Tonawanda News

Columns

October 11, 2012

KEPPELER: It could happen again

Six years ago today, we had no idea what was coming. 

I remember Oct. 13, 2006, pretty well. I was just home from work that evening, making a batch of soup for dinner, shaking my head as I looked out the window at the giant, wet snowflakes. (My toddler son was watching, too, but he thought they were neat.) My husband, arriving home from some errand or another, had to dodge a branch that was already down in our front yard.

Dinner was just starting to cook when the power went out. We called the electrical company, and were appalled to be told it would be hours until power was restored. I don’t remember what dinner alternative we came up with that day, but by the time we all huddled together for warmth that chilly evening, we were starting to realize that this was no mere power outage. The constant crackle of the frozen, laden-with-snow tree branches overhead saw to that.

My family was without power for eight days after the so-called October Surprise snowstorm. While I hope I never have to go through that again (it was tough enough with one fairly-laid-back small child), we did all right. We were warm, and fed, and safe.

In part, I have to admit, this was due to good fortune, pure and simple. The nights didn’t get cold enough that we had to run our sporadically working generator constantly. We were also blessed with the help of family, friends and neighbors. And, partly, we were prepared.

But, mostly, we were lucky.

It could happen again, of course. It could happen this Friday, when the low temperature (according to weather.com) could get down into the 30s. Like in 2006, most trees still have their leaves.

Or it could be another random gift from Mother Nature — a tornado, perhaps — or a manmade disaster, be it accidental or on purpose. A plane went down in Clarence in recent memory; it could happen in Tonawanda. And, unfortunately, we still don’t live in a terrorism-free world.

Text Only
Columns
  • ADAMCZYK: The greatest luxury: peace, quiet It is not difficult, for anyone with the intent, to know more about you than you think they should. Every step of yours involving interactive technology can be molded into a picture of how you spend your time, money and thought.

    August 1, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014