Do your part keeping snow cleared

Following the hard-blowing, blustery snow storm that ripped through the area late Saturday evening and most of Sunday, it is easy to understand the problems faced by road crews clearing snow during and immediately after winter “events.”

It was simply impossible (or seemingly so!) to keep up.

After one round of shoveling, the wind piled on a new mountain of snow. Drifts formed everywhere – on roads, driveways, sidewalks, and against homes and buildings.

Dealing with this kind of snow is tough, but having to get around town and the countryside with drifts virtually everywhere emphasizes the real need for every area resident’s efforts to keep sidewalks, fire hydrants and mailboxes clear of piled-on white stuff.

Fire hydrants disappear in a matter of minutes under drifts in a storm like the one that just passed.

Mailboxes are inaccessible, and sidewalks become more a slippery and dangerous obstacle course than a safe passageway.

And under such conditions, it is simply not enough to say “ …it’s not my job.”

Responsible residents of the city and surrounding communities cannot wait for firemen to clear the hydrants, nature to sweep the mailboxes clean and some one …anyone …to clean the sidewalks in front of homes and businesses.

Sure. There may be someone responsible, but we are ALL responsible.

We encourage every area resident to step out and make sure fire hydrants can be clean and easily accessed in time of emergency.

We would hope that each and every home and business owner would help provide a safe and secure passage with clean and clear sidewalks.

If you want to get your mail on time — clean around the box.

And equally important, while offering this service, please make sure you don’t over-exert yourself. This past weekend was filled with what is often called “heart-attack snow.”

Be careful out there, and don’t exaggerate.

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