Couple trades life in Chicago for peaceful #039;Getaway#039;

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 20, 2003

GETAWAY - After Brenda and Mark Majorowski bought their home at Getaway Estates three years ago, it became a retreat for their son and daughter still living in their native Chicago.

"They love it here," Brenda said. "They really enjoy our swing, and they enjoy the quiet after being in Chicago. They call it 'Little Heaven.'"

The Majorowskis moved to Getaway from Pittsburgh, Pa., after Mark's employer, CSX Railroad, transferred him. They moved into one of the first houses built at Getaway Estates, a relatively new subdivision along State Route 243. Their house, Mark said, is one of the oldest houses in the subdivision, and it is only about four years old.

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Because she grew up in a farming community outside the city of Chicago, Brenda said she is accustomed to living in a quieter area. However, Brenda's fondness for shopping, Mark said, has been curbed - much to his delight.

"She's a super mall shopper," he said. "It's a good thing there are not a lot of malls because we're on a limited budget."

If the couple's children, ages 28 and 30, were in school, Brenda said, making friends would be easier. However, they have still managed to make several new friends since coming to the Tri-State. They belong to St. Ann's Catholic Church, take ballroom dancing lessons in Huntington, W.Va., and belong to the Gold Wing Riders Association's West Virginia chapter.

"Everyone here has been so open and very easy to meet," Brenda said, as she painted burgundy accents on her front porch's railing.

Old friends are also regulars at their home. Besides their children in Chicago, the Majorowskis have friends in Oklahoma and several places around the country that come to relax at their peaceful Getaway in Getaway. When the company leaves, the couple at least has their canine companion, a Schnauzer named Moku, to keep them company.

"This is just a nice place to live," Brenda said.