"Northampton County Courthouse, may I help you?" answered Northampton County Exec John Stoffa, in his best telephone voice.
This seventy-year old man, who just had his hip replaced last year, had defied the weather.
You see, unless the Governor declares a state of emergency, the courthouse must remain open. Yesterday may have been the last possible day for the filing of a Complaint in a civil matter. Someone may have needed to record an important deed or mortgage. An abused woman may have needed to file a PFA Complaint. So Stoffa did his best to serve as Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds and telephone operator.
As the top dog explained, he hoped as many people as possible stayed home. But had he closed the building on his own, the County would be subjected to complaints from the union workers at the jail and Gracedale. Those may be 24-hour operations, but they'd still be demanding overtime. And they'd get it, too.
So to spare the taxpayers and row office workers, Stoffa did his best to muddle along yesterday, largely alone and unnoticed.
People ask why I admire him so much. This is why.