Norm Goulding clears the snow from his Deer Lake property. ‚ÄĒ Star photo by Paul Hutchings
In his 88 years living in Deer Lake, Carl Cooper hasn‚Äôt seen a winter this bad.
Clearing the snow from the double driveway at his Clinic Road home, Cooper peeks out from the protective windscreen installed on his snowblower to see how much more had to be done Friday. He said he knows there‚Äôs more to come, without even seeing a forecast. He can feel it.
‚ÄúThis has just been terrible,‚ÄĚ he said, and then reiterated, ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt remember any time like this around here.‚ÄĚ
The town now has piles of snow everywhere because staff simply have no place to put it anymore. Like everywhere else on the island, watching for ice on the sidewalks has now become second nature and everywhere residents walk hunched over, holding their hands to their throats in an attempt to keep the cold air from getting down their necks.
Cooper is just finishing up his driveway. He only has one car, but he likes to keep it all clear.
‚ÄúI have (family) that lives here, if someone wants to come visit they can,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt wait, after the snow falls I just get at it, and get it over with, I don‚Äôt care.‚ÄĚ
Over on Mayor Avenue, Jerry Pittman is finishing off his spacious driveway, probably wishing he lived at a smaller property. He brushes off questions of what all the snow clearing does to him physically.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs a mental thing. We come out, clear it, feel good about it being clear and have to do it again a day later,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt does something to you, takes the accomplishment away.‚ÄĚ
Pittman agreed with Cooper; it‚Äôs the worst winter he‚Äôs seen too.
Norm Goulding on Middle Road shovels the snow from his smaller driveway wearing nothing but a hoodie bearing the logo of a local tavern, even though the temperature dropped below zero.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm warm enough trying to clear all this, I don‚Äôt need a coat,‚ÄĚ he said with a laugh. ‚ÄúThis does make my back sore sometimes, but I guess all we can do is try to get through it.‚ÄĚ
Cooper said he knows what he‚Äôll do when it gets warmer.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm going to relax, that‚Äôs it, that‚Äôs all,‚ÄĚ he said as he pushed the button to start his snowblower back up. With a swipe of the glove across the snowblower‚Äôs windscreen he was back on the job.
Unfortunately more snow is expected over the weekend, with a partly sunny day forecasted for Monday. The temperature is expected to remain at or just above zero all weekend.