Get off the Couch — Explore Michigan: Taking it Easy at Big M

March 1, 2012
Get off the Couch — Explore Michigan: Taking it Easy at Big M

By JOAN H. YOUNG mcp outdoors blogger   Big M is perhaps the best-designed set of cross-country ski trails in the state. They were designed by professional, John Capper, in the 1950s. There are trails to satisfy all levels of X-C skiing bravery.   My personal level is “not very brave.” At this point in my ski career, I might…

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Speaking of the Arts with Ann Genson: The growth of arts in Mason County

February 29, 2012
Speaking of the Arts with Ann Genson: The growth of arts in Mason County

Editor’s Note: Again, I would like to introduce another new blogger to the virtual pages of MasonCountyPress.com. I am very proud to announce the addition of Ann Genson as our arts & entertainment blogger with her column Speaking of the Arts. Ann is a fellow Mason County Central graduate, class of ’86 to be specific. I first got to know…

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B-flat with Bruce: Customer service in Mason County

February 29, 2012
B-flat with Bruce: Customer service in Mason County

  By BRUCE MILLER mcp blogger   Within the last few years, I discovered that the spray on product that protects against static shock is good to use for far more than clothing.  For example, it can be sprayed on car seats to keep from getting zapped on the door on your way out. It may also go on carpets and…

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From the Editor: Nichols will be missed, but we must go on

February 28, 2012

By ROB ALWAY mcp editor   SCOTTVILLE – I was saddened to hear about the impending closing of Nichols Drug Store. Nichols has basically been Scottville’s anchor store for many years and it will be difficult to get used to downtown Scottville without Nichols.   The other day I spoke with Mary and Jim Nichols, who own the store along…

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The Kitchen Sink with Stephanie Wagner

February 28, 2012
The Kitchen Sink with Stephanie Wagner

Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce Stephanie Wagner. Stephanie is a wife, mother, decorator, professional coach and consultant. After over 15 years in the field of early childhood, she recently left full time employment to actively pursue a passion for interior decorating and writing. She uses her coaching and consulting skills to further both personal and group development, as…

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WSCC hosts high school student art exhibit

February 27, 2012

VICTORY TWP. – The West Shore Community College Art Department will host the 14th annual Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibit beginning March 8, in the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery. An artist reception will be held on Sun., March 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Student artwork will be displayed through March 22.    Sponsored by the West Shore…

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Chamber accepting nominations for annual awards

February 27, 2012

The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Mason County Business of the Year award, as well as the 2011 Mason County Community Service award. Deadline for all award nominations will be 5 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2012. The awards will be given out in a presentation ceremony at the Chamber of Commerce…

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From the editor: Ireland, a place like no other

February 27, 2012
From the editor: Ireland, a place like no other

Emerald Expressions: A photographic journey of Ireland by Rob and Becky Alway debuts Saturday March 3 at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.     By ROB ALWAY mcp editor   Have you ever felt called to a certain place? Like a place you think about several times a week, maybe even several times a day? This is how…

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MasonCountyPress.com seeks Advertising Sales Representative

February 26, 2012

MasonCountyPress.com is looking for an Advertising Sales Representative. MasonCountyPress.com is a news and information site, covering Mason County, Mich. This is a new company and we are looking for a person who has an entrepreneurial outlook. The successful candidate has the opportunity to be part of a great new product that everyone is talking about. The ideal candidate will have…

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Eagle on Millerton

February 26, 2012
Eagle on Millerton

Sarah Hendrickson, 11, took this picture of an eagle today on East Millerton Road. Susan Hendrickson said the two of them were driving down the road when Sarah spotted the eagle. “She got out and tried to get closer,” Susan said. “She was able to get this shot.”

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Connecting the Dots: Imagination

February 26, 2012
Connecting the Dots: Imagination

  By ERIN OUTCALT mcp blogger   As I was walking this evening I began to think about what kind of world we live in and how vastly it has changed in just my 37 years on this earth. When I was a little girl I had many ideas in my mind about what the future held. Many of those…

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Moonlighting by Judy Cools: Back to writing

February 25, 2012
Moonlighting by Judy Cools: Back to writing

Editor’s note: I would like to introduce you to Judy Cools, our newest contributing community blogger.   By JUDY COOLS mcp blogger   Hello, Mason County! It’s nice to be back writing a column again, and I’m looking forward to some great exchanges with you, my friends and neighbors. The Cools family has been kicking around Mason County for about…

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Life in Riverton: Hunting for the northern lights

February 24, 2012
Life in Riverton: Hunting for the northern lights

  By CARMELITTA TIFFANY mcp blogger   Another great thing about living in the country is the night sky. With no “light pollution” from city lights, the night sky in the country is a sight to behold. The stars are so brilliant and when there are celestial events, like meteor showers, lunar eclipses, or, the most beautiful sight of all,…

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Pregnancy care center will be recipient of 2013 Lake Jump

February 24, 2012
Pregnancy care center will be recipient of 2013 Lake Jump

The Ludington Lake Jump Board has decided the beneficiary for the 2013 Ludington Lake Jump will be West Shore Pregnancy Care Center. The center was founded in 1993 inspired by the act of a young scared 16 year old girl who discarded her infant in a trash bin behind Ludington High School.   Since its inception, the West Shore Pregnancy…

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Hospital offers room service meals

February 24, 2012
Hospital offers room service meals

LUDINGTON – Patients at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington now choose their meals from a room service menu. The new service was initiated this week by Sodexo, the hospital’s dietary services company.   Known as At Your Request (AYR), the room service concept provides patients with a menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items as extensive as many restaurants. However,…

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Traffic light restored

February 24, 2012

The traffic light at U.S. 10-31 and Stiles Road is now operational again. The power went out following a fire to a power pole at U.S. 10-31 and Quarterline Road.

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Traffic light at Stiles and 10 out

February 24, 2012

2:32 p.m.: The Mason County Sheriff’s Office reports the traffic light at U.S. 10-31 and Stiles Road will be out until the electricity is restored at that location. Motorists are urged to use caution when approaching the intersection. Emergency crews are on the scene to direct traffic. The outage is expected to be repaired in the next three hours. When…

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Winter wonderland

February 24, 2012
Winter wonderland

While our neighbors to the south received several inches of snow over-night, here in Mason County we got a slight teaser. This morning’s snow was wet and heavy, making for a beautiful white coating on trees, such as this scene on Johnson Road in Amber Township.

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