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Concerns over terror to keep some near home

Others say they're not worried

Others say they're not worried

July 04, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

About half of the Tri-State area residents asked Wednesday said they're a little concerned that terrorists might strike today and said they plan to stay close to home while celebrating the nation's independence.

The other half said they weren't worried at all.

Federal officials said Wednesday that they had no knowledge of specific threats, but that combat jets will patrol the skies for security over New York, Washington and other cities for today's celebrations.

"You couldn't pay me to go to D.C.," said Carrie Breeden, 64, of Hagerstown.

Breeden said she didn't think Hagerstown would be a target, but that she's always concerned of additional attacks elsewhere.

"It's always in the back of your mind," she said. "They're not going to pick a place as small as Hagerstown. They're going to pick something big."

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Breeden said she plans to have a picnic this weekend with family to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Kathy Burriss, 48, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said she plans to stay home and isn't worried about terrorism hitting the U.S. today.

"There's so much being said about it that I don't think the terrorists will do anything now," Burriss said. "I think they'd want to make it more of a surprise."

"I'm staying right here in town, so I won't be traveling anywhere," said Teresa Shubert, 42, of Hagerstown.

Richard Frizzell, 55, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said he plans to have a cookout in the back yard to celebrate. He's said he's not too worried about terrorists striking today but he'd stay out of the big cities just in case.

"I don't think I'd go to Washington or New York or any place like that," Frizzell said.

"I'm not worried, (but) I think they might try something," said Robert Smith, 69, of Martinsburg.

He said his plan is to "head for the mountains" in Berkeley Springs.

Ginny Blackwell said she plans to stay home and have a picnic.

"I wouldn't go to any large place," said Blackwell, 42, of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Harry C. Anthony, 75, of Hagerstown, said he's tired of hearing about the repeated security warnings and plans to stay home.

"I don't know why they just don't forget about it," Anthony said. "I've been hearing them for two weeks already. I don't go to the fireworks anyway."

Barbie Hess, 37, of Gerrardstown, W.Va., said she wasn't worried about terrorists striking and that she plans to have a big cookout and fireworks at her home.

"I'm a little apprehensive," said Katie McNew, 19, of Hagerstown. "I think I'm definitely going to stay close to home."

Cecil Poffenberger, 72, of Hagerstown, said he's not afraid of being a victim of terrorism because he's not going anywhere.

"If anybody got good sense, they won't go," Poffenberger said.

"There's always the possibility that something can happen at anytime," said Cindy Hudson of Greencastle, Pa.

Hudson, however, said she's not too worried about it because she'll be spending the holiday with her family rather than traveling.

"I think the warnings make us all aware that we need to be on guard at all times," she said.

Melissa Leonard of Waynesboro, Pa., said she plans to stay close to home, but it isn't because of security concerns.

"I'm just going to stay home with my family. I'm not a big traveler on holidays," Leonard said. "But the events going on have nothing to do with that decision."

Ken Gregory, 69, of Martinsburg, said he also wasn't worried about security concerns and will spend the day with the family.

"I plan to stay home," Gregory said.

He said he didn't think there would be any local attacks.

Tracey Seylar, 16, of Chambersburg, Pa., said she and her family will gather at an aunt's in Orrstown, Pa., today for a barbecue.

"We have a picnic planned with family," she said.

She said that's a tradition with her family and is not influenced by security concerns.

Ken Short, of Chambersburg, said he and his family are planning a small picnic today, probably at a regional park, were he said he has no concerns over security.

Amanda Querry, 21, of Chambersburg, said she is heading out of town.

"I'm driving to Maine tomorrow with my family for vacation," she said.

Nicole McDonald, 20, of Martinsburg said she might have to work today but that she plans to join friends for a cookout Saturday.

"I think everybody's getting worried for nothing," she said.

Staff writers Stacy Danzuso and Andy Schotz contributed to this story.

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