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Area residents share New Year's resolutions

One man plans to document ancestry, others vow to become better Christians

December 30, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Ronnie Hines, 25, said he wanted to resolve family and health issues for the new year.
By Caleb Calhoun, Staff Writer

Warren Furmann said he plans to travel to North Carolina in the New Year to expand on a recent discovery he made concerning his ancestry.

"I plan to get documentation that proves I'm part Cherokee, which I discovered by tracing my family history on ancestry.com," said Furmann, of Hagerstown.

"If I can do that, I want to start a faith-based ministry here in Hagerstown for people who have Cherokee blood in them."

Starting the ministry would be his New Year's resolution, Furmann said.

"I'm trying to change the world for the better," he said. "I'm looking to help people who have been treated as second-class citizens be treated as first-class citizens."

Furmann was among Hagerstown residents who spoke Thursday and Friday about their New Year's resolutions.

Ronnie Hines, 25, said he wanted to resolve family and health issues for the new year.

"I want to quit smoking and be a better father to my son," he said.

Craig Harshman, 47, said he wants to work to get healthier.

"I'd like to get on a health plan and lose a little weight for the New Year, and I'd actually like to get my whole family to join in," he said. "My daughters are into volleyball, and I do that with them every spring, so maybe we can continue that throughout the year."

John Buffington said his top goal is to "clear up" some of his debt and buy a house in 2012.

"I'm looking to move probably somewhere out of state," said Buffington, 44. "I want to start paying on my debts, get them paid off, and get my credit score up."

Michelle Yelton, 37, also listed working to get out of debt as one of her goals for the new year.

"I want to eventually be able to afford my own home," she said. "Then I could save more money and invest in something that's mine instead of paying rent and not getting anything out of it."

For his New Year's resolution, Justin Murray, 23, said he wants to help his parents retire.

"It would be peace of mind for me," he said. "I want them to be able to enjoy life now."

Murray said that his dad was in the U.S/ Marine Corps and now works as an emergency room doctor.

Cindy Burdette said she wanted to spread the message of Christianity to people in and around Hagerstown.

"I really want world peace," she said. "To do that, I can help bring people to God by spreading His word."

Leroy Hazel's New Year's resolution also dealt with his Christian beliefs.

"I plan to give my life to the Lord," he said. "Next year, I want to continue to go to church, then join the choir and become a righteous citizen."

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