Fit Club celebrates with Family Fun Day

The Win with Wellness Fit Club held its annual Family Fun Day on Sunday at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital . This year 14 schools and 3,800 students in Mason, Oceana and Lake counties took part in Fit Club. All together, the kids logged more than 105,000 miles of exercise during the school year.

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On Sunday, Elementary students and parents were invited to the hospital grounds, where a variety of giant inflatable slides and active games allowed kids to showcase the fitness they’d been practicing all year. All who completed a 100 mile run/walk challenge during the year were entered in a drawing for bicycles.  

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Fit Club started in Ludington Area Schools three years ago. Schools in Baldwin, Walkerville and Shelby joined the free community wellness program this year, while schools in Scottville, Custer, Hart and Pentwater participated for the second year.

Oceana County crowns Asparagus Queen

The Oceana County National Asparagus Festival crowned Vicki Platt as the 2017 Nation Asparagus Queen on Saturday. She is donating her prize money to the Oceana Council on Aging and Adult Day Care.


1st Runner Up was awarded to Valerie Fedewa. The Joan Glover National Asparagus Festival Royale Parade will be Saturday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in Hart.

Community Foundation releases Spring Grant Awards

The Advisory Board of the Community Foundation for Mason County recently approved grant awards throughout Mason County. A total of $64,040 was awarded.


  • The Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce received a grant of $7,500 to raise awareness about professional opportunities in the area and inform housing/mixed-used developers of development opportunities in Mason County.

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association was awarded $3,000 to support the 150th birthday celebration of the Big Sable lighthouse.

  • The Mason County Walleye Association received a grant of $6,000 to support the expansion of the Walleye Food Pond, in order to restock Hamlin Lake for recreational fishing.

  • The West Shore Blades Figure Skating Club received a grant of $1,500 to support the program startup of West Shore Blades. An organization which prepares skaters for both figuring skating and hockey.


Grant applications are accepted twice each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. Nonprofit organizations interested in seeking grant support from the Community Foundation are encouraged visit for additional information about the process.  A complete list of spring 2017 grant awards is available at

WSCC staff call for dismissal

WSCC President Dr. Kenneth Urban was noticeably absent from Thursday's trustee meeting to certify the 2017 Tax Levy. Board Chairman Bruce Smith commented that he had never seen such a crowd interested in a Tax levy, welcoming those who were present to make a public comment to fill out a form and submit any written copies of their comments to the board so that they could present them to Dr. Urban. During public comment  President of the Faculty Association, Professor Matthew Sanderson addressed the board first, speaking