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Some keep resolutions, some don't

January 21, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN

Some haven't cheated. Not even once.

Others had New Year's resolutions that lasted only a few days.

Most area residents interviewed Sunday said they were on the right track to keeping their resolutions, perhaps for a full 365 days and even beyond.

Marlene Gay of Sharpsburg said to avoid any problems with her resolution, she made an easy one.

"Nothing that I couldn't break," she said.

Gay said she resolved to finish her nursing degree. She has only 24 credits left, and she said she'll be continuing her education at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where her son also is enrolled.

Tabatha Smith and her friend, Kinsey Sprecher, both 15-year-old students at Williamsport High School, said their New Year's resolutions were to get better grades.

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"I want to be better in school," Kinsey said. "I want to make my parents happy."

Only a few weeks into the new school semester, both girls said they were on track to perhaps being on the school's honor roll.

Sarah Phillips of Keedysville said her resolution was to marry her fianc, Dustin Webber, also of Keedysville.

"I just bought the dress today," she said when asked if she was going to keep her resolution.

Alicia Escobar of Greencastle, Pa., said she didn't make a formal New Year's resolution, but she did renew her promise to be healthier.

"I'm eating Subway instead of Great Steak," she said.

And Escobar began going to gym even before New Year's Day. So far, her biggest obstacle to keeping her resolution has been her busy schedule.

Rapp Soprano of Hagerstown said his resolution was to stop gambling, which has been an addiction since he was 13.

Soprano, 35, said he has been "clean" for 10 days.

"I like the thrill of winning money, but sometimes the loss is a little greater than the win," he said. "That's why I'm quitting."

Others have been less successful with their resolutions.

Peter Lilz of Chambersburg, Pa., said his resolution to stop smoking lasted two days. He's made the same resolution three times, and he said he will still try to quit.

Others said they don't bother making New Year's resolutions.

"For me, it doesn't work," said Shawn Burke of Keedysville.

She said she doesn't remember ever making a resolution.

Connie Fiorita of Falling Waters, W.Va., said she also opted not to make a New Year's resolution this year.

"Every time I make one, I usually don't follow through," she said.

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