Taste of summer comes

May 31, 1999

Pool SplashBy DAN KULIN and MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writers

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

The pools were packed.

At the parks, the shade was the place to be.

Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer, brought mid-summer-like weather to the Hagerstown area - with temperatures breaking 90 degrees.

Hagerstown's Potterfield Pool was almost full to capacity Monday afternoon, with some 495 people taking advantage of the cool water. The pool capacity is 500.

At Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway, the softball fields and empty picnic tables stretched as far as the eye could see, and the only sounds of activity came from the packed swimming pool.


Most of those who did venture into the heat, but not into water, stayed in the shade.

At Snook park, the Rittenhouse family held a picnic under the trees, and then they each took a turn at their favorite activity.

"I've been rollerblading," said Andrew, 11, who was glad the parking lots were empty and he could enjoy his sport without having to duck cars.

Ten-year-old Jane spent much of her afternoon exploring.

Chip, 6, played on the playground equipment and had a game of catch with his dad.

Still munching on an ear of corn, Margo, 8, said she was busy spending time with her dad.

"We've had a really great time," said Chas Rittenhouse, who brought his family to the park for some holiday time together.

Nearby, another group was enjoying the park for a different reason.

"I am graduating from Heritage Academy (today) and this is my party," said Julie Poe, editor of the school's yearbook.

Throwing the party for Poe was her journalism advisor at Heritage, Denise Schlimgen, and her assistant yearbook editor, Amanda Miles.

"They made me a memory album of all the activities we did over the past year," Poe said. "It's just so great."

Looking over the thick album, Poe was joined by Schlimgen's children, Adam and Whitney.

After the summer is over, Poe will be heading off to Schroon Lake, N.Y., where she is enrolled as a freshman at Word of Life Bible Institute.

At Hagerstown's City Park, the Peterson family was one of about 10 groups picnicking.

"It's a day off and we're getting out and enjoying it," said Nathan Peterson, 39, as he turned hamburgers and hot dogs on an open grill.

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