Some area residents think about New Year's resolutions
New Year's resolutions - some people make them, some don't.
But for those who were committing to them Monday in Bradford County, hopes were high about making some kind of personal change in 2013.
In Towanda, with many college students home for the holidays, the resounding response from the younger generation was to graduate college with good grades.
Others provided a variety of responses, from quitting smoking to losing weight, and even putting more effort in at work.
John Daly, of Towanda, who works second shift at the Bradford County Correctional Facility, said, "my New Year's resolution is the same as everyone's. To lose weight."
Daly, who was out recently shoveling snow in front of his wife's flower shop,
Baskets Blooms & Beyond in Towanda, said he was, at one point, 305 pounds. He has since lost a hefty amount of weight, but says he has been slacking off recently and needs to get back on track.
He hopes that with the new beginning that the New Year will provide, he can reach his final weight loss goal in 2013.
Owners of the Willow Tree Cafe in downtown Towanda also had New Year's resolutions after recently venturing into the restaurant business. Co-owner Donna White says she is looking to "have more of an open mind towards people." She feels that it is wrong how judgmental people can be to others.
The cafe's other co-owner, Virginia Pearce, says for her resolution she will try to "work harder at saving money, and continue trying my best to run a successful business."
Juanita Teeter, who works at the café, says her resolution is to "try not to take the weight of the world on my shoulders."
In western Bradford County, some people, however, said that they didn't plan to make New Year's resolutions.
When asked why he wasn't making a resolution, Troy Mayor Mike Powers said, "because you make them on Dec. 31, and you break them on Jan. 1."
Paul Everts of Troy Township, who is a former Troy Township supervisor, wasn't going to make a New Year's resolution, either.
"That way I don't have to worry about breaking them. I learned long ago not to make any resolutions you can't keep."
Curt Bayer of Columbia Cross Roads said that, if he had to make a New Year's resolution, it would be to "elect a politician that would do his job."
But generally speaking, he doesn't make resolutions.
"No, why make them if you don't keep them?" he said.
Carole Bayer, also of Columbia Cross Roads, said she doesn't normally make a resolution because people don't keep them.
But if she had to make one, she said, it would be "to not vote for somebody who didn't do his job."
"This fiscal cliff thing has just gotten ridiculous," she commented.
Joie Brasington of Troy, who is involved with the Bradford County Farm Museum and Heritage Village at Alparon Park in Troy, didn't have a resolution in mind right away, but as she thought about her answer, she said she would like to get more people involved with the museum, and offer more programs there. She wanted to get "the whole public" involved at the museum.
Gary Hilfiger, a chainsaw carver in Troy Township, wasn't planning on making a New Year's resolution.
"I just don't do them usually, I just take one day at a time," he said.
By contrast, James Cook of Towanda, who works for Western Alliance Emergency Services in Troy, had a New Year's resolution in mind.
"I'm going to find a way to relax more," he said.
Krystle Bristol of Troy said she planned to study the Bible more by doing her devotions every day.
"It's good for me and everyone around me," she commented.
Robyn Chamberlain and Donna Pasko, who work for Deb Harer State Farm Insurance in Troy, each had resolutions.
Chamberlain wanted to volunteer more, and Pasko wanted to travel more.
Staff writers Eric Hrin and Tim Zyla contributed to this story.