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Editorial: Summer is here


Summer is finally here again. Who doesn't enjoy the long days, splashing around in the pool, going to BBQs, and spending lazy nights on the porch while drinking a glass of ice-cold lemonade?
I love them. Another thing my family and I do every summer is go on vacation. And every place we go I pick up the local paper or tourism guide to find out what's going on and where we can find the best places to take the kids.
With the slow economy many people, however, may be spending more time closer to home. If that's the case, then we don't want you to forget about all the wonderful places to see and go in Washington County, Maryland - your own backyard! Washington County and its surrounding areas are chock full of tours, museums, concerts, family activities as well as fabulous places to dine, shop, relax, and camp -many with little or no cost.
The Picket News' tourism issues, four every year, were designed to inform visitors to our area and those living in it of what Washington County has to offer. Many people that live here don't know all the wonderful things our county has to offer.
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 their 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.
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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