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Snow Becomes a Magic Mountain in East Norwalk

Joseph D'Allacco had a request of his playmates. "Who wants to lock me in the jail?" the 8-year-old asked over and over. "I'll be the prisoner."

Joseph was in a prison built by a friend of his mother. Kerry Gilbertson had help: Her brother-in-law shoveled the driveway during the Christmas blizzard, putting a pile in the front yard. Her husband shoveled the driveway Wednesday, piling on top. Then Gilbertson put a tunnel through it.

"She gets mother of the year this time," said Luisa D'Allacco.

"It's good for the small ones," Gilbertson said.

Rhianna Gilbertson, 7, Quinn Gilbertson, 4, and Isabella D'Allacco, 3, had been playing in the East Norwalk yard with Joseph for more than an hour, crawling through the tunnel, sledding down the hill and barricading Joseph in the tunnel with their sleds.

Joseph and Rhianna are friends at Marvin Elementary School ; Quinn and Isabella go to Creative Kids Child Care.

The kids weren't ready to give up. The moms, however, were cold.

Luisa thought it might be time to go inside for hot chocolate, but yet, she stood in the driveway, watching.

Gilbertson seemed to feel guilty that the men had shoveled the snow. "I helped my parents," she said. "So I made up for it."

"I think we've had enough," Luisa said laughingly of the snow. "I think we've reached our quota for the year."

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