The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Breaking News

Local News

December 29, 2012

Wednesday’s storm provides entertainment for those who appreciate the white stuff

CONNEAUT — The recent blast of snow provided visitors from Las Vegas a special Christmas gift.

Joe Barnes was returning to his childhood home with his wife of six months, Emily, and had played up the “White Christmas” theme.

It almost didn’t come to pass for Emily Barnes who grew up in southern Nevada and had only experienced recreational snow fun on two trips to the mountains when she was a child.

“It was nothing like this,” she said after braving the Conneaut Township Park bluffs “double hill” on a wicked ride to the bottom Friday afternoon.

She said Thursday was her first real sledding experience, but it was a bit cold. The moderate temperatures made Friday’s fun a little bit more enjoyable, Emily Barnes said.

“This is my first time sled riding in eight years,” said her husband Joe Barnes. He said most of his winter trips back to Conneaut have been made with little snow.

“That post Christmas storm really did it for us,” he said.

The experience was not without risk. “Yesterday (Thursday) I went face first; hence the cut on my nose,” he said with a laugh.

Rebecca Welker and her daughter Vanessa, 9, both of Conneaut, were checking out the Conneaut Township Park hill for the first time Friday.

Welker said she has fond memories of sled riding with her friends as a child in Brookfield. Vanessa Welker was having just as much fun rolling down a portion of the hill without her inflatable inner tube.

A group of Conneaut teens were working hard to make it to the bottom of the double hill.

“We do this every year. I just like the multiple hills,” said Jacob Castle, 16, of Conneaut.

Brandon Cross, 15, said the best way to reach the bottom of the hill was to cross your leg or lean back.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth