When the area's first winter storm hit last week, Crestview Superintendent John Dilling knew he would have to decide if the accumulating snow would be significant enough to warrant declaring the rural school district's first snow day of the year.
He was more than a bit suspicious then, when his son, a sixth-grader at Crestview Middle School, eagerly volunteered to shovel the driveway of the family home.
Dilling declined the offer, guessing that his son's intent was not to clear the driveway, but to help Dad's decision by piling the snow higher.
As it turned out, Mother Nature didn't need any help from the younger Dilling. When John Dilling drove some of the district's back roads the following morning, he quickly determined the accumulation was indeed significant, and canceled classes.
High school history: A little bit of Salem High School history is on display at the school district's administration building, 1226 E. State St.
A recently installed display case contains several items that had been mothballed for decades.
They include a leather football helmet and football warm-up coat, a team sweater and a pep-rally pillow emblazoned with the school district's Quaker Sam mascot logo.
The public can see the display when the building opens from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Although the building has an East State Street address, parking is off Cleveland Street.
XContributors: Nancy Tullis and Norman Leigh of The Vindicator's Salem office.