Human Christmas tree

 

PHOTO - HUMAN CHRISTMAS TREE

In friendly holiday competition, the new Administrator of St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, Rev. Keith Carroll, shown, took the top prize at the parish school’s annual Human Christmas Tree competition. Decorated by the students of grades 1 – 3, Fr. Carroll received more votes than his good-natured “competitor,” Rev. Jonathan Sawicki from the neighboring Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Mary Elizabeth Muir, school principal.

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Christmas visit by three officers

Three members of the Springettsbury Township Police Department visited students at St. Joseph School, York, on Dec. 20. Chief Thomas Hyers, Lt. Todd King and Officer Matthew Berry treated the students to a reading of the holiday favorite, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Pictured with the students are Lt. King, left, and Officer Berry.

Three members of the Springettsbury Township Police Department visited students at St. Joseph School, York, on Dec. 20. Chief Thomas Hyers, Lt. Todd King and Officer Matthew Berry treated the students to a reading of the holiday favorite, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Pictured with the students are Lt. King, left, and Officer Berry.

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Kid Scoop plays reindeer games

Real reindeer look more like a moose than a white-tailed deer. (Photo by Kevin Dooley via Flickr.com)

Today’s Kid Scoop celebrates one of the most enduring images of Christmas — the fact that Santa Claus’ sleigh is pulled by a team of reindeer.

Reindeer, of course, are real creatures but they don’t look quite as cute as the deer Americans are most familiar with. Instead, they’re more like a moose than a white-tailed deer.

Reindeer, which can weigh up to 700 lbs each, come from the subarctic and arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and that makes them ideal animals to help Santa out on his yearly mission. To help them beat the cold, they have a thick coat of fur that can have a variety of colors, including white, brown and black.

Both male and female reindeer grow antlers. This is to help them dig through deep snow and uncover plants to eat.

As for Santa Claus’ reindeer, Wikipedia has a long article on the team, but you know the top nine reindeer, right? They are:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph (when the weather calls for his inclusion)

Here are some quick video facts about reindeer. http://youtu.be/cPKTub8iUB0

Next you can see the story of Olive. You know her … she’s one of the “other reindeer.” http://youtu.be/i69D5InPKCI

This video shows reindeer on the move in Iceland … and not a bit of snow to be seen. http://youtu.be/E7IpM9fJGR0

Learn about how the people of Siberia used (and some still use) the reindeer to survive. http://youtu.be/Bsyj45SWgrQ

Hip-hop star DMX sings “Rudolph.” http://youtu.be/AXca4WcCzlo

Photos from Kiskadee 3 and Kevin Dooley via flickr.com

In the wild reindeer travel in huge herds. (Photo by Kiskadee 3 via Flickr.com)

What is Kid Scoop? It’s a special page that appears every Monday in The York Dispatch and other local newspapers. Aside from its main feature and the Writing Corner, it includes games, puzzles and jokes.

Get your copy of Kid Scoop in today’s edition of The York Dispatch, and be sure to assemble your own Write On! entry and submit it to NIE@ync.com. We’ll run every entry here!

Of course, you can submit those entries, and anything else you want, for publication here on the Junior Dispatch. Send your JD items to juniordispatch@yorkdispatch.com. Learn about what you can submit here.

 

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Families invited to gingerbread decorating party

Bring the kids for a gingerbread party and leave the mess behind from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township.

Emphasizing the importance of healthy eating, kids can also participate in the Taste the Rainbow scavenger hunt at the market. Go on the hunt for a fruit or vegetable of each color in the rainbow and kids will earn an apple for participating. Plus face painting and a coloring contest will be on-going throughout the event on both days. Most activities have minimal charges or are free to attendees.

For more information, contact the orchard at (717) 252-2540 or visit www.flinchbaughsorchard.com.

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Register soon for a photo op with Santa

Santa Claus will be at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Photo opportunities with Santa will be available for children, grandchildren and small pets. Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and share their secret wish list. Hot chocolate and cookies will
be provided.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Dec. 7.

To register, call Denise Lauer at (717) 741-0961.

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Annual Delta Christmas Fair opens Friday

The Mason-Dixon Line has announced the lineup of its 34th annual Delta Christmas Fair this weekend.

Friday:
– Live Nativity, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 629 Main St. Girl Scouts will be caroling throughout the borough.

– Lighting of the Delta Borough tree, 8 p.m. on the grounds of Delta Discount Grocery and More, 520 Main St. Santa will arrive, Mason-Dixon Lions Club will provide treats for kids, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, and all present will join in singing traditional songs.

Saturday:

– All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Delta Area Community Senior Center and a craft show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St.

– Santa will visit, 10 a.m.-noon, and a flea market and food, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co., 500 Main St.

– Children’s movie marathan featuring “Elf” at noon, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 1:45 p.m., and “The Polar Express” at 2:45 p.m. Sponsored by Harford County Public Library, Whiteford branch.

The information center for the fair weekend will be at the Old Line Museum, 602 Main St., Delta.

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Attention Santa: Don’t miss this toy sale

Junior League of York’s 40th annual Toy Sale will be 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Asbury UMC, 340 E. Market St., York.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and anyone with children in their lives can expect to find a multitude of reasonably priced new and gently used toys such as books, bikes, electronics, board games, baby items, and more for children of all ages.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO DONATE: Donations of new and gently used toys are currently being accepted at the Junior League Thrift Shop, 166 W. Market St., York, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

For more information, visit www.jlyork.org.

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