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Butler Eagle Online Focus Features | December 24, 2014
Unto us a child is born
In the living Nativity scene Friday at Mars United Presbyterian Church, top, Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are attended by kings and shepherds. Visitors included Wise Men portrayed from left by Cord Bocheff, Emily Lyon, and Cole Bocheff. Brianna and Alex Hager portray Mary and Joseph.
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Butler Eagle Online Focus Features | December 24, 2014
AP poll paints holiday picture
WASHINGTON — Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don’t share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts.
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Butler Eagle Online Religion | December 24, 2014
LITTLE TOWN, BIG TRAFFIC JAMS
Tunnel planned in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — It’s Christmas season and the little town of Bethlehem is jammed with a big-city problem: Traffic snarling streets everywhere, including around the church marking the spot where tradition says Jesus was born. The city is considering a dramatic solution to the problem — digging a tunnel under Manger Square.
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Religion | December 24, 2014
Pope’s words comfort persecuted Christians
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Tuesday published a special Christmas message for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, telling them he prays for them “every day” and announcing plans to visit them in person.
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Butler Eagle Online Focus Features | December 23, 2014
End Is Near
BERLIN — The tense expression on Ilse Grassmann's face belies the festive occasion. It's Christmas 1944 and she is sitting at home with her three youngest children, the table bare of food or gifts. Her husband is due to be called up soon to join Nazi Germany's hopeless attempt to win the war. Their 18-year-old son is already stationed in Denmark awaiting the Allied advance.
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Butler Eagle Online Focus Features | December 22, 2014
ACTS OF KINDNESS
Woman gives 50 gifts on her 50th birthday
BUTLER TWP — Instead of receiving birthday gifts this year, Cindi Converso had another plan.
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Focus Features | December 22, 2014
Toy makers adjust to times
LOS ANGELES — For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess.
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Butler Eagle Online Recipes | December 20, 2014
Go low, slow for a roast that stays rare
Here's my holiday conundrum, and I bet you can relate: I am in charge of this year's holiday meal, which will feature a big standing rib roast. Everyone in my family wants their meat rare, but I want the outside to be nicely seared. How to have both?
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Recipes | December 20, 2014
Puff pastry palmiers are quick and easy
If you have no time to whip up an appetizer from scratch, consider gussying up some store-bought ingredients. One of my pantry favorites is puff pastry.
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Butler Eagle Online Focus Features | December 20, 2014
Knoch grad bikes across country alone
Pittsburgh — After three months and 4,000 miles riding his bike, Knoch High School graduate Dillon Schwertz said he might stick to running in the future.
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Butler Eagle Online Holiday Features | December 20, 2014
JOY TO THE WORLD
Choir music, performances lift season's spirit higher
It isn't just children eagerly awaiting the arrival of Christmas. For the choir directors of Butler County churches, Christmas Eve is opening night: months of rehearsals ending in performances before a packed house.
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Butler Eagle Online Holiday Features | December 20, 2014
GOOD GRIEF
City turns to Charlie Brown to salvage ugly Christmas tree
READING, Pa. — Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.
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Butler Eagle Online Holiday Features | December 9, 2014
REINVENTED WREATHS
New twists added on a holiday symbol
Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind — unadorned or dressed for the holiday season with lights, bows, fruit or ornaments.
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Holiday Features | December 1, 2014
‘12 Days’ items cost more than $116,000
PHILADELPHIA — The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index.
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Butler Eagle Online Holiday Features | November 29, 2014
Holiday screenings
Deck the halls and rev up the DVR. A veritable blizzard of holiday-themed fare is about to blow into your television sets.
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Holiday Features | November 28, 2014
Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
DES MOINES, Iowa — Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it’s about time.
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Butler Eagle Online Holiday Features | November 26, 2014
Parade kicks off holiday in Zelienople, Harmony
ZELIENOPLE — The borough will hold its annual Christmas parade Saturday.
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