Community Updates, posted March 25, 2020.

March 25, 2020

Sunrise over the Pere Marquette River, Custer Road bridge, March 25, 2020.

Community Updates, posted March 25, 2020.

This list is being posted daily on Mason County Press and Oceana County Press. It may be updated frequently throughout the day. It includes community organizations and MCP/OCP advertisers.


If your organization has a closing, cancellation, or other special notices related to changes in scheduling to report, please email it to Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief at or text 231-757-3202. Please identify yourself and your affiliation with the organization. Please do not send notices via messenger.

Also, feel free to email us a photo of what you have been up to during this time of social distancing.

  • AFFEW Friends of the Environment, Earth Day Celebration, scheduled for April 18, has been cancelled. Alternative programs are being planned for future dates.
  • Al-Anon Meetings, suptport for families and friends of alcoholics, in Ludington and Scottville are suspended until further notice. Call 231-632-6343 for more information. The Hart Al-Anon meeting is now online on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Call 847-459-7209 for instructions. See for help and hope.
  • Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Amber Township, open for pickup and delivery. See Facebook or Applebee’s App for more details.
  • Betten Baker Ford of Ludington, service and parts departments remain open, but doors are locked. Phone: 231-845-5111;
  • Carlos Alvarado Law PC, office is closed to public. Phone, 231-425-4444; email,;
  • Chuck Wagon Pizza, Ludington, open for pick-up and delivery.
  • City of Hart, offices closed. Business may be conducted via U.S. Mail, the night drop-box, or online at The night drop-box will be processed continually. Phone: 231-873-2488.
  • City of Ludington, all offices open by appointment only. See related story.
  • City of Scottville, city offices open by appointment only. See related story.
  • Community Table Meals served at Community Church of Ludington, suspended. Check for updates on
  • Community Table, at Scottville United Methodist Church, suspended until further notice.
  • Custer Township, office is closed through April. Board of Trustees will evaluate situation May 1. April board meeting is tentatively scheduled for online.
  • District #10 Health Department, all offices open by appointment only. More information here.
  • Fin and Feather Club of Mason County, indoor meetings and gatherings are cancelled for the month of April. This includes the board meeting, regular club meeting, CPL class, and Hunter Safety Class. The open skeet and trap ranges will also be closed the month of April, along with Cowboy Action Shooting, and TWAW meetings until further notice. Ranges will remain open for member use only. If you are sick, don’t use the ranges. If you use the ranges, please follow standard protocol in dealing with COVID-19. (Wash your hands, maintain distance from others, etc.) Trap and skeet activities suspended until April 3. Check Fin and Feather club website and Facebook for further announcements; CPL class scheduled for April 10 and 11 has been postponed tentatively until May 8, 9.
  • The Grand, open for take out, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.: 231-843-9240.
  • Griswold Family Dentistry of Scottville, closed tentatively until April 13. The office will be available for emergency care only, call 231.757.4722.
  • Hamlin Township, offices closed beginning March 24, 2020 until April 11, 2020. Hamlin Township Transfer Site will be closed on Wednesdays but will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No hall rentals. Please check for further information. 
  • The Ladder Community Center, Shelby, open for pick-up lunches until further notice. Click here for further details.
  • Lenz-Balder Insurance, Ludington, office is closed to the public, but still open for business. Visit or 231-845-6279. for contact information.
  • Lakeshore Food Club, 920 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington, open for drive up services. See related article here.
  • Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce office, closed through April 13.
  • Ludington Area Center for the Arts, closed until Monday, April 13. Updates on rescheduling and refunds can be found by emailing Kali at or Andy at
  • Ludington Area Jaycees Crazy Bartender competition scheduled for April 15 has been cancelled.
  • Ludington Mass Transit Authority, Sunday service has been suspended. See related story for further service details.
  • Mason County Courts are closed to non-essential services. See related story here.
  • Mason County Department of Veterans Affairs, face-to-face appointments suspended. Services available by phone, 231-583-2028; Fax, 231-843-2564; email,; US mail, 920 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington, MI 49431.
  • Mason County Fairgrounds winter storage remove has been postponed until April 18. Go to or call 231-843-8563 for more information.
  • Mason County government buildings in Ludington, Pere Marquette Township and Scottville are closed until Monday, April 13. See details here.
  • Mason County Historical Society winter speaker series event, March 19, has been cancelled.
  • Mason County Officers Association Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2020 has been cancelled. 
  • Mason County Road Commission office has been closed to the public.
  • Mason County Sheriff’s Office lobby is closed to the public; no jail visitations.
  • Metalworks and Fablite are closed through April 13.
  • Oakview Medical Care Facility, all non-medical visits have been suspended.
  • Oceana County Agriculture and Natural Resource Banquet has been rescheduled to April 23 at the New Era Reformed Church.
  • Oceana County Council on Aging, meals and social activities at the senior center, along with outings, have been cancelled until April 13. Takeout/delivery meals and bussing are available.
  • Oceana County governmental buildings are closed until April 13. 
  • Oceana County Medical Care Facility, all non-medical visits have been suspended.
  • Oceana County Road Commission offices are restricted from the public.
  • Oceana County Sheriff’s Office lobby is closed to the public; no jail visitations.
  • Pere Marquette Charter Township, all offices open by appointment only. See related story.
  • Preferred Credit Union, Pere Marquette Township, is open by drive-through only with lobbies accessible by appointment only. ATMs and online services also available.
  • Riverflats Coffee & Tea, Pere Marquette Township, open for pickup and delivery until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Safe Harbor Credit Union lobby is closed. Drive-through, online, phone and ATM services are available. See related story.
  • Sandcastles Children Museum will be closed until further notice.
  • Shelby State Bank, lobbies open by appointment only. Drive-throughs are open; on-line, ATM, and night deposit services are available.
  • Smith & Eddy Insurance, offices are open by appointment. Phone: Ludington, 231-845-1481; Scottville, 231-757-4743; Manistee, 231-723-3500. Text: 231-613-3090. Website: Facebook.
  • Watson Ludington, service and parts departments are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, go online or call 231-845-3900. 
  • West Michigan Community Mental Health, see information here.
  • Victory Township, all hall rentals suspended until June 1; April 6 board of trustees meeting is cancelled.
  • Village of Shelby buildings are closed to the general public until further notice.
  • West Shore Bank, all branch offices open by appointment only. Drive-up, ATM and online services still available.
  • West Shore Community College, all campus facilities, including Recreation Center and ice arena are closed to the public, with some exceptions. See details here.

