Written by Larry Etter
Obviously, with all the snow and cold temperatures we’ve had, winter has been a bit rough this year. For many, counting down the days until spring gets here has become an obsession.
For scholastic sports fans whose teams or individual competitors are still in the postseason playoffs or tournaments, the extended season has helped provide some diversion from the drawn out Arctic-like weather. For the rest of us, we are simply biding our time in anticipation of the Warmer days that will eventually arrive.
I’ve always enjoyed snow. I believe that if it’s going to be cold, why not have snow on the ground to help alleviate the normal drabness of the winter months? Sure, it can be a pain shoveling and digging out when we get the heavy doses of the white stuff – and while it can cause problems with commuting to work and other destinations, snow is just part of the deal.
We’ve certainly had our fair share this winter.
This winter reminded my generation of the good old days when we were growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, when snow and freezing temperatures were normal. We sledded on the nearby hills and skated on the ice at the Highspire reservoir – from early December until late February, it seemed.
But I also know when enough is enough.
It’s time now to look ahead to spring sports.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 19:16
Classic Highspire Happenings
In honor of the 2014 Highspire Bicentennial, the Press And Journal presents excerpts from classic “Highspire Happenings” columns by Tom Herald. Tom wrote the column from 1992 to1997 and often featured Highspire history and memories of days gone by.
Winter Fun excerpt from December 9, 1992
Two century-old traditions continue to delight those who are young enough in heart and spirit to venture out on cold, frosty, snowy days of winter when low temperature plunges below zero and stays there long enough to produce a good freeze. Of course I am thinking of sliding down Roop’s Hill and skating across the ice of the “rezzie” or old canal reservoir that lies roughly between Ann Street and Whitehouse Lane.
These two Highspire traditions have delighted kids (of all ages) for as many generations as any one can recall and even beyond that. Behind a closet door and hanging on a hook in our town’s Wilson House Museum are several old clamp on metal skates.
These sturdy relics of bygone days were built for rough duty. Equipped with leather strap, they were designed to be worn by persons with different shoe sizes and were passed down from one member of the family to another, from one generation to the next.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:46
The turkey and stuffing are long gone. Place settings and cookers are tucked away. Family and friends are back in their routine.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:43