The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

It's beginning to look a lot like Winter

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

December 9, 2009


Boy can things change. From wet to wild! Now, we face icy-snow covered conditions with wind to make things even worse.

Schools have been canceled anticipating a bad night.

I am in hopes that this newspaper gets printed and put into mail boxes around the area, but I am wondering at this point if I will be able to drive all the way to Astoria without a hitch.

I am very glad we have a four lane highway to Macomb as it is so much safer to drive on than the old two-lane.

It reminds me of the time my mother and I drove to Astoria in the worse of conditions just like today. It was a whiteout along that two-lane to Macomb. We were between the Raritan Road and Good Hope driving my mom's Buick station wagon when the snow would blow over our car and completely block our vision from seeing anything other than our windshield.

The second time it happened, I said, "Where is that truck I was following when all at once I found him. We slowly saw our front end smashed as he had hit a squad car that had hit a substitute teacher from Southern who had stopped in the road. And bang, someone hit our Buick from behind. There was five of us and the Trooper got us all out of the car worried a semi might come along and do us all in.

The poor trooper ended up in a neck brace later from the whiplash. He said he had just told the teacher not to stop, but keep driving slowly if he hits a whiteout. Then he got back in his car and was following him when he did just what he told him not to causing the accidents. The state police was good to take my mother and I home that day and we found life goes on, even when the Quill is a day late.

Be safe driving.