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Deer crash takes a life

A 2004 Dodge minivan was traveling westbound on US10 when a deer jumped into the highway and through the windshield, striking the passenger. Micah David Miller, 32, of Wellman, Iowa, was killed instantly as a result of the collision. Miller was in the area fishing with a friend, who was the driver of the van. The driver, Anthony Christian Oriano, from Riverside IA, was injured in the crash and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Neither speed nor alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Weather postpones Neighbor to Neighbor

The Neighbor to Neighbor blight restoration project on South Reinberg Ave. in Scottville has been postponed due to weather. According to organizers the project has been rescheduled for October 13 through October 15. Neighbor to Neighbor is a collaborative effort sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, Pennies From Heaven Foundation, Michigan State University Extension and the Mason County Growth Alliance to make a difference by working together to help repair distressed home in our community for homeowners who need a boost.

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jamie Healy at (231) 843-7888.

Gus Macker Committee contemplates future involvement

The Gus Macker committee welcomed public comment yesterday. Kathy Maclean, president and CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce said that for the last 5 years, they were able to provide an average of $17,000 per year to charities from the money raised. The Chamber expressed concern regarding both sponsorships to ensure that the event is providing the most benefit to charities as possible and getting enough volunteers to help with the event. In past years, the tournaments drew 1,500 teams to Ludington’s beach. The number of teams were reduced to 900 as fewer people have been volunteering to help. The public response was overwhelmingly positive, with many community leaders and business owners expressing the benefit of Gus Macker to the the Community.  The Chamber has until October 1st to decide if they want to opt out of the Gus macker.

Ludington City Council Meeting September 26th, 2016

The Ludington City Council started off heated yesterday evening. C Dale bannon, a Ludington resident, expressed complaint during the public comment on the agenda regarding Tom Rottas refusal to abide by the agreed upon meeting expectation of keeping the public comment on the agenda, regarding the agenda only. The meeting continued with Dr. Rick Plummer presenting for the Maritime museum. Homecoming requests were approved. A vote regarding the continued use of ORV’s and Golf Carts in the city of ludington was completed. Councilman Michael Krauch expressed concern regarding the safety of pedestrians with additional vehicles on the road, Saying “Even without any issues throughout that last year, it worries me.” Ultimately, the ordinance was re-affirmed. A bond for the fire station was approved, as well as the construction of parking spaces for the maritime museum. Davis Construction was chosen to improve the water treatment plant not because they were the lowest bid, but rather due to the care and quality the business took in developing the estimate. Buddy Reed presented for the Sculpture Task Force regarding the Sterns Park Veterans Memorial, with requests to have the cities support by removing a light pole and tree as well as reconstructing the sidewalk. The sidewalk will likely have to be replaced in the future as is is currently not meeting barrier free requirements. Councilwoman Kathy Winczewski asked for understanding any hesitation the council may have in taking on another expense as, she said, “City Funding is just like your budget at home.” The meeting  concluded with City Manager John Shay reviewing the 2012 Force main break. Manager Shay explained what immediate steps the city took in contacting the DEQ, Health Department and other organization regarding the force main break.

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