City Council to vote on tiny home ordinance

The Ludington City Council will be meeting tonight at 6:30pm at the Ludington City Hall.The Community Development Department will provide their 2016 year end report.  Additional Items on the agenda include confirming the fertilization contract and code enforcement mowing bid, and authorizing the development of construction plans for the new Fire Station Project. The new Ludington Bay Brewing Company is requesting a license to include a winery as a part of its new microbrewery business. The city will review a traffic control order to rename Plank Street to Plank Trail and close the trail to vehicular traffic from Slagle Street to Rath Avenue. Water, Sewer and trash agreements will be reviewed, including the conversation regarding removing the annual spring clean up in favor of a monthly bulky item pickup. The ordinance allowing for building tiny homes on lots less than 60 ft wide will be reviewed and voted upon. The 2016 building, code enforcement and rental inspections annual report will be presented to the City council. The meeting will conclude with communications from the Mayor.

Harvest Festival postponed


On Friday, it was announced that the 2017 Scottville Harvest festival will be cancelled due to a shortage of funding and volunteers.  In a statement from the newly formed Harvest Festival executive committee, they said “This time off will allow the committee the opportunity to implement a new vision for the festival, offer more quality attractions for families and create a more sustainable event for years to come.” According to the Scottville Harvest Festival Facebook page, the 2016 Harvest Festival lost money. At this time they are discussing forming a 501c3 in order to create a more sustainable festival. Fundraising would need to be completed in order to accomplish this step. They are working towards bring the Harvest Festival back in 2018.

HAM Radio Training and Licensing at Mason-Oceana 911

Mason-Oceana 911 will be hosting a “Ham In A Day” class on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, with testing at 3:00 PM. “Amateur radio operation is now formally built into emergency communication responses at all levels” said Mason-Oceana 911 Director Ray Hasil. “Whether it is at the local, state or federal level, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in how amateur radio is built into emergency communication plans everywhere. This class allows persons interested in amateur radio communications to get licensed and on the air Quickly”. The class is being taught by amateur radio operators Tom Porritt (K8EOD) and Dave Robertson (N8UKH). Interested parties should bring the following for class: Attendees of the class are encouraged to bring lunch, picture ID, social security number, $15 for testing fee, and a computer with wi-fi connectability. Class size is limited to 20. Preregistration is required by calling Dave Robertson at 231-854-1065.

Representatives meet with the public

Representative Curt Vanderwall has scheduled Coffee with Curt coffee hours for this Friday March 3rd 2:30pm-3:30pm Traks bar and grill in  Brethren and Monday March 6th, 2:00pm-3:00pm at North Country Cafe in Scottville. No appointment is necessary. Everyone is welcome to stop on by to discuss questions or concerns with state government.


Meanwhile, Representative Huizenga has scheduled his second town hall for Monday, March 6th at 7 PM at Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven. Doors for the town hall will open at approximately 6:15 PM.


Signs will not be permitted in the auditorium. Those who would like to display signs are welcome to do so outside the middle school prior to the event.


Spectrum sees benefit in parkinson's treatment

A new rehabilitation treatment method at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, known as “LSVT BIG,” is showing large benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease. While there is not yet a complete cure for Parkinson’s, treatment often helps people manage the chronic disorder and enjoy a better quality of life. One recently introduced treatment, is known as “LSVT BIG” because it’s a variant of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Program for speech therapy, and due to the exaggerated movement exercises it employs. The program is proving to enhance control of limb movement and balance, keys to overall quality of life for Parkinson’s patients. More than two dozen people have successfully completed the intensive program through the hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation services.

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One of them is David Smedley, 77, of Free Soil. Smedley was skeptical that the program would work, but was amazed at how the overstated motions helped him control the shaking and use his hand again. Small motor skills 58 200

Rachel Young, a physical therapist assistant, said, “It’s a very intensive program—virtually constant motion during each session. It doesn’t take long before patients see the benefit and how it helps to improve day-to-day function. For David, we saw significant improvement after just two weeks.” Patients are encouraged to make their exercises a life-long pursuit and return for periodic “tune-ups” with their rehabilitation specialists.

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