Many pass on picnic in favor of football

Gridiron replaces grill for many this Labor Day

Gridiron replaces grill for many this Labor Day

September 03, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer but many people throughout Washington County chose to skip the traditional barbecue in favor of shopping, watching mini-football or looking for a bargain at an area auction.

For the past two years, Nancy and Julie Hellane have been coming to Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park on Labor Day to watch Julie's son Gregory Pheabus, 11, play for the Giants with the Washington County Junior Football League.

"We look forward to coming out on opening day," which is held each Labor Day weekend, said Julie Hellane.

"We used to do the family picnic," but decided to start a new tradition once Gregory started playing football, said Nancy Hellane.


Even though the players are young, they have a lot of energy and the play is intense, said Julie Hellane.

"We love football and this league," she said.

Giving up the grill was "no sacrifice" this year, said Donna Wiles, who in the past has had to work on Labor Day.

Wiles came to the park on Labor Day to watch her granddaughter Leeandra Wiles, 10, cheer for the Smithsburg Jets, she said.

"I don't know anything about football," she said.

Her granddaughter has worked hard on her cheers and she wants to see her try some splits, cartwheels and flips, she said.

Wiles said she and her family were going to spend the day at the park watching the game and eating snacks from the concession stand.

More than 100 people crowded the Wise Auction House in Hagerstown to bid on a variety of antiques.

Top bidders took home such items as an antique car, oil paintings, Depression glass, stained-glass lamps, furniture, rugs and jewelry.

License plates from vehicles in the parking lot were from the Tri-State area, as well as Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Carol and Joe Robinson of Falling Waters, W.Va., spent Labor Day at Valley Mall looking for the perfect pairs of back-to-school shoes for their children.

"We got a late start so we have to do some power shopping today," said Carol Robinson.

By the time Labor Day comes around, she's ready for fall.

"It's my favorite season and I like cool weather," Carol Robinson said.

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