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Lend a hand in this winter of discontent

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Updated: 7:36 AM

There are some good ideas circulating around the community -- among them the idea to form volunteer groups to get after the sidewalks clogged with snow. And to help out the elderly, who have been faced with a heavier-than-normal snowfall this year. Both good ideas.

We hope that our good Samaritans are not waiting for someone to come and ask them to help. We like to think the big hearts in our small communities are already out there, setting the pace.

City sidewalks -- busy sidewalks -- are choked with snow. As is the case in our villages and hamlets. Removal efforts have thus far mostly resembled relocation efforts. Snow pushed from the streets and onto the banks along the roadsides has made the thoroughfares hardly fair and far from thorough.

We hope there are enough good souls among us who have been taking the time to make sure our elderly and infirm neighbors have clear paths, and that they're not out there trying to move the snow themselves.

We would also like to think the fire hydrants have been getting the snow removal attention they require.

We have reached a time in the course of humanity when we now name our winter storms. Used to be just hurricanes. Today's storm, Rex, the 18th named winter storm of the 2013-14 season, was expected to leave us with a few more inches. Just enough to cover the dirt and crud that has accumulated since Pax dumped a foot on us last week. Yes, Pax. (Quintus buried the Boston area over the weekend.)

We're not confident that the snow has stopped falling for the season -- and not only because there are some magnificent storm names that have yet to be used (Seneca, Titan, and Ulysses are next up). We'd hate to see all that brain power wasted.

It's supposed to warm up at the end of the week. And March is just around the corner; it'll all be over soon. Let's make sure we all get there in one piece.

During this kind of winter, a little extra effort on the part of a few can do a lot of good for those who can use a helping hand.

     

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