Caution paramount on thin ice

Caution paramount on thin ice

There are 20 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jan 6, 2009, titled Caution paramount on thin ice. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Dick and Mary Lou DiNicola walk off the ice on Onota Lake after trying to scout out smooth ice that they could ice skate on.

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Since: Aug 08

Gansevoort, NY

#1 Jan 6, 2009
The photo that accompanies this story is stunning! Nice job!
RJD

Berne, NY

#2 Jan 6, 2009
Great photo #2. A snowmobile going 30 mph has less force on the ice than the average human walking. I think the artical would best be directed in that area.
Twopoint Five

Chicopee, MA

#3 Jan 6, 2009
Thank you Berkshire Eagle for your very stunning and informative article what brilliance can we expect tomorrow "Look both ways before Crossing Streets" or "Don't take candy from strangers"
"Eagle announces that the answers for our new crossword puzzles will be published on the same page to help our very few remaining readers."
john

Schenectady, NY

#4 Jan 6, 2009
2point5
you kid and i laughed, but obviously if people are out there they need to know its not safe. also i can see why thefire dept wants to put it out there, who do you think has to respond to a 911 call if someone falls in? then that puts the firemen at risk. obviously its their jobs, but isnt preventing an incident better than responding to one?

Since: May 08

United States

#5 Jan 6, 2009
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
SEMPER FI
Uncle Fester

South Hadley, MA

#6 Jan 6, 2009
ramdan wrote:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
SEMPER FI

Gomez always said a little Jack Daniels makes the ice thicker.
long time fisherman

Allston, MA

#7 Jan 6, 2009
middle of feb till the ice might be safe come on.
maybe if it was warmer than it is and going to be
JimBob

Syracuse, NY

#8 Jan 6, 2009
Informative article.......not.

There is atleast 4" of solid ice in the Pittsfield area lakes/ponds. Obviously you need to be careful like any time of the season, but saying it's not safe until mid February? Give me a break. I understand you don't want to send your men out their Sullivan, but let's preach safety measures rather than all out misinformation.

Also, the snow doesn't insulate the ice to the point of where ice won't form Chief Sully, as long as it is cold, the ice just forms at a much slower rate. If that were the case of snow insulating the ice, the ice would have very very days out of the season to form since snow is almost ALWAYS covering the lakes in this area.

No cars or trucks until there is 11"+, which will likely be here by the end of Jan.

Til then, I hope the Eagle article scares everyone and there is more room on the ice for me.
long time fisherman

Allston, MA

#9 Jan 6, 2009
jimbob i agree more lake and monster fish for us

Since: Apr 08

Ashfield, MA

#10 Jan 6, 2009
RJD wrote:
Great photo #2. A snowmobile going 30 mph has less force on the ice than the average human walking....
yep, and a cat can steal a baby's breath.

Since: May 08

East Otis, MA

#11 Jan 7, 2009
JimBob wrote:
Informative article.......not.
There is atleast 4" of solid ice in the Pittsfield area lakes/ponds. Obviously you need to be careful like any time of the season, but saying it's not safe until mid February? Give me a break. I understand you don't want to send your men out their Sullivan, but let's preach safety measures rather than all out misinformation.
Also, the snow doesn't insulate the ice to the point of where ice won't form Chief Sully, as long as it is cold, the ice just forms at a much slower rate. If that were the case of snow insulating the ice, the ice would have very very days out of the season to form since snow is almost ALWAYS covering the lakes in this area.
No cars or trucks until there is 11"+, which will likely be here by the end of Jan.
Til then, I hope the Eagle article scares everyone and there is more room on the ice for me.
What are you talking about,there is open water visible on a lot of area ponds!
JimBob

Syracuse, NY

#12 Feb 5, 2009
It's nice and frozen now.
ice rules

Savoy, MA

#13 Feb 6, 2009
Always wear a life vest when ice fishing.

Always have an inflatable raft tethered to your left foot.

Helium ballons tied to the hood of your parka are advisable accept in windy conditions where you might be lifted and carried miles away from your beer

Keep an extendable snorkel in the inside pocket of your parka in case you do become submerged for longer than ten minutes

Always kiss the wife and kids goodbye before loading up the van with beer and tip ups. Make sure that life insurance policy is valid.

Use sun screen if you are to be out there all day

enjoy yourself and do not worry obsessively about drowning at the bottom of the lake in frigid water far away from any help where even your cell phone will not help you

Uncle Fester

Ludlow, MA

#14 Feb 6, 2009
ice rules wrote:
Always wear a life vest when ice fishing.
Always have an inflatable raft tethered to your left foot.
Helium ballons tied to the hood of your parka are advisable accept in windy conditions where you might be lifted and carried miles away from your beer
Keep an extendable snorkel in the inside pocket of your parka in case you do become submerged for longer than ten minutes
Always kiss the wife and kids goodbye before loading up the van with beer and tip ups. Make sure that life insurance policy is valid.
Use sun screen if you are to be out there all day
enjoy yourself and do not worry obsessively about drowning at the bottom of the lake in frigid water far away from any help where even your cell phone will not help you

You for got to mention how to park your pickup truck on the ice.From what I saw last saturday in Cheshire the approved method is to park three pickup truck as close to each other as possible and then get a group of people to stand around them.
ice rules

Savoy, MA

#15 Feb 6, 2009
I did and I am sorry
Uncle Fester

Ludlow, MA

#16 Feb 6, 2009
Another ice fishing rule has to do with the thickness of the ice.If you go at the right time of the year you can pee a hole through the ice if you drink enough beer before you leave home.This saves on the cost of an ice auger.
Uncle Fester

Ludlow, MA

#17 Feb 6, 2009
Gee,,,all I said was h-o-l-e and they censored me???

Since: May 08

Northampton, MA

#18 Feb 6, 2009
If you use your snowmobile,you can troll for the big ones!
Thin ice

Northville, NY

#19 Feb 6, 2009
We were driving around the ice last weekend in the truck along with about 30 other vehicles..It is safe this time of year for sure,people should avoid any moving water area's or channels at ANY time of the year, the ice can not be predicted in those spots.Use a little common sense and for the most part people will stay safe.
dipwads amounst us

Savoy, MA

#20 Feb 6, 2009
updated 10:52 a.m. ET, Wed., Dec. 31, 2008
CROOKSTON, Minn.- A Minnesota snowplow operator who drove a $200,000 loader into a frozen river has been fired.

Mike Raymond was clearing snow from county parking lots early Monday when he decided to also clear off a boat ramp on the frozen Red Lake River in Crookston.

Raymond says he wanted to make it easier for people who pull fish houses on trailers onto the river. He so happens to have a fish house on the river himself but told the Grand Forks Herald that's not why he wanted to clear the area.

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