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Boys are first born in area

January 02, 2002

Boys are first born in area



By LAURA ERNDE
laurae@herald-mail.com


Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.

Three bouncing baby boys became the first newborns of 2002 in the Tri-State area.

At 12 minutes after midnight, little Micah Harne made his debut at Washington County Hospital.

"I was dying for a little boy," mother April Schleigh of Hagerstown said as she fed Micah a bottle.

Schleigh, 19, and Mark Harne, 21, also have a daughter. Delilah Sunshine Harne, who is nearly 3, was eager to help take care of her baby brother.

"She wanted to feed him right away and take him home," said Schleigh, who works as an account clerk at Brooklane Health Services.

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Schleigh was hoping to deliver in December because the first due date her doctor gave her was Dec. 18. A sonogram later pegged the arrival at Jan. 8.

Schleigh was eating shrimp and enjoying New Year's Eve with her parents when she started feeling labor pains about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

"He's pretty special," said grandmother Loreen Harne of Cavetown. "You always want your son to have a son."

The Tri-State's second New Year's baby entered the world at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., at 1:18 a.m.

Sherry Alger, 21, of Falling Waters, W.Va., delivered her third child - and first son - who weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces.

Alger started having contractions Sunday night, but she didn't pay much attention because her due date was nearly two weeks away and she had a long labor with her daughter Savanna, 2.

"I was surprised," said Alger, who works in a group home for people with disabilities.

Alger wasn't sure about a name Tuesday, although she was thinking she might name her son Gary Wayne.

At 3:25 a.m., Yolanda and Todd Hershey of McConnellsburg, Pa., welcomed the arrival of their second child, Jacob Benjamin Hershey, at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Jacob weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, said Yolanda Hershey, 21, a stay-at-home mom to Jacob and his 3-year-old sister, Sidonna.

Todd Hershey is a diesel mechanic for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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