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Washington County is a Winner

Washington County is a Winner
By Kate Prado,

It's hard to believe while digging out as much as twenty inches of snow, or even more, that spring is just a few weeks away. Silvery ice cycles are hanging in rows from the very balcony where I sit out in the summer's sun and watch the squirrels run through the courtyard. These creatures are braving the bitterly cold temperatures right now, but it won't last forever.
This is my third winter living in Hagerstown. I grew up outside of Washington D.C. and so I marvel at how people here seem to handle the bad weather. I've seen neighbors help one another dig out cars piled deep with snow, watched others waiting patiently to get groceries and snowplows being run as if it was the easiest task on the face of the earth. Our community is blessed to have the skilled workers we have and an atmosphere of caring for the needs of one another.
When spring does come, and I plant my garden, I feel I have finally started to learn what grows well up here in the mountains. I now understand that thistles, like problems in life, seem to pop up out of nowhere and can be hard to remove. The rabbits I delight in seeing will eat the very things I don't want them to touch and stink bugs will probably be here long after I have died.
None of these things really matter to me though, as long as I wake up in the morning and see the mountains outside my windows. If it is snowing or raining, hot or cold, I don't really care. Washington County, and all it has to offer, is a winner in my book.

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