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Editorial: Oh the long, wonderful days of summer

Oh the long, wonderful days of summer

Well, it's that time of year again - long days, warm nights and of course, vacations!
The slow economy may keep people closer to home this summer. If that's the case, it's time to explore your own backyard. Washington County, Maryland and the surrounding areas are full of tours, museums, dining, concerts, relaxation, camping, family activities and more - many at no or little cost.
The Picket News' tourism issues, four every year, were designed to inform visitors to our area of what Washington County has to offer. But it also comes in handy for those who live here or live nearby in finding out more about where they live. Washington County, Maryland has plenty to do and see - from the rolling hills of Boonsboro to the historic buildings of Hagerstown to the peaceful pastures of Keedysville and the warm hospitality of Clear Spring, the mountain views of Smithsburg, the hometown friendliness of Sharpsburg, the capital history of Williamsport, the farmland in Hancock, and the antiquing of Funkstown - Washington County definitely rocks!
Washington County is known for our museums, history, national, state and county parks, as well as places where families can go whitewater rafting, play golf, and walk through caverns and history.
Not only can you go Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, where the bloodiest day of the war took place, you can also continue your tour to nearby South Mountain Battlefield State Park and find history in the making. Washington County is also a great place for those who enjoy Civil War history.
Summer vacation historically originated at a time when most of the USA's population lived in rural areas, and children were required to labor on the farms during the summer months.
Fortunately, life for children is no longer that way. Summers are now time to sleep in, play all day in the summer sun, have pillow fights, roast marshmallows, laze around in the grass, and spend the evenings catching fireflies.
The first days of summer vacation are usually the hardest as many try to squeeze everything in while trying to adapt to the freedom of summer vacation. Freed from the constraints of a calendar, our days are a flurry of activity, whether we're out and about all over town or the country, or lazing around in our backyards and neighborhoods - summer vacation is for BBQs, family, relaxing, and making memories. As adults, most stories, to our children or grandchildren, revolve around our summer vacations as a child - places we went, things we did, and the people we spent time with. Vacations give parents and children memories that will last a lifetime.
Summer is an adventure. Don't waste it! Grab a refreshing drink, kick your feet up and dig into this year's Summer Tourism Guide - then get out there and explore!

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese, Editor

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