Thanks to our snow removal crews

It is well past time when a word of thanks should have been offered some special people in our community who are out working at a tough and generally thankless job.

As we continue slogging through a tough and seemingly endless winter, members of the work crews assigned to clean the roads and walkways throughout the area are almost constantly at work — often with no recognizable results.

No sooner has one stretch of sidewalk been cleared of snow but the next is waiting to be shoveled as well. And in the meantime, … the first walkway is being covered once again by snow from above and slush tossed by passing cars in the roadways.

And then, … folks start complaining.

Why isn’t this area clean? Why isn’t MY sidewalk cleared? What about my stretch of road?

Still, the hardworking folks with state, county and local road and DPW crews just keep pushing, plowing and shifting the piles of snow from one area of the road to a place where it will be less a bother.

While it is snowing hard outside, the effort to keep roads and sidewalks clear is often simply futile.

But, … there they are. Out in the freeing cold, at all hours of the day and night, while most of us are tucked away in front of the TV and wrapped in a nice warm blanket.

Snow removal crews haul up and down the highways and byways, clearing as much snow as possible and spreading potentially life-saving salt and sand so that drivers can relatively comfortably head to work while complaining about what hasn’t been done rather than recognizing what has been accomplished.

Snow removal crews work hard. They deserve our thanks for a job well done ­— even if it isn’t always immediately noticeable.

Theirs is a tough and demanding job, … and often dangerous at that.

Although it isn’t often expressed, we think the snow removal crews in this area — on local, county and state highways, and along municipal walkways — have well earned the thanks of the community this winter season.

Good job, teams. Thanks for all you do, … even if we do occasionally grumble.

 

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