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Winter storm wrecks wedding days

February 15, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Sweethearts hoping to tie the knot on Valentine's Day saw their romantic dreams buried under a pile of snow Wednesday.

Washington County Circuit Court was closed after a snowstorm hit the area Tuesday, preventing couples from marrying in a civil ceremony.

Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for civil ceremonies.

Usually, the clerk performs 15 to 20 marriages on Valentine's Day if it falls on a weekday, said Dennis Weaver, clerk of Washington County Circuit Court. When Valentine's Day falls on a Friday, clerks usually perform about 30 marriages, Weaver said.

Weaver has served as clerk since 1986; he started as a deputy clerk in 1973. He couldn't recall whether the court closed on another Valentine's Day.

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Usually, the clerk's office tries to make Valentine's Day nice for the couples to be married. Women in the office wear festive red dresses, he said.

"I regret that people who had planned to be married today couldn't do that," Weaver said.

He recommended that couples who wanted to marry Wednesday visit the court Friday for a ceremony and "make it a long weekend," he said.

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