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For winter sports fun, they had to take it inside

February 11, 2002

For winter sports fun, they had to take it inside



By JULIE E. GREENE
julieg@herald-mail.com


Like dozens of others on Saturday, Lauren Spring was enjoying the winter sport of ice skating bundled up in her winter coat and gloves - inside.

It's been so warm outside that Lauren, 8, of Knoxville, Md., forgot her coat and had to go back for it so she wouldn't be cold at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex's third annual Winterfest, said her mother, Tonya Spring.

On the other hand, Bryan Smith was thoroughly enjoying the warm weather outdoors with his family at Marty Snook Memorial Park, where he was dressed in shorts and a T-shirt as temperatures rose to 55 degrees.

The unseasonably warm winter has people who normally would be staying inside to keep warm going outside and people who would prefer to be outside sledding going indoors to ice skate.

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The weather has made Lauren "kinda sad" because she hasn't had her fill of sledding, snowboarding and making snowmen.

The warm temperatures and only 7 inches of snow and ice accumulation so far this winter have left only two sledding opportunities for area youngsters - from snowfalls on Jan. 6 and Jan. 19.

That's not enough for Ben Atha III, 11, of Halfway, who likes to sled and have snowball fights.

Nor is it enough for Rick Heines, 46, of Clear Spring, who likes to ski; or Jeannie Best, who likes to sled.

So Atha, Heines and Best went inside Saturday to ice skate.

"We haven't had much snow so it hasn't been very good at all for sports," said Best, 30, of Keedysville.

Wally Seppala, 74, of Halfway, had an opportunity to enjoy a winter sport when he received an invitation from his sister in northern Michigan to go snowmobiling.

But Seppala, who was walking at Marty Snook Memorial Park, said he'd rather not go.

"I like it here," he said.

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