It’s so cold out…

By on January 14, 2015

I haven’t seen this many teens since I chaperoned a prom dance. I’m talking temperature, not hormone-fueled jitterbugging to the latest Pat Boone ditty. I’m used to traffic delays behind Amish buggies, but sled dogs during rush hour is ridiculous.

I’m also talking about gas prices. We were at $2.15 a gallon Wednesday morning. Most have noticed that gas at Lititz stations is artificially high, often 10 cents more than in neighboring towns. But not this week. We haven’t seen petro this low since Bill Clinton was leaving his mark in the Oval Office. The inflation-adjusted average price of gas in 1998 was $1.46 (InflationData.com).

It’s so cold out that the school district is wishfully thinking about Labor Day. Unfortunately, no one, not even the press, attended the Committee of the Whole meeting to hear the discussion, which led to an icy press release the following day. Blame it on the cold. That’s what I would say. It’s also what Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus* would probably lip synch had they been meteorologists.

If the January cold is too much to take, set your sights on July 4. This year’s theme just happens to be “Red, White & Cool,” suggested by Jane Smith, who works at Derck & Edson. The Fourth Committee collected themes from Lititz residents for about a month and put them to a community vote in December. Jane’s clever creation, based on the borough’s recent “Coolest Small Town” designation, was the runaway winner. Other themes on the ballot included Lighting Up the 4th, July Fore’th (golf theme), Freedom’s Eternal Flame, and America Lives Here.

Most people are cold to the idea of tax increases. Even though borough council approved a slight hike this year, Lititz residents still enjoy one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the county. Only Ephrata and Akron can claim a better rate among boroughs.

Our photographers also embraced the new year’s frigid temps, as seen on page A4. I’ve heard of starving artists, but freezing artists? Unfortunately, one of them was hit with the flu bug. Get well soon, Mike!

This weather can certainly test our patience and be a little depressing at times, so maintaining our sense of humor, and always having a hot mug of coffee or a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup nearby, goes a long way in bridging the gap to spring. In the meantime, we can all warm up to the extended forecast, which predicts a relatively tropical 46 degrees for the start of next week. Don’t be surprised to see Bermuda shorts and flip flops at church on Sunday.

* Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus were better known as Milli Vanilli, the pop music sensation of 1990 who lost their Grammy award when it was learned they did not sing the lead vocals on their hit album.

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