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December 28, 2012

Storm buries North Country


The Postal Service said in a news release that its employees “make every reasonable effort to deliver mail in many difficult weather conditions. However, delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.”

Homeowners were urged to clear sidewalks, steps and mailboxes. The Postal Service also suggests that people who have roadside mailboxes add a reflector and house number to enhance visibility.


Marcel Bibeau of Plattsburgh was busy Thursday clearing snow at Big Apple Audio on Durkee Street in the city.

He works as a part-time handyman for Big Apple owner Bill Ferris and had already cleared snow at rental properties on Oak Street, Robinson Terrace and Fort Brown Drive.

“I’ve done all the properties. I’m about to go do them again,” he said around noon.

Bibeau said it was nice to finally see a snowstorm hit the area.

“We were giddy about it, actually,” he said.

It helped that the snow was light and fluffy, Bibeau said. The lack of pre-existing snowbanks also helped make the cleanup easier.

Bibeau said he was surprised to see city workers out collecting garbage during the storm. 

“It was disturbing to me to watch the garbage men struggle with collections.”

Mayor Donald Kasprzak said the short work week meant the city needed to go through with Thursday’s trash collection.

“Unfortunately, we had a snowstorm that required extra attention and effort by the Department of Public Works. I do approve their efforts during all of this. It’s an outstanding testament to our folks at the Department of Public Works.”


Although snow blowers have become common tools for clearing snow from area driveways, many people still shovel.

Residents should always make sure they are physically able to clear snow and can take steps to reduce injuries.

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