Tonawanda News


February 14, 2014

ADAMCZYK: The modern form of cabin fever


Tonawanda News — Many of us have lived here all our lives. We’re acclimated to this. We miss it if it doesn’t happen, miss it if we’re elsewhere for a part of a winter, and certain old-timers will tell you this is the way it used to be, every winter.

It helps, of course, to have a support system, like the round-the-clock snowplowing services of Kenmore’s and the Town of Tonawanda’s Departments of Public Works (they also collect the garbage on mornings I consider it a hardship to roll the tote and carry the recyclables to the curb). I am reminded of Dick Buerkle, who once held the world record for the fastest indoor mile at 3:54.9.

It was 1978 when he achieved the record, a time when many athletes required full-time jobs to support themselves, and Buerkle, from Rochester, worked in Buffalo for Bausch and Lomb. After a particularly intense snowfall he sought a place to train, somewhere for a simple run in the street, and as Sports Illustrated noted at the time, he was told: Kenmore. Go to Kenmore.

It’s 2014, and you can still discern the dividing line between Kenmore and Buffalo simply by driving or walking over it. In Kenmore the streets are more-or-less down to bare asphalt and the sidewalks are cleared. I’d tell you Kenmore kids are playing hockey in the streets but it’s too cold for that.

Zero degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature inside your freezer, and also the ambient temperature, some mornings. It did not seem to bother the ladies of the Brighton Community Church, who showed up, on time and ready, for a regular meeting of their “Brighton Earlies” social and public service club this week (hi, girls). The two who walked with canes were not bothered; neither was the one who pulled a small oxygen tank behind her, nor the dozen or so of their friends.

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