by Lisa Tome
Mornings in Rising Sun are a little less sunny now.
Local store clerk Linda Ham, who worked at Sunoco A+ just outside town limits, left her job last week.
She hugged her coworkers goodbye and gave them gifts just before leaving the store.
Ham began working at Sunoco nine years ago. She took the job as a second job. She has spent the last 15 years working as a cashier and customer service representative at the Elkton Acme.
When she started working at the store, she worked four to five days a week. In later years, she cut back her hours and worked there selling
coffee, gas, and morning snacks from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. a few days a week.
"I'm just tired and decided to retire," said Ham.
"I will miss all of it. I love the people here," said Ham. "It is tough to leave here. But everyday when I left my shift I always hugged everyone. That's just me."
She said she plans to still visit the store. Her daughter, Tammy, continues to work there. Ham said she enjoyed working alongside her daughter serving the customers. "I love my baby. We goof off here (at the store) the same as we do any other time," said Ham.
New owners took over the store late last week. The transition between the former owner and new owners continued over the weekend.