HIGHLAND | When Megan Cleary looked outside Tuesday and saw plows had left a bank of snow at the foot of her driveway, she lost hope that she could leave her home for the first time since Saturday.
Sean Cleary, 7, right, Liam Conley, 7, center, and his sister Nora Conley, 5, left, play in the Conley's basement in Highland. Liam and Nora's mother Molly Conley invited other mothers and their children over to play since it was too cold to go out.
Molly Conley chases her son Liam Conley, 7, at their home in Highland. Conley invited other mothers and their children over to play since it was too cold to go out.
Megan Cleary plays with her daughter Vivien Cleary, 4, on her mother's back, Nora Conley, 5, on the ground, Alex Nefs, 3, right, and Connor Sheets, 1, far right, at the home of Molly Conley in Highland. Conley invited other mothers and their children over to play since it was too cold to go out.
Sean Cleary, left, and his friend Liam Conley, both 7, hide at Conley's home in Highland. Liam's mother, Molly Conley, invited other mothers and their children over to play since it was too cold to go out.
Martina Mirelez, right, and her daughter Marissa Mirelez comfort one another at a warming center Tuesday while talking about a fire that destroyed Martina Mirelez's home in Whiting.
Something small is afoot. Backyard cottages — from 800-square-foot bungalows to Lilliputian studio cabins — are springing up behind houses in many cities, some of which have changed zoning laws to accommodate them.
PORTAGE | The Portage High School athletic department is hosting its third annual Cabin Fever fundraising event from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road.
Jennifer Trainer Thompson's no stranger to cabin fever. As a girl, she weathered frigid winters in Indianapolis. As an adult, she braces for record snowfalls in the mountains of western Massachusetts. "I regularly shovel twelve inches of snow off my roof at least twice a year," says the New …
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