Pat Shingleton for Jan. 18, 2013

Those of us that “grew up” with snow events still embrace the excitement of a potential “dusting.” WBRZ’s Brittany Weiss grew up near Chicago and hasn’t experienced snow in two years. As noted in a previous column, we rode the snow with a sled, aluminum saucer or garbage can lid. Overnight, Nicky Sudano hosed down Windover Avenue, creating an ice layer that increased the speed for us but stranded uphill drivers. Next was melt-down time — turning the powder to squishy snow — perfect for snowballs. A bowling ball of snow was rolled into a boulder. Stacked end to end and vertically, the snow forts were 20 feet apart with armies divided between the Shingletons, Sudanos and Minetts. The battle ended when paperboy Donnie Schlemmer was bombarded delivering the afternoon edition of the Ellwood City Ledger. Fastcast: Chilly.