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A good pruning breeze

September 27, 2010 - Michael Palmer

Living on the north side of the coverage area for the newspaper, I missed the damaging winds from the big storm that hit Belmont County. The tornado that went through New Philadelphia did not bring any rough weather through my neighborhood, but the little storm last week finally found my front yard. It was what my grandpa used to call "A good pruning breeze."

Wednesday afternoon was uneventful for many, but the little windy storm that hit Harrison County knocked down some trees and put a few folks in the dark. One tree in my front yard lost the top half and it went crashing down onto my front porch.

The tree also put the big kamosh on the Little Tikes wagon that has survived through my kids, nieces and nephews and now grandchildren. I think this one may have been the last straw. Fortunately, just one window pane of glass in the front door and the gutter spouting on the front of the house did not survive the falling timber. The house was built in 1881 and is still pretty tough.

The front steps also sustained some damage but can easily be moved back into place and repaired. We were quite lucky. I have seen the damage around Colerain and across the path of that storm and many suffered worse. I know in our economy that there were also some that had no home owners insurance. When the employers have the advantage in the supply and demand of the job market there are many sacrifices the working class must make and food, lights, heat and transportation take a front seat in that priority.

Hopefully there is still some of the old community spirit and all of the people whose homes were severely damaged will get them repaired with the help of their neighbors. My neighbor is my dad and he came down with his chain saw while I was at work and cut the limbs up off the porch, which made thing easier for me.

I have spent the past two weeks helping him build a back porch on his double wide - so all my cutting tools are at his house. I fear that project will be never ending. I think I may have delay the construction, I have to get my cordless drill back and fix my front porch steps.



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