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Pat Shingleton: "Slick then Slicker..."

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Posted: Jan 7, 2014 5:41 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Sled Riding. Snowforts. Snow Balls.

As the thaw-out begins in many sections of the country, I'm prompted to re-wind this story. Whether it was a sled, aluminum saucer or garbage can lid - it was all downhill. Overnight, Nicky Sudano would hose-down Windover Avenue; creating an ice layer that increased speed for us but stalled drivers trying to get up the hill. After the big snow it was melt-down time; turning powder to squishy snow-
perfect for snowballs and forts. A bowling ball of snow was rolled into a boulder. Stacked end-to-end and vertically, a compartment for snowball battle was ready. Forts were 20 feet apart with armies between the Shingleton's, Sudano's and Minett's. The battle ended when paperboy Donnie Schlemmer was bombarded delivering the Ellwood City Ledger.

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