Connecting the dots: Pressing Pause on Fast Forward Thinking

February 19, 2012
Connecting the dots: Pressing Pause on Fast Forward Thinking

By ERIN OUTCALT mcp.com columnist   This morning I ate a nutty bar for breakfast. No, not a nutrition bar filled with nuts and other healthy stuff but that sugary sweet treat with virtually no nutritional value. This is one of the few benefits of being an adult, I can eat what I want for breakfast.   I wearily looked…

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Winter painting

February 19, 2012
Winter painting

    Bonnie Chaltron Harris of Custer took this photograph of artist Charles Schadel Saturday afternoon. “I was heading into the Ludington State Park,” Harris said. “He was off the side of road just south of the entrance, painting a dune scene. He has been painting for many years and does beautiful work.”         Schadel’s website is…

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Off Broadway with Craig Convissor: The dog and I

February 18, 2012
Off Broadway with Craig Convissor: The dog and I

Craig Convissor owns Into the Woodworks in Scottville, where he creates amazing pieces of wooden art and furniture. He lives on West Broadway Avenue in Scottville, thus the name of his column. In Off Broadway, Craig will discuss his observations of live.    By CRAIG CONVISSOR mcp.com columnist   The first thing I do in the morning is check to…

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Living Outdoors: In-Fisherman TV visits the PM River

February 18, 2012
Living Outdoors: In-Fisherman TV visits the PM River

  By STEVE MARTINEZ mcp.com columnist   In-Fisherman Magazine is North Americas leading authority on fishing and has traveled everywhere in the country, fishing specific areas for fish ranging from giant sturgeon in Oregon to huge large mouth bass in Florida. This week fellow guide and friend Kevin Morlock and I had the pleasure to shoot a segment for In-Fisherman…

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Get off the couch — explore Michigan: Manistee Riverwalk

February 16, 2012
Get off the couch — explore Michigan: Manistee Riverwalk

  By JOAN YOUNG mcp.com columnist   The winter continues to limp along, providing almost no opportunities for snowy recreation. At the same time, trails may be too soggy, or uneven with icy patches to be difficult to hike. Here’s one more possible option for a winter walk. The Manistee Riverwalk stretches for 1.5 miles from just east of the…

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Troop’s tips. Traffic: The most dangerous part of an emergency

February 16, 2012
Troop’s tips. Traffic: The most dangerous part of an emergency

          By Lt. MATT BRYANT   mcp.com columnist       One of the scariest jobs I perform working for the fire department is traffic control.  In the over 15 years I have been on, I cannot tell you the number of close calls myself and my fellow emergency responders have had.  Today I would like…

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Phillips trial postponed again

February 16, 2012

LUDINGTON — MasonCountyPress.com has learned that the trial for Sean Michael Phillips, accused of kidnapping his infant daughter, has been adjourned. The trial was scheduled for Feb. 22. According to reports, Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola announced the postponement Wednesday, citing a conflict in the defense attorney’s schedule. Phillips was arrested in June following the alledged kidnapping of his daughter,…

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Art Center presents Garden Wars

February 15, 2012

LUDINGTON – Creative and competitive gardeners are invited to show off their stuff at the first annual Garden Wars at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Brainchild of Kathy Fahlsing, an avid gardener and volunteer at the Center, Garden Wars is a reality show of sorts where each participating gardener is given a plot on the fertile grounds of the…

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From the Editor: Time to kick it up a notch

February 15, 2012
From the Editor: Time to kick it up a notch

By ROB ALWAY mcp.com editor   MasonCountyPress.com has been in existence now for about six weeks. That’s a pretty short time in the world of business. But already we have made a great impact on our community. This website started out as an outlet for me to write a local blog. Shortly after starting, I was approached by businesses who…

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B-flat with Bruce: Arriving in Scottville part 2

February 15, 2012
B-flat with Bruce: Arriving in Scottville part 2

  By BRUCE MILLER mcp.com columnist   While living south of Custer, we were associated with the Sugar Ridge Church of the Brethren.  This is the kind of place where a lot of people are eager to run from. Not me ! I learned so many things from the locals that I would never have heard otherwise. There was a…

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Tuesday Night Therapy

February 13, 2012
Tuesday Night Therapy

  By CARMELITTA TIFFANY mcp.com columnist   It may be called an all-American pastime, but to me, it’s much more than that.   Every Tuesday night, five middle-aged ladies congregate at a local venue to throw a big plastic ball at ten two-foot tall pins. We’re called the Jensen Construction team, and we usually struggle to stay off the last…

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Details released on kidnap suspect’s arrest

February 13, 2012

By ROB ALWAY mcp.com editor   The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is starting to release details on how law enforcement agencies were able to locate and arrest Mark Allan McCallum, who is charged with parental kidnapping.   The 52-year-old Hamlin Township resident was wanted by law enforcement after he failed to return his 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter Thursday to…

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14-year-old dies in Sunday accident

February 13, 2012

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — A 14-year-old Lansing boy was killed as a result of a traffic crash Sunday morning on U.S. 10 east of Pere Marqette highway. A vehicle had stopped in the center lane of U.S. 10 and Darius Vanbrook exited the vehicle and began to cross the eastbound lanes where he was struck by a pick-up truck driven…

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Children safe, father arrested

February 12, 2012

Hamlin Township resident Mark McCallum is in custody and his two children are safe today. Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers told the mcp.com that McCallum was arrested in Key West, Fla. this afternoon where he was found with Douglas McCallum, 4, and Shelby McCallum, 2.   The children were reported missing Thursday after Mark McCallum did not show up for…

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Dad caught, children safe

February 12, 2012

Mark McCallum has been caught. The Hamlin Twp. Resident accused of kidnapping his son and daughter was arrested today in Key West, according to Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers. More details to come.

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