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November 29, 2012

From the December 1-7, 1977 Archives - Winter story tidbits

PRINCETON — Snow began early in Princeton in 1977 with the first major snowfall coming at the end of November.

The following are the some of the small stories surrounding the first snowfall of the season.

The City of Princeton reported that it was ready for winter that year with an above average stockpile of gravel, salt, and chemicals ready to clear the roads according to City Manager Harry Price.

Price said, "We can really never know, however, if we have too much or too little since we cannot predict how severe the winter will be."

He noted that if the winter of 1977 proved to be as severe as the previous year, the salt supply might be depleted, but the gravel and chemicals would still be available. At the time, salt was mixed with the gravel and "de-icer" in order to make all the supplies last as long as possible.

Price also reminded citizens of Princeton that when weather conditions are severe, to please stay off the roads so the plows could clear them as soon as possible.

The Princeton Christmas parade was rescheduled to Dec. 1 due to the severe storm. Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Howard Jarrett was the Grand Marshall.

The parade included 12 marching bands, seven floats, nine marching groups including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and baton twirlers, antique cars, fire and rescue vehicles and topped by a visit from Santa.

The parade was sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Princeton Jaycees and was co-chaired by Andy Clark and Harry Price.

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