Last week's storms snowed us in here on Butler Grade. The first day was an adventure, but by the second day we were becoming concerned for our safety.

Thanks to Kirk Terjeson we were able to get to the main road by way of driving through our field. However, it was clear that that was a route not to be relied on.

For years, Tom Fellows at the Umatilla County Public Works Department has always been accessible by phone, and this time was no different. When he assured us that they would get to us as soon as possible, we knew we could rely on that. Sure enough, Brian Zimmerman showed up with his grader/plow in the evening and then returned the next morning, working until he provided us with access to the rest of the world.

All three of these people were there when we needed them and we can't thank them enough. They truly are what you hope for in neighbors and government support.

Frank and Nancy Duff


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