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Storm Vignettes

March 5, 2001

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) _ Snowstorms mean capitalism to 16-year-old Kristina McKeehan.

``I’m charging ’em $65,″ she said Monday as she stood at the end of a 50-yard stretch of sidewalk she had shoveled for four homeowners near Dickinson College.

``That’s for all four of them. Steps, walkway and sidewalk,″ Kristina said, resting on her snow shovel with flushed cheeks and her soggy parka only half zipped.

It only took her about 30 minutes, and she said she wouldn’t be surprised if the same homeowners called her again Tuesday, since more snow was expected.

``I hope we’re off school again,″ she said.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Shoppers snatched up the last few snow shovels still in the stores Monday as the big Northeast storm began moving in.

Why would anyone still need a snow shovel in March, after the city already received about 58 inches of snow this season?

``We lost our shovel. It got buried in the snow,″ said Linda Jacobs of Cape Elizabeth, after buying a new shovel at the Maine Hardware Store in Portland.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Even though much of western Pennsylvania was spared the brunt of Monday’s snowstorm, anticipation still sent people scrambling for groceries.

``Everybody gets nervous when they call for snow,″ said Ira Good, manager of the Parkview Supermarket in Bradford, where shoppers stocked up on bread and coffee.

``We’ve had lines all the way to the back of the store. We were jammed for a while,″ said Jacob Scott, a manager at the Foodland Fresh store in Greensburg.

But some residents just took the weather in stride.

``We’re used to storms, so we’re always ready,″ said Jack Hughes, who lives on Chalk Hill in Fayette County. ``When you live in the mountains, you stay prepared.″

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