Monday, 11 December 2017 17:13

'Tis the season: Winter storm boosts equipment sales Featured

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BANGOR - Each year, the first snow of the season catches people off guard, even though we all know it's coming.

This past weekend's snow storm has people out and about buying all sorts of products to get them through the winter.

"A lot of all seasons we're selling for sure, but a lot of snow tires as well," said Hank Bartlett, a service writer at Stratham Tire.

Stratham has been busy readying cars for the winter roads.

"Yeah it's actually been crazy. People have been coming in left and right. It's the first snow of the year, we're all trying to get our snow tires on," Bartlett said.

Just down the road, at Greenway Equipment Sales, as temperatures drop, sales on snowblowers are heating up.

"We're always very busy leading into the first storm, a lot of people because of last winter were prepared a little earlier this year," said Jeremy Snow of Greenway Equipment Sales.

But lots of last minute shoppers were stocking up on scrapers and shovels at Fairmount Hardware.

"Basically over the years, everybody waits until the last minute to get their salt and stuff like that," said Sheldon Hartstone, owner and manager of Fairmount Hardware.

On the other hand, for skiers and snowboarders, snow is all play, and not so much work.

"It definitely gets people excited to be outside and having fun in the snow," said Jason Peet, owner of Ski Rack Sports.

There's a lot of energy at Ski Rack Sports, with people coming in to grab coats, gloves, and equipment to hit the slopes.

"Certainly people start thinking about skiing when there's snow on the ground, so ski sales were big this weekend," Peet said.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!