Ellie Cook Walking the Beat: Blizzard of 2013

Last modified: Friday, May 31, 2013

By Ellie Cook

Blizzard of 2013

Despite the melt, we’re still a bit snowed in, with the blizzard of 2013 encroaching on corners all over town. The storm was a test of everyone’s patience. As a walker, I appreciated the homeowners and businesses that cleared their walkways immediately or within a day.

Kudos to Smith College, always ready for a storm. The college’s sidewalks were open right away, despite difficult conditions. Neighbors on Chapel Street took care of business as soon as the snow stopped flying. The same cannot be said of “L3KEO” (formerly Kollmorgen). Though the big company at the top of Hospital Hill had its parking lot cleared Sunday, it was Tuesday afternoon before the sidewalks along the front of the property were done. Pedestrians and people who normally wait for the bus there were forced into busy (and narrow) Route 66. For a business with plenty of resources—and one that owes its property and original tax incentives to a city eager for jobs — that’s inexcusable.The storm slowed pre-Valentine’s Day shoppers. But they rallied, following the magic trail of rose petals to Forget-me-not Florist’s two shops downtown. Candy buyers mobbed Heavenly Chocolates, Ben and Bill’s and Sweetie’s. Tart Bakery had “Treats for Two.” A sweet day all around.

Ellie Cook, a retired Gazette editor who wrote the monthly city column Walking the Beat, is a regular walker in the city. She continues her observations on GazetteNet.


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