Snow days not an option for some PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:35
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Tim Hammer, sexton for Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green, drives a snowblower while clearing walkways for the cemetary Monday, January 27, 2014. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Snow emergencies don't apply to Kim Koprowski.
Snow, and the dangerously cold temperatures this week, didn't stop the Bowling Green postal worker from reporting to work.
"You have to get into a different frame of mind," she said. "You really have to prepare yourself that you can't job do your job 100 percent - the people and the snowplows just can't keep up."
Koprowski is just one of many people trying to keep up during the recent negative degree temperatures.
"The first couple of times, the cold is a shock," she said. "You have to reorganize your entire morning."
That reorganization starts by getting to work and making sure her small postal vehicle can manage the weather.
"Our vehicles aren't made to get through this much snow," she said. "It's a challenge getting stuck."
If her vehicle makes it through the snow, Koprowski has a few tricks to help stay warm as she drives from mailbox to mailbox.
She keeps a blanket on her leather seat and a beach towel on her lap. 
These quick fixes, plus layering up, make the job easier for both her and her coworkers.
"A vast majority of us do a wonderful job trying to keep up with the cold," she said. "We appreciate people's patience."
Koprowski has braved Bowling Green winters since 2000, and won't let the cold get in the way of how she feels about her job.
"I still love it because it's a versatile job," she said. "I'm not stuck doing the same thing."
The same could be said for Tim Hammer.
The sexton of Bowling Green's Oak Grove Cemetery knows his job has to get done - regardless if most of the city is closed.
"Level 3s don't mean anything to me," he said. "We've been working a lot of hours."
Hammer and his crew from the Public Works department rely on Carhartts and warm breaks to get themselves through the day.
The crew has been braving the cold to clear the snow around the graves and the roads in the cemetery.
"It gets repetitive," Hammer said. "We get the snow cleared, and by the time we get it done, it cuts loose again."
Although the work is sometimes frustrating, Hammer knows it has to be done for funeral services.
"We've been busy this month - nine funerals," he said. "We've had less people visiting. We clear it right up for them."
The Bowling Green Walmart employees have also been battling the cold - and winning.
One of the coldest jobs at the store is shared by two employees.
They work the cart shift in the parking lot and are known to wear ski masks to stay warm.
"We keep them rotated around," said store manager Tom Kehres. "We leave it up to them. If it's too cold, they come back in."
Kehres keeps hot chocolate for his employees at the service desk when they come in from the cold.
"They can stay out there 15 minutes, do one row of carts, and then come in," Kehres said. "It's just too cold out there."
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 16:39
 

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