School meal drop-off sites and times

Mason County:

Mason County’s three public school districts are distributing free breakfast and lunch to children ages 18-years and younger (26-years and younger for special needs students) during the mandatory closing period. The meals are free and open to children from any school district. The efforts are collaboration between the school districts’ food services and transportation departments.

Ludington Area School District sites (March 16 – April 3):

  • Lakeview Elementary, 502 W. Haight St., City of Ludington, 11 to 11:25 a.m.
  • Foster Elementary, 507 E. Foster St., City of Ludington, 11:30 to 11:55 a.m.
  • Pere Marquette Early Childhood Center, 1115 S. Madison St., City of Ludington, noon to 12:25 p.m.
  • Tamarac Village main entrance, 2875 N. Lakeshore Dr., Hamlin Township, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Dr., Hamlin Township, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Days Inn, 7576 S. Pere Marquette Township, Summit Township, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Indian Summer Co-op parking lot, 9704 W. Chauvez Road, Riverton Township, Brye, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m

(Weekend food backpacks for LASD students will also be available, but will need to be picked up at the Central Business Office, 809 E. Tinkham Avenue.)

Mason County Central School District sites (March 17 – April 3, lunches plus next day’s breakfast will be furnished):

  • MCC Upper Elementary, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Victory Baptist Church, 4353 N. Stiles Road, Victory Township, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 3212 W. Kinney Road, Riverton Township, 12:15 to 1 p.m.
  • Legend’s Taxidermy parking lot, 5089 N. US 31, Victory Township, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Free Soil Community Center, 8480 N. Democrat St., Village of Free Soil, noon to 12:45 p.m.
  • Grant Township Fire Department, 835 E. Hoague Road, Grant Township, 1 to 1:45 a.m.
  • Branch Township Fire Department, 6697 E. US 10, Walhalla, 11 to 11:45 a.m.
  • Evergreen Church, 7396 S. Evergreen Road, Pleasant Plains Township, Lake County, 12:15 to 1 p.m.

(For MCC areas: For specific dietary restrictions/allergies, contact MaryAnn Nielsen, director of MCC Food Service, at 231-757-5721. Weekend meals will be distributed on Fridays. Multiple days can be picked up but are limited to that day’s meal. Parents can pick up on behalf of children and families can pick up for other families’ children. )

Mason County Eastern sites (March 16- March 27):

  • Mason County Eastern Schools, 18 S. Main St., Village of Custer, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Tallman Senior Center, 6765 E. Marshall Road, Sheridan Township, 9 to 10 a.m.

