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February 17, 2013

HOPKINS: Musings on the ice and snow

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I like the Sabres, but they’re not my favorite; I’ve been a Rangers fan for as long as I can remember and they have their own problems this season. Still, I’ce watched enough of them over the years to recognize a change is needed.

Bringing down the axe on Lindy Ruff won’t solve everything, but it would be a start.

Incidentally, “Hockey Day in America” is a knock-off of “Hockey Day in Canada,” a theme that makes much more sense since the game was invented there and more than 10 percent of the population actually care about hockey.

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Blame it on the snow.

Just over a week ago Lockport was digging out from the largest snowfall that all of Eastern Niagara County had seen in quite a while. (I say “all of eastern Niagara County” because some of you along the Lake Ontario shoreline have seen your fair share of snow already this winter.) For whatever reason, it turned things inside out around here.

I always expect a few motor vehicle accidents when it snows, but the constant reports of accidents on the police and fire scanner on Feb. 8 was staggering. Joining in the mix of typical fender-benders were rollover accidents and one where the driver ended up off the road and in a field. A school bus landed in a ditch along Dysinger Road because the driver couldn’t find the driveway.

It’s tough to blame drivers too much on the run-of-the-mill accidents. However, there were far too many bang-ups on Feb. 8 to not think that many of them could have been avoided if the drivers had simply remembered that it snows in Western New York during the winter and you have to adjust your speed and other driving habits to accommodate the weather.

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