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Hagerstown walkers share their favorite city treks

July 13, 2005|by BOB MAGINNIS
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The unique harmony of architecture includes Victorian ladies, prim and proper with flowers at their feet, beckoning one to rest on wrap-around porches. After a lap through the cool effulgence of the City Park, we crest Dunn Irvin Drive toward Guilford Avenue. Middle schoolers bike alongside, sharing their day in hopes of an invitation to Krumpe's.

By the time we reach Maryland Avenue, wafts of the confections tempt us. (Superior Dairy's jovial summertime crowd is equally inviting.) South Mountain peeks through the fragrant, flowering trees punctuated by a pickup game of basketball at the church on Spruce Street.

First Street's uphill trek home included friendly greetings from firefighters and neighbors congregated on porches to enjoy the evening.

A church hymn tolls, reminding me that whether it is the flitting fireflies and summer curb appeal of showcased gardens, the crunch and smell of dry leaves under our feet, the stillness of the world hushed by a cloak of white reflecting the glow of Christmas or the reawakening of spring, it is the just reward of my day.

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April Crowl

Hagerstown




As I stroll along the path, I see the pretty flowers along the side. I stop to admire and smell the roses. The sky above is blue and the clouds are white and billowing.

Some of the trees are tall, some are green, some are brown, some are red and some of the dogwoods are starting to come into bloom. Why, there is even a cherry tree out front, where you can stop and pick a sweet red cherry and pop it into your mouth. But watch out for the little worms, as the tree has not been sprayed.

There on the water, I see a mother duck and nine little ducklings appear from behind the tall grasses.

As I continue on my way, I see another pond with some koi and goldfish in it.

You must be careful though, because there is a train close by and you would not want to get hurt. I love to hear the train whistle, though, don't you?

A little girl named Haley rides by on a pink tricycle, smiles and waves. Such a happy child she appears to be.

A family is getting ready to have a picnic. It's nice that they can be together.

You can see all this by coming to Western Maryland Hospital Center at 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

Linda K. Folk

Hagerstown




My favorite walk starts in the 200 block of South Potomac St. I turn at Locust Point Market.

On Locust Street, I enjoy looking at several beautiful hanging baskets on a front porch. I walk down Ray Street. There is a home on the corner of Ray and Mulberry streets that has a beautiful split-level yard.

There are various colors of roses on the top level. On the bottom level, there is a vegetable garden as well as patio furniture, a small birdhouse, a wheelbarrow and trees. It looks like something you'd see in Home and Garden magazine.

Continuing on Mulberry Street, you pass the St. John's Episcopal churchyard.

I understand it was the first Episcopal church in Hagerstown. It's very interesting to look at these very old tombstones with dates in the 1700, 1800's. I walk the alley beside the church yard to Locust Street, Baltimore Street and then to South Potomac Street.

Carole Feigley

Hagerstown




Sometimes, on days that were crisp and sunny, I'd park my car at a friend's house on Oak Hill Avenue and walk the remaining distance to work. Walking down Potomac Street is like a trip down memory lane. Schindel's Pharmacy on the point is where my brother worked during high school.

The accountant's office used to be an A&P grocery store. A little further down the street, I'd watch with interest the progress made by the ambitious young couple renovating the grand old pink mansion up the hill. Zion Reformed Church is where I attended my first wedding.

I visited the gravesite of Jonathan Hager behind the church several years ago with my daughter for her third- grade project.

The YMCA was where we had fun swimming parties with the Girl Scouts. Figurehead II was the location of Lena Darner's bridal boutique, where I bought my wedding gown many years ago.

The current Lena's was Harry Myers' store, where you could buy almost any kind of houseware. At Hoffman's, we visited my Aunt Mary and bought the Pendleton shirts I'd steal from my dad.

Barb's dad fit us with shoes for the new school year at Bikle's. I remember the square when it had the Christmas tree in the center that you drove around. My walk ended at Carson Jewelers in the previously elegant Hotel Alexander. The businesses continue to change through the years, adding interest to the pedestrian who slows down to observe.

Debra Swain

Hagerstown




Being a current junior at North High and living in the Carroll Heights neighborhood, I walk to and from school. Though it is only a 15-minute walk, I love every minute of it. I typically walk with my two good friends, who live around the corner from me.

While we're walking, we see squirrels scampering across the street, people walking their canine companions and people tending their gardens.

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