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From sunny Niagara County: 'It's weird, but it's good'

Everything seems better when the sun shines, even on a day with the wind chill deep in negative numbers.

Just ask the people of Lewiston.

"It's actually really pretty out," said Chelsea Rosado, manager of the Village Bake Shoppe in Lewiston, where little snow fell and the sun shined most of the day, while a blizzard struck 20 miles to the south.

"It's weird, but it's good," Rosado said. "Everybody kind of freaked out and canceled all the schools and things like that, but it isn't that bad. It's just cold."

The shop did fine, too.

"This morning it was pretty normal. All the regulars came in," Rosado said.

Stacy Chew, left, and Marge Bergeron of Niagara Falls order some treats from Chelsea Rosado, manager of the Village Bake Shoppe in sun-drenched Lewiston Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News)

Business was slower across the street at the Brickyard Pub & BBQ, but half a dozen locals gathered there at mid-afternoon. A big-screen TV was tuned to storm bulletins from Buffalo. No one paid any attention to them.

"We see all the snow, but we don't have any effect from it," bartender Charlene Moore laughed. "It doesn't snow or rain in Lewiston, here in our little bubble. It's God's country."

That was fine with Jordan Printup, a religion teacher at Canisius High School, who was spared from his normal one-hour commute from Lewiston to the Buffalo school.

"Usually we don't get impacted too much up here, but it's pretty cold outside," he said. "I have some friends living up in the city who say it's pretty bad."

"The weather's not really terrible. It's just cold," said Carl Penders, who lives in Niagara Falls' LaSalle district, where he said about 6 inches of snow fell.

That was about twice as much as in Youngstown, where Penders works at Main Street Pizzeria.

"I feel terrible for the people 20 miles south. It's terrible for them. For us, it's just another day. We can bear with the cold. It's Western New York," Penders said.

He noted that in some other states, the polar vortex has made things even worse than in Western New York.

"My sister, she lives in Minnesota, and it's minus 50 with the wind chill," Penders said. "They have no power, no nothing. There's a lot of cause for concern about the people in the Midwest."

But not so much for Niagara County residents, spared from the lake effect brunt — again.

"People who live here seem to realize we don't get what Buffalo gets," said Roger Passero, owner of Viva Nostalgia, a collectibles shop in Lewiston. "I don't think it's a big surprise anymore."

Lewiston Landing on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News)

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