In one frozen town, cigarettes worth freezing for

New Pittsburgh Courier

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — Certain essentials must be taken care of, no matter what. As a record freeze hit this small town outside Pittsburgh early Tuesday, basic needs came down to football, lottery tickets and cigarettes. Especially cigarettes.

Dangerously frigid air arrived in Coraopolis, Pa., from the Midwest, borne by a biting wind that pulled smoke horizontally from the factory chimneys along the Ohio River. With Tuesday’s school already cancelled and local TV news issuing dire warnings, the mile-long main drag fell silent except for a few cars and the rumble of freight trains running two blocks over.

None of the town’s 5,664 residents are outside — until you reach the Uni-Mart on the corner of Main and Fifth.

Quentin Milliner walks in and asks for a pack of Marlboros. He’s not cold: “I spent two years in Alaska,” he says. “This isn’t cold.”

When he walks out, the bank…

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