Some area residents have explosive New Year's plans

December 28, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Frushour

Lee Emeni of Hagerstown might be playing with fire when it comes to welcoming the New Year.

"I'm going to visit some friends in Herndon, Va,. because fireworks are legal there, and we can have a good time," said Emeni, 25. "I usually hang out with friends or go out somewhere for New Year's."

Emeni was among area residents who talked about their New Year's Eve plans on Wednesday.

He said that every year he usually goes with his first offer when deciding what to do with friends for the holiday.

"I was actually invited to the (Inner) Harbor this year (in Baltimore), but I promised my friends I'd be in Virginia," he said.

Reggie Turner of Hagerstown is also going to Virginia to celebrate the New Year, but for a different reason. Turner, 39, said he is visiting his parents in Appomattox, Va., where he grew up.

"You can't beat mom's home-cooking," he said. "We'll probably spend all night New Year's Eve critiquing Dick Clark."

Turner said his New Year's plans change from year to year.

"My plans vary, but I like going to visit my parents and seeing old friends, and where I grew up," he said.

Hagerstown resident Ken Frushour said his plans always include getting together with his extended family, which can number between 50 and 60 people.

"We plan to rent out an activity building at a place near Thurmont and play games, and just have a good time," he said. "We've been doing this every year for as long as I can remember."

Paul Jack of Woodsboro, Md., however, said he is not going out for the holiday. Jack said he plans to spend New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at home with his family.

"We usually go out to a friend's house and watch the ball drop," he said. "But this year we plan on doing absolutely nothing, just sitting back and relaxing."

Jesus Hernandez of Hagerstown has to work at Frederick Memorial Hospital on New Year's Day, but he said he does not mind.

"I work whenever I can, and I can spend New Year's Eve with my family," he said. "I'll probably cook for them; I love to cook."

Boonsboro resident Mike Hollinger said he plans to go to a friend's house in Hagerstown with his wife on New Year's Eve.

"We'll probably have a few drinks and play cards," he said. "It'll be nice to converse with our friends."

Hollinger said that they used to go out on the town on New Year's Eve but choose not to do it now.

"We like to stick with our crowd," he said. "We used to go to bars and places like that, but now it's easier for us to stay in."

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