Kids Still Have Homework, But It Is A Snow Day

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Dec 172020

Pretty Snow Day in Orange

Town buildings, including the transfer station, are closed today as the clean up from Bailey continues.

Most kids around Connecticut still have Home School Work to do, but once they’re done, they can pick up a shovel and help clear the white stuff, or make a snow angel. Light, fluffy snow is easy to shovel, but it doesn’t allow for a good snowman. Perhaps as it melts a bit and gets a little heavier Frosty can take shape in your yard.

In the meantime, enjoy your day off and make sure to clean the snowballs off of your dog’s paws when they come inside. Have some peppermint hot cocoa and make the best of the first snowstorm of this winter.

If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home make sure to clear around it when you shovel your driveway.

It is frigid, so bundle up, wear a mask or two and don’t forget your head covering, warm gloves, thermal socks and waterproof footwear. If you’re old like me, come inside if you feel a little winded, tired, or otherwise overwhelmed with your shoveling while your neighbors quickly clear their driveways with snowblowers or have hired someone to do the job for them.

COVID has taken enough of us this year, don’t let Bailey claim any victims.

Feb 132014

Snowfall059The snow began to fall around 2:15 a.m. By 3:30 a.m. we already had about 1/2 inch and the snowplows were running.

The Orange and Amity School closings were announced early – around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and surprisingly there was still bread and milk left in the stores.

What did you do to prepare for this storm?

Did it ruin any February Vacation plans?

How are you going to wait out the storm?

Will you shovel the snow in shifts to make it easier on yourself?

Do your children help clear the snow? Do they play in it? Are they content to stay inside?

Just a reminder, Grassy Hill Country Club is the ultimate sledding and tobogganing place in Orange, but it is private property and the police will be called to kick you out. So, keep that in mind if you’re heading out. A few weeks ago, a 17-year old girl was injured and had to be ‘rescued’ (carried out) by the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

If you must drive, please be careful, the roads will be slick and there are still some people who don’t know how to drive in this New England weather.

Take care. Build an awesome snowman and make the best of this storm.

Orange Police Reiterate EMD Message and Request — Don’t Ask PD Dispatchers About Road Openings

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Feb 102013

Police Headquarters

This is a message from the Orange Police Department:

Do not attempt to drive on roads that have not been plowed.  Snow drifts may be several feet deep.  Stuck and stranded vehicles will hamper efforts to open roadways.  Normal snow removal equipment has not been effective.  Heavy equipment is being used.  The process is slow. Please be patient.

The highway department has no estimate as to when individual roads will be cleared.  Please do not tie up emergency dispatchers with questions regarding road openings.

When clearing driveways, DO NOT leave snow piles in the roadway, this can limit access for emergency vehicles.

Shoveling snow can be strenuous, please take rest breaks when removing heavy snow.

When defrosting and clearing vehicles ensure the exhaust is clear.

Furnace and dryer vents should be kept clear.

Please clear hydrants in your neighborhood, if possible.

Consider checking on elderly neighbors.

The shelter remains closed at this time. We encourage residents to shelter in place.

We are fortunate we have not lost power

Call 911 for emergencies only.

Tune to local news outlets for weather updates, we will send further notifications as conditions improve.

Blizzard Pix, Before It Became Dangerous To Drive

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Feb 082013

I hit the road around 1:30 and came back home around 3:30 p.m.

At sundown RJ Kaoud sent a few photos he took from inside the cab of a snowplow truck.

Here’s hoping that you are home, safe, sound and warm.