Whitehall Area Digging Out From 17 Inches Of Snow

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WHITEHALL, Mich. — Some areas in Muskegon County reported upwards of 17 inches of snow Tuesday following a snow event that lasted through about midnight December, 23.

Many residents spent December, 24, digging out from the storm.

One of those residents was the man that is known as the White Lake Santa.

Richard Bayne said that he’s appeared in a number of local parades throughout his life.

His long grey beard bears a distinct resemblance to Santa Claus.

Tuesday, with snowblower in hand, he was tackling the snow on the sidewalks of both his home and the neighboring church near downtown.

“I always do the church sidewalk for them,” said Bayne. “I figured that’s a good thing to do.”

Meanwhile, Jolene Maressa of Montague said there was so much snow at her house, a commercial plow became stuck in her driveway.

“Yeah that they were stuck. I felt bad ’cause he was doing me a favor. So, I helped him dig out,” said Maressa.

Nancy Townsend was visiting friends in Whitehall from Chicago.  She said she had to borrow an SUV to get around town, but she was in good spirits.

“It’s beautiful. I love it. I love it better here now than in the summer,” she said.

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