Reactions to double snow storm & PHOTO GALLERY


The US Postal Service suspended mail delivery Friday for a 12-county area, including Wayne, Pike and Susquehanna counties.


NOTE: Readers are welcome to send us their photos of snow scenes, snowmen, sledding and other subjects related to the snow storms this past week. Please state where and about when it was taken, and names of people that might be picture. Send them to pbecker@wayneindependent,com.


The US Postal Service suspended mail delivery Friday for a 12-county area, including Wayne, Pike and Susquehanna counties.
That hasn't happened since the blizzard of ‘96, says Dave Kopa, Officer in Charge at the Honesdale Post Office, that’s the year the governor declared a State of Emergency.
This time, there was no transportation. “Mail couldn’t get here from Scranton,” said Kopa. Only one truck managed to make it through, arriving after the suspension was already in effect.
However, the retail window was open with several people stopping in to buy stamps.
Blizzard of ‘96
Five-year-old Clayton Tuttle of Honesdale was busy helping his dad, Dave, shovel the sidewalk, Friday, in front of the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale.
“He’s my hard working helper,” the elder Tuttle said, pausing in his volunteer snowblowing efforts. His kids attend the pre-school, he said, so he just wanted to give something back.
Asked what’s the worst storm he remembers, Tuttle said the March blizzard of ‘96. Bombarded with 20 inches of snow, Tuttle said, “I lived in Forest City at the time.”
This time around, he’s got a good two-feet of snow in his backyard. “I took the snowblower and blew it into a pile so (the kids) had a ski-run in our backyard,” he says.
Tuttle’s a big-time fan of snow. “I love it. I love snow. It could have been a little bit less and more often— spread it out over winter,” he said. “I like the snow, but warm, sunny days are nice, too.”
Valentine’s Day storm
It’s the Valentine’s Day storm of 2007 that Annette Ciarrocchi of Dyberry remembers.  That’s the year she wound up with “slight frostbite.”
She’d arrived home from work, when her car got stuck in the driveway. Wanting to let her sister, Cynamon know she’d gotten home okay, she walked to her house. That part of the story’s okay.
Making her way back home, snow up to her hip was another matter. “I lost my boot,” she remembers. So, she walked home with just her sock? Even worse, a bare foot. When the deep snow sucked her boot off, it took her sock with it. They didn’t find it till Spring, when they put together a “funeral pyre” and burned it.
Asked if this storm was the lesser evil, Ciarrocchi laughingly retorted, “I’m not out running around barefoot in it.” This storm, however, earns a laugh of its own.
With drifts in her yard, three feet high, Ciarrocchi says she was outside, shoveling off the porch and making a path for her pooch. Seventeen-year-old Sara, a labrador/border collie mix, waited patiently for her to clean off the steps before venturing out to do her business. “You should have seen (her) looking at me like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ She wouldn’t even think about going outside without the path shoveled. She had 13 steps to go down and they all had to be cleaned,” Ciarrocchi says with a laugh.
Sara couldn’t wait to get back to her “fresh out of the dryer” dog bed, Ciarrocchi said.
Stuck at work
“The last time we had so much snow was the Valentine’s Day storm of 2007,” said Lori Goodwin of Lackawaxen. “I worked at Woodloch. I was stuck at work all day, from 7:30 in the morning until 10 at night,” she said, waitressing in the dining room.
Asked her favorite season, Goodwin promptly said, “Summer. To be outside in warm weather.” It’s her son, 14-year-old Corey, who enjoys the snow.