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"We try to stay open, even through level 3s, just for the people of emergencies."

Since 1957, the Freeway Restaurant has served customers along Oregon's Navarre Avenue.  Patti Penhorwood has spent her last 21 years waitressing for those looking for a hot meal.  She says this is a winter for the record books.

"I don't remember a winter like this.  I was like 13 in '78, so that's telling you how old I am but it wasn't this bad. I mean it was bad for a couple weeks, but I never remember a winter like this ever and I've lived in Ohio most of my life, so it's bitterly cold and I've had enough of it already."

With snow continuing to fly and wind whipping up, roads here in Oregon are treacherous.  Records are in jeopardy both tonight, tomorrow morning and Wednesday morning.  but still, that can't keep some from enjoying their morning ritual.

"We don't cancel (laughs from table).  No, but if you guys can get out, we can get out."

That's Dennis Kontak.  The retiree is a regular at the Freeway.  He's met with his roundtable almost every morning for the past five years.  This year's commute has been tougher than most.

"Well you know but it's funny, we've had such mild winters, this brings back some old blizzards and this kind of thing but I guess God wants us to be doing a little shoveling this winter."

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