Mar 21-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: March: Mar 21-06
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Photo by Jay Fedorocko

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 04:44 am:

I guess you could say that Jay Fedorocko was in the right place, at the right time to get this shot of the Chassell Township snow blower stuck after the recent blizzard last week. Of course if you look at it from the Township snow blower driver's perspective, he might not agree! :-> It's an interesting shot even without the snow blower in the ditch, since it shows the Chassell water tank and the old chlorination plant that has been replaced by a newer plant located about 100 yards behind where Jay is standing to take the photo. Many people probably wonder if Chassell even has a water tank, since you don't see it towering above the town, but it's there and Jay says it holds 300,000 gallons of water.

By mary beth (Mbflorida) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 05:29 am:

Good Morning,
That is a lot of snow. Sunny and warm here in Florida. Have a wonderful day. MB florida

By JARMO ITńNIEMI (Japei) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 05:55 am:

How there over there got in fermentation?!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 06:52 am:

Kinda looks like someone put me in charge of the snowblower.

By Randall Ollila (Rwolli) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 07:50 am:

Morning All

Have found myself with a similar view from inside the Cab.
>>Margaret<< The roads are probably not that narrow in TX, all things being BIG down there.
Enjoy the day everyone.

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:05 am:

Oh that poor driver! Probably will never hear the end of that event by co-workers ribbing him!

By Gary W. Long (Gary_in_co) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:31 am:

Thank goodness all my mistakes are not posted for the world to see. I'm keeping my eye out for cameras from now on.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:32 am:

That totally blows!!

By Dotsie Salani Stewart (Suna) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:46 am:

Good morning from Columbus. We are under a winter storm watch for today. Expecting 4-6 inches of "the white stuff". That would be a "dusting" for the Copper Country. People here don't know what a real winter is like.

By Mel, Kansas (Mehollop) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:54 am:

Not the first time I've seen a county snow-remover off the road... drove past one that had missed the edge of a bridge westbound through the Three Lakes (Ruth, Gerald & Beaufort?) area and tipped on its side during whiteout conditions a few years back. (Probably coming back from Spring Break... haha.)

We crawled through the area at a stunning 5 mph - the wind was sweeping right across Lake Ruth and picking up the 10" of fresh cold snow that had fallen in the days before. If it hadn't been for the plow in the ditch with its strobing lights, everybody out there would have likely ended up in the ditch instead.

Hats off to you, County and City plow drivers!

By Vincent Vega (Theoneandonlyk‚) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 10:58 am:

It's cool if you put the equipment in the ditch every once in a while.
The foreman used to say "If you don't put 'em in the ditch every once in a while, you aren't pushing/blowing the banks back far enough"

By Timothy Viola (Tviola) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 03:59 pm:

This is the only time I ever got STUCK. (just kidding). I AM the sno-blower driver. I look at it this way, if you are not doing anything nothing can happen. If you are you might as well do a good job of screwing up!!!
Timothy Viola, Chassell DPW

By Lulubelle/Hancock (Lulubelle) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 04:41 pm:

We appreciate all the work you guys have done to keep the roads open in the "Copper Country". With the snow that we get, most of the time the main roads are done. And in case of an emergency, all you have to do is call them and the roads are opened.

My husband did his share of plowing when it came to keeping the Medical Care Facility parking lots open. Sometimes, he was at it all night.

By Seismic Pirate (Marc) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 04:51 pm:

i would like to second Lulubelle's comments. Your hard work is appreciated by all of us!

I am comforted by the fact that while I'm out here, my wife and kids are driving on cleared roads even in the worst of times. Born and raised in the Detroit area, i know thats not the case, everywhere and all the Copper Country plow/blower operators should be commended.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 05:14 pm:

Timothy, My soninlaw Ken Ozanich plows the snow here in Berkley Michigan and my daughter loves the snow, down here they get paid overtime to plow the snow. I put a tank into the ditch when I was in the Army back in the sixties, I bet it was a lot easiers to get yours out of the ditch then what we went through. Germany was a lot like being in the Copper Country.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 06:46 pm:

Timothy, Thank you for all your hard work in keeping the roads cleared in the winter. Our neighbor down the street, is a plow driver for the county...and when snow storms hit, he is out there clearing the roads, for hours on end.
After one particularly bad snow storm, he was enroute home, after plowing all night long...and was only two houses away from his home, when he was block by a semi, stuck in the snow...which belonged to my hubby :)
He also likes to joke about the time my hubby got the semi yet another snow the turn off for our street. No one from county could get him out, so they just let the semi sit there, until after the snow storm stopped...and put some cones around it, in the meanwhile....and redirected traffic down one street, and up the other street, around the stuck semi truck. :)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 07:27 pm:

Oh my gosh! That poor guy. The picture says it all doesn't it? Even a snowplow can get stuck in Michigan snow. Hope everyone had a great day!

By Jay Fedorocko (Jayfed) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:11 pm:

Tim Viola and Joe Youngman of the Chassell DPW do a fine job of keeping the water flowing into and out of the homes in the Village of Chassell. They do have many other tasks on their "To-do" list which most of us will never know of being done behind the scenes or would want to do ourselves. We are fortunate to have them within our midst. (This is the only time I have ever seen the snow blower get stuck up here considering that the water tank and building are on a 2 acre parcel of land taken out of my farm acreage. I believe Kim Maki's front loader retrieved it.)

By dave sou (Davesou) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 11:17 pm:

the old place used to be up on the end of Marinette this up there or somewhere else?
That area used to be all woods.

By Gordon Schmitt (Gordy) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 11:50 pm:

I would think it had to have been brought in by truck, I am sure no trains ever went out there.
Probably someone's camp I would think

By Gordon Schmitt (Gordy) on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 11:51 pm:

grrrrr, somehow got the wrong message section


By Jay Fedorocko (Jayfed) on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 06:41 am:

The oldest and smallest clorination plant was just off the end of Marinette Street and is still there. The pictured plant was used since the 70's. The newest computerized facility started its function about two years ago and is just outside my "40' within sight of the picture. It services 9 wells. The oldest 2 wells are on a 4 acre parcel purchased from this farm many years ago and the other 7 wells are an adjacent 40 puchased by the township from Andrew Wisti.

By Jay Fedorocko (Jayfed) on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 06:51 am:

I forgot to add that the small snow-covered structure in the distant background is the remains of the office that was moved from the Roberson(?) sawmill that was located where the Chassell Bay Township Park presently exists. The Archambeau's (from whom I bought the farm in '87) moved the office up to their farm many, many years ago. Many slabs and boards from the sawmill are still found further out on the Bay's bottom.

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