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      Postal workers prepare for winter

      Another winter is quickly closing in on Upper Michigan. Hopefully you've already stocked up on things like salt for your sidewalk and kitty litter for your car. Also, if you haven't done it already, it's probably a good time to take the snow blower in for a last minute tune-up. But if you're like me, you're relying on something with a little more of a primitive design.

      It looks like this winter in the Upper Peninsula may live up to its reputation again this year. At least thatâ??s what Karl said. â??One thing we look at is snow cover in Eurasia in the month of October. This year, there's a good snow pack and that can be a precursor to very cold winter weather over our part of the world when the conditions are right.â?? According to WLUC-TV6 Chief Meteorologist, Karl Bohnak, thatâ??s because thereâ??s nothing to stop that cold air from surging into the North American continent once the snow pack arrives over the polar region.

      But that's just business as usual here in Upper Michigan. At least that's according to Pat Frye, Ishpeming postmaster. He says in his 25 years of service, he can only remember the weather being bad enough to close up shop one time.

      That should come to no surprise to us. The United States Postal Service's motto is: â??Neither snow...nor rain...nor heat...nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.â??

      And that's still true today. However, we all have a role to play when it comes to public safety.

      Postmaster Pat Frye said, "We ask that our customers make sure that they keep their sidewalks clear and their steps clean so the carriers can access their mailboxes without them getting hurt. Thatâ??s one of our biggest issues in the winter is the safety of our carriers and they do everything that they can. But we ask that our customers do their part as well.â??

      Urban and rural customers have a similar responsibility. You're asked to make sure there's a clear path both to and from the mailbox.

      â??If the carrier can't deliver the mail for whatever particular day it is, we'll curtail the mail for that day and then we'll deliver it the next day. But we want our carriers to be safe, and so we ask our customers to help us out in that area,â?? according to Frye.

      So however you plan on getting rid of the snow this year, letâ??s make sure it doesnâ??t pile up as fast as the bills do!