Watson's are now Ludingtons official Chrysler Dodge dealer

The local Chrysler Dodge dealer has changed hands as of last Wednesday March 11. For many years the Healy family has operated the franchise, originally in Scottville. 
Chrysler-dot-com now identifies Watson's Ludington as the local authorized Chrysler/Dodge dealer. Watson's operates Chrysler dealerships in Manistee and Benzie counties. Cody Watson says "We look forward to meeting the customers of Ludington and already have current clients from our other stores paying us a visit in our new location."  The dealership is located at 3632 US 10 Ludington.  When Great Lake's ford moved into its new building, the Chrysler dealership moved into the old Ford garage at the US 10 location. 

A cold February for Michiganders

Michigan boasts one of the coldest Februarys in the country. Compared to normal temperatures, Michigan stamped the second coldest February temperatures, second only to Ohio. Most cities in Michigan averaged 13 to 14 degrees below the normal average temperature. This year in fact Grand Rapids recorded its coldest February on record.

The Ludington Lake Jump has been postponed due to lack of safe access.

The Ludington Lake jump will be postponed this year to April 11th. DPW Supt. Joe Stickney, PD Cpt. Mike Harrie and City Manager John Shay all agree;  At this time there is no easy access to open water due to ice.  For safety reasons and the fact that it  would be very difficult for the DPW to move the frozen sand to open up an area on the beach for the Lake Jump, that the event be postponed until April 11th.  

The good news is that it gives the community more time to donate to the Ludington Maritime Museum.


Likely cause for garage fire released.

Probable cause for garage fire in Manistee is uncovered. The hobby garage went up on in flames on 185 Taylor street the first of this month. The Michigan State police, the Manistee police, and the property owners insurance say that it is probable that the cause of the fire was the use of a welder operated by a private contractor thawing a frozen water line at an adjacent property. Further investigation is still taking place. Nearly a dozen antique cars were destroyed, no one was injured however.  

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