Oceana County:

  • Hart Public Schools will provide a week’s worth of meals for children every Wednesday at noon at Spitler Elementary School. Enter the campus on 72nd Avenue and line up to receive meals from the Spitler Elementary side entrance, then exit onto Johnson Street. See district Facebook page for updates.
  • Hesperia Community Schools, food is available at pick-up sites on the district premises on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 26 through April 9. 

Distribution of food will take place at the bell tower entrance on the north side of the building, at the elementary office on the south side of the building and at the middle school office on the west side of the building. Pick-up is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and students will receive a three-day supply of breakfasts and lunches. Call 231-854-9301 for further information.

  • Pentwater Public Schools is sharing meal distribution services with Hart and Ludington school districts. Meals can be picked up at Hart’s Spitler Elementary School by following the directions described above. Through Ludington schools, Pentwater families can pick up meals for their students at the Days Inn on Pere Marquette Highway Monday through Friday from 11-11:30 a.m. 
  • Shelby Public Schoools. The following are Shelby schools meal distribution sites Monday through Friday:

– Oceana County Early Learning Center, 568 N. Oceana Dr., Hart, 10-11 a.m.– Trinity Lutheran Church, Stony Lake Rd., New Era: 9:30-10 a.m.– Lake Tahoe Community Center New Era, 10:10-10:40 a.m.– Shelby Middle School, 9:30-11 a.m.– Barnett Station, Shelby, 9:15-9:45 a.m.– Chapita Hills, Shelby, 9:47-10:30 a.m.– Ferry Community Center, Ferry, 9:30-10:30 a.m.– The Ladder Community Center, Shelby: 10:45-11:30 a.m.– Oceana Acres, Shelby: 9:30 a.m.

  • Walkerville Public Schools will deliver and provide a week’s worth of meals once a week. The next available delivery or pick-up is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the school and 12-12:15 p.m. at the Bitely Church stop. If you need a delivery, message the school’s Facebook page or call the school. 


  • Cornerstone Baptist Church ( in Ludington in-person services and activities suspended until further notice. Live-streaming of services can be seen on Facebook starting this Sunday until further notice.
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Ludington, closed to public worship or gatherings over 10 until at least May 15.
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Ludington, closed to public worship or gatherings over 10 until at least May 15.
  • Lighthouse Baptist Church of Hamlin Township, services and activities cancelled through Wednesday, April 1. Broadcasting of services can be seen on Facebook  on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
  • Mason County Reformed Church, all services cancelled, office closed, until March 31, pending review. Sunday services can be viewed online at beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church of Scottville has cancelled all services until further notice. Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled.
  • People’s Church of Ludington, all services and activities cancelled until further notice.
  • Prayer & Praise Assembly of God, Ludington, all services and activities cancelled until further notice. Church services will stream on Facebook Sunday at 10 a.m.
  • Radiant Church of Ludington, in-person services and activities are suspended. Join the Radiant family online for worship each Sunday at Radiant Ludington (@radiantcoast) Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and website at 10:00 am and 6:30 p.m. Services may also be viewed on Mason County Press Facebook page.
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church, Scottville, all services and activities cancelled until further notice.
  • St. Simon Catholic Church, all masses and Adoration cancelled. The church is open for private prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral of St. Andrew will continue to livestream Mass on FOX 17, the diocesan website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ludington, all services cancelled until further notice. Easter egg hunt has been cancelled. More information can be found on Facebook or calling 231-843-9188.
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Custer, all masses cancelled. The church is open for private prayer during regularly scheduled mass time. The Cathedral of St. Andrew will continue to livestream Mass on FOX 17, the diocesan website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • Sugar Ridge Church, Scottville, formal services cancelled. In-home worship is encouraged. Links to messages and Bible readings will be posted to Facebook. The remaining Lenten suppers have been cancelled.
  • Trinity Church, Ludington, face-to-face meetings suspended. Services can be viewed on Facebook beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
  • United Methodist Church of Ludington, all activities cancelled until April.
  • Victory Baptist Church, Victory Township, worship services temporarily suspended. Daily devotions and Sunday worship can be viewed on Facebook.
  • Victory Lutheran Church, Victory Township, prayer and praise worship every Sunday at 9 a.m. on Facebook. Confirmation class meeting via Zoom each Sunday at 10 a.m.

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