The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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January 4, 2010

Woman enjoys first snow

DANVILLE — Imagine seeing snow for the first time.

That could be difficult to imagine for native Midwesterners, who were born and raised with winter snowfalls.

But one new Danville resident, Evelyn Miller, recently experienced the first snowfall of her life. She had her first opportunity to engage in a snowball fight, make snow angels or even a snowman.

Miller had been eagerly awaiting her first snowfall since she moved here in October with her husband, Tuck Miller.

Born and raised in California, Miller had never had the opportunity to see snow first hand. Her husband moved to San Diego, where he became a trolley car operator for 25 years.

After his retirement, the Millers moved to Danville, where he grew up.

“I was excited for the move,” Evelyn Miller said, “and I was ready for a change after living in San Diego for 50 years.”

Snow boots were not one of the items included in the move from California. Most of the footwear was flip-flops. In fact, she had no winter clothing at all.

The first snow flurries finally arrived just before Christmas and Miller “felt like a kid again.”

Once the snow accumulated, she and their Boston terrier, Barnee (named after the deputy on the Andy Griffith show) went out to play. Snow also was new to Barnee. They both ran down the alley, kicking and playing in the snow.

“I think the snow is beautiful,” she said.

Her husband recalled an incident where the couple had just come out of an office supply store.

“The lot had been plowed, but she ran to the first snow pile, jumped in and started kicking it around. She was like a kid in a candy store, experiencing her first accumulation of snow,” Tuck Miller said.

“The next big accumulation we get, we will be Harrison Park-bound, where she can ride an inner tube down the hill.”

Evelyn Miller loves living in the area. However, she has one problem — her relatives are all Cubs fans and she is a proud and loyal Padres fan. But that argument can wait until spring.

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