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February 18, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

Drifting snow reached depths of 3 feet on Bob Tabler's work shop Monday, and he felt he had better do something about it.

"I was afraid we would get into a collapse situation. I got insurance but I sure don't want to use it," said Tabler.

Tabler and other workers climbed onto the top of the building as well as another structure and scooted the snow off.

The extra duty came as Tabler was clearing snow from nine apartment units which his company - GTTT - owns along W.Va. 45 between Martinsburg and Shepherdstown.


Tabler was at an Exxon gas station along Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg, W.Va., late Monday afternoon getting diesel fuel for a backhoe so he could keep removing snow.

At the Old Courthouse Square shopping center along Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg, W.Va., snow removal crews dealt with equipment failures and the question of where to put all the white stuff.

On Sunday, a blade snapped off a grader when one of the workers hit a curb in the shopping center, said Eric McCarty, who was pushing snow there Monday afternoon for Custom Contracting of Hedgesville, W.Va.

The driver hit the curb because there was no way to see it under the snow, McCarty said. Then another grader kept shutting off because of the cold temperatures, McCarty said.

McCarty was pushing the snow into a huge pile in the middle of the parking lot.

"There's just so much. There's no place to put it," said McCarty.

Good Samaritans, like Walt Householder of Hedgesville, W.Va., were out in full force Monday.

After digging out of the snow at his house on Rustic Tavern Road, Householder decided to go to the Eagle Plaza east of Hedgesville along W.Va. 9 and help businesses there.

Householder was shoveling snow outside a convenience store and earlier he cleared snow in front of a video rental store.

Householder said helping people is something he enjoys.

"It's much easier being friends than being enemies," Householder said.

When the weather is nice, he usually takes it upon himself to pick-up trash along the highway, he said.

Riding around in a truck all day and plowing snow may seem like fun but it's not all it's cracked up to be, said Ken Haggerty of H&W Construction of Winchester, Va., which takes care of snow removal in the Aikens Center and other business areas along Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Snowplow operators have to constantly watch out for other motorists, said Haggerty as he took a break Monday afternoon.

People in cars often will follow plows so they can have a clear path to follow, Haggerty said.

What drivers fail to realize is that the plows have to stop and back up.

"It's tiresome looking back and forth all day long," Haggerty said.

As he does during most severe snowstorms, Leetown, W.Va., dairy farmer Lyle "Cam" Tabb helped with snow plowing.

Using heavy equipment from his farm, Tabb plowed snow from the 911 communications center on Wiltshire Road, said his wife, Jane Tabb.

The Tabbs were juggling the chores along with the difficult task of taking care of their cattle during the storm. They had to carve out new feeding areas in the snow with heavy equipment because the usual feeding stations were buried, Jane Tabb said.

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