Orange Highway Department Worked Tirelessly To Clear Roads

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Dec 182020

On Wednesday, winter storm Bailey came through the northeast and for nearly 12 hours dropped one to two inches of snow per hour on our roadways.

The Orange Highway Department was ready for the storm, carefully watching the weather coverage and anticipating its arrival and severity of the storm once it hit.

Once again, while we slept, the town employees and contractors were out and about doing their best to stay ahead of the storm and keep the roads clear and safe for traffic.

On Thursday, Dec. 17, Highway Crew Chief Donny Foyer said, “It was a long night. Crews came in at 6 p.m. and plowed through the night into morning and early afternoon. Contractors scheduled for midnight worked until noon. Crews are home for a well-deserved rest.”

So the next time it snows and you are out there shoveling and cursing the snowplow driver for blocking your driveway, remember how hard they work for 12 hours during the heart of the storm so you can safely drive on the roads after you get out of your driveway.

Thank You Orange Highway, you guys do a much better job than crews in some surrounding towns. Your skill and dedication are appreciated.


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.