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State College Area Residents Dig Out After Storm; Officials Issue Snow Removal Warning

by on February 14, 2014 10:01 AM

After getting hammered with snow all day Thursday, folks in Boalsburg were out cleaning up the white mess.

Leroy Inhoof, who works in the maintenance department at Penn State University, embraced the opportunity Friday morning to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air.

"I love it. It's fun to be out in it. It's beautiful. It's pretty. It gives us something to do to get outside in the winter," says Inhoof.

Inhoof says being outside with a snow-blower is better than being cooped up indoors, moping around with the winter blues.

A few blocks over, Cynthia Ault wasn't as excited about the weather. She was shoveling to reach the mailbox and retrieve Thursday's mail.

"I'm tired of winter," she says. "When you get it cleared out, the snow plow comes."

Marc Warren, owner of Customer Follow-Up Inc., was using a snow-blower to clear his widowed neighbor's driveway. While he seemed to be enjoying the task, he admitted he's had enough of winter.

"I have never minded the weather, no matter what," Warren says. "However, I'm ready for the snow to be gone. I'm ready for spring and bikes."

For years, his neighbor's husband would bring his snow-blower over to Warren's house as Warren was shoveling and getting his kids on the school bus.

"It was heaven," Warren says.

Now, he makes sure his neighbor's wife never has to worry about the snow. He says he's not doing anything unique as several folks in the neighborhood offer to help others clear away the snow.

Meanwhile, in Ferguson Township, officials have issued an alert related to children playing too closely to the road while crews are removing snow.

Ferguson Township snowplow drivers have reported seeing several children play in and around snow piles near the roadside as crews are treating roads, the township said in a statement Friday.

"This behavior poses a potential danger to children as snowplow drivers may not see children playing so close to the road as it is being cleared," officials say.

Officials asked parents and caregivers to ensure children are clear of roadside snow piles while township snowplow trucks are treating the roads.

"Children playing behind or tunneling inside of snow piles near the roadside may not be visible to township snowplow drivers," officials say. "Dead end roads and cul-de-sacs may pose a particular danger as higher snow piles may exist in these areas."

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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