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Snow not much of a bother to some

February 15, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

Daniel Barnes didn't seem to mind helping his neighbor shovel out her car on Potomac Street.

"We've had a mild winter. It's about time we got something like this," he said Wednesday afternoon as he stood knee-deep in a snow drift.

Diana Bachnan was shoveling snow off her car on South Prospect Street.

"I like snow. It's about time. If we're going to have winter, I want to have snow," she said.

Chip Stewart was clearing some parking spots in front of the gourmet dessert shop Bones and Cones downtown Wednesday morning.

The shop opened so its customers could get their holiday treats.

"It's Valentine's Day. Dessert is kind of important," he said.

Stewart didn't seem to mind the hard work and whipping wind.

"It's about time we had some winter. You'll appreciate spring that much more," he said.

An real-estate foreclosure auction took place in front of the Washington County Circuit Court building, even though court closed for the day.

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Auctioneer Tom Marshall took bids from a small group of people in parkas and winter boots.

Elizabeth Renninger of Boonsboro stood in front of the courthouse for more than an hour waiting for the auction to begin. She braved the weather for the auction after her 4-year-old son had been to the hospital after a sledding accident, Renninger said.

Families gathered in City Park for sledding, and children sped down the hill on brightly colored saucers and sleds.

Baylee Sprankle, 5, was all dressed up in a pink-and-black coat and black boots.

"You can slide on your belly," she said.

Snow is also good "because you get to make a snowman," Baylee said.

Ally Powell and Chiara Banca, both 13, said they love the snow because they get snow days. Both were at City Park for sledding, which is their favorite snow-day activity, Ally said.

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