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Residents celebrate unofficial end of summer

September 07, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Jorge Romero, left, Yudith Romero, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Yuneldys Garces and Ronald Cornejo from Parlin, N.J., take in a view of the lake at City Park on Monday.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

TRI-STATE -- "I'm sad to see summer go."

Chris Brunner briefly lamented the unofficial change of seasons Monday as he and his wife, Holly, caught up on some reading at City Park in Hagerstown. He went on a long bike ride over the weekend, and the couple attended a church picnic.

Other Tri-State residents found many other activities to fill their time -- from swimming to picnics, working to weddings, and shopping.

Donna Peters of Chambersburg, Pa., will be extending the summer attitude by taking a trip soon.

"I'm just hunting for clothes for vacation," Peters said on her way in to Chambersburg Mall.

Rob and Sondra Rowe of Smithsburg also were preparing for vacation. On Labor Day, they took their children to Waynesboro (Pa.) Northside Pool, a favorite summer destination for the family.

John Bakner of Waynesboro also stopped at the pool off Grant Street.

"The kids were wanting to go because it's the last day" for swimming, he said.

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His son, 10-year-old Christian Bakner, said his first week of school was "good," but he also misses summer.

Deb Eberly and Sara Deal both worked Monday in The Centre at Hagerstown. They're preparing for classes this week at Hagerstown Community College, and Eberly is especially excited.

"I got bored," she said, saying she likes to work through new information in her mind.

Dempseys and Viviana Vega of Hagerstown took their 4-year-old daughter, Noellie, to City Park. She scrambled over all the equipment on the playground and watched the ducks and geese.

"It's a nice place," Viviana Vega said of the park.

Doris Byers of Chambersburg tried to take advantage of Labor Day sales at Chambersburg Mall. She was shopping for a winter coat and relied on past experiences to know searching early in the season can lead to good prices.

Byers prevailed when she found a coat at Bon-Ton.

Aaron and Adriana Karle were more focused on getting rid of possessions. The couple has been holding a yard sale at their home on Pa. 16 in Greencastle, Pa., since Thursday.

"They're building a Sheetz next to us, and we're out," Aaron Karle said of moving.

Big-ticket items like a dining room table and hunting rack sold well, but the smaller things didn't seem to be as popular, Aaron Karle said. The yard sale might continue over the next few days, he said.

"We've been moving things out and selling them, moving more out and selling," he said.

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