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Waiting for the snowplow? Not on this street

Posted: 5:33 PM, Jan 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-26 07:56:13-05
They could wait for Baltimore County to send in some trucks if they would fit down their narrow street.

"We've got people from 14 to 70 out here," said Jeane Arrington as three generations tackle the big snowstorms by themselves in the Burkleigh Square area of Towson.

"When I moved into this neighborhood, it was a community.  Everybody knew everybody,” Dave Laning said. “I don't think there were any... we didn't have a student residence problem and when the snow would hit everybody was out the next day shoveling."

The last twenty years it's taken far less time, thanks to Andy Marcantoni.

Typically, he uses his backhoe laying down driveways for F&M Contractors, but when the big snowstorms hit, he uses it to clear out his street and two others, as well as their alleyways.

"Every year since '96 we've done our own neighborhood because the county never gets out here.  They can't with a big storm.  They can with the little stuff, but the big storms---they can't do it," Marcantoni said.

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Most of the neighbors along Normal Terrace, Burkshire and Burkleigh roads are more than willing to pitch in and some donate a few dollars to help with Andy's gas.

"He's been out since about eight this morning,” Arrington said. “So we all chip in together.  We work together and we help each other clean out the cars.  So many of us have (cleaned off) many cars that are not ours, which we're glad to do."

It's truly a neighborhood effort, and one that the modest Andy Marcantoni is glad to lead both as a good neighbor and as a Good Samaritan.

"They're very grateful and everybody's working just as hard as I am,” Marcantoni said. “I just have a bigger shovel than everybody else.  That's all."

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