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Area young and young at heart enjoy playing in the snow

March 25, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Brody Thomas, 3, of Hagerstown gets his sled airborne as he slides down a hill at Fairgrounds Park on Monday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Spring Break is scheduled to begin Thursday for Washington County Public Schools, but it turns out students looking forward to that glossed over the possibility of another snow day.

Schools were closed Monday in the county as 4.2 inches of snow had fallen on Hagerstown by 1:45 p.m., according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at i4weather.net.

“We usually don’t get snow this late,” Elizabeth Stell, 14, of Hagerstown, said. “I’m ready for spring, but I’m kind of glad for another day off of school.”

Stell, who is a freshman at South Hagerstown High School, walked up to the former Washington County Hospital site with her brother and sister to go sledding and build snowmen Monday.

Russell Nail, 11, of Hagerstown also went sledding and built snow forts with his sister, Torrance, 10, at the site.

“We didn’t get a lot of snow last year so I’m glad we finally got to come out,” he said.

At a time of year when youngsters would be playing spring sports, winter activities were all that were available Monday.
 
At Fairgrounds Park, Megan Nicholson, 23, of Hagerstown, took her son Cari, 2, sledding with her sister Maliyah, 9, and Maliyah's friend, Ashlynn, 9, both of whom are third-graders at Pangborn Elementary School.

Nicholson said that the was surprised by the weather.

“My son turns 3 next week, and this time last year we were having a cookout for his birthday,” she said. “When you think of spring, you think of everyone going in flip flops and capris, not the snow boots and snow suits.”

Maliyah said that she was happy about the spring snow.

“We’re off a day, and we get to spend time with our family,” she said.

Ashlynn added that she really does not like the snow and is ready for spring but was enjoying the day off school.

“We got to have a family breakfast and spend time with the family,” she said.

School students were not the only local residents involved in outdoor activities in the snow. Hilda Gearhart of Halfway took her dog, Katie, to the dog park at Marty Snook Park in Halfway Monday morning.

“I bring her as much as I can because she needs the exercise, and I don’t have a fenced-in backyard,” she said.

Gearhart, 65, added that weather does not keep her from bringing Katie to the park unless it is a heavy rain.

“She loves the snow and loves to run,” she said.

No snow was in the forecast for Tuesday, but it is expected to be cloudy and cold with a high of 44 degrees, according to the HMTV6 weather blog at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather.

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