Brush fire in Custer

March 20, 2012
Brush fire in Custer

Firefighters Brett Mcvicker and Chelsea Orcutt prepare an ATV during a brush fire in Custer Township earlier this afternoon. Crews are still on the multi-acre scene, located between Stephens, Reek, Johnson and Hansen roads. The fire appeared to have started by a homeowner who was burning garbage, though winds were gusting up to 30 mph. It swept from an area near…

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Remembering Zack’s Restaurant

March 20, 2012
Remembering Zack’s Restaurant

B-Flat     By BRUCE MILLER mcp blogger About a half mile west of Amber Road on the north side of U.S. 10 was Zack’s Restaurant. Back in the early ’70s, the local people all called it Farrel’s.  Apparently, that was the name of the former business there.  Being a newby, I called it Zack’s.  A lot of people called it…

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Obituary: Robert A. Conrad, age 91, of Amber Township

March 20, 2012
Obituary: Robert A. Conrad, age 91, of Amber Township

  Robert A. Conrad passed away March 18, 2012 at his home in Amber Township.  He was born March 9, 1921 in Mason County to Archie and Mildred (Cameron) Conrad.  Bob graduated from Scottville High School and later attended Michigan State University.  He enlisted in the Army during WWII, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge.      After returning from the…

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Obituary: Florence E. Fuller, age 95 of Ruby Creek

March 20, 2012
Obituary: Florence E. Fuller, age 95 of Ruby Creek

Florence E. Fuller, aged 95 of Ruby Creek, Branch, passed away on March 15, 2012.  Florence was born on August 13, 1916 in Ruby Creek, the 3rd of 12 children of Grove and Estella (Augustine) Taylor, and attended Ruby Creek and Carr schools.  On November 22, 1934, she married Jasper Fuller in Scottville, and they celebrated 66 years working side by side together…

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Monday sunrise

March 19, 2012
Monday sunrise

    A photograph of this morning’s sunrise, taken on Gordon Road between First Street and Conrad Road in Amber Township.

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Design for 13th Annual Ludington Lake Jump Created by Riverton resident, Pentwater junior

March 19, 2012
Design for 13th Annual Ludington Lake Jump Created by Riverton resident, Pentwater junior

  Valory McClellan of Riverton Township created the design for this year’s Ludington Lake Jump which benefits the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Valory submitted the design as part of an informal contest for students in area schools.  In exchange for creating the winning design, Valory received a $25 gift certificate to Todd and Brad Reed Photography Gallery and a…

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Choosing A Home You Can Live With

March 19, 2012
Choosing A Home You Can Live With

HOME TIPS      By MIKE ROBERSON mcp blogger   We have all heard more than a few horror stories about someone’s bad home purchase which could be referred to as “the house from hell,” or “the money pit.” Most of us have seen too many episodes of “House Hunters” on HGTV, or even “Holmes on Homes” where Mike Holmes…

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New Adventures

March 18, 2012
New Adventures

CONNECTING THE DOTS     By ERIN OUTCALT mcp blogger   This week I anxiously look forward to celebrating my 28th birthday! Ok, I’m a big fat liar. I’m looking forward to celebrating my 38th birthday… kind of. I realize that age is just a number and that you are only as old as you feel but there is still…

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Dreaming of Biking the Betsie Valley Pathway

March 18, 2012
Dreaming of Biking the Betsie Valley Pathway

GET OFF THE COUCH — EXPLORE MICHIGAN     By JOAN H. YOUNG mcp blogger   We’ve had our first taste of really nice weather this week, and as I write this column, I’m thinking I might take the bike out for its first spin of the year this afternoon. I’ll probably just ride some back roads near home, but that…

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It takes a village

March 18, 2012
It takes a village

 They say it takes a village to raise a child. I am a true example of this saying. My parents divorced when I was very young and as many children do I lived with my mother and visited my father. This left my mother in the difficult position of being a single parent. My mother took her role of being…

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The Mickey Matson trailer

March 16, 2012
The Mickey Matson trailer

Click on the above poster to see the trailer for “Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy,” filmed almost exclusively in Mason and Manistee counties, written and directed by Scottville’s own Harold Cronk of 10 West Studios, Manistee.

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Fishing with a view: Ludington photography

March 15, 2012
Fishing with a view: Ludington photography

    Bonnie Chaltron Harris of Custer submitted this photograph. Bonnie works at West Shore Community College and has been working on a blog where she creates a picture every day this year. She’s calling it her “365 Project.” “One of my goals for the project is to photograph ‘every day life’ around me,” Bonnie said. “This image falls into…

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Extension office and 4-H remaining in Scottville, a good choice by the county board

March 15, 2012

By ROB ALWAY mcp editor   The Mason County Board of Commissioners made the right choice earlier this week when it agreed to keep 4-H and the Michigan State University Extension office in downtown Scottville. For many years the extension office was located in what is commonly called the old bank building at southwest corner of State and Main streets.…

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Moonlighting: Germs

March 15, 2012
Moonlighting: Germs

  By JUDY COOLS mcp blogger   Germs need to be some unmistakable color. I’m thinking hideous fluorescent pink would be good. Just think of all the possibilities!!   “Jimmy… Did you wash up for dinner? Let me see your hands…” The days of trying to scam Mom would be over, big time. What about that doorknob, light switch, grocery…

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Troop’s Tips: Burning yard waste

March 15, 2012
Troop’s Tips: Burning yard waste

  By Lt. MATT BRYANT Hamlin Twp. Fire Dept.   Wow!  What a week.  A “little” on the breezy side but I will take these temperatures.  Time to shake the cabin fever and get outside to do that yard work.  Those pesky leaves you thought you had cleaned up last fall have taken up residence in every nook and cranny…

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Legally Speaking: Consent to search

Betten Baker Ford

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