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THE RAIN WASHES OUT CHRISTMAS SCULPTURES

Christmas was pretty green around Western New York, where the temperature stayed above freezing and rain fell, although a home in the Village of Hamburg came close to enjoying some white Thursday.

George Tita, with help from neighbor Greg Jantzi, built a snow sculpture scene on the front lawn of Tita's home at 217 E. Prospect Ave., using 15 dump truck loads of snow they brought in from a nearby golf course on Dec. 14.

The work took four days, but rain and above-freezing temperatures began to threaten their creation, so they used tarps for protection. The large sculpted scene, including a Christmas tree and elves, was holding on Wednesday, but by Thursday evening, Tita reported, "It's almost all gone."

"We tried to cover it with big tarps," he said. "Christmas Eve, it died."

He is not discouraged. "We do it every year we have snow for Christmas," he said. "We're trying to fix one up for New Year's."

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