The Great Apple Crunch

October 13, 2023

The Great Apple Crunch SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central students participated in the Michigan Great Apple Crunch on Thursday, Oct. 12. The event was coordinated by Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Farm to Institution Network as a way to promote healthy eating and to support farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives throughout the region. Apples…

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Local chestnut grower discovers oak wilt is killing his trees

October 2, 2023

Local chestnut grower discovers oak wilt is killing his trees Story and photos by Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief AMBER TOWNSHIP — Pete and Connie Conrad have been growing chestnut trees commercially for the past 20 years. Currently, the 520-acre fifth generation farm includes about 15 acres of chestnuts. In 2021, Pete noticed one of the trees in his north orchard, located…

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PHOTO FEATURE: Old Engine Club Education Day 2023

September 20, 2023

PHOTO FEATURE: Old Engine Club Education Day 2023 Around the County is presented by Smith & Eddy Insurance with offices in Scottville, Manistee, and Grand Haven.  Photos by Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief SCOTTVILLE — The Western Michigan Old Engine Club hosted its annual Education Day for area fifth graders Wednesday, Sept. 20 at its show grounds at Scottville Riverside Park. The…

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MAEAP cost sharing available

September 6, 2023

MAEAP cost sharing available SCOTTVILLE — Cost sharing is available for the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), a voluntary program for farmers and landowners who are implementing best management practices and want to become recognized as stewards of the land. The focus of the program is to protect Michigan’s groundwater and surface water from contaminants such as fertilizer, pesticides…

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VIDEO: Spraying the asparagus fields 

September 5, 2023

VIDEO: Spraying the asparagus fields  Around the County is a presentation of Preferred Credit Union,, located locally at 266 N. Jebavy Dr., Ludington. Video by Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief CUSTER TOWNSHIP — West Michigan is one of the largest asparagus growing regions in the country. The perennial crop is picked during its early phases in the spring and continues to…

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