The December snowfall this year has seemed particularly bad. The first night of the storm, my car was buried in the parking lot here at the OBSERVER.
While blustery, cold weather is not my favorite, I don't panic because I have gone through many snowstorms in places from Ogdensburg to Olean while working for New York state. I always put four snow tires on my front wheel drive car for the winter. My car is equipped with a shovel, a snow broom and a hat pin (to open up the ducts to the windshield washer). I wasn't particularly worried and planned to work late.
However, Publisher John D'Agostino insisted that we at least move my car before he left for the day. I've dug myself out before, but that night it took a number of staff here to get me out and moving. (OK, my boss was right.) Once the car started moving, I didn't want to stop and get stuck again. I went home.
OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox
Dave and Mary Haight of 13 Reese Parkway in Fredonia know what it means to deck the halls this Christmas season. Their display showcases a large star as its focal point among a various assortment of lights in the shapes of Christmas trees and icicles. Jolly Old St. Nick even makes a special appearance on the house’s rooftop.
My husband Peter and Tim McCool, my generous neighbor who often snowblows the sidewalks and driveway at my mom's house, are getting tired of clearing snow.
The weather has impacted the news and caused cancellations. There's been a disruption to lifestyles department. There aren't as many pinochle scores and even Santa Claus has canceled some visits.
Still we are hardy western New Yorkers and caring people, full of spirit and light. The wonderful Christmas memories submissions by both the staff and the public allowed us to create a very nice newspaper section last Sunday. Throughout the season, many people have taken the time to point out holiday homes. Wonderful submissions have come in about community members going out and trying to make a difference.
Page C2 features some of the beautiful lights of area holiday homes.
The beautiful spirit of our community is demonstrated in the story to the left. It tells about the two girls who instead of accepting birthday presents for themselves asked for presents for the stray cats. Other stories of area residents showing Christmas spirit are found on C5. Those pictures and stories range from the Cub Scouts who participated in Operation Christmas Child to the Lions Club donating jackets for children.
May your holidays be filled with spirit and light!