Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Summer travelers share adventures

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Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.

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-- Old saying

July Fourth week is our summer vacation's unofficial midpoint, so let's see where our travelers are going.

Cherianne and more than 30 others -- members of the 1961 Class of Lucy Laney High School -- send a card from Pennsylvania on their way to Quebec, Canada.

Janice Bennett, of Augusta, is "having fun in Boston. Sunny skies!"

Hartwell and Melvis Powell, of Martinez, are also in Boston checking out food, history and the baseball at Fenway Park.

Sandra and Shirley Johnson, plus mom Jacqueline, were in Birmingham, Ala.; Tunica, Miss.; and Beale Street in Memphis, and Arkansas, and sent postcards from all four.

Jeff and Gina Baker, of Gibson, Ga., are "enjoying beautiful Key West on the way to the Bahamas."

Judy, Summer, Tim, Darby, Meredith, Tripp, Pierce, Stacy, Jeff and Courtlyn are in Hilton Head "enjoying our ninth year coming here. Eating lots of seafood."

Elfie and Gerald Spence send greetings from Bad Homburg, Germany, where they're visiting for a sister's 70th birthday. Kathy Czarnecki is driving throughout North Carolina.

Mac and Elizabeth Copeland, of Augusta, continue their Western vacation in Arizona. "The scenery is spectacular! The red rocks and white sandstone were beautiful displayed behind the green foliage of junipers and pines. The weather is pleasant and the people are friendly."

Etta and Beth McLeod send a card from Bar Harbor, Maine, and ask: "Don't you wish you were here?"

Jack and Emma Ruth Maffett, of Sandersville, are in Myrtle Beach "having a good time and relaxing with family and enjoying the grandchildren."

(I hope to see Jack later this month when I speak to the Lions Club in Sandersville.)

Carrie and Dave Welter send greetings from Crystal City, Va., representing Augusta at the Hearing Loss Association of America convention near Washington, D.C.

Charlene and Clifford Williamson, of Edgefield, and Isabel Watson, of Troy, S.C., say the weather is hot in Virginia where they are visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown plantations.

Finally, Jim and Barbara Hogan, of McCormick, are in Amish Country in Pennsylvania. "Beautiful country," they write. "No seashore or mountains or even a ballpark, but cows, cows, cows!"

TODAY'S JOKE: Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend Finney.

"Did ya' see the paper?" asked Gallagher. "They say I died!"

"Yes, I saw it!" replied Finney. "Where are you callin' from?"


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