Boy Asks Town to Lift Snowball Fight Ban
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Cold, snowy weather has arrived in many places. That means young people are enjoying building snowmen, going sledding and having snowball fights.
But in one small American city, snowball fights are illegal.
Welcome to Severance, Colorado. The town, north of Denver, gets about 100 centimeters of snowfall a year. For almost 100 years, city rules have said it is illegal to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, property or vehicles. Snowballs were considered to be part of the town's definition of "missiles."
Kyle Rietkerk works for the town of Severance. He said children cannot believe that it is illegal to have snowball fights in their hometown. He said town leaders have for years told the children, ‘You have the power, you can change the law.'
But no one had tried -- until now.
Nine-year-old Dane Best lives in Severance with his parents and little brother. He has made it his mission to get the snowball-fight ban overturned.
Dane says he believes the law is "outdated."
"I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble," he said.
Dane's mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune newspaper that her son found out it was illegal to throw snowballs within town limits about a month and a half ago. Since then, he has been talking about how to change that.
Dane wrote letters with his classmates in support of overturning the ban.
And on Monday, he spoke about the issue at a Severance town meeting. Leaders listened as Dane presented his arguments. Then, they all voted to lift the ban.
Dane says the first person he hopes to hit with a snowball is his four-year-old brother.
Dane and his family have researched other Severance rules, including one that defines pets only as cats and dogs. Dane has a guinea pig, which appears to be illegal in Severance, too.
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1.until now 直到现在
Until now, the Americans have been playing a very delicate political game.
2.guinea pig 豚鼠
I think we may have found the perfect guinea pig.
3.found out 发现
The girl had found out about the goings-on in the factory.
4.Snowball Fight 打雪仗
The village children are running in the snow, some in the snowman, some are having a snowball fight.
5."I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble," he said.
getting in trouble 惹麻烦
I wouldn't want you getting in any trouble.
My heart is what keeps getting me in trouble.
6.Dane wrote letters with his classmates in support of overturning the ban.
in support of 支持
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许多地区迎来了寒冷、多雪的天气 。这意味着年轻人可以尽情享受堆雪人、滑雪橇和打雪仗的乐趣 。
给大家介绍一下科罗拉多州的塞弗伦斯镇 。这个位于丹佛市北部的小镇每年的降雪量约为100厘米 。近100年来，该小镇规定但凡向人、动物、建筑物、树木、不动产或者车辆投掷、丢弃石头或其他物体皆为非法 。雪球也在该镇定义的“投掷物”之列 。
凯尔（Kyle Rietkerk）在塞弗伦斯镇工作 。他说，孩子们难以理解在家乡打雪仗是非法的规定 。他说，镇长多年来一直教导孩子们，“你们有权力，你们可以改变这项法律 。”
9岁的戴恩·贝斯特（Dane Best）跟父母和弟弟在塞弗伦斯镇生活 。他将推翻打雪仗禁令视为自己的使命 。
戴恩的母亲布鲁克·贝斯特（Brooke Best）对《格里利市论坛报》表示，一个半月前，她的儿子发现在镇里打雪仗是非法的 。从那以后，他一直在研究如何推翻这一禁令 。
周一，他在塞弗伦斯镇的会议上谈到了这个问题 。镇领导听取了戴恩的建议，然后他们投票解除了这项禁令 。
戴恩和他的家人还研究了塞弗伦斯镇的其它规定，其中有一项只将宠物定义为猫和狗的规定 。戴恩养了一只豚鼠，这在塞弗伦斯镇也是非法的 。