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blizzard300.jpg Submitted by WWAY on Sun, 01/18/2009 - 10:50am.

It has been cold recently, but there hasn’t been any snowfall. However, if you drive down Oleander Drive, you're bound to see a snowman or two. The Putnam family wondered, ’if it's this cold, why doesn't it snow?’ So instead on relying on the atmosphere to sort that out, they engineered a way to fill their yard with that cold white stuff. Donna Putnam explained, "My husband believes in making the best out of every situation, and when there is cold weather, what better way to make lemonade than to make a snow making machine." Believe it or not, the snow making machine cost less than a hundred dollars to build. Murray Putnam pieced it together with parts he had in his garage. The machine made enough snow to create a small version of the North Pole off Oleander Drive. Putnam said, "The kids discovered snow ball fights, and sledding, and making their own snowmen, and actually turned out to be target practice." From the main road, you can't tell how much snow there really was, but the mound added up to about seven to eight inches. That's close to what a blizzard leaves behind. What's more, it was enough to make a winter wonderland a reality. "Our children have never seen the snow or played with it before, and they are having a great time today." The Putnams said it's a family tradition they hope to hang onto for years to come. "It's something different, and unique that we can still do in Wilmington." While the snow will melt, these memories will last forever. The last time Wilmington saw snow fall over eight inches was in 1989, when fifteen inches of snow blanketed the Port City.

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