After leaving my small Pennsylvania town I married and settled in Peaselburg in 1963. At that time we were the young kids in the neighborhood and most of our neighbors were senior citizens. We looked out for one another; I cleaned the walks and steps for four, sometimes five senior neighbors. Everyone was out cleaning the walks as soon as the snow started. You could walk from 16th Street to 19th and maybe one walk would remain covered with snow. We did a lot more walking in those days, most people walked to church, schools, to bus stops, corner stores for milk, bread, etcetera. There was a lot of foot traffic and we worried about each other. The milk man no longer delivers to our homes, the newspapers are thrown out of a car window, but we still have the mail man, gas men and women who have to travel our streets and climb our steps. My wife and I are now in our seventy’s. I don’t shovel snow any more due to some health problems. However my wife still looks after some old neighbors, in their 80’s, sweeping snow; spreading salt and making sure their newspapers are placed in front of their doors. We also have been blessed with wonderful neighbors who constantly look out for us. They shovel the snow and or sweep it if they can beat my wife to it. They help us carry groceries from our car up our steep steps. They are always there to help whenever a job is too much for us. We thank God everyday for giving us caring thoughtful neighbors.
I guess the reason I’m telling you all of this is to appeal to each of you to think of your neighbors, service people all the time but especially when we have snow and ice. Clean off your property and go the extra mile and help the old folks next door or down the street a few doors. Remember the mail man who has to climb those steps six days a week. Maybe you can make arrangements with a neighborhood youngster to be prepared to shovel for you if you can’t handle it yourself. I’m told that people think if they shovel and someone slips they are liable. Don’t know if this is true but I want you to think of the pain and suffering that could have been avoided if you had just taken a few minutes to be a good neighbor. Please help make Peaselburg a neighborhood that continues to look out for one another.