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Good Bye Winter Blues

February 15, 2011 - Michael Palmer
Sunshine is in more plentiful supply and the temperatures are warming up. People who live in town may not fully appreciate the inches of ice that have made driving on township roads hazardous all winter.

Our road is finally mostly gravel and mud, it was three inches of packed ice until last week. Occasionally thawing enough to re-polish the surface then back to a nice surface for the Wheeling Nailers to pay a social visit on skates.

One night during the thaw cycle the road had become impassible, and the neighbor and my son in law were both in the ditch making it impossible to get back home. I had to abort and spend the night in a parking lot. Oh well, it was quite nice with the bit of cold wind blowing through a cracked window, my coat was more than up to the challenge, an arctic model.

Now all that remains of the winter precipitation is some ice that remains in the yard and drive way.

The daily commute to Martins Ferry and to the local basketball games was at time very interesting. Just last Tuesday it was a level 2 snow emergency that all of the basketball fans and players on a school bus had to navigate after the games.

Finally you can sense that Spring is just around the corner. Soon the first flowers of the season and green grass will appear and the sound of baseball and softball bats and starter guns at track meets will be replacing the stillness of the white covered landscape.

I want to add here that our local township, Monroe, has surpassed any other winter for road care. It has been a very well maintained road, with plowing at appropriately early times for resident to get to work, gravel and ashes spread to help navigate the ice and snow have made this a year when much thanks are due the workers.

I am looking at Roto Tillers and starting to pick out seeds. Soon t will be time to get the lawn mower back into working condition after the long winter of storage.

I am ready for Spring! I think we still have a few snow falls of shovel-able levels to endure, but for the most part winter is behind us. Go ahead and smile.


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