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Patriotic concert benefits the Veterans fund

Let Freedom Ring, the annual patriotic concert was raised a total of $5000.00 the Sunday before Fourth of July Festivities.

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Proceeds from the concert go towards the Mason County Veterans Endowment fund, which is used to cover gap needs for veterans that would otherwise go unmet.

Young Eagles Soar

On Saturday, 210 children were given free plane rides by the Mason County Pilots association.

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Those too young to fly were given a small helicopter. Experienced pilots from Oceana and Mason County provided the free flights to foster a love of aviation in area youth.

City Council will review Milages

The Ludington City council will be receiving several presentations on ordinances to adjust the mileage. This is due to the Headlee Amendment, which limits the amount that can be collected to the rate of inflation. Ordinances for operating millage, Police Pension millage, Downtown Development authority millage and tax levies of the same will be presented for the first time. The Police Pension Fund rate is expected to stay the same as last year, general operating millage and Refuse Fund are expected to see a slight drop. The council will vote on the millages in a future meeting.The Ludington City council is meeting tonight at 6:30pm at the Municipal Building.

Distressed swimmers close Breakwall Friday

Friday afternoon, the Ludington Breakwall was closed due to dangerous conditions after three girls from Ludington were swimming in the North Breakwater and the No Swim Area. They were swept into the breakwater due to wind and wave conditions. A  29 year old Berkley, MI jumped in to assist in the rescue and ended up with a facial lacerations.

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All were assisted from the water by Beach patrol members. The four were transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital by Life E.M.S. for evaluation and treatment.

Kids fly free in Mason County on Saturday

The Mason County Pilots association EAA Chapter 772 is offering free airplane rides to kids this weekend. Local experience pilots from Mason and Oceana County will take children ages 8-17 for a free airplane ride from the Mason County Airport.

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Bob Taylor, President for the Mason County Pilots association shared what it’s like to take the kids up in the air, “I'll ask them when we are walking out to the plane who wants to fly the plane, and the parents laugh but I'm right there. We have dual controls in my airplane. If the child wants to take the plane I'll let them fly it. Of course, I'll sit there and make sure they're flying straight and level. Some of the kids do really well on their own. I don't have to do anything, I just sit back and relax. And then there's other ones that just kind of touch the controls and they say ‘OK I'm done I don't want to do it anymore’ and then there's the kids that want to fly the entire route.” The goal is to introduce young people to flight and foster a love of aviation.  Flights will begin at 9am and continue until 2pm, reservations for flights will end at 1pm.

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