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Area residents prepared for end of summer

Others recall their favorite memories of the season

September 05, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Herman Grundy, right, of Bronx, N.Y., barbecues ribs with his daughter, Eicka Blanchard, left, and his granddaughter, Serenity Blanchard, 3, both of Hagerstown, Monday afternoon at Hagerstown City Park.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — The Labor Day holiday on the calendar wasn't the only thing marking the unofficial end of summer Monday.

It seemed Mother Nature was ready for a change, too, as the day was overcast and nowhere near as hot and humid as many of this summer's days.

Hagerstown resident Debbie Dawson, 43, was ready for the end of "hot and sticky" days.

"I don't like this kind of weather. I'm ready for the fall," said Dawson, who was walking along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath near Cushwa Basin on Monday morning.

Brian Foltz, 38, of Williamsport, was looking forward to deer season, while his wife, Renai, 34, said the cooler weather would be better for runs with Addy, the family's blue merle Australian shepherd.

Williamsport resident Diana Graff, 37, said her black and white Siberian husky, Takoda, prefers running in the snow to the summer heat.

Fall also means Halloween will soon arrive, and the Deatelhauser family was already getting in the mood.

They stopped Monday at Hagerstown City Park on their way home from Gettysburg National Military Park, where they went ghost hunting, said Shanda Deatelhauser, 40, of Cumberland, Md.

"I actually got pictures of a couple of apparitions at the top of the tower that the kids chased up and found nothing" Deatelhauser said about the observation tower at Culps Hill.

But before Halloween there is also the hurricane season.

Jessica Terry, 25, of Waynesboro, Pa., said she recently went down to Ocean City, Md., "thinking I was going to be able to soak in the ocean waves, and Hurricane Irene came in and, so, of course, my beach trip was cut short."

On Monday, Terry was enjoying a picnic with family members as they grilled chicken, hot dogs, and hamburgers at a pavilion in City Park.

Brenda and Mike Mullin's favorite memory of summer 2011 was watching their new house being built, said the couple from the Falling Waters, W.Va., area.

"Watching the whole process, going and checking on it. And I love the house," said Brenda Mullin, 64.

The Mullins took a four-mile walk along the C&O Canal towpath, a popular spot on Monday morning for jogging, biking and walking the dog.

The towpath was more than 4,400 miles from Diana Graff's favorite part of the summer — two weeks in Rome and Naples, Italy, with her husband, Joshua.

Williamsport resident Fred Kershner's favorite summer trip wasn't as far away.

"A vacation with the family in Assateague. We had a good time there and saw some wild horses and other wildlife," said Kershner, 55, who was walking Jersey, part terrier and part Chihuahua, on the towpath.

Tyler Driggers, 4, and his brother, Dylan, 2, were happy greeting Jersey and other dogs walking by Cushwa Basin, as well as playing with sticks.

"They pretend they're fishing with the sticks," said dad, Ryan Driggers, of Falling Waters, W.Va.

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