Coping With The Cold

LACKAWANNA COUNTY — With temperatures in the single digits, it was cold and quiet at Lackawanna State Park late Friday afternoon.

The lake was frozen and snow coated the ground and trees.

Despite the chill, a few bundled up to enjoy the scenery.

“A lot of layers. This used to be a ski thing, but I just threw it on because it’s so nice and warm and I have a few layers on and I have all this on,” said Lila Zipay of Montdale, pointing to her ski suit.

“It’s absolutely beautiful, besides you burn more calorie when you walk in the cold,” said her husband, Eddie Zipay.

The temperatures may be too cold for many, but others said it will take more than this deep freeze to keep them inside.

“Just snowshoeing. The trails are beautiful out today. We didn’t see anyone else in the park so it was great conditions,” said Alec Cottone of Scranton.

At nearby Spring Hills Farm in North Abington Township, there was work to be done outside, no matter the temperature.

There are eggs to collect and animals to feed and water.

“It’s like a desert out here this time of year when the water freezes so quickly. Really you need to make sure everyone has water as much as possible. We spend a lot of time breaking buckets, kicking buckets, that’s what you do,” said Margaret Hull.

There are four sisters who run the farm.

They said they know how to cope with the cold.

“I’m staying bundled,loose. I do layers, I do a lot of wool and cotton, and then I just stay warm,” said Lala Hull Zeitlyn.

It’s cold. You put on more clothes or as we say, you marshmallow up!” added Margaret Hull.

State health officials warn older people and the very young to stay indoors when temperatures are this low.

If you do have to venture outside, they warn you should cover your head, ears mouth and face to prevent frostbite.

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