Swellesley reader Jim Shea shared these fun photos of him, his son Kelson and friend Brian O’Boyle riding their fat bikes (bikes with oversized tires) on Wellesley’s snowy trails Sunday and on the Monday snow day.
The forecast said there would be snow all Monday morning, leading officials to make the call the night before for Snow Day #2, 2017. Little did they know that by 10am the main roads would be plowed down to gleaming pavement. I got a few shots in before the wind kicked up and knocked the heavy snowfall from the trees.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is mobilizing for the Nor’easter forecasted for tomorrow. The DPW and Wellesley Fire-Rescue Department are asking for your assistance in clearing fire hydrants of snow in your neighborhood. There are over 1,400 hydrants in Wellesley and each one is potentially vital in the event of an emergency.
Adopting a hydrant is as simple as 4 easy steps:
1. Visit our Adopt a Hydrant map. This is a new system, so if you participated in this program last winter, please visit the map and update your adopted hydrants.
2. Expand the Find tab and enter your address in the space provided to zoom to your neighborhood
3. Click on the Adopt a Hydrant button and then click any RED hydrant to adopt it
4. Enter your information in the pop-up form and click “Update” (Note: If the pop-up form doesn’t appear, make sure to enable pop-ups for this MapsOnline website in your internet browser settings.)
Please be careful and aware of roadway traffic, and thank you for volunteering to keep our neighborhoods safe!
Rick DeLorie, Fire Chief
Michael Pakstis, Director of Public Works
Ms. G., the official State groundhog of Massachusetts and the subject of a picture book, Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, authored by Emmy-award winning broadcast meteorologist and Wellesley mom Mish Michaels and illustrated by Kathleen Jameson, has spoken and she says six more weeks of winter.
You did know that Massachusetts has an official State groundhog, didn’t you? It’s true, thanks to a group of determined Hunnewell Elementary School students and Michaels. Because of their hard work that started back when the kids were just kindergarteners, Ms. G now enjoys celebrity status as each year she presents her prediction at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA. The students, with a lot of hard work and backed by writer of the bill Representative Alice Peisch, convinced the State House Committee, the State Senate, and former Govenor Deval Patrick in 2014 that yes, indeed, Massachusetts did need its own lawful groundhog to forecast the local weather on the big day. After all, what does Punxsutawney Phil know about New England weather from his cozy Pennsylvania lair?
Although Ms. G saw her shadow today, and thus was the bearer of cold news, her popularity remains, probably because she’s takes her role as official State groundhog seriously. She doesn’t just show up, prognosticate, and disappear until next year. Ms. G greets her public, seeming to enjoy the glow of celebrity. There she was today, just like every year, giving a big groundhog hello to the crowd of about 400 including many of the Wellesley students who started her on her road to fame.
Thanks for keeping us in the loop about winter’s plans, Ms. G. Until next year.