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Snow makes a way to work and play

March 06, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Students at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., use saucers, their bottoms and food trays Wednesday afternoon to slide down a hill behind Lortz Hall.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Snow that hit the Tri-State area Wednesday sent some people outdoors with shovels, but others found it created a winter playground.

A group of Martinsburg, W.Va., residents took advantage of the situation by going sledding on the hill at Mt. Calvary Church of God in Clear Spring on Wednesday.

“I’ve been doing it here since I was 7 or 8 years old,” Tony Harvey, 22, said. “It’s really big, really steep, and it’s really fast.”

Harvey went sledding with his stepdaughter, Tahkoda Denton, 3, and her mother, Korrine Ashton-Denton. Erika Brazzel and Austin Behan, also of Martinsburg, were along for the ride.

Brazzel, 23, said that it was her first time sledding, and she was “really looking forward to it” but that she was also “kind of nervous.”

Behan, 23, said he had been sledding before but never at the church, which is on National Pike.

“It should be pretty fun, and it looks pretty big,” he said. “We didn’t get to go yet this year.”

Around Washington County, some had to deal with clearing off the wet snow from their sidewalks and vehicles.

Ted Hovermale of Clear Spring, who was shoveling the snow off the sidewalk in front of his house Wednesday afternoon, said the snowfall wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be.

“The snow is really wet and heavy, which makes it harder to shovel, but it’s not bad,” Hovermale, 72, said. “It was only like 3 or 4 inches.”

Joe Mills of Clear Spring shoveled the sidewalk in front of his house and brushed snow off his car.

“It was just a little slushy, but it was easy to get off the sidewalk,” Mills, 67, said. “It took about 15 minutes.”

In Hagerstown, Nina Morrison said that she and her boyfriend had to brush snow of their vehicles, but they did not need to shovel.

“We were getting ready to shovel the sidewalk, but the sun already did it for us,” Morrison, 31, said. “It’s been pretty easy so far.”

As of 3 p.m., 2.7 inches of snow had fallen on Hagerstown, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

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