see Stanstead, p. 3

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

This win­ter has cer­tainly proven to be gen­er­ous in the pre­cip­i­ta­tion depart­ment. Mon­day’s snow­fall, in ex­cess of 60 cm, left ev­ery­thing in Stanstead and sur­round­ing ar­eas closed. De­spite the roads be­ing cleared on Tues­day morn­ing, many chil­dren were pleased to re­al­ize that schools were still closed for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day.

Que­be­cers are used to snow. But has this win­ter pre­sented us more snow than we are able to han­dle? Stanstead’s lo­cal skat­ing rink is un­able to ac­com­mo­date any skaters, but could sup­port some se­ri­ous snow­shoe­ing. The lo­cal schools’ park­ing lots, al­though plowed, are empty on a bright sunny school day. The con­struc­tion crews at the Pat Burns Arena are also hav­ing their share of tribu­la­tions, given their trucks are get­ting stuck in the drive­way and trac­tors are spin­ning their wheels try­ing to tow them out.

So, the ques­tion is this; has 2011 given Town­ship­pers more snow than they can man­age? Af­ter find­ing the school yards aban­doned, some lo­cal kids were fi­nally lo­cated out­doors en­joy­ing the snow. Yes, the rink is use­less at the mo­ment, the school yards have such deep snow they are prob- ably dan­ger­ous, and our front yards may be ca­pa­ble of elic­it­ing small avalanches. How­ever, un­daunted, lo­cal chil­dren made use of the snow and va­ca­tion day and found a great way to en­joy a beau­ti­ful win­ter day; a good, old fash­ioned snow­ball fight in­stead of hav­ing to cal­cu­late math equa­tions.

photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

Yes­ter­day, at the con­struc­tion site of the Pat Burns Arena, a trac­tor had to be used to pull the trucks out of the snow.

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