Plow Goes In At Edgemont Pond

Tipster Evan Cutler sends this photo:

Edgemont pond a few mins ago–plowing snow off ice took an unexpected detour.

And here’s how it looked a little while later, when Charlie Miller from C.J. Miller Tree Service rescued the plow.

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  1. Yikes! Just got an email from my neighbor that the South Orange Duck Pond is officially open – maybe I’ll pass.

  2. cro, Conan, the question remains,

    did he have another look and did he have a cup of tea and a pot of pie?

  3. So I look at this and think:

    a) Yesterday “they” told me they couldn’t clear the snow and I should find “some parents” to shovel it away

    b) Sure glad the dredging is 12 years overdue! That way the plow only sunk a half an inch rather than the several feet it would have sunk in with a properly maintained pond.


    Cary the Cranky

  4. BUTTER PIE, Spiro.

    I mean I love you, and as cathar says you’re one of my echoes.

    But for God’s sakes, we’ve worked hard to have the world’s worst cuisine (though you lot are a close second!), so give us our props!

  5. cro, I stand corrected. It must be a cross-the-pond thing. In Penny Lane the nurse is selling poppies from a tray. Yet we Yanks first thought it was a nurse selling puppies from a tray.

  6. For the love of all that is sacred and holy Cary please have them call someone from a northern state before attempting something like this!!!! There is a bit of science to how many inches water is frozen to how many lbs you can put on the ice. Not to mention the ice is absolutely useless for skating with three snow storms worth of ice on top of it. I grew up skating on local ponds trust me. It would be like skating on slippery concrete.

  7. Spiro, if you Yanks had known what “he likes to keep his fire engine clean, its a clean machine”, those moptops would have been hauled off to the pokey in a NY minute.

    Mimi, it had to be a butter pie, ’cause we Papists could’t have meat on Friday (though, God help me, I did!).

  8. On the Essex Fells skating pond they use much lighter, walk-behind, brooms and snow-blowers. Maybe more effort, but certainly gets the job done.

  9. I grew up playing pond hockey whenever the ponds froze. There was a former player from some Eastern European Olympic team who used to hike down to the pond where we used to play and he would let us know if it was ready. His name was Bundy (sp.) and he was always right. He would bring an ice saw, would cut a circle in the ice and would measure the ice depth. If he said don’t skate on it and you were a stupid kid and ignored his expertise, you’d fall through for sure. I did a few times and I still have Omen nightmares about the experience to this day. The other wonderful thing he did was to bring a bucket and a large squeegee. The unwritten rule was to resurface the ice at the end of the day.

    We didn’t need snowplows to clear the ice. There were plenty of other kids like me who would simply shovel it off. I learned to powerskate quite well through this tedious chore.

    As to the previous comment that the ice wouldn’t be good after three snowstorms, I must 100% disagree. If the ice was not shoveled between storms, then the surface will be absolutely fine. The ice might not be transparent, but it will certainly be smooth enough to skate on. If the lake froze prior to the first storm, then it will be perfect.

    What I miss is collecting all of the pucks that would get lost in the shoveled snowbanks as the snowpack melted. I had quite the collection when I was a kid.

  10. Nice story, Stu.
    Reminds me of an animated short I saw many years ago about pond skating in Canada. Where all the kids wanted to skate like Maurice “The Rocket” Richard.

  11. Yes, I agree with you Stu it could very well be like glass, that is if there was not a few days of warmer temps that would cause the snow to melt into the ice. When the “Skating ” sign went up at Edgemont I cleared a small section and it was rough. The bigger problem with the ice at Edgemont park is the goose poop. It was all over the ice last winter and was rather gross. I loved your story though. I grew up in Michigan and there always seemed to be a “Bundy” in charge of the state of the ice for each pond or section of a lake.

  12. A charming story, stu, about how a boy learned self-reliance and experienced the first stirrings of libertarianism in his breast. How soon after that did you sign up with Young Republicans?

  13. I’m actually pretty liberal with my political stances. Both parties behaviors are absolutely deplorable. Too claim one behaves better than the other is a complete waste of time. As Repubs and Dems continue the debate, both parties continue to ensure that the rich get richer and the other 99.5% get looted. But go on and continue to support them. Send them some contributions. Rest assured, you’ll never be able to match the Wall Street War chest or the influence of the smallest lobbyists.

  14. Interesting how Hildy turns a simple story of a childhood memory by Stu into a political diatribe. Barista’s, maybe you should just switch this to a political blog to satisfy all these amateur wonkers.

  15. It takes a village. Clean ice for skating and hockey doesn’t just happen. The town is not going to do it alone. In the old days before we had a rink and budget woes Edgemont pond was a winter given, complete with lights, a warm shelter house, ramps to get to the ice on skates, skates guards manned with wide home made shovels, and plenty of skaters to assist with cleaning the ice. I often remind the powers of park and rec. about the good old days and I applaud their attempt to clear the ice. Well it didn’t work out too well and I was quick to lend a hand with my crane. I also brought some planks to cross the black top between shelter house and the pond. Unfortunately is ice is still pretty bad. That is where it takes a village…don’t walk on the ice when it’s slushy, don’t throw rocks to crack the ice, do bring a shovel and help out, do share the experience with your kids. Bring hot chocolate, take pictures, and maybe some day your kids will say how great that pond used to be when they were young.

  16. Hmmm… I did a little more research and it was NOT Admiral Bull Halsey who penned the quote about a collision at sea. It was Navy Capt. W. B. “Bill” Hayler who came up with the phrase. Oh, well, the names sound alike: I’ll just call it a typo.

  17. “It takes a village,” which includes, especially, people like cjmiller who are motivated to do good things. Thanks CJ! this isn’t the first time you’ve helped us all out!

    Cary Africk
    2nd Ward Councilor

  18. Maybe the freezing rain tonight will be a Zamboni from the heavens above. And thanks CJ Miller. This town certainly needs more people like you.

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