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I知 dreaming of a white Halloween

Posted by Rona Fischman November 1, 2011 02:36 PM

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I知 dreaming of a white Halloween. Well, it is a nightmare for those who took the brunt of the early snowfall in the northeast.

Trick-or-treating was cancelled in Lexington this year because of the snowstorm. I first heard of this on Sunday afternoon when a FaceBook friend mentioned it. Schools were closed for Monday, so Halloween was cancelled, too.

Is this good public safety? Does trick-or-treating create more cars on the roads? Should families without power be exempt from candy-giving?

My first impression was that cancelling trick-or-treating was overkill, but then I drove around Lexington. I was working in Lexington on Monday and was detoured off a main road (Pleasant Street) because trees or tree-removal equipment was still blocking the road. I passed several clusters of tree-removal trucks. There were branches all along the roadways on many streets.

The house I went to in Lexington was without power until about noon. There were branches laying across the front walkway. Both this house and the one next door both lost a tree. The one that fell from this house missed the neighbor痴 three-season room by about two feet. The neighbor痴 tree fell in a wooded area of this house痴 lot. It was a fair trade, with no damage to anything but the trees. Had there been damage to either house, it would get complicated. Just after Irene, our Attorney Vetstein reviewed the tree damage laws.

My client is mid-transaction on this house, so the seller is still responsible for removing the fallen trees before closing. The trees need to be cleared before the final walk-though. In this case, we have lots of time. When a storm like this blows through the weekend before closing, things can get sticky.

I hope that all my readers are doing all right during and after the storm. Some of you are still without power (and heat) as of Monday night (when I wrote this.) Do you want to share your stories? I am particularly interested in finding out what people with young children did about Halloween in places where electricity was still out or where the road was still blocked by fallen trees.

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