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Cass County hit hard by snow

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. - Shovels could be heard on just about every street in Cassopolis on Monday afternoon. Cass County was one of the places hardest hit by the first snow storm of 2012.

“I’d say we got six to eight inches,” said Gavin Francis, a high school senior shoveling his parent’s driveway on O’ Keefe Street. “With more coming we should have a lot more.”

Francis and his younger brother don’t mind spending their day in the snow. They are off of school for the week and now there’s something to do. “I don’t mind it, I love the snow,” he said. “It feels good to get out and get some exercise.”

“I’ve had this thing ready since September and this was the first time I could use it,” said Kylen Danzy, firing up his snow-blower.

Danzy is using the day off from work to teach his five-year-old son Kailen the tricks of the trade. “It’s never too early to teach him how to clean snow up because pretty soon Daddy can be in the house while he’s doing all the work.”

For many, clearing snow for the first time can be a labor of love. For others this snow is welcomed work.

“I started at 3:30 a.m. went home for a bit then came back out,” said Randy Merrill. “Yeah most of the day and into the night (will be work),” he said.

Merrill is a snow removal contractor is finally plowing this winter. “It’s been kind of a messed up year so if you’re going to make money plowing snow you got to do it when you can,” he said.

It’s only the second time out this season for Merrill and this year he can’t afford to take many breaks. “We’re going to make the most of it. It’s supposed to melt by the end of the week,” he said.

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