Superior Electric Beach/Outdoor Report: May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013
Superior Electric Beach/Outdoor Report: May 16, 2013

Today we introduce a new service to Mason County Press. The beach and outdoor report will give a brief over-view of water temperatures and conditions along Mason County’s shorelines and also temperatures reported inland as well. Our source comes from Coast Watch and the National Weather Service. Typically, we will post this information Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon.…

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Lighthouses opening for the season

May 16, 2013
Lighthouses opening for the season

The four lighthouses operated by the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association are opening for season. Big Sable Point Lighthouse, located in the Ludington State Park, opened earlier this month. On May 24, White River Light Station in Whitehall, Little Sable Point Light Station in Mears and the Ludington North Breakwater Light will open. The Ludington-based nonprofit association runs the four…

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Sports hall of fame banquet tickets on sale

May 16, 2013

HAMLIN TWP. — Tickets are available for this summer’s Mason County Sports Hall of Fame banquet and organizers are looking forward to the June 22 induction at Lincoln Hills Golf Course in Ludington. “The excitement, and planning, for the unveiling and induction of the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 is well underway,” President Vic Burwell said. “We know…

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Governor’s representatives in Ludingon today

May 16, 2013

LUDINGTON — Members of Gov. Rick Snyder’s staff will be available to answer questions, take suggestions, and help assist constituents with state related issues today from noon to 2 p.m. at Redolencia Coffee, 119 W. Ludington Ave.

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Cherry blossoms

May 15, 2013
Cherry blossoms

Photo by Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief RIVERTON TWP. — Tart cherries blossom along Hawley Road while a wind turbine towers in the background. Area farmers reported that below-freezing temperatures over the weekend may have damaged some of the fruit crop, but nothing like 2012. Apple blossoms are expected to peak within the next few days.

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Petunia parade planting Saturday

May 15, 2013
Petunia parade planting Saturday

LUDINGTON — The 26th annual Ludington Petnunia Parade is scheduled for planting on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. Volunteers will be planting 32,400 red, white and blue petunias that have been grown at Gustafson’s Greenhouse of Ludington. The Ludington Optimist Club will be serving lunch for the volunteers after the planting at the City Park ( planters do…

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One injured in Hamlin crash

May 15, 2013
One injured in Hamlin crash

HAMLIN TWP. — One man was taken to the hospital this afternoon following a two-car crash at the intersection of Jebavy Drive and Jagger Road. The accident occurred about 2:50 p.m. when a man driving a Buick LaSabre was heading east on Jagger Road when he allegedly went through the stop sign causing a north-bound vehicle to crash into it.…

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MCC 7th graders present the past

May 15, 2013
MCC 7th graders present the past

SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central seventh grade social studies classes have been learning about ancient cultures such as Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia. Teacher Phil Quinlan said he used a progressive teaching method which allowed the students more input in their projects. The projects included reading, writing and speaking, Quinlan said. During their social studies classes Monday and Tuesday, the…

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McCallum pleads guilty

May 14, 2013
McCallum pleads guilty

By Rob Alway Editor-in-Chief LUDINGTON — Mark McCallum of Hamlin Township agreed to a plea agreement today in 51st Circuit Court. In April, McCallum received 28 months to 15 years in prison for custodial interference in connection to the February 2012 abduction of his children. During the time he took his children, McCallum was going through a divorce with his…

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Rotta decides not to run for mayor

May 14, 2013

LUDINGTON — Tom Rotta has announced he will not run for Ludington mayor. Rotta had taken out a petition but today, the day the petitions are due, he said he won’t run. “After careful consideration of all the variables involved with such a decision, I have decided to forgo participating in the mayor race this year,” he said. “My initial…

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County commission will consider sheriff’s requests for boat repairs

May 14, 2013

LUDINGTON – The Mason County Board of Commissioners is expected to take action this morning on the purchase of new boat motors for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office’s marine patrol boats. “The state of our patrol boats is dismal,” Sheriff Kim Cole wrote to Mason County Administrator Fabian Knizacky in a Feb. 15, 2013 memo. “Currently we have one working…

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Native American gathering

May 14, 2013

The Cedar Water Healing Lodge, located at 3210 General Motors Road, Milford, MI. 48380, will host its second annual Ancient Wisdom Keepers’ Weekend; One Nation, Elder’s Gathering, June 21 through 23. Participants are encouraged to spend the weekend (or a day) walking in the Spirit of the Red Road and experience the Native American Culture in its traditional fashion.  Breakout Sessions…

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Holman withdraws from mayor rac

May 13, 2013

LUDINGTON — Ludington City Councilor Kaye Ferguson Holman announced this morning that she has decided not to seek the office of mayor. Instead, she will remain a city councilor. “When I decided to run for city council it just felt right,” she told MCP this morning. “But, when I took out the petition for mayor, I just didn’t have the…

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911 hires operations manager

May 13, 2013
911 hires operations manager

PENTWATER – Todd Myers of Hesperia has been hired as the operations manager for Mason-Oceana 911. The newly created position replaces the previous title of systems administrator, a position vacated by new Director Ray Hasil. Hasil was promoted to director when previous director Rich Feole resigned to accept an assistant director position down state and be closer to family. The…

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Lake Winds Energy Park resulted in road improvements, cooperation

May 13, 2013

Letter to the Editor. By Gary Dittmer, manager/director, Mason County Road Commission.  As a condition to build the Lake Winds Energy Park in Riverton and Summit townships, Consumers Energy Company, the developer, was required to agree to a road use agreement (RUA) as developed by the Mason County Road Commission. The purpose of the RUA was to protect the investment…

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