By Norris Ledyard Expositor Staff Writer
January 29, 2014
Given the assorted blankets of snow, bitter cold and blistering winds creating wind chill temperatures as low as -40 degrees, it has been, so far, a winter that has stopped many Fulton County residents dead in their tracks. Many older residents who had plans to be snow birds in February, took flight this month to attempt to beat the southern swath of punishing cold and frozen precipitation which occured over the last week.
So, it is time to find out the opinions of local residents in a time-old format, the “Man on the street” approach of asking passing pedestrians their thoughts and getting a photo, with their permission, to share with the readers of The Expositor.
However, with temperatures below zero and lower wind chill conditions, the ink in a ball point pen tends to get rather thick and the buttons on the camera are difficult to operate with the optimum down-filled gloves. So, we moved indoors and approached some local residents and asked, “What are your thoughts on the weather we have had so far in the Winter 2013-14?” Some follow-up questions were any measures they were taking to cope with the conditions and the topic of calamity days, with all the school days missed due to assorted weather conditions.
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“I’ll be glad when it is all over,” said Nafziger of rural Archbold. “Living out in the country, I have seen a lot of drifting snow which can be challenging.
“My home has a horseshoe-shaped driveway. Depending on the wind direction, there has been at least one portion that was usable most of the time,” he added.
Nafziger thought that the Ohio Department of Transportation and the local townships have done a great job of clearing and treating the roads. He had to borrow a tractor with a blade attached from the farm he and his brother have to clear the driveway on a couple of occasions.
“Where my normal commuting time would be 10 or so minutes, one way, has doubled with the winter driving conditions,” he said. “There is extra time I need to allow for the vehicle warm up and the road conditions.
“I’ll be very glad when it is all over.”
Deputy Auditor,Real Estate
“No, I am not a winter person who enjoys being outside,” said Hardy of Wauseon. “Even in a normal winter, my family enjoys quality time inside the home.
“But, I am so ready to have spring come to the area.”
Jerry Van Zile
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“We haven’t had weather like this in a long time,” said Van Zile, a resident of Fayette. “I can remember the Blizzard of 1978. Back then, I was working and living at Harrison Lake State Park.
“I am concerned for our elderly residents,” he added. “The weather is difficult on their independence and the impact these cold days are having on their utility bills. I am ready for it to be over.”
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Owner of The Attic
“I am so over it, period! I am ready for tulips, birds and butterflies,” said Hutchins of Wauseon. “My feelings on going outside is, if it is 50 degrees or less, there is no need to go outside.”
Hutchins drives a baby blue Volkswagen Beetle, decorated with daisies and other paraphernalia. “The cold weather has been so severe that the eye lashes I attach over the headlights are so brittle, they break off. I am so over this version of winter.”
Denny Rupp, proprietor
“I do not like winter,” said Rupp as he was working on a haircut. “I can’t remember a winter here in Northwest Ohio with both cold, wind and quantity of snow.
“Shoveling snow is about the only outdoor sport I do and I am tired of shoveling snow.”
He concedes to going outside to attend indoor sporting events, like basketball and swim meets, as he follows his children in their athletic pursuits.
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“This time of year, I am busy with pep band, jazz band and preparing for the spring musical we are doing at Delta High School,” said Ethan. “In April, the school will be presenting, ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Megan Lantz has the role of Dorothy and I am preparing to be The Scarecrow.
“It should be pretty neat as the director has recruited students from the elementary school to play the part of The Munchkins.”
While the days off from school started out as a nice break, the number of days to make up the days of instruction are beginning to mount up.
“I have spent a lot of time playing the French horn and keeping current on the music. I’m grateful that we play indoors.”
“Right now, in the winter, my main activity is lifting weights,” said Mason. “I’m getting prepared for my senior year on the Panther football team where I play tackle.
“Last season gave us a taste of the success we will earn under Coach (Mike) Vicars. He has brought a lot of positives to the whole program.”
Some of the immediate measures Mason has taken is wearing as many layers of clothing as possible. Mason has some real concerns on the potential expansion of the 2013-14 school year with make-up days and for good reason. He has some trips planned for Colorado Springs, Col. and Annapolis, Maryland.
“I am seeking an appointment to a military academy. I am interested in pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering,” Mason explained. “There are certain times when the different academies set themselves up for visitation. It should work out.