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New Pickleball Courts Open Today

Pickleball is coming to Ludington today in a major way. They are replacing the three, old, hardly used, tennis courts that sit within the fences of Oriole field in Ludington. These eight, brand new, shorter, Pickleball courts will have their unveiling this afternoon. 
Pickleball is basically short court tennis that requires less running. NBC news calls it the nations fastest growing sport. $62,000 was raised in just over a year for the new courts, most by individual donations. One business even reportedly donated a $10,000 gift. 
More is in-store for the new Pickleball hotspot,  MOM news talked with area pickle ball enthusiasts  Bev Hamman and Taryn Raven  “In phase 2 we will have wind screens put up by next spring. We even want to add a shed for equipment.“ The two women that are members of the Facebook group 'Ludington Area Pickleball' go on to say, “The sport is great, we love meeting new people! We started with 35ppl an now its up to 90 names!“  
The courts reside alongside Tinkham ave just inside the Oriole field fences in place of the old tennis courts. The unveiling starts today at 330 and a pot luck is scheduled for 530.

Blood Drive Thursday

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is holding a Blood Drive Thursday 11am to 4pm.

The summer typically sees fewer blood donations so it becomes more critical for successful blood drives locally. 100 percent of the blood donated will stay in Michigan to help local patients. Michigan Blood is the hospitals blood supply partner they accept appointments or walk-ins during the drive on Thursday September 3rd.

For volunteering or appointments call 866MIBLOOD (866.642.5663) or miblood.org 

Refinery Back Online; Gas Prices Drop

Gas prices are dropping. This can be credited to the large BP distillation refinery in Indiana that caused summer gas prices to spike this summer. The refinery restarted last week after being shut down in early August for unscheduled repairs.

Currently the average price in Ludington is 2.38 a gallon. Gas prices have seen the largest price drop of the year, dropping by about 32 cents in the past week. The average price per gallon for the state of Mi is down by over a dollar compared to last year. Prices should continue to fall over the next week and that should help many Labor Day drivers close out the summer driving season with a little more change in their pocket.

The New York Times Visits Ludington

The City of Ludington received a nod from an article written in The NY Times Travel Section. The article 'A tour of Lake Michigan, my inland sea', has special mentions of the State Park and Old Hamlin restaurant. Those were featured for places to go and it also included mentions of Christofferson Farms and Snyder’s Shoreline Inn. Rich Cohen talks about growing up on the lake and coming back to the shores as he explores the coast of Lake Michigan.

find it here:

<a>http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/30/travel/lake-michigan-tour.html?emc=edit_th_20150830&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=46451567&_r=0&module=CloseSlideshow&region=SlideShowTopBar&version=EndSlate&action=click&contentCollection=Travel&pgtype=imageslideshow</a>.

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