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Weston Kids Hit the Slopes

Michelle Okine enjoyed one more day of sledding before school was due to start again Tuesday. She and her father, Edward, joined dozens of other kids and parents at the hill behind Hurlbutt Elementary School on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The sun brightened the tiny faces that zipped down the packed hill one after the other. An occasional train of kids would slide down the bank holding hands, invariably succumbing to the laws of physics and disintegrating into a pile of smiles and laughs before forming a line and heading back to the top.

"It's a great day," Edward said. A native of Ghana, he moved to Weston in 1995 where he and his wife are now raising their two children. "Today is good, but tomorrow, you never know." The impending snow and ice storm seemed to motivate several parents to make one last visit while the snow was in its sledding prime.

Wilton resident Ray Bartels took his three children to the hill. "They'll be good and tired after this," he said. "We'll get some hot chocolate, and they'll be good to go."

Bartels goes to Weston to shop at Peter's Market and also to hit the slope behind the school, when the time is right. "It's comfortable today, it's not as bad as its been in the past few days," he said.

As he talks, his 6-year-old son R.J. shoots past a small girl at the bottom, narrowly avoiding a collision. Bartels yells, "Look out, RJ!" A group of mothers release a sigh of relief. "It's been like this all day," he said. "Thank goodness the kids have been paying attention."

Do you have any good snow stories to tell? How about photos of your kids having fun in the snow? Send stories and photos to David at ddesroches@mainstreetconnect.us .

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