Winter activities carry on despite lack of significant snow
TINA L. SCOTT
Despite warnings of winter storms headed our way last week, Merrill escaped all but an inch or two of the white stuff when the clouds parted ways in the atmosphere and diverted around us. Those burdened with the chore of snow removal were probably relieved, but area children on winter break from school were a bit disappointed. Nonetheless, many area kids and families got outdoors to engage in fun winter activities. Even though the white ground cover was somewhat lacking, especially for sledding in some areas such as the Lion’s Park sledding hill, winter enthusiasts didn’t let that stop them.
Merrill residents were out sledding at Lion’s Park and at Jack Pines, as some refer to the sledding hill on Merrill’s East side behind the community gardens off of Memorial Drive; skating at the East Sixth Street and Normal Park outdoor skating rinks; walking their dogs; playing in the snow that did fall; and even making snow angels where they could. Some area residents even lit bonfires to enjoy New Year’s Eve at home.