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Snow Day Is No Snow Day For UPS Man In Falmouth

Cape Cod Wave
Written by Cape Cod Wave
Dana Phares is all smiles while working the blizzard shift for UPS on Falmouth's Main Street.

Dana Phares is all smiles while working the blizzard shift for UPS on Falmouth’s Main Street.

FALMOUTH – There were few cars, no people and snow drifts as high as a pony on Main Street in Falmouth, but there, in the distance, one solitary soul, dressed in brown, was at work.

It was Dana Phares of North Falmouth, a UPS man, making his way along the slippery sidewalks to deliver a big package.
But the store he was delivering to was not open.

That was happening a lot today, Phares said.

As temperatures hovered around 9 degrees, it was just another day for Phares.

He is a “cover guy” for UPS, meaning he covers a route when someone else can’t come in, like for instance during the first blizzard of 2014.

He covers routes throughout the region, all the way to Provincetown and even out to Nantucket.

But today, his route was Falmouth’s Main Street and he was busy.

“They wanted to make sure the businesses are taken care of,” he said of UPS.

Falmouth's Main Street looks festive, if snowy, during the first major snow storm of 2014.

Falmouth’s Main Street looks festive, if snowy, during the first major snow storm of 2014.

He reported to work at 5 a.m. “There were not a lot of other cars on the road,” he said.

And it will be an early day for him. “They are trying to get everyone off the road by 7:30 p.m.,” he said.

That is an early day in UPS terms, when Christmas time routes can go until 10:30 at night.

But Phares could not talk long, and after answering a couple of questions from Cape Cod Wave, he was driving off to continue his route.

Just another day.

 

– Laura M. Reckford

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Cape Cod Wave is an online magazine covering the character and culture of Cape Cod. We feature long-form journalism, slices of Cape Cod life, scenic slide shows, and music videos of local bands playing original music.

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