College again offers free bus service

August 22, 2012

VICTORY TWP. – Riding a bus free-of-charge to the West Shore Community College campus will be offered again to students and anyone traveling from Ludington, Manistee and Scottville. The College is underwriting the operational costs of the bus service to encourage more students to pursue their education without concern over high gas prices. The service is also available to those using…

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Registration for Lakeshore Children’s Chorus

August 22, 2012

Mason County, MI, August, 2012.  The 2012 summer session of the Lakeshore Children’s Chorus has ended.  Current chorus members have a three-week hiatus and will start back up again on September 19th with rehearsals every Wednesday from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, 107 S. Harrison Street, Ludington, MI 49431. Registration is now open for the Lakeshore…

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Chris’ Library Diaries: 20 Questions

August 21, 2012
Chris’ Library Diaries: 20 Questions

Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce our latest blogger Chris Bacon. Many of you may know Chris from the Scottville branch of the Mason County Library. Chris grew up on the eastern outskirts of the village of Custer and graduated from Mason County Eastern. His blog will discuss the lighter side of life at the library and will appear…

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Legalities of social media topic of next chamber seminar

August 21, 2012

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — SCORE and the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education Series will be hosting presenter Steven Palazzolo to discuss the legalities of social media in the workplace to area business owners and managers on Tuesday, September 11.  The session will be held from 8:30 – 10 am in the Chamber conference room. A reservation…

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Russian visitor remains positive about US visit even after accident

August 20, 2012
Russian visitor remains positive about US visit even after accident

This summer was going to be a special time for Alisa Sidorenko. The 21-year-old college student was going to leave her home country, Russia, to spend three months working in the United States as part of a student exchange program. I’ts difficult for Russian adults to get a visa to the U.S., so she knew she may never have another…

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$300,000 donation starts maritime museum fundraising campaign

August 20, 2012
$300,000 donation starts maritime museum fundraising campaign

The Mason County Historical Society has started its fundraising campaign for the planned Port of Ludington Maritime Museum to be created in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station on the channel in downtown Ludington. Everyone can read about and view the terrific plans for the museum at www.ludingtonmaritimemuseum.org. The website for the Maritime Museum planned for Ludington was launched recently and…

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Harvest Festival queen competition applications being accepted

August 20, 2012

SCOTTVILLE — Preparation for the 2012 Harvest Festival Queen competition is underway and applications are now being accepted. The Harvest Festival Queen Pageant is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2012. Applications can be found on www.ludington.orgor picked up at the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce office. The entry deadline is Thursday, August 30, 2012. In order to participate, contestants…

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2 dead following boating accident

August 17, 2012

Two people are dead following a boating accident that occurred Thursday in Lake Michigan. Rescuers recovered the body of William Sorokin, 53, Plains, Penn., Thursday evening and the body of Ray Finholm, 59, Ludington this morning, according to a report issued by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. The report stated investigators believe the boat capsized during Thursday’s severe weather storm.…

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Moonlighting by Judy Cools: Rumi

August 17, 2012
Moonlighting by Judy Cools: Rumi

  Rumi was a mystical poet who lived in the 13th century. He’s well known worldwide as a Sufi and the founder of a dervish sect – more specifically the “whirling dervishes.” He remains now, 800 years later, a classic standard of Persian mystical poetry, his spiritual insights being very quotable. His work seems to be having a resurgence lately…

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Court News Aug. 17, 2012

August 17, 2012

Mason County Court News, as of August 15 2012 Key: MCSO: Mason County Sheriff’s Office; LPD: Ludington Police Dept.; SPD: Scottville Police Dept.; MSP: Michigan State Police; F/R: Fines and Restitution; Pre: Preliminary Examination or Pre-Trial. 51st Circuit Court, Judge Richard Cooper Talen Christian Woods, 19, Idlewild was found guilty on June 20 of Reckless Driving Causing. Sentence: 2 to…

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Couple’s cross lake swim cut short for medical reasons

August 16, 2012
Couple’s cross lake swim cut short for medical reasons

Sara and Jeff Tow set off on their swim across Lake Michigan from Two Rivers, Wis. Tuesday morning. They came within a few miles of reaching their goal of the Michigan shoreline when they were declared physically unable to finish. According to their GPS reports, posted on the Through the Blue Facebook page, the Tows had been pushed much further…

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Scottville City Commission to meet Aug. 20

August 14, 2012

The Scottville City Commission is scheduled to meet Monday, Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Below is the agenda and city manager notes available for download. Scottville City Commission 082012

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West Shore to hold safety and health seminar

August 14, 2012

VICTORY TWP. – West Shore Community College and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Training Institute are co-sponsoring a two-day Safety and Health Management Seminar on Sept. 12 and 13, from 9 a.m. –4 p.m., in the Administrative & Conference Center, MBT Room. The seminar will focus upon the direct relationship between effective management and lower workplace injury and…

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Friendship day at Ludington library

August 14, 2012

In honor of Craig R. Rasmussen, children of all ages and their families, caregivers and FRIENDS are invited to enjoy Friendship Day at the Craig R. Rasmussen Outdoor Activity Area at the Ludington Library Monday, August 20 1 to 4 p.m.  There will be ice cream, games and activities to celebrate, enjoy and honor our friends.  Children under age 8…

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Write-in campaign is legal, but will cost the tax payers

August 13, 2012
Write-in campaign is legal, but will cost the tax payers

Sheriff Jeff Fiers can conduct a write-in campaign and it is not illegal under the Michigan Sore Losers law. “The bottom line here is that there would be no party designation as his name will not appear on the ballot,” County Clerk Jim Riffle told Mason County Press. “The Canvass Board will make all determinations related to the validity of…

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Fiers bid as a write-in may be illegal

August 12, 2012
Fiers bid as a write-in may be illegal

  Over the weekend Sheriff Jeff Fiers announced on his Facebook page that he will be conducting a write-in campaign against Republican candidate for sheriff Kim Cole. Cole defeated Fiers in Tuesday’s primary election. There is no Democrat candidate. But, Fiers’ announcement opens up some questions. The main question is can he legally run a campaign for sheriff in the…

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Fiers will run as write-in candidate

August 11, 2012
Fiers will run as write-in candidate

  UPDATE.  Sheriff Jeff Fiers will run for re-election as a write-in campaign in the general election in November. Fiers lost to Sgt. Kim Cole in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. Fiers posted on his Facebook page last night that he was considering running against Cole again in November after receiving 46 percent of the Republican vote Tuesday. In that post…

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Fiers considering write-in campaign

August 11, 2012
Fiers considering write-in campaign

Sheriff Jeff Fiers is considering a write-in campaign for the general election in November. Fiers lost to Sgt. Kim Cole in Tuesday’s Republican primary election. Fiers posted on his Facebook page that he is considering running against Cole again in November after receiving 46 percent of the Republican vote Tuesday. He also said he will not run if Cole offers…

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