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North Salem Provides Shelter for Residents

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - As baseball great Yogi Berra might have described it, the scene at the North Salem Ambulance Corps was "deja vu all over again." Downstairs, people were set up at long tables with their laptops, and the same cast of characters was at work providing for them. Local caterer Rocanne Iarriccio was busily chopping and mixing in the kitchen, with the assistance of Janice Hellwinkel, Tax Receiver Karen Roach and Bev Golisano, while the emergency and town hall staffs were upstairs, conducting business as -- well, as unusual.

While his wife was absorbed in kitchen activities, Howard Hellwinkel commented, "Once again North Salem has shown it's prepared for an emergency by equipping and opening the shelter in advance of the storm. Kurt [Gulden] had a plan in place and he executed it."

Roach mentioned that breakfast items were provided by Supervisor Warren Lucas at his own expense. Once the kitchen was up and operating, omelets and eggs cooked to order were also available. More than 60 people showed up for breakfast. What else is on the menu? Cheeseburgers for lunch, roast beef and pork chops with fruit for dinner. Janice Hellwinkel made some pasta sauce. Harvest Moon brought over 20 gallons of apple cider and several pies. The town staff also pitched in to distribute dry ice, scrub pots and pans, answer questions and seek information.

Schools were closed on Monday and will be closed again on Tuesday. Lucas advised residents that the Ambulance Corps building can provide showers, and cots are available for anyone who wants to spend the night. The shelter will continue to operate until the emergency is resolved.

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