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Snow days in south county


by: CITY OF ST. HELENS COURTESY PHOTO - Santa Claus (Joe Burks) and Mrs. Claus (Linda Chval) meet children at St. Helens Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday, Dec. 7.

by: OREGON FIRST COURTESY PHOTO - A Scappoose Rural Fire District boat decked out with lights as part of the Christmas Ships Parade, at the end of an icy dock Saturday, Dec. 7.

by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Fifth-grader Dalton (top left), sixth-grader Kyah  (top right), and  fourth-grader Hayden (sledding) spent a portion of their snow day Monday, Dec. 9, sledding down a slope at Scappoose Middle School.

by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Otto Peterson Elementary student Braiden (left), armed with a snowball, approaches his peers Wyatt (center) and James (right), who stand their ground during a snow battle Monday, Dec. 9. Andrew (not pictured) hides behind a vehicle preparing ammunition. The snow is powdery, so its hard to make snowballs, Andrew said, cramming handfuls of snow together.