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One chilly day last winter, after one of the many snowfalls, the crews were diligently working on keeping the runways clean at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. The ATIS had the usual warning about snow-covered surfaces. As I was taxiing to the runway, I heard the following conversation between the tower and a landing airplane:

Airplane: You guys need to get some snow melters like they have over in Buffalo.

Tower: We do have one. (Pause.) It's called July 4th.

Airplane: I thought that was just a bad day for ice fishing.


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