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Hagerstown area residents, businesses prepare for storm

December 18, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Sue Hoover of Hagerstown was at the Lowe's at Stone House Square on Friday afternoon purchasing an ice scraper and snow melt pellets in preparation for an evening party.

She hoped it didn't start snowing until after midnight so her guests could get home safely, Hoover said. The ice scraper, one with a long handle, was in case anyone drove a larger vehicle and needed to de-ice it after the party, she said.

"We're in good shape, I hope," she said.

Across town, the parking lot at Martin's on Wesel Boulevard was nearly full, and all of the shopping carts were in use.

Debbie Bodnar of Williamsport had stocked up on ingredients needed to make lasagna. She planned to travel to Johnstown, Pa., today to see family.

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People were coming in from Florida to gather at her parents' house in Johnstown, she said.

The snow would have to be really bad to keep her away, Bodnar said.

"We're used to driving in it," she said.

Debbie Rickard of Sharpsburg is taking vacation for the next few days. She loaded her car with ingredients for Christmas baking. She'll spend the snow storm making cookies and her Christmas cakes, she said.

As of Friday afternoon, Valley Mall was scheduled to be open for business this weekend, which are two of the busiest days of the year, Marketing Director Michele Wills said.

Preparations have been made, so maintenance crews are prepared to get rid of any snow that falls, she said.

Should any chances to the mall's hours be made, notification will be made through the mall's Web site at www.shopthevalleymall.com, she said.

Saturday's Maryland Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at The Maryland Theatre also remained scheduled as of Friday afternoon. Should it be canceled due to weather, information will be available online at www.marylandsymphony.org.

A second concert is planned for Sunday at 3 p.m.

It's possible that only one of the concerts will be canceled, Greg Evans of the MSO said.

Should an event be canceled, orchestra officials would contact patrons to see what they would like to do about tickets, Evans said.

The WinterFest at Whitetail Resort will go on despite the weather, said Matt See in the resort's marketing department.

"We're not going to close anything," he said.

The resort has, however, moved planned children's activities from Saturday to Sunday, he said.

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