Smoke Testing Tuesday May 9th

Smoke Testing to occur Tuesday, May 9th, in the City of Ludington. The test involves blowing smoke into the sewer system to find damage, improper connections, and where unwanted water may be entering the City’s sewer system. Work will occur between 9:00am and 4:00pm. If you have a bathroom or plumbing fixtures that are not used or seldom used, the trap should be filled by running water in the fixtures the day before, today Monday May 8th. Please let a representative of the smoke testing crew know if any leakage occurs in your home or business. If you have any questions about the test, health issues or any other concerns, feel free to ask a crew member, or contact the City of Ludington’s City Manager, John Shay at 231-845-6237.

Meijer Donates $50,000 to Vogue Theater

The Meijer Corporation has donated $50,000 to the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee nonprofit that owns and operates the Vogue Theatre in Manistee.  Funding will be used to reduce the cost of operations and further strengthen the bottom line of the Theatre.  
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The Vogue Theatre was reopened in December 2013 as a community film entertainment destination following three years of fund raising and restoration, the largest community-driven, volunteer-led initiative in the history of the County.
"Meijer is pleased to contribute to one of the crown jewels of Manistee and the entire region that has been enjoyed by well over 200,000 movie-goers since opening after an amazing outpouring of philanthropy and grants from public and private agencies," said Ken Babcock, Manager of the Manistee County Meijer Store that opened in 2014. 

Chamber's Annual Dinner a Success

Ladies dressed in outrageous hats and men in diverse types of apparel with a Kentucky Derby theme mingled at Lincoln Hills Golf club at this year’s annual chamber dinner, on Saturday night.  Five people under 40 were honored as the “Future Five”.  They were Adam Lamb, Spence Riggs, Shelby Soberalski, Jamie Spore and Crystal Young.  Business of the Year honors went to the Shade Tree Mechanic.  A heart-warming story was told about how the business was actually started under a shade tree in 1999.  Kathy Radtke was named the Community Service Award volunteer of the year.  She has made public service her fulltime job after retiring a few years ago.  Radtke donates her time to the Sandcastles Children’s Museum, Petunia Parade and other organizations.  Congratulations to all nominees and award winners for their tireless efforts to make Mason County a better place!

Huizenga, Stabenow respond to American Health Care Act

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Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) issued a statement yesterday after voting in support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA): “While today is a significant first step, it’s important to remember that this is the beginning. The AHCA repeals the taxes and punitive mandates of ObamaCare while lowering premiums and restoring the freedom for hardworking Michiganders to choose the healthcare plan that best fits their needs – not what Washington dictates they must have.” Said Huizenga "This legislation also includes important protections for Americans to ensure those with a pre-existing condition are not denied coverage. Lastly, in terms of Medicaid, the AHCA provides states with the flexibility and tools necessary to innovate so each state can meet the unique needs of their residents.”

Senator Stabenow responded to the passage of the American Healthcare act, “House Republicans passed a plan that would raise costs for Michigan families, eliminate protections if you or a family member has a preexisting condition like cancer or a heart condition, and take us back to the days when insurance companies were in charge of your health care.  I will strongly oppose this plan in the Senate.”

The healthcare bill has been criticized for a change that gives states the option to waive pre-existing coverage requirements. Pre-existing conditions are a label sometimes applied at birth.

Vintage Rose seeks new Steamer

Vintage Rose in Hart is in need of a new steamer for the store, and are looking to raise $200.00 to purchase a new Rowenta Steam Station. According to their facebook page, they have been using their current Steam Stations for 6 or 7 years for sometimes up to 6 hours a day. Vintage Rose is a tax-deductible 501(c) 3 charitable resale shop whose proceeds benefit the Choices West Counseling Youth Services Programs. The programs provide counseling if needed and a yearly fly-fishing challenge. Vintage Rose has also provided clothing and household items to other agencies as needed, including C.O.V.E and Oceana’s Home Partnership.Those looking to donate should contact Barb at Vintage Rose.

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