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Important to get back into winter habits

Let’s face it. Last year’s unseasonable winter spoiled all of us. This is Western New York. Did you really think that trend would continue?

With a relatively mild weather spell again throughout most of December, Mother Nature reminded us all starting the day after Christmas that we are from Buffalo.

It had been a little over two years since the last time that we had a snowstorm that left any significant amount of accumulation. In December of 2010, several motorists got stuck on the Thruway when that storm hit the area.

Last winter was like nothing we have ever experienced before. It seemed as if anytime there was a few inches of snow, the temperatures rose, and it became a puddle by the next day.

It isn’t too often either that temperatures are in the 80s in the middle of March, as they were in 2012,

When we get spoiled, it is human nature to get comfortable and get out of the habit of doing the every day things we are used to in the winter.

This winter, so far it has been much colder, much windier and it seems like snowfall – even though it still isn’t a ton most of the time – has been much more common, and enough to ice over the streets and sidewalks.

Thinking this way goes not only for homeowners, but business owners as well.

The Hamburg Village Traffic Safety Committee recently sent out a letter to all Village of Hamburg business owners and store managers.

In the letter, it states that it was brought to their attention that last year “many of you were not removing snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of your stores. Even though the village provides sidewalk plowing, after four inches or more, the plow does not plow at surface levels. The inch or so remaining, quickly ices over from foot traffic, becomes icy and poses a safety hazard to our village pedestrians.”

Also in the the letter sent out, three days after substantial snowfall, the village audited 126 store fronts and private homes along the Main Street corridor, and of those, only 32 either shoveled or spread ice melter.

According to the village code, it is the responsibility of the owners to remove all snow from the sidewalks.

Although the letter came from the Village of Hamburg, it is a habit that all store and property owners in towns and villages need to get back into the habit of doing.

The last thing anyone needs is for someone to needlessly get injured on an icy sidewalk.

Today is only Jan. 10, which means that winter has barely scratched the surface. And although Western New York is not often as bad as what we get the reputation for, it can be very unpredictable.

Get the shovels ready, get the ice on the ground and keep the sidewalks clean this winter.

• For football fans, this has been an exciting time of year with the Buffalo Bills recent changes, including the hiring of former Syracuse head football coach Doug Marrone as their new head coach.

But for St. Francis High School, this week has been exciting for them as a pair of graduates and former players landed big jobs.

David Caldwell, who served as director of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons, was hired as the new general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Brian Polian, son of former Bills general manager Bill Polian, was named head football coach at the University of Nevada.

Certainly a week of pride for the Red Raiders program, as well as for Western New York in general as we enjoy seeing our local talent be rewarded for their efforts.

The Sun would like to congratulate the two St. Francis graduates on jobs well done and wish them the best of luck with their new positions.

***Editors note: Since the 1-10 edition of The Sun hit newsstands, a third St. Francis graduate, Tom Telesco, accepted a major position with a sports team and was named General Manager of the San Diego Chargers. The Sun would like to extend our congratulations to him as well.
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