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What people are saying about the storm...

What people are saying about the storm...

February 18, 2003

"Myself and my family, we're snowed in. We're not going anywhere. We're just sitting around, watching movies, having popcorn, a little cheese doodles."

- Steve Teufel

Berkeley County Commissioner

"I tell you, it's going to take a lot of work to open up these secondary roads."

- Manny Arvon

Berkeley County Schools superintendent

"I'm watching CNN. Watching The Weather Channel. A couple of hours outside (shoveling), a couple of hours inside, warming up."

- Howard Strauss

Berkeley County Commission president

The area around Public Square in Hagerstown was mostly devoid of people Monday, with the exception of people hired to shovel snow, including Harry Kanode.


Kanode said he was responsible for shoveling a path in front of 14 properties owned by Vincent Groh.

Doing the work Monday was harder than usual because of the amount of snow that had accumulated, he said.

"It is rough. It is so deep," he said.

He has his own technique to make the work more tolerable: Instead of trying to move a section of snow with one large shovel scoop, he tackles the section with three smaller scoops, or "slices" as he calls them.

"It's like layers in a cake," he said.

Emmet Burke, 59, and his son Matt Burke, 19, trudged home Monday morning after loaning their snow blower to a neighbor along Briarcliff Drive in Fountainhead.

"We did two driveways, and we've had it," Emmet Burke said.

As the pair walked away, neighbor Michael Rafi put the snow blower to work, quickly clearing a path in his driveway.

After spending more than an hour clearing out his own car, Scott Crum set to work helping out his neighbor Laura Rush uncover her vehicle on Fairview Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa.

"It's a lot, but it's not as bad as 1996," he said.

Rush appreciated his help.

"I am blessed with good neighbors. There was also the mystery snow blower guy. He is amazing and cleared the sidewalks of 20 to 30 houses," she said.

Tracie and Cody Cline spent Monday morning playing in the snow while their father, Eric, went to work clearing his Waynesboro, Pa., sidewalk.

"This is the most snow I've seen," Cody, 5, said while jumping into a big pile. Tracie, 10, was helping move some of the snow with her red plastic shovel.

Cline said he spent more than an hour Monday morning digging out his car and he had big plans for the afternoon.

"I'm going to sit back in an easy chair with some coffee and see what's going on in the world," he said.

Jay Clifton stood on Potomac Street in Waynesboro, Pa., armed with a shovel, ready to do battle with the snow, which had buried his blue Subaru up to the door handles.

"I've never seen so much snow at one time," said Clifton, who moved to Waynesboro last year from the West Coast.

"I will dig out as much as I can. I don't plan on doing it all in one take," he said Monday morning.

Clifton said his biggest dilemma was where to put the snow he shoveled.

"I don't know where it's all going to go," he said.

The heavy snowfall meant a bonus day off from school for many Tri-State area students who were making the most of it Monday morning.

Maylis and Joey Burns were scaling snow mountains in their Carlisle Street yard in Greencastle, Pa.

"We're pretending we're mountain climbers," Maylis, 7, said.

"I really like the snow piles," said Joey, 5.

Joey, clad in a yellow jacket and a snow-covered hat and mittens Monday morning, said he had never seen so much snow, and he planned to stay out all day.

He and Maylis took turns tossing snow at their dog, Daisy.

"She likes the snow," Maylis said.

Nearby their dad, Joe Burns, took another shot at his driveway with a shovel.

"I had it all clear and then two snow plows came by and blocked it in solid," Burns said.

Compiled by staff writers Candice Bosely, Scott Butki and Stacey Danzuso,/i>

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