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Geoff Strack plows out his driveway on Rockland Ave in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Geoff Strack plows out his driveway on Rockland Ave in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Snow piles on in the North Country

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The first big storm of the winter brought from five to 20 inches of snow to the North Country. The most snow was reported in the higher elevations of the Adirondacks.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says snowshoes or cross-country skis are a must in the eastern high peaks, and recommended in the rest of the Adirondack Park as well.

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People who work outdoors got a challenge Thursday.

Watertown letter carrier Richard Loonan climbed over drifts and snowbanks to do his rounds of mailboxes and homes.

By around 3 o'clock, Loonan said his day had been exhausting.

"A lot of rough walking. Walking by a lot of places that I can't deliver, 'cause they haven't shoveled. Just – you see a lot of people out there shoveling that shouldn't be – elderly – and then you see a lot of young people that don't clean up. But, it's just – knew it was coming. It feels like it's a payback from no winter last year.

Loonan said people with snowblowers could do mail carriers and others using the sidewalks a favor.

"They'll go around with the snowblower and do the corner, but they won't cut it open, the snowbank. And if people would please do that, for elderly, school kids, for everybody, you know, instead of crawling over the snowbank, that would make it a lot easier on a lot of us."

Richard Loonan's been carrying mail in the Watertown area for 25 years.

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