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Weather Puts a Damper on Memorial Day Boating

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There were a lot of boats still sitting at the docks on Memorial Day. Some boaters said that they were coming out to enjoy the day on Cheat Lake, rain or shine.

"That way we have more room there's not as many people for us to start of the summer," said Debbie Updegraff. "I was just saying we go more by the calendar than by the temperature."

The Updegraffs are from Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Debbie and Don decided to come down to prepare their first dock on the lake for the summer.

"We came down, and we got a dock this year, which we don't normally have a dock. We tried it this year and we're just bring down some supplies," said Don Updegraff. "A dock box to put on the dock, to put all our junk in, and then we're going to take a little ride hopefully. If it doesn't rain anymore."

Stella Hewitt is also preparing her family's boat for the summer. She wanted to make sure everything was up to code before taking it out for a spin.

"Life vests for everybody that we would anticipate having on the boat," said Hewitt. "We don't want to invite guests over and then at the last minute, realize we don't have enough vests. Make sure that we have a fire extinguisher which is what I was just checking. Making sure we have a stow able box that would float."

Hewitt is on the right track. The Division of Natural Resources said boaters should take certain steps before getting underway, including filing a "Float Plan" and knowing the basics of engine maintenance.

Hewitt's kids could only think about one thing: being able to swim.

The Updegraffs are just excited thinking about when they can take their boat out on a nice day.

"We just really love it and we look forward to the summer time when we can get out," said Debbie Updegraff. "In the winter, we do a lot of working and work around the house, and this is our time together, and it really is fun."

Businesses on the lake said they hear the upcoming days are going to be much nicer, and that brings in the crowds.

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