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Is the Ice Safe Yet?

by Bobby Blair
January 15, 2019

 

Ah, serenely placid and inviting you say. Like a sheet of glass. So is the ice safe you ask? Lets see, a 68 year old man fell through the ice in Arlington on Monday and had to be rescued, and a 19 year old male almost drowned in Marlborough on Monday. One local resident wrote on Facebook that she was concerned about youth on Weston's Pond in Braggville on Monday, while another resident called police to report  youngsters on Lake Winthrop on at 11:15 am  Tuesday. An hour after that report these photo's were taken and there wasn't a soul on Lake Winthrop. A call by the HollistonReporter.com to both the Holliston Police & Fire Departments asking if any entity reports safe conditions for local ice resulted in nearly the same answer ---- we're not aware of any. Sorry the short answer is --- NO, the ice is not safe yet.

Back in the day --- think 50's & 60's a small bulletin board in front of Fiske's announced the thickness and ice conditions on local ponds. They were updated by local ice fisherman. Liability is the most likely cause for many communities not announcing ice conditions.

Some inquiring mind at Pleasure Point had their own method of testing the ice.

Reprinted suggestions above from the Old Farmers Almanac. If in doubt try your local indoor skating rink.

 

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Comments (2)

Thanks Bobby, you need to remind people about ice on the ponds and lakes - I saw several people playing hockey on Weston Pond this afternoon, but it's shallower than Lake Winthrop and quicker to freeze

- Lee DeSorgher | 1/15/19 6:12 PM

Thank you for the reminder. Our volunteer emergency responders practice ICE rescues. Let's keep it at that. Reminder that Pets too can fall through and have a hard time getting out.

- Shaw Lively | 1/15/19 5:29 PM

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