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Fishing, swimming are popular activities on holiday

Fishing, swimming are popular activities on holiday

May 30, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM


Jerry Materiale cast his first line about 30 minutes before catching a fish Monday afternoon in the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport.

"I caught one," the 9-year-old said, as his mother went to their car for a measuring tape.

The fish, possibly a smallmouth bass, was 6 inches long, Maureen Austing of Hagerstown told her son. Jerry threw the fish back in the basin and cast again.

Jerry and his mother planned to fish for a few hours before going to a carnival in Boonsboro, they said.

Sean Cloughley of Hagerstown and some friends also were spending part of their Memorial Day fishing.

"We were fishing, and brought the dog so he could jump in the water," Cloughley said.

Cloughley said he planned to go to the pool with some friends later in the day.

Laurie Baker, 41, of Williamsport, took her two children and two neighborhood children to the pool at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park to ring in the new season.


"Daddy gets to stay home and rest," she said with a laugh.

Makai Keyton, 8, and his sister, Talea Keyton, 6, shivered while standing in the shade of a pool building after spending the day swimming.

Makai said he played games all day, mostly Marco Polo, his favorite pool game.

Their father, Clarence Keyton, 51, said they spent the weekend bicycling and went to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Gapland.

He said he plans to spend as much time this summer as he can with his kids. Keyton, whose children were raised in Alaska, said he hopes to move back there this year.

Talia said the water was "still fun" even though it was a little chilly.

"When you get in the little one, it's so warm," she said.

Nikia Quamina, 12, was sitting poolside Monday afternoon. She said she spent the morning shopping and was excited that swimming season has begun.

"I want to go to New Jersey and swim on the beach," she said.

Amy Helwig of Knoxville took her two children, 3-year-old Jake McCluskey and Jason McCluskey, 6, to swim and fish in the Potomac River.

Helwig said she knew the weather on Memorial Day was supposed to be nice and she wanted to take her children outside. While they hadn't caught any fish, she said they were enjoying playing in the water.

Rodger and Jacque Toy of Martinsburg, W.Va., spent Monday afternoon walking on the C&O Canal towpath with two of their children, Rachel, 7, and Jacob, 8.

Rachel and Jacob rode on bicycles, while the Toys walked behind them.

"We don't ever get to go out and do this," Jacque Toy said. "We wanted to get out."

Staff writer Pepper Ballard contributed to this story.

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