Gossert of Quincy has helped at the Quincy Ox Roast since she was a child when the event was held in Benedict's Woods behind the current Twin Kiss restaurant at the intersection of Pa. 997 and Manheim Road. She married her husband, Donny, in the early 1960s and they have been fixtures at the Ox Roast ever since. On Tuesday, they and Molly's brother, Bill Geesaman, were hard at work getting ready for the 79th annual Quincy Ox Roast.
By DON AINES | | August 17, 2013
Going back 64 years, Charles Green runs the longest continuous vending operation at Hagerstown's Historic City Farmers Market, but Mitch Dodson's connection goes back three-quarters of a century. On Saturday, after Mayor David S. Gysberts cut a cake celebrating the market's 230th year of continuous operation, Dodson recalled working at a nearby grocery store in the 1930s. His employer would ask him to check out what produce was going for at the market, he said. Dodson, 91, said he got to know Isaac Baer of Paramount Meat Packers, who offered him a job at his market stall.
By DAVE McMILLION | | July 21, 2013
The days of big circuses are becoming less frequent because of regulations and the costs of transportation, according to Mariah Skinner, who has been involved in the entertainment for years. It also has become more difficult for circus acts and their animal shows to operate due to the actions of animal rights groups, Skinner said. But Skinner and her husband are keeping the circus craft alive with their Skin and Bones' Comedy Circus, which performed five shows at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair on Saturday and Sunday.
May 26, 2013
Name of business: Sour Sentiments Owner: Toni Ogden Address: P.O. Box 4959, Hagerstown Opening date: Feb. 1, 2013 Products and services: I have a home-based, e-commerce business offering fun and quirky greeting cards, gifts and novelties. Unlike typical greeting cards and gifts, my products lampoon traditional occasions, celebrations or feelings by using humor to express what people usually think but are unwilling to say to a friend, co-worker or relative.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 25, 2013
With Memorial Day approaching, Anna and James M. Harnish of Fairview this week decorated their son's grave at St. Paul's Church Cemetery near Clear Spring. The couple placed flowers, a cross and a pinwheel in memory of their son, James L. Harnish, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Germany in the 1960s. He died in 2007. Anna Harnish, 81, said although the flowers were artificial, she did her part to keep alive an American tradition that dates to the aftermath of the Civil War. “It signifies remembrance,” she said.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | April 23, 2013
For a 15-year-old, Danielle Hill is already a very experienced cook. She prepares meals for her family. She enters baked goods in the annual Washington County Ag Expo and Fair. And now, she has added another accolade to her cooking resume: Danielle's entry was declared the winner of the third annual Herald-Mail Cupcake Contest. Twenty-three entries were submitted to this year's cupcake contest. Flavor trends this year included banana, root beer and apple pie. But Danielle's winning entry was more traditional: chocolate and berries.
By ROXANN MILLER | | February 26, 2013
A Greencastle tradition continues Thursday as the Rescue Hose Co. kicks off three nights of hilarity and song with its annual minstrel show. This year's show, “An Al Jolson Minstrel,” will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. Every year, roughly 3,000 people come to listen to the end men (funny men) dressed in mismatched “hobo” clothes crack jokes on stage or listen to the 70-member chorus sing old favorites.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | February 11, 2013
As workers pulled out batches of square-shaped pastries drenched in glaze or covered in powdered sugar or cinnamon, customers walked in and out of Krumpe's Do-Nuts on Monday ordering half a dozen to two dozen of the treats at a time. “I try to get here every year,” Jeff Spielman, 63, of Hancock, said. “I'm getting one dozen for my family and a dozen for the people I work with” at Hagerstown Community College. The doughnut shop at 912 Maryland Ave., in Hagerstown, which has been serving up the sweet confections at the same location since 1950, opened at 7 a.m. Monday to begin selling its traditional pastries, known as fastnachts, a day ahead of Fastnacht Day. Eating fastnachts is a long-time Pennsylvania Dutch tradition on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday.
January 11, 2013
A Lifelong Love Affair will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Cutting Edge Ministries, 32 East Ave., Hagerstown. The event is a nondenominational, nonthreatening seminar open to those who value traditional marriage. The simulcast will cover topics including defining the vision for your marriage, experiencing healing in your personal life and marriage, seven steps to intimacy, sexual fulfillment and more. The registration fee for the seminar is $25 per couple.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | 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.
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