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Some brave the elements

December 19, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

TRI-STATE -- Michael Bohannen had no problem maneuvering the snow-covered streets of Hagerstown's north end on Saturday.

He was traveling on cross-country skis.

Bohannen, who lives on Oak Hill Avenue, said he had been anticipating the weekend storm for several days and was pleased when he awakened to a winter wonderland.

"I know some people aren't happy about the weather, but I'm not one of them," he said. 

Bohannen said cross-country skiing is a relaxing mode of exercise, and when there's little traffic on the streets, "it gives you a different view of the city."

"This is all quite beautiful," he said, making his way down The Terrace. "I'm enjoying the solitude."

Terri Balise and her two children, Eden, 6, and Moira, 4, planned to spend some family time at Woodland Way Park with their sleds and their Irish setter, Duke.

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"The kids are so excited about the snow," Balise said. "We lived in Florida for several years, so this is all new to them."

Susan Sowers, swing manager at McDonald's on Northern Avenue, said business had been steady since opening the doors at 6 a.m.

"A lot of people have been shoveling snow and coming in for coffee and breakfast," she said. "It's actually busier than I expected."

Leonard Cooper, who owns a barbershop on Jonathan Street, said he shoveled his way out of his home on Leitersburg Pike to open his business at 6:30 a.m.

"The weather wasn't going to stop me," he said. "I consider it a challenge."

Cooper said he could have closed for the day, "but I've been doing this for 53 years, 23 years at this shop, and I'm here regardless of the weather."

With a shovel thrown over his shoulder, Dwayne Smith of Hagerstown said he wasn't finding very many jobs clearing sidewalks and driveways.

"A lot of people are waiting until the snow stops," he said. "But it doesn't look like it's stopping any time soon."

With Christmas just a few days away, Smith said he thought he might be able to pick up some extra cash.

"I didn't have anything else to do, so I thought I'd get out and get the blood flowing," he said. "Even if I don't get any jobs, the walking is good for me."

Some in Waynesboro, Pa., cited necessity as the reason they got were out in the storm.

"I wouldn't be out if I didn't have to be," Mike Fitzpatrick said as he pumped gas at Turkey Hill.

Fitzpatrick of Chambersburg, Pa., is a doctor who was on call at Waynesboro Hospital.

He said he hoped to spend time playing outdoors with his two children, who had already started their snowy playtime in the morning.

David Green of Waynesboro wanted to spend the afternoon cross-country skiing at Rotary Park at Wayne Gardens in the south end of town. He said cross-country skiing can be accomplished anywhere there is at least four inches of snow.

First he needed to finish clearing snow from the sidewalk in front of a West Main Street property owned by his wife.

"I'm a snow lover anyway, so I love it," Green said.

Duane Rosenberry of Waynesboro previously lived in Alaska for 18 months.

"It kind of reminds me of Alaska today. This is one of the biggest storms I've seen here in a long time," he said.

"I don't think it's too bad," said Shawn Hurd, of Waynesboro.

Hurd said he had to pick up a registered letter from the Waynesboro Post Office, so he ventured out in his four-wheel-drive vehicle.

"If not for that (letter), I don't know if I would've gone out," he said.

Wendy Fogle of Greencastle, Pa., said she parked her car and planned to walk until the roads were cleared.

"I've been out enjoying it," she said.

One man in Waynesboro was wearing shorts while shoveling his sidewalk. He said he wore pants when he first shoveled, then headed outside in the shorts for a quick second round of snow remova

Staff writers Dave McMillion and Jennifer Fitch contributed to this story.

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