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Resolutions include the usual weighty issues

December 27, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

TRI-STATE -- Lindsay Gorsuch on Saturday staked her claim to having everybody's resolution for the New Year -- to lose weight.

"I want to lose, like, a whole person," Gorsuch said when asked at Valley Mall in Halfway if she had a certain weight loss goal.

Gorsuch's friend, Chris Eby of Greencastle, Pa., struggled with the resolution question, but dismissed his friend's suggestion to be "the perfect husband."

"I already am," Eby said of his husbandry skills.

"Just to make my wife's life more pleasurable," Eby finally offered, prompting Gorsuch, formerly of Hagerstown, to laugh while taking a break from shopping outside Sears.

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Speaking for the family, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., resident Jeff Hunt said he and wife, Dana, would resolve to "get out of the house more" in 2009.

"The twins are now old enough," Hunt said of their 14-month-old children. "We can move along."

Julie Frye of Martinsburg, W.Va., said she would try to be more patient with her children.

"Because they're 9 and 6 and they like to beat each other up all the time," Frye said.

Co-worker Sarah Kidwell of Martinsburg resolved to come home to see her family more often in the coming year.

"I just stayed at school -- gas prices were so high," Kidwell said of the lack of time in not seeing family members while enrolled at Fairmont (W.Va.) State University.

On her way into Martinsburg Mall on Saturday, Kim Shipman of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was hoping for a better year than 2008.

"To be kind to others," Shipman said. "It was a very rough year, and I hope things get better."

Working at a seasonal job selling calendars in the mall, Michael Banks of Martinsburg said his resolution was critical -- "To remain gainfully employed."

Thelma Gerspach of Martinsburg said she hoped to stop eating sweets.

Her weakness?

"Chocolate -- anything chocolate," Gerspach said, smiling.

Given the economic downturn, Daniel Hamrick of Bunker Hill, W.Va., said he would try to avoid spending money "on random things" and eating out less.

"To make better use of finances," Hamrick said.

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