Community Foundation releases Spring Grant Awards

The Advisory Board of the Community Foundation for Mason County recently approved grant awards throughout Mason County. A total of $64,040 was awarded.


  • The Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce received a grant of $7,500 to raise awareness about professional opportunities in the area and inform housing/mixed-used developers of development opportunities in Mason County.

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association was awarded $3,000 to support the 150th birthday celebration of the Big Sable lighthouse.

  • The Mason County Walleye Association received a grant of $6,000 to support the expansion of the Walleye Food Pond, in order to restock Hamlin Lake for recreational fishing.

  • The West Shore Blades Figure Skating Club received a grant of $1,500 to support the program startup of West Shore Blades. An organization which prepares skaters for both figuring skating and hockey.


Grant applications are accepted twice each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Nonprofit organizations interested in seeking grant support from the Community Foundation are encouraged visit for additional information about the process.  A complete list of spring 2017 grant awards is available at

WSCC staff call for dismissal

WSCC President Dr. Kenneth Urban was noticeably absent from Thursday's trustee meeting to certify the 2017 Tax Levy. Board Chairman Bruce Smith commented that he had never seen such a crowd interested in a Tax levy, welcoming those who were present to make a public comment to fill out a form and submit any written copies of their comments to the board so that they could present them to Dr. Urban. During public comment  President of the Faculty Association, Professor Matthew Sanderson addressed the board first, speaking on behalf of all West Shore Community College employees and called for the immediate dismissal of President Urban.

Dr. Urban is a good person, he's not a bad guy, he hasn't done anything immoral that we're aware of.” Said Sanderson, “Many people have regarded his self-evaluation as a slap in the face to the board. From the beginning it's says that the board doesn't understand the role of the president. There's  a perception that throughout the self-evaluation he takes all the credit and blames everyone else for problems with his presidency. Following the boards weak appraisal and the president self-evaluation we felt it was time to speak.” In a straw poll conducted by Professor Sanderson, 24 of 26 support staff and Administrators voted in favor of an immediate dismissal.


Irma Hinojosa, President of the Educational Support Staff group, also spoke, re-affirming Professor Sanderson's comments and expressing her concern at Dr. Urbans ability to communicate effectively, lead by example and make positive decisions that impact the college. Dr. Brooke Portmann, Dean of Arts & Sciences provided the final public comment, once again reaffirming statements already said as well as commenting on the low moral of current professors.

Matthew Sanderson Abbreviated Statement

Matthew Sanderson Full Statement

Ludington Art walk returns

The Downtown Ludington Board is bringing back Friday Art Walks starting this Friday, June 2, 2017. The Art Walk event will happen every month on the first Friday from 5-7pm. “We have a strong artist community in the area,” says Jen Tooman, Downtown Ludington’s Communication and Marketing Manager, “We want to show them off and bringing back the Art Walks seemed like the best way to do that. Judging from the emails, calls and comments I’ve received in the last year inquiring about the event’s return, I know they were missed.”

Lud Art Walk

Fourteen galleries and businesses will put their own spin on the Art Walk. Participating galleries will be showcasing their own art along with refreshments, snacks and/or live music. Participating stores will feature a pop-up art gallery. Many will featureartist demonstrations and activities where one can try their hand at being an artist. Event dates are June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3 and December 1. Artists interested in being a part of the event can contact participating businesses or Jen Tooman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HIker found and an Assult for Memorial weekend police activity

Assault in Amber. A 41 year old ludington man was arrested on friday after he entered a home in amber township and allegedly assaulted 2 men and a women who were inside. Its reported that the suspect had been involved in a relationship with the female victim and found her at the amber township residence with another man. That man and his brother attempted to break up the fight- resulting in their assault. A door and lamp were also broken.


Hiker located. On Sunday a hiker called 911 reporting she was lost with her two 6 year-old children. The mason/Oceana 911 was able to track her locations using the GOS on her cell phone. She was located within an hour.

The Mason County Sheriff Activity report also inclulded:

MCSO ACTIVITY REPORT FOR THE WEEKEND OF 05/26/2017 thru 05/29/2017:

West Shore Community College hosts planned giving seminar

The West Shore Community College Foundation is hosting a planned giving seminar on Thurs., June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the college’s Administration and Conference Bldg. The seminar will feature a variety of fund development topics including the basics of bequests, lifetime gifts, gifts via wills and trusts, retained income gifts, and more.


The keynote speaker is Matthew Downey who has worked in the non-profit sector as a consultant, program manager and development officer for nearly 20 years.  “Fund development professionals or those looking for opportunities to give to area charitable organizations will benefit from this seminar.” said Thom Hawley, the executive director of WSCC’s Foundation.  “The intent is to provide the financial tools foundations and individuals can use to retain more donor dollars to support charitable projects in our region,” A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Reservation is required and may be made by contacting Tasha Dault at 843-5805. More information can be found at

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