If someone had asked me how winter was progressing on the Feast of St. Nicholas back on Dec. 6 I would have been tempted to forecast a mild winter. After all, at that point we had only received 8 inches of snow and the temperatures had not been too cold. Alas the last 3 weeks have been tough. Right now we're struggling with frigid temps in the Northeast. This morning I awoke to -11F and the rest of the week will fare the same. The snow has been steady too, with our total up to 77 inches as of this morning. But this is symptomatic of the whole area around Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The city of Erie, PA. received 5 ft. of snow on Christmas and St Stephen's Days. The City of Oswego which is right on Lake Ontario declared a state of emergency. And to top it off, the village of Richland, which is 30 minutes east of us up on the Tug Hill Plateau has already received 170 inches of snow! What a winter! Safe in the Prayers of St. Nick!