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For the most part, storm didn't faze Granite Staters

New Hampshire Sunday News

February 10. 2013 12:16AM
Bret Giiford teaches his daughter, Maeve, 11, how to cross-country ski on North Street in Manchester on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER - Snowblowers clearing driveways and walkways seemed to outnumber motor vehicles on the streets and highways early Saturday afternoon.

Armed with snow shovels, Tony Salerno, 16, and his friend Jordan Bussiere, 15, were working their own form of capitalistic snow removal.

Their rates for clearing a driveway: $15 for a small one and $25 for a large one. Homeowners were receptive.

"They were like, 'If you want to do it, go for it,' " Salerno said.

The pair made about $60 between them before 1 p.m.

At Derryfield Park, people weren't digging out but bailing out their towed cars.

Thiago Carvatto was waiting for his dad, Nilson, to hand over $110 to get their 1995 Honda Civic returned after it was towed from Joliette Street during the city's snow emergency.

Thiago's girlfriend didn't think it was fair, but the son understood.

"It's your fault," he said.

Police reported 117 cars towed and an additional 13 ticketed for violating the city's snow emergency parking ban.

Manchester police Lt. Shawn Fournier, who was working at the park's temporary tow yard, said "most people have been pretty good."

He's heard offenders say they were caught off guard or they didn't have anywhere else to park their car.

One woman, after paying her money, had to have a tow truck free her vehicle after plowed and drifting snow surrounded it.

"Are you going to help me get out?" she asked. "I got a sick dog."

Others looked to head somewhere for lunch after their labors.

After shoveling in their Fox Hollow neighborhood, Ryan Turmelle walked amid whiteout conditions along Elm Street looking for food.

"We're freezing," he said. "You work up an appetite shoveling all that snow."

They were heading to Caesario's restaurant on Elm Street.

The blizzard meant more deliveries and fewer people eating inside the restaurant Saturday afternoon.

"Usually, the place is filled up on Saturday, and you can see it's empty," said owner Nir Shpindler.

Delivery people maybe make 20 percent better tips during the snowstorm. On Saturday, one delivery customer gave a 40 cent tip on a $20 order; a second gave a $15 tip on a $15 order.

"There's no way to tell: Some people are generous, some people aren't," he said.

Others were heading toward warmer locales - if their plane got out.

At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, no passenger flights came or left since about 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to Deputy Airport Director Brian O'Neill. A cargo flight arrived about 2:12 p.m. Saturday.

Nancy Odams was leaving behind 30 inches of snow in Epsom, hoping to catch the first departure out of Manchester since Friday afternoon, a US Airways flight to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, so she could connect and reach Phoenix for a horse show.

She prefers the warm weather, but added, "I am a New Englander."

Her ride to the airport wasn't frightening. "Actually, the highway was excellent, and everybody seemed to be doing 45 mph that they expected," Odams said.

Richard Fogg of Alton was waiting for that same Philadelphia flight to visit family in Fort Myers, Fla.

"I was out at 4:30 (a.m.) shoveling," he said. His wife, Melissa, had to get to work at Kohl's in Rochester, but she found the store closed.

When she woke up, Mrs. Fogg said, there was "zilch" chance of her husband leaving.

The flight did take off - about a half-hour late.

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