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Hagerstown author inspired by Conococheague Creek

November 06, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Stephen Lynn Meyers signs a copy of his book, "Walking In Water, A History of and Tales from The Conococheague Creek" for Carol Byrkit on Sunday at the Williamsport town museum in the Springfield Barn.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — A Hagerstown man who has spent many hours fishing on the Conococheague Creek in Washington County and considers it his “second home” talked Sunday about what attracts him to the stream.

Stephen Lynn Meyers signed copies of his new book, “Walking In Water, A History of, and tales from The Conococheague Creek,” in the town museum in the Springfield Barn Sunday afternoon.

The creek extends about 80 miles in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and dumps into the Potomac River in Williamsport.

Meyers said he is drawn to the creek because of the variety of experiences it offers, from a unique perspective on God’s creation to a rich history lesson. The creek’s history includes impressive stone bridges that were built across the creek and Indians who once walked along its banks, Meyers said.

Meyers said “Walking In Water” refers to his wading in the creek during his many fishing trips.

“Every free time I have, I’m in it. Even if I don’t catch a fish, it’s a hell of a lot better than a day at the office,” Meyers said at Sunday’s book signing.

But the fish Meyers catches don’t end up on a dinner plate.

Meyers releases the fish he catches, and his dad said Meyers becomes upset if there is a chance a fish might become seriously injured from a hook.

Meyers said in the book that his first fond memory of Conococheague Creek was when his father took him and his brothers on fishing outings along the stream just down from Kemp’s Mill.

“This spot is just as popular today as it was back then. Hopefully, those that frequent it today are as caring as those from decades gone by. I got me some doubts, however,” Meyers said.

Meyers talks in a dedication at the beginning of the book about people who “trash” the creek. He said they don’t deserve the experiences the stream offers.

They will have to answer to “a much higher authority” about their actions, Meyers wrote.

“That same higher authority that just so happened to create Conococheague Creek in all her splendor. Amen,” Meyers wrote.

The lifelong Hagerstown resident, a former federal government worker, said Sunday he has written poetry but this is his first book.

Meyers’ father, Hagerstown attorney Lynn Meyers, was with his son Sunday. Lynn Meyers said his fishing memories on Conococheague Creek included times spent with a childhood friend whose father used to row a wooden boat up the stream.

Lynn Meyers said his son’s book can be purchased at Beaver Creek Antiques, Wilsons Store along U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown, Gordon’s Grocery on Cypress Street in Hagerstown and Schindel’s Pharmacy on Oak Hill Avenue.

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