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TOWING A STRUCK TRUCK ON MAINE'S WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. A story from ou…

TOWING A STRUCK TRUCK ON MAINE'S WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. A story from our new issue of the 'Wood Prairie Seed Piece' (woodprairie dot com/newsletters/010221.html).
In decades past snowy Aroostook County had pretty limited experienced with ice. While snow might randomly fall in October and November it would rarely stick around. The first snow that was a good bet to stay with us through April would reliably fall during the week before Thanksgiving. Then, every few years we’d see stretches in mid-winter when the day’s high temperature migrated somewhere above freezing. That was called the ‘January Thaw.’ In the last couple of decades, Falls tend to stay warmer, Winter begins later – often with alternating snow and rain – and then Winter doesn’t let go its grip until April or even May as it did last ‘Spring’. The rain-snow zig-zag now leaves icy roads in early Winter, especially troublesome for truckers with Summer-style tires.
Caleb had been hauling gravel from a local pit late into Fall and had outfitted our dump truck with tire chains all around. The chains gripping power came in handy recently when he helped a tractor-trailer which couldn’t navigate our icy driveway and needed a tug uphill. Caleb, Megan & Jim




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