Hats off to you who didn’t let a little snow dampen your day

Last updated: February 13. 2014 10:12PM - 2020 Views
By Jon O’Connell joconnell@civitasmedia.com



Jennifer Jean-Jacques, left, and Erica Montante
Jennifer Jean-Jacques, left, and Erica Montante
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Green grin in white world

WILKES-BARRE — Light pellets of snow whip into the faces of those few trudging past the intermodal center on South Main Street heading towards Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square on Thursday morning, hoods up, heads down, focus forward. A gravelly voice shouts out an upbeat “Hey! Hello! Hey!” in a sound muffled by more than swirling wind and heavy headgear.

If pedestrians bother to turn, they see the grinning green face of Lady Liberty. Someone underneath the fluttering robes — a man from the baritone timbre of the voice —waves and yells cheerily through the comically carved foam face. “Lovely weather today! Hey!”

And in a sea of white surely an occasional smile cracks as people turn back to their tasks and plod on, a few no doubt pondering where, exactly, Liberty Tax Service gets all these perpetually perky people willing to be living billboards in any inclement weather.



Thursday’s walloping snowfall, a weather event that stifled traffic and compounded headaches for officials trying to achieve normalcy from Massachusetts to Georgia, couldn’t keep some in Luzerne County holed up indoors.


While many businesses and all schools were shuttered, some ventured out into the white world to make the best of it.


Here’s what they had to say:


Saraea Kaplan, 11, was out under the blustery bursts of snow, armed with a sled, ready to take on the levee at Kirby Park.


She said, if it weren’t for the snow, she’d be stuck at Wilkes-Barre Academy, where she’s student.


Jennifer Jean-Jacques and Erica Montante, both 20, bundled up to head out in the snow. The King’s College juniors didn’t have school Thursday and took advantage of the extra time.


“I’ll probably be studying,” Montante said. “Because I was supposed to have an exam today, but the snow kind of stopped that. And I’ll probably be catching up on sleep.”


Jean-Jacques wasn’t going to let the heavy packing snow go unspoiled all day.


“I’m building a snowman,” Jean-Jacques said, instead of a day full of classes and some after-school meetings.


Robert Bee, WBRE-TV/WYOU-TV general manager, grabbed some lunch from Circles on the Square, one of the few Public Square eateries to stay open Thursday.


Bee was on his lunch break. The news doesn’t take a snow day. The media veteran of 20 years said 24/7, his staff and reporters have to show up regardless of the weather.


The news-biz veteran of 20 years said he doesn’t mind the work, but if he wasn’t working, he’d probably be sledding.


“Well, I love work,” Bee said “Of course, I always like to be with my grandchildren. They’re up in Bear Creek right now, on a sled, enjoying the day.”


Rose Smith, 60, and her husband Ed, 62, of Plymouth, ventured out to the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino for some three-card poker and blackjack.


They each joked they would be working had it not been for the snow. Ed works as a contractor, while Rose works at FedEx in Pittston.


Melvin Meyer, 21, Anthony Swain, 22, and Joe Lane, 20, pulled off a pickup football game on Wilkes University campus with more than 30 other students. The game was organized solely using social media websites, Swain said.


They called it the “Snow Bowl.”


 
 
 
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