Capital Region residents gearing up for spring

March 11, 2019 06:49 PM

After the months of relentless cold and snow, one thing's for sure; people are ready for spring and they're already enjoying ice cream.

People lined up in the snow and rain for ice cream from Snowman on Sunday. One employee said opening weekend is something many people look forward to.

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Megan Clemente said people were wearing their hats and mittens, standing in line in the snow around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, over an hour before the stand was set to open.

Clemente said she's not sure if there's anything that could deter diehard fans from stopping by opening weekend.

"I think people when they grow up in the area it's something for them to do, the nostalgia of it," Clemente said. "They come back with their siblings and trying to make a thing out of it…It gets you geared up and ready to go. We're really excited to be back."

Stopping at Snowman certainly isn't the only way people are gearing up for spring. Experts are also reminding people to start thinking about their lawnmowers very soon.

They said it won't be long before repair shops have a six to eight-week wait for people looking for help with their mowers. They said that's why you should get it out now and test it before it's too late.

"Within three to four weeks, you're going to be looking at six, seven, eight weeks to wait," Mike DellaRocco of Mike's Small Engine Repair said.

DellaRocco has over 25 years of experience working on engines. He said the most common issue he sees is gas being left in the equipment. DellaRocco said the gas begins to congeal after about a month and that often means the engine won't start.

He said there are a few things you should do before putting your mower away for the winter that can prevent that.

"The best thing to do is to try to get as much gas out as you can," DellaRocco said. "Put fresh gas in over the top of that gas and then pull it and start it, try to get the thing going. Once you get the thing going, you might be all set."

He recommends the same practice for snow blowing equipment being put away for the warmer months.

The second most common issue DellaRocco sees? People waiting to get a problem fixed. He said it's best to get it taken care of now.

"Right now, the shops are just going from snow blowers to summer equipment and they're not backed up," DellaRocco said. "Once it turns nice out, the people are going to start thinking about their lawnmowers. Then you're going to have the problem of bringing it down to the shop. Well, everybody else thought about it too."

If you're worried about getting your mower serviced too early, DellaRocco said he and most other shops will guarantee the engine will start when you need to use it. If for some reason it doesn't, he said you can bring it back and he'll prioritize it.


Emily Burkhard

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