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Chill in the air on last unofficial summer day

Weather keeps crowds away from swimming pools

Weather keeps crowds away from swimming pools

September 07, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH and ERIN JULIUS

TRI-STATE -- Labor Day, the last unofficial day of summer, didn't really feel much like summer as skies were overcast most of the day and temperatures barely reached the mid 70s.

By 3 p.m. Monday, only 45 people showed up to swim at the pool in Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway, and that's more people than went swimming there Saturday, employees said. The water was cold this weekend, said lifeguards who had been swimming earlier in the day.

At Lewis' Orchards in Smithsburg, now is a busy season. The summer's peach crop is overlapping with the first sweet apples of the year, said Jacob Shriver, 16.

Peaches and corn are the most popular summer crops, but that will soon give way to apples as temperatures drop, said Shriver and 15-year-old Heather Lewis.

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Jacob and Heather are part of the fifth generation to be working at the farm, they said.

Janet Smereck, of Chevy Chase, Md., stopped at Lewis' Orchards on her way home from Waynesboro, Pa., where her destination was the recently-opened Waynesburger restaurant.

"It was the best burger I've had in my life," Smereck said.

She loves farmers markets and stopped to buy peaches, corn, zucchini, jam, and tomatoes.

"It was a great day," she said.

At Debbie's Soft Serve, also in Smithsburg, a family stood in line deciding what to order.

Monday hadn't been busy, said Izzy Bailey, who has been working at the ice cream stand for three years.

Customers tend to leave town for Labor Day, so it's never busy, she said. Their busiest time of the year is earlier in the summer, she said.

People throughout the Tri-State area looked forward to the cooler months as they said good-bye on the unofficial last day of summer Monday.

"It was a busy summer for us, but we didn't get to do half of what we wanted to do," said Amy Giles, of Chambersburg, Pa.

Although Giles enjoys summer activities, she's glad that cooler temperatures and diminished humidity are signaling the start of fall.

Giles' daughter, Brianna, recently entered kindergarten in the same class as her cousin, Makenna Brindle. Another cousin, Carter, is excited to learn about caterpillars and butterflies in the second grade.

Greg and Sandy Clark, of Chambersburg, had an activity-filled summer with their daughter, Molly.

"We went to Georgia a few times," Greg Clark said, saying his future son-in-law deployed from Georgia to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Rangers.

Molly, 14, went to Iowa with her grandfather and Creation Festival with her mother. She started ninth grade at J. Frank Faust Junior High School and already found that classwork is harder than last year.

The family is excited for another season of Penn State University football.

"We like fall. We're big football people," Sandy Clark said.

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