2010-01-07 / Local & State

New Year Resolutions Abound In 2010

Residents wishing for better economy, health and happiness
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Only one week into the new year and Fulton County’s residents are already actively working toward achieving their newly selected resolutions in hopes of bettering their financial outlook, their health and the happiness of those around them.

While spending New Year’s Eve at her Plum Hollow Road, Fort Littleton, home surrounded by her husband, Darick, daughters Mara and Jenna and several friends, Stephanie Brumbaugh decided to follow a tradition she long ago established – feel blessed for yet another year to enjoy her family and friends and never to make a true New Year’s resolution!

“I have come to realize that each day is a blessing of great multitudes. Family, friends, good health, a roof over my head and my job are just a few,” said Brumbaugh, who is employed by Fulton County in the prothonotary’s office.

“I also don’t have great discipline to make a true New Year’s resolution such as losing weight,” jested the 36-year-old. While looking forward to what life will bring her way in 2010, Brumbaugh also has some well wishes and advice for Fulton County – never change.

“When we were 16 we thought to ourselves someday we’ll blow this joint. After never leaving, 20 years later you come to realize the true beauty of Fulton County and its residents. Even though I have not travelled the world or much of the United States, I believe with all of my heart that this is one of the best places on Earth. Vacationing is nice, but I always look forward to arriving back home in good, old Fort Littleton,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, 49-year-old Cindy McClain of Waterfall announced she has resolved to participate in every Tuesday prayer meeting in the Forbes Road auditorium before beginning her elementary teaching job.

“I decided to make this resolution because I believe prayer works, and I care a lot about the Forbes Road community. I enjoy the Christian fellowship of community members and staff that attend. I live near the school and don’t have small children, so I shouldn’t have an excuse to miss it,” exclaimed McClain, who added she intends to follow through by eliminating housework, computer time and even exercise on Tuesday mornings. Losing weight was her resolution in 2009.

McClain went on to send well wishes across Fulton County and said she hopes that individuals who are “suffering emotionally, physically and financially will know that God loves them and does have answers for them if they trust in Him.”

On the health front, Southern Fulton art teacher Carolyn Mottern noted her previous resolution was not to allow stress to overcome her at work and at home. She said for the most part she achieved her goal, but deemed it a work in progress to be tackled along with her 2010 resolution to improve her overall health and live a better lifestyle.

The 39-year-old Warfordsburg area resident stated she will try to “walk more, munch less, keep

positive outlook and try to cut down on processed foods while working more whole foods into her diet.”

“I hope to work at it each day of this year, improving a little more every day, she stated. “My wishes for Fulton County are for everyone else to have good health and happiness; for our economy to improve; for our community to remain a wonderful place to live and raise children; and to have a safe community with helpful, hardworking people, which is the reason my husband and I decided to move here years ago.”

Whitney Haught, a stay-athome mother of two, reported even though she didn’t make a resolution for 2009, she has big plans this year for her custom embroidery business called “Your Way Embroidery.” Operated from her McConnellsburg home, the business offers a variety of items ranging from aprons and insulated cooler bags to baby bloomers and totes and with Haught’s additional resolve will hopefully result in a more steady source of income.

“This last year was very difficult on our family. With layoffs, pay cuts, illness and hospitalizations, making ends meet has not been easy. I regret not being more prepared for that rainy day. I’m hoping to make this new year different, starting with things I know I can improve.

Haught, 29, intends to make her resolution come through by improving on her organizational skills and doing more networking. Already possessing on-line shops on ArtFire, Etsy and eBay as well as pages on Facebook and Flickr, Haught will also be trying her wares at more local venues such as open houses and craft shows.

She concluded her wish on a local level is for more jobs to come to the area, while, in comparison, 13-year-old Annetta Hartman of Needmore hopes that the Fulton County commissioners will reconsider their previous decision to cut their annual allotment to the Fulton County Library.

“I wish the Fulton County Library would return to being fully funded so the county as a whole can continue to benefit from their excellent services,” said the daughter of Julia Delpino and Mike Hartman. Ironically, Annetta’s passion for the Fulton County Library has spilled over into her 2010 resolution to complete her Girl Scouts Gold Award project. The project entails organizing a teen art contest, with winning artwork to hang in the teen section of the library. Cash prizes will also be awarded to winners.

Annetta reported she is already working closely with library Director Jamie Brambley, the newly formed library Teen Advisory Board and Berkeley Springs Girl Scout Senior Troop 40440 to make sure her resolution will become a reality.

While watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve with her son, Cheryl Cutchall of McConnellsburg decided to listen more and not talk as much in hopes of achieving her goal of making wiser decisions. A fifth-grade teacher at McConnellsburg Elementary, Cutchall joked her prior resolution to lose weight was unsuccessful but she was happy not to have gained any weight either.

“I’m hoping for a tighter community in 2010, and we help our youth make better decisions,” she concluded. They (youths) are facing more peer pressures and dealing with issues that no one can imagine.”

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