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February 11, 2014

Extended snow and cold brings up memories and questions

In case you were wondering, the first day of spring is March 20th, just over a month from now. While I would never presume to speak for anyone else, March 20th can’t come too soon for me. When the compilations are finally made, my bet is this winter will go in the books as one of the coldest and snowiest on record. There have been days when, despite the blue skies and sunshine, the temperature still was in the single digits. Back on January 26th, the temperature was in the 30s and it almost seemed like summer!

As a matter of fact, the afternoon of the 26th, Connie decided it would be a perfect time for me to shovel our front walk. Actually, it wasn’t too bad – almost seemed balmy outside – except for the snow-covered landscape and the car-stopping drifts in the driveway. After I removed most of the snow, I dragged out a broom and swept the excess snow off the side walk and it actually looked pretty presentable.

The only other winters as memorable were 1978 and one winter when I was in high school. It has during the basketball sectional, and fans were trapped in Memorial Gymnasium by a snow storm. But as far as the amount of snow, the Blizzard of 1978 has to rank right at the top of my list. The night the blizzard struck, our electricity went out, so we were stuck in the house with no lights, no heat and too much snow in the driveway to leave. Our kids were little at the time, and the Sheriff’s Department finally had to come to help us get to town. By the time help arrived, about two feet of snow had drifted over our driveway. The snow was so deep that Dave Clevenger had to carry Jonathan, who was only two years old at the time, out to his four-wheel-drive vehicle. Connie and I carried our other two boys. We ended up spending the night at the Durbin Hotel with a lot of other friends and neighbors who were in the same boat, so to speak. It turned out to be a fun gathering of people; and, best of all, we were warm, safe and the Durbin family was as gracious as you would have expected them to be. The kids thought it was a great adventure!

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