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NEWS
December 24, 1997
Vacations making popular stocking stuffers By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Getting home for Christmas isn't the only goal of holiday season travelers, according to local travel professionals who say they're seeing more and more vacation travel at this time of year. Trips - either during the holidays or for some time afterward - have become popular gifts, they say. The American Automobile Association expects a record 44.5 million people to travel 100 miles or more from home this holiday season.
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NEWS
May 18, 2001
Those who didn't win can still help the city Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday's Hagerstown city election. All who ran can be proud that their campaigns stuck to the issues, avoided personal attacks and gave voters a variety of good choices. But it would be a shame if the city were to lose the input of those who were not victorious for the next four years. What do we have in mind? Prior to 1980, the city functioned with many more citizen advisory boards than it does now. The council in office then eliminated them to streamline government, but in the process it also removed opportunities for people who were interested in government to get involved without running for office.
NEWS
By SHEILA HOTCHKIN | May 31, 1998
Betty Rinn helps her clients plan vacations to hot spots like Las Vegas or Disney World, but the Hagerstown travel agent prefers a more sedate location for herself. Rinn, an employee of Travel Plans Inc., has made six trips to Mackinac Island, and she longs to return to the Michigan hideaway for the peace she said can only been found in a town that prohibits motor vehicles. "Six times I've been there, and I've never heard" an automobile, said Rinn. Instead, the occasional rhythm of horses' hooves break the stillness of what she called "the Bermuda of the north.
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By SHEILA HOTCHKIN | May 31, 1998
Local travel agents saw no surprises in this summer's most popular travel destinations, with Disney vacations once again battling cruises for top honors. "This business is not trendy at all," said Renee Brink, owner of Uniglobe Chambersburg Travel, who has been fielding requests for the animation empire's theme parks and Caribbean cruises for years. Disney World's new Animal Kingdom, which is partially open, has added to Disney's already powerful appeal. Chris Franklin, general manager of CW Travel Inc. in Hagerstown, recommended families wait to take trips to Animal Kingdom until winter, when more of it has opened and the park is less crowded.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2011
Fewer Marylanders plan to travel during Labor Day weekend this year than last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. A survey by the auto club shows that travel is expected to be down 2.7 percent overall, including a drop of 0.4 percent by car and 2.9 percent by air. For all other modes - including bus, train and watercraft - the projected decline is 34.4 percent, the survey said. Eighty-nine percent of travel is expected to be done by car. The travel projections "are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight," according to a AAA Mid-Atlantic news release.
NEWS
By MIKKEL WALLECH | November 22, 2008
TRI-STATE -- With a weakening economy and Thanksgiving just around the corner, the sight of lower gas prices is a welcome relief for many local residents interviewed last week. Edie Riker, 53, of Summit Point, W.Va., said Wednesday that the lower gas prices will help people get out of the house, ultimately helping the slumping economy. "With gas prices dropping, I am more inclined to get out of my house and go shopping," Riker said. "With the economy the way it is and people not spending, now is the perfect time for gas prices to fall.
NEWS
By MARIE GILBERT | May 22, 2010
Like many older Americans, Michael Kobold had a few things he wanted to accomplish when he retired. Take a bicycle tour of Europe. Check. Go sea kayaking in Alaska. Check. Visit ancient ruins in Mexico. Check. Kobold, 66, said he always wanted to travel. But, because of work, he never had the time. Since retiring from his college teaching job three years ago, the Hagerstown man is fulfilling his wanderlust. "My friends and I are always planning our next trip," he said.
NEWS
June 10, 1997
By VANDANA SINHA Staff Writer Disney World is a popular vacation destination for area residents this summer, according to travel agency representatives. Perhaps because the Florida park is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, it has become "wildly popular" with Washington County residents, said Betty Rinn, a travel consultant for Travel Plans Inc. of Hagerstown. "Mickey is always a winner," said Lindi Baker, owner, manager and travel agent for Ready-Set-Go Tours & Travel of Hagerstown.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | August 11, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - As a 24-hour cable news program droned on in the background, passengers at Hagerstown Regional Airport greeted tightened security with shrugs Thursday. New rules in place to prevent the possibility of explosives being mixed aboard planes caused no delays at the airport, business development manager Greg Larsen said. Other than repacking their carry-on luggage, Dawn and Chris Pitzer of Martinsburg, W.Va., said word of arrests in a suspected terrorist plot in Britain left their travel plans unchanged.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | June 29, 2011
While some people were stocking up on burgers and sparklers for July Fourth celebrations Wednesday afternoon, Randy and Pat of Hagerstown were at Advance Auto Parts on Dual Highway browsing for tires and spark plugs. They were getting their van ready for a trip to Skyline Drive in Virginia, where they planned to spend the holiday weekend relaxing in the Blue Ridge Mountains and visiting a parent’s grave, said Randy, who did not want to give his last name for fear of attracting burglars while they are out of town.
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