Rachel Doering shovels the parking lot Wednesday at Lapointe’s in Lewiston. Doering works in the office at the lawn and garden center and says she was cold. She went out to shovel and get warm. Former shop owner Paul Lapointe says the telephone began ringing steadily once the snow started falling Wednesday. Lapointe says people often wait until the first snowfall before getting their snowblowers serviced. Lapointe says the shop sells between 300 and 400 snowblowers each year. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Philip Moon of Turner estimates the length Wednesday of a northern pike that Shawn Gagnon of Jay is about to pull through the ice on the Androscoggin River in Turner. The 5-pound pike was the third of the morning that Gagnon caught. The other two were 6 and 8 pounds. The ice in the cove where Moon and Gagnon are fishing is more than 4 inches thick. “I weigh 300 pounds,” Moon says. “If I’m not going through the ice, no one is.” Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Mike Randall pulls his son’s go-kart Wednesday away from the side of Roopers Beverage & Redemption in Auburn. Kayden Randall, 4, says Wednesday’s snowfall is great for laying down some tracks. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

“I live for this day,” David Hackett says of the first day of ice fishing. Hackett of Turner is fishing in a cove on the Androscoggin River in Turner. “This is Mother Nature’s way of saying, ‘Stop and see what is going on,'” he says. “The only problem you have out here is when you run out of bait.” Hackett is fishing on more than 4 inches of ice. “Stay in the coves and check the ice first,” he says. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Shawn Gagnon of Jay pulls in his third northern pike of Wednesday morning while fishing in a cove on the Androscoggin River in Turner. This pike weighs about 5 pounds, according to Gagnon. The other two are 6 and 8 pounds. The ice in the cove where Gagnon is fishing is more than 4 inches thick. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Rachel Doering shovels the parking lot Wednesday at Lapointe’s in Lewiston. Doering works in the office at the lawn and garden center and says she was cold. She went out to shovel and get warm. Former shop owner Paul Lapointe says the telephone began ringing steadily once the snow started falling Wednesday. Lapointe says people often wait until the first snowfall before getting their snowblowers serviced. Lapointe says the shop sells between 300 and 400 snowblowers each year. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal


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