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Despite snow, Cupid delivers

February 15, 1997

By FRANCA LEWIS

Staff Writer

A nippy mix of snow and ice delivered on Valentine's Day failed to put a chill on warm hearts.

And while Friday wasn't the best sweetheart's day, it wasn't the worst, either.

The coldest Valentine's Day was recorded in 1905 for the region by the National Weather Service. The most pleasant was in 1990, when temperatures reached 73 degrees.

Florists across the Tri-State area rushed around all day Friday trying to beat the clock on deliveries.

School closings prompted Plasterer's Florist in Chambersburg, Pa., to put out a call over the radio waves for high school sweethearts who ordered flowers for school delivery to come pick up the posies.

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"If they called us at the store and gave us a house address, we put the order on our delivery schedule," said Pat Plasterer. "We've been swamped all day."

In Martinsburg, W.Va., high school students aren't allowed to get flower deliveries at the school, so Friday's snow didn't create a new problem, according to Natalie Stefkovic of Ginger's Flowers.

Teachers can get flowers at the schools, and the shop already had prepared for the worst - getting house addresses when the orders came in, Stefkovic said.

Clayton Miller of Rosemary's Florist in Williamsport said school deliveries posed the biggest problem. "A lot of the people who placed those orders came to the shop and picked up the flowers," Miller said.

Restaurants across the area reported a brisk night of business Friday as sweethearts went out to eat together.

Some video-rental stores were more crowded than normal. "It's been extra busy here, and I think it's because of the long President's Day weekend," said Heather Trenary of Family Video in Williamsport.

But at Blockbuster Video on Dual Highway, manager Dawn Sigel said rentals were fairly typical for a Friday night.

Up to three inches of slushy snow and ice blanketed parts the region Friday, causing some problems on local roads and the interstate highways, police said.

And while the temperature inched above freezing by mid-afternoon, road crews were busy all day either with clearing or salting the roads.

For today, the National Weather Service forecast called for rain mixing with snow that would continue into the morning hours. Clouds are expected to move out by afternoon.

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