Most local residents awoke on Christmas morning and carried on traditional family customs unaware that residents on Liberty Street were experiencing the results of a water main break. For most of us, the water problem left us with very little pressure. For others, an expanding pool of freezing water was covering the yards.

Most local residents awoke on Christmas morning and carried on traditional family customs unaware that residents on Liberty Street were experiencing the results of a water main break. For most of us, the water problem left us with very little pressure. For others, an expanding pool of freezing water was covering the yards.

By mid-morning the village trucks began to arrive.  Shortly thereafter came a knock on the door by a local police officer to explain that crews were in place to repair the problem but that the water would be turned off completely for a short period of time.

For residents it was a bit of an inconvenience as toilets flushed slowly and showers produced a dribble. However, for the village crews, who were away from families and working in freezing water in temperatures in the low 20s on Christmas morning it’s all part of the job.

As the New Year begins, we should take time to be thankful that our village provides us with these services. Many of the conveniences we take for granted are actually maintained, serviced, and administered by our town and village employees. The fact that we can take them for granted is a tribute to their skill and dedication … even on Christmas morning.

 

— Mary Ann Holden