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Kites wound up at park

April 18, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Small white kites dotted the sky over the brilliantly green meadow at Renfrew Park Saturday afternoon. A child held the string of each kite, either admiring its flight or running with it to send it aloft.

A hawk flew over, as though checking out the competition in his territory.

There wasn't a lot of wind, but the light sled kites don't need much, and they flew well. Interspersed among the small kites were a few large, colorful kites flown by adult kite fanciers

All were enjoying the perfect spring day at the 11th Annual Spring Fun Fly at the park in Waynesboro.

For an hour, Bill and Twila Flohr of Waynesboro helped about 60 children make the simple kites with a sheet of white plastic, two sticks, tape and string.

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Ty Brumbaugh, 7, of Greencastle, made a kite with Bill Flohr's assistance.

He has flown kites before, and attended the kite fly with his grandmother, Linda Mason of Greencastle. "I love flying, and getting the kids involved," Mason said.

Logan McIntyre, 3, sat on the kite-making table while Bill Flohr taped the sticks to his kite. His father, Michael McIntyre of Hagerstown said they had attempted to fly a kite once at the beach, but "it was so windy we packed it up."

Jeff and Rita Smith of Mont Alto brought their grandchildren, Elisabeth and Rook Smith of Shippensburg, to the kite fly. "It's a perfect day for this," Rita Smith said.

"You gotta keep going," Jeff Smith called to Elisabeth, 5, when she stopped running and turned to see if her kite had gone up.

Rook, 2, ran with his, then wound up the string when the kite fell.

Mel Wolff and his wife, Kathy, of Blue Ridge Summit, flew their brightly-colored kites at one side of the meadow. Kathy Wolff1s was in the shape of a butterfly.

"You need a four mile per hour wind, at least," Kathy Wolff said. "It takes patience."

She said she has been at the kite fly when there was little wind and nothing would fly except the light sled kites.

An elementary school teacher, Kathy Wolff has flown kites with her students, she said.

Mel Wolff sent a popper up the string of his kite occasionally. Looking like a small umbrella, it slides up the kite string, collapses when it hits the kite, then slides rapidly back down the string. "It makes it a little more interactive," Kathy Wolff said.

George Adams of Chambersburg prepared his large, wooden-framed kite for flight. He had attempted to fly it at last year's Fun Fly, but it stayed airborne only briefly. "I've broken a few parts and repaired them since then," he said. He made the kite himself, a replica of one made by Charles Lamson in 1896 and flown at an observatory for weather purposes.

"The hours, the workmanship he put into that, it's amazing," Bill Flohr said.

Adams also brought a space capsule recovery kite. "It's a limp wing kite," he said. "It has no supports in the wings, and it acts like a parachute to drop a space capsule from outer space."

After the rush of kite-making was over, Bill Flohr stood and looked across the meadow at all the kites and children, and said, "This says it all, to see the little ones fly the kites."

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