Rock the Dock will celebrate Badger and United Way

May 3, 2013

LUDINGTON — The S.S. Badger begins its 2013 sailing season rather unceremoniously Monday at 9 a.m. Typically sailing begins a little later in May but commercial traffic means an earlier start. While passengers are welcome, amenities will be a little light for a few weeks. But, on Friday, May 17, there will be a party as the official sailing season…

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Missing mushroom hunters found

May 3, 2013

BRANCH TWP. — Mason County Sheriff’s deputies and Branch Twp. firefighters spent four hours overnight searching for two missing mushroom hunters. Personnel were dispatched about 10 p.m. Thursday to the area of Budzynski Road and First Street in the Manistee National Forest. The two women were found about 2 a.m.

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WSCC and all that jazz

May 2, 2013
WSCC and all that jazz

  SEE VIDEO BELOW.   Photos by Rob Alway. VICTORY TWP. — The West Shore Community College jazz and percussion ensembles held their spring concert Thursday night at the college’s Center Stage Theater. The percussion ensemble was accompanied by dancers from the Letha Fulton School of Dance of Ludington. The jazz ensemble featuring singer Dr. Charles Dillon, president of the college.…

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Video: West Shore has the beat

May 2, 2013

VICTORY TWP. — The West Shore Community College Percussion Ensemble performed tonight at the Center Stage Theater on campus. The ensemble was accompanied by dancers from Letha Fulton School of Dance of Ludington. In the video below the groups perform “Tiger’s Blood.”

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Moving a big generator at hospital

May 2, 2013
Moving a big generator at hospital

Submitted by Bill Kerans, Memorial Medical Center. LUDINGTON — Memorial Medical Center’s recently-retired 12,000-pound generator was “flown out” of the hospital on Thursday afternoon by a large crane. The unit’s 2,000-gallon underground diesel fuel tank is expected to be removed on Monday. The 588 kilowatt generator supplied emergency power to the hospital for three decades. It was replaced in March…

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AUDIO: MCC band at state band festival

May 2, 2013

MANISTEE — The Mason County Central High School Concert Band participated at State Band Festival today in Manistee. Director Tom Thomas reported the band received a II rating, meaning above average. “They did great,” he said. Below is a YouTube video with one of the songs the band performed, “Allied Honor” by Karl King.

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Praying for our nation

May 2, 2013
Praying for our nation

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. LUDINGTON — A large crowd gathered on the lawn of the Mason County Courthouse this afternoon in observance of the National Day of Prayer. The event started with the Lighthouse Baptist Church’s children choir then went into prayer for various aspects of the nation. “It’s an honor to be in a country where we can pray…

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Pregnancy Care Center reports Lake Jump totals reaching $30,000

May 2, 2013
Pregnancy Care Center reports Lake Jump totals reaching $30,000

LUDINGTON – Almost $30,000 has now been raised for the West Shore Pregnancy Care Center as a result of the April 6 14th annual Ludington Lake Jump. Initially, the center reported that just under $20,000 was raised. Since that time more funds, pledges and matches have come, Executive Director Tracey Chapman said. “What a blessing this has been,” Chapman said.…

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French Jewish spy discusses her role in World War II

May 1, 2013
French Jewish spy discusses her role in World War II

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. VICTORY TWP. — For 50 years Marthe Cohn kept the story of her role in World War II to herself. She didn’t think what she had done was that significant. But, Cohn, a French-born Jew, played an important role as a spy which likely saved thousands of lives. The 93-year-old spoke today in front of a…

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Obit: Solveig Raspotnik

May 1, 2013

Solveig K. Raspotnik, aged 85 of Shelby, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the Oceana Medical Care Facility in Hart.  Solveig was born on February 29, 1928 in Holmenkollen, Norway to Karelius and Johanne (Stavik) Krailhussen, and earned her Master’s Degree in Languages from the University of Oslo, Norway.  Solveig was an accomplished skier and was a member of the…

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Convention & Visitors Bureau launches www.pureludington.com

May 1, 2013

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched its new Pure Ludington website in preparation for the 2013 visitor season in an effort to better assist the visitor in their vacation planning. “We are very excited about the launch of our re-vamped PureLudington.com,” said Executive Director Brandy Henderson. “We have been working over the past year…

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Ludington Petnunia Parade planting May 18

May 1, 2013

 LUDINGTON — The 26th annual Ludington Petnunia Parade is scheduled for planting on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. The Ludington Optimist Club will be serving lunch for the volunteers after the planting at the City Park ( planters do not need to have clean hands to have lunch). The parade was started in 1987 by Ellery and Sue…

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Scottville will hire Riley as new part-time police chief

April 30, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville public safety committee agreed this afternoon to hire Donald Riley of Walhalla as the city’s part-time police chief. The committee members, along with City Manager Amy Williams, discussed the options available to the police department and unanimously decided hiring a part-time chief and keeping the current full-time officers was the best fit for Scottville. The city…

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Comedy night at SMT

April 30, 2013
Comedy night at SMT

SCOTTVILLE – South Main Tavern in Scottville will be presenting a special event comedy night Saturday, May 11 at 9 p.m.  Headlining the event will be stand-up comedian and Laughing Hyena recording artist, Jeremy “Jer-Dog” Danley. Danley is from Chicago and has recently been selected as one of Bud Light’s “Real Men of Comedy,” in Maxim Magazine and has been heard on The Bob &…

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West Shore’s 43rd commencement May 10

April 30, 2013

VICTORY TWP. – Nearly 140 West Shore Community College students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates at the college’s 43rd commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Recreation Center Arena. Speakers for the event will be Guy Smith, president of the Student Senate, WSCC Faculty Association president and Professor of Philosophy…

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