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December 28, 2012

Storm buries North Country

PLATTSBURGH — People were digging out all over the North Country Thursday after a whopper storm brought more than a foot of snow.

“I shoveled a path at the house this morning so we could get out, but by the time we went to leave, it was buried again,” Debbie Fish of Moira said Thursday morning.

She and her husband, John, own and operate White’s Garage on Route 11 and weren’t expecting many customers Thursday.

“It’s awful out there. My daughter-in-law started out for Canton but turned around. And one of our auto-parts guys coming over from Ogdensburg turned around in Massena,” she said.

“We just live in Brushton, but we could hardly get through. ... I wouldn’t go out if I didn’t have to at all. I’d stay home.”

MAIL KEEPS COMING

While many people did stay home — evidenced by the scarcity of traffic — others had jobs that required that they be out in the elements.

With heavy snow falling, Port Henry Post Office mail carrier Jerry Smith was making his rounds on Main Street, wearing a heavy jacket, earmuff hat and boots.

“You know the motto,” he said as he went from house to house. “Neither snow nor rain …”

The full creed is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Its origin is Greek historian Herodotus remarking on the courier service of the ancient Persian empire.

Smith said it is a challenge to deliver mail under blizzard conditions, but he dresses appropriately for the weather and hasn’t had any problems.

“I’ll admit I’d rather be home on a day like this, but this is what I do. I’d be snow-blowing my driveway if I was home.”

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