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7-year old Daniel Marquez was a bright spot on the snow white canvas at McCullough Park in Aurora on New Year's Day. "My son was bored in the house and wanted to play in the snow," Manuel Marquez said. | Linda Girardi~For Sun-TImes Media

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Updated: January 2, 2014 11:45AM



Fox Valley area residents have had to deal with blankets of snow over the New Year’s Day holiday.

On Wednesday, travel on the roadways was slow and cars were spinning their tires on snow-packed areas. People that didn’t have to work or travel were making the most of the wintery day.

Karen Laukaitis had the day off on New Year’s Day and didn’t seem to mind the falling snow. “It is nice to enjoy this beautiful wonderland on a day I didn’t have to drive to work and deal with the snow,” Laukaitis said.

“It’s so peaceful and quiet — you don’t even hear the snow blowers. I think people are returning to the old-fashioned shovels,” the Geneva woman said.

Ed Banks said he didn’t mind using a handheld shovel for the walkway to his 1924 home in Geneva. “I did use the snow blower for the driveway. I actually enjoy this weather,” Banks said.

Daniel Marquez, 7, was a bright spot on the snow white canvas at McCullough Park at Route 31 and Illinois Avenue in Aurora.

“My son was bored in the house and wanted to play in the snow,” Manuel Marquez said. “I would prefer to stay inside, it’s too snowy and cold,” the father said.



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