Residents had mixed results with resolutions

January 01, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Skeptics who think New Year's resolutions are always broken should meet Brooke Ward, 17, of Hagerstown, one of the Tri-State residents asked Wednesday whether they managed to keep the resolutions they made last year.

Ward said she resolved to eat healthy and exercise more and she not only did that, but she lost eight pounds.

Or meet James Gordon, 61, of Fairfield, Pa., whose resolution was "to stay alive," he said. He survived a heart attack, but is still alive, he said.


Belinda St. Clair, 29, stuck to the three resolutions she made for herself: To lose weight, get a driver's license and go back to school.

Kristen Hunter, 21, accomplished her resolution goal of graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

That accomplished, she has a new resolution: Getting a job, she said.

Smoking was the topic of a resolution for more than one person.

Stacy Hale, 33, of Hagerstown, Jessica Longo, 23, of Chambersburg, Pa., and Vanessa Grant, 43, of Chambersburg, made resolutions to quit smoking, but said they did not curtail the habit.

Rickie Bowers, 45, who said he is homeless, said his resolution was to not get sent to prison and he accomplished that.

Homer Messinger, 85, of Hagerstown, said his resolution was to quit chewing tobacco. He cut back, but has not stopped the habit completely, Messinger said while holding a cigar at City Park.

The resolution of Dale Sounders, 51, of Hagerstown, was to "be in a better place," but that goal "fell through," he said. As part of that resolution, he had hoped to avoid being homeless this year, but he did not succeed, he said.

John Budesky, director of administrative services for the City of Hagerstown, said his resolution for the year was to get in better physical shape. Not having accomplished that, he will make the same resolution for this year, he said.

Hagerstown City Councilman N. Linn Hendershot said he makes a resolution every year to watch his weight.

In 2003, he succeeded in watching his weight, he joked. But while he avoided gaining weight, he also failed to lose weight, he said.

It is hard to lose weight when you spend much of your life in a wheelchair, said Hendershot, who breathes with the aid of a ventilator.

Washington County Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook had a New Year's resolution to have a more healthy lifestyle in 2003, eating healthful food and exercising more.

He said he feels he accomplished that goal and has lost weight and kept his blood pressure down.

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