Blowing snow and ‘The Catcher’s Mitt’

A stretch of road in Montague Township referred to as 'The Catcher's Mitt' by locals because it drifts over so easily. (Jan. 24, 2014)
A stretch of road in Montague Township referred to as 'The Catcher's Mitt' by locals because it drifts over so easily. (Jan. 24, 2014)

MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Through Friday’s blowing snow that made some roads in Muskegon County almost impossible to even see, Benjamin Hosta was trying to get home.

But, first, he had to get through ‘The Catcher’s Mitt.’

That’s what the Muskegon County Road Commission calls the area around Meinert Park and Whitbeck roads in Montague Township because of all the snow it catches in storms like the one seen Friday with strong winds and more snowfall.

Drifts Friday night were piling up fast — upwards of three or four feet.

It didn’t help that the Muskegon County Road Commission had pulled its plows from roads in Montague and White River townships for most of Friday.

“I’m trying to get to the next road down,” Hosta said, as he pulled up in his four-wheel-drive Jeep.

“There’s a pretty big drift in front of me, so it’s going to be iffy,” Hosta acknowledged.

“I’ll give it a shot,” he continued. “Shouldn’t be too bad once I get across this barn. It generally drifts up over here, but I think once I get past that, I should be alright.”

Debbie Kilinski also lives down the road from The Catcher’s Mitt.

“It’s just the way the wind blows,” she said. “It’s so open down there; there’s really no house or anything to block it. It all just catches it right in that area. … I don’t go that way. We go this way into town.”

And “that way into town” is the way she thought her son took Friday night in the family’s four-wheel drive pickup. He was taking a friend to work.

Unfortunately, he headed toward The Catcher’s Mitt — with the family pickup.

“We’re trying to bring this kid to work and it didn’t work out too well so,” said her son, Daniel Kilinski.

He was pulled out by a friend with a four-wheel-drive pickup and a tow strap.

“We just pulled onto the wrong road, definitely, probably one of the worst roads in Muskegon County. So wasn’t a smart decision, but we got out,” Kilinski said.

As for Hosta, the guy in the Jeep, he called 24 Hour News 8 to report he made it home.

The Muskegon County Road Commission said it hopes to send plows back into Montague and White River townships by early Saturday.
MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Through Friday’s blowing snow that made some roads in Muskegon County almost impossible to even see, Benjamin Hosta was trying to get home.

But, first, he had to get through ‘The Catcher’s Mitt.’

That’s what the Muskegon County Road Commission calls the area around Meinert Park and Whitbeck roads in Montague Township because of all the snow it catches in storms like this.

Drifts Friday night were piling up fast — upwards of three or four feet.

It didn’t help that the Muskegon County Road Commission had pulled its plows from roads in Montague and White River townships for most of Friday.

“I’m trying to get to the next road down,” Hosta said, as he pulled up in his four-wheel-drive Jeep.

“There’s a pretty big drift in front of me, so it’s going to be iffy,” Hosta acknowledged.

“I’ll give it a shot,” he continued. “Shouldn’t be too bad once I get across this bar. It generally drifts up over here, but I think once I get past that, I should be alright.”

Debbie Kilinski also lives down the road from The Catcher’s Mitt.

“It’s just the way the wind blows,” she said. “It’s so open down there; there’s really no house or anything to block it. It all just catches it right in that area. … I don’t go that way. We go this way into town.”

And “that way into town” is the way she thought her son took Friday night in the family’s four-wheel drive pickup as he drove a friend to work. Unfortunately, he headed toward ‘The Catcher’s Mitt’ — with the family pickup.

“We’re trying to bring this kid to work and it didn’t work out too well so,” said her son, Daniel Kilinski.

He was pulled out by a friend with a four-wheel-drive pickup and a tow strap.

“We just pulled onto the wrong road, definitely, probably one of the worst roads in Muskegon County. So wasn’t a smart decision, but we got out,” Kilinski said.

As for Hosta, the guy in the Jeep, he called 24 Hour News 8 to report he made it home.

The Muskegon County Road Commission said it hopes to send plows back into Montague and White River townships by early Saturday.

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