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September 3, 2012

Stillwater residents take advantage of federal holiday

STILLWATER, Okla. — Despite another day of blistering heat, Stillwater and area residents took advantage of a day off on Monday as the nation celebrated Labor Day.

Government offices, schools and many businesses were closed on a day that is a tribute to the American worker and the unofficial end of summer.

“It’s nice to sleep in on Monday,” said Josh Schatte, a 29-year-old consultant for Enercon Services in Oklahoma City.

The Guthrie resident was playing a round of golf on Monday at Lakeside Golf Course in Stillwater.

“I always like coming up here to play,” he said. “The course is in great shape.”

“It’s nice to get out of school for the day,” said Robert Daniel, a 21-year-old student at Oklahoma State University.

Daniel was taking part in a disc golf game with his brother, Stuart Daniel, 22, and Grant Martin, 22, in the mid-afternoon at Boomer Lake.

Diane and John West made the drive from Blackwell to spend a few hours swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach at Lake McMurtry.

“The water is so nice, so warm,” said Diane West.

A pair of Oklahoma State students also said they were enjoying their time sunbathing on a dock at Lake McMurtry.

“We’re just enjoying the day,” said Julia, who declined to give her last name. “This was a spontaneous trip to the lake. We’ve been out here about two hours.”

Oklahoma State student Colin Rose, a 18-year-old from Stillwater, drove his 17-foot Ranger boat around the lake on Monday and was contemplating a short fishing trip.

Monday was a brief respite, but work and school begin again on Tuesday.

The official end of summer is Sept. 21.

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