see Stanstead, p. 3
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.
Yesterday, at the construction site of the Pat Burns Arena, a tractor had to be used to pull the trucks out of the snow.