Friends of Ludington State park seek donations for new accessible playground

The Friends of the Ludington state park are raising  $200,000 needed to build an accessible and family-friendly playground at the Hamlin beach picnic area of Ludington State Park and are asking for your help. A video presentation of the new playground was created by GameTime, the manufacturer of the equipment.


It can be seen on You Tube at

Those who wish to donate to the project, can now do so with the Community Foundation for Mason County at Friends of Ludington State Park seeks to raise $200,000 for the playground which will feature areas for ages 2-5 and ages 5-12. Friends of Ludington State Park has committed $30,000 towards the project and has been informed by the Michigan DNR Parks Division it intends to provide a match of about that amount. If the remaining funds are raised by late winter, construction would take place in June, of next year, using volunteers to keep costs low. Included in the $200,000 amount, is a maintenance fund to cover the cost of future repairs and maintenance.

Four bicycles stolen in Ludington


On July 13th, 2017 the Ludington Police Department received reports of four (4) bicycle thefts and one wallet stolen from a vehicle at Cartier Park Campground in Ludington.  The thefts occurred between 10:00 pm on July 12th and 6:30 am on July 13th.  The only bicycles stolen were “high end” bikes, implying the suspect(s) knew what they were looking for. Anyone with any  information is asked to call Mason-Oceana 911 @ (231) 869-5858 or Detc. Aaron Sailor @ (231) 843-3425.

Fiduciary Rule Reviewed

Thursday, Representative Bill Huizenga (R-MI) led a hearing to examine the impact of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule on the capital markets. The fiduciary requires anyone who handles retirement assets and gives advice must adhere to a new “impartial conduct standards.” requiring more transparency in regards to fees and honesty about services. According to research by the American Action Forum, The rule has the potential to increase consumer costs by $46 billion, or approximately $800 annually per account, in addition to the $1500 in duplicative fees for retirement savers that have already paid a fee on their commission-based account. 

Fish fry for Hospice

The Ludington Boat Club is hosting its 29th Annual Fish Fry/Boil and Auction to benefit Hospice of Michigan.  Suggested donation will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on live and silent  auction packages, along with a quilt raffle. The Boat Club is accepting additional auction items.  “The Ludington Boat Club is proud to continue this great event that supports Hospice of Michigan’s mission, vision and values,” said Steve Leedham, Ludington Boat Club commodore. “Proceeds will remain in the community, allowing Hospice of Michigan to provide hospice and palliative care to patients and families throughout the Ludington area.”

Since 1989, the Ludington Fish Fry/Boil and Auction has raised more than $297,000 for Hospice of Michigan. The 29th Annual Fish Fry will occur on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Ludington Boat Club.  To donate an auction item or for more event information, contact Deb Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stabenow introduces Growing Small Businesses Act

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced the Growing Small Businesses Act yesterday.  The bill provides a 25 percent tax credit for the cost of buildings and equipment for a business’s first commercial production facility.   “During my small business tour, I have met so many talented entrepreneurs who are working hard every day to grow their businesses and create jobs,” said Senator Stabenow.  


Since the 1970s, small businesses have created 55 percent of all new jobs. Some examples of businesses that would qualify for the tax credit in the Growing Small Businesses Act include food and beverage companies, software companies, film and sound production studios, and manufacturers.  If the business does not owe income taxes, the tax credit would be refundable against a business’s payroll taxes up to $250,000.

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