Bear News Beartown News

APRIL 1, 2001

LETTERS

People get Shorter During Snowstorms

Throughout the many Vermont winters which I have experienced, I have noticed a definite increase in the phenomena of people getting shorter during and after snowstorms. This subject can only be investigated in a general manner as everyone has a different "APE RATIO", just like we all have different fingerprints. For the subject at hand we will look at only a few measurements. As a 70 year old woman my measurements are 20 - 40 - 70. Where 20 is the height to my knees, 40 the height to my waist, and 70 my total height. Therefore the height of my knees is 29% of my total height and the height of my waist is 57%.
This winter I have had people tell me that the snow was "up to their knees"! This was after a storm of 12 inches. Using my measurements this would translate to a person 41 inches or 3 foot 5 tall. If a 16 inch storm was "up to the knees" this would be a 55 inch or 4 foot 7 tall person. If a 2 foot snowfall was "up to the waist" this would be a 42 inch or 3 foot 6 tall person. A 3 foot deep snow "up to the waist" would mean a 63 inch or 5 foot 3 tall person. I think you'll agree that most people are not that short.
It's getting so you can't believe anything people say anymore!

Mable Johnson
Lost Hollow Road
Beartown

MAILBOX DEMOLITION CONTEST RESULTS

Once again it is time for the results of this past winter's Mailbox Demolition contest. This annual event is scored and judged by the Beartown Road Commisioner. This year there were 3 plow routes, one for each of the road crew. Not all routes had the same number of mailboxes so the amount of total damage is a very important factor in the final scores. A mailbox has to be found once the snow has melted to determine the score; a missing mailbox is not tallied.

Category Dave - Lost Hollow John - Brook Road Levi - Hayride Hill
Broken Post (5)

75

60

70

Detached Box (4)

24

32

28

Distorted Box (3)

18

33

21

Detached Door (2)

22

16

14

Distorted Door (1)

23

31

42

Totals

162

172

175

And once again Levi wins the coveted trophy of a gold plated (gold spray paint) mailbox proving that his 32 years of snowplowing experience really pays off. He attributes this year's win to not wearing his glasses during any of the storms.
Any comments on this year's event may be emailed to:

SNOWANNIHILATOR@HOTPLOW.COM


Email: dernc@sover.net


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