Please keep your sidewalks clear

Two of The Morning Star’s newspaper carriers have broken bones after slipping on ice while delivering the paper.

Area roads, sidewalks and driveways packed with snow and ice are causing grief not just for motorists and pedestrians, but some hard-working delivery people as well.

Two of The Morning Star’s newspaper carriers have broken bones after slipping on ice while delivering the paper.

“This year was bad, we had two and the winter’s not over,” said Tammy Stelmachowich, Morning Star circulation manager who generally sees one incident a year.

The first, a broken ankle, took place Dec. 14.

“She could hear it snap when she fell,” said Stelmachowich.

Then on Jan. 4 another carrier ended up breaking her tibia and fibula.

“She was walking, she started sliding, she went sideways and she heard a pop,” said Stelmachowich of the senior carrier. “She’s going to be down for six months now.”

And it’s not just newspaper carriers that are at risk of injury – letter carriers, delivery people, dog walkers, repairmen coming to your home, pedestrians and more.

“We appreciate whatever residents can do to make walkways safe for all concerned,” said Ian Jensen, Morning Star publisher.