In our younger years, a heavy snowfall sent us outdoors. Neighborhood pine trees offered a traditional winter prank.

I would encourage my brother Kevin to stand under the snow laden branches. I would then vigorously shake the branches, unloading 20 pounds on his head.

Another “big snow” treat was lying down on the bank of our front lawn. One of our scouts would watch for the snowplow. Within minutes a pile of snow was on top of us.

A similar incident occurred last November in New York’s Hudson Valley. Two boys were accidentally covered with snow and trapped after a snowplow was clearing a parking lot. The boys were buried for hours and police officers and neighbors saved the youths by digging through a 7-foot mound of snow.