Snowballs fly in Connecticut


ILFORD, Conn. (AP) – This winter has brought record-high temperatures and only scattered flurries across southern New England, but snow finally hit this shoreline town on Saturday.

It didn’t come from the sky.

Mary and Jim Walker, of Loveland, Colo., presented about 30 snowballs to the Hansen family of Milford on the city green, after family patriarch Chris Hansen bought them from the Walkers on eBay for $200. “Here’s your snow!” Mary Walker said as she opened a large cooler packed with snowballs.

Hansen, 43, his wife Rose, 37, and their three daughters – Jackie, 16, Rebecca, 12, and Sarah, 15 – then proceeded to pelt each other with the snow, which was slightly frozen.

Chris Hansen said he searched eBay for snow on a whim, after his daughters asked him to.

“The girls were like, ‘Daddy, there’s just no snow,”‘ said Chris Hansen, a Norwalk firefighter. “I thought I could get that on eBay.”

Hansen said he originally bid $9 for three snowballs, but was eventually outbid. He finally won the snowballs for $138. He said he paid Walker $200 so she could use the extra money to buy a snowblower for her home in Colorado, which has been bombarded by snow in the past month.

Mary Walker said she got the idea to sell the snow on eBay after growing frustrated with shoveling.

“I said, ‘Let’s just sell the snow on eBay,”‘ she said.

Denver-based Frontier Airlines donated two seats on a flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York for the Walkers to expedite the delivery of the snow, after Mary Walker worried it might not survive shipping. The airline will begin offering daily nonstop flights between Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks and Denver beginning in March.

The couple arrived at LaGuardia Friday.

“It puts a smile on your face, to have snow particles on your nose,” Jackie Hansen said.

Joyce and Casey Anne Viera of Milford witnessed the snowball fight, and were able to keep a piece of snow.

“I’m going to put it in the freezer in case it doesn’t snow at all,” said Casey Anne, 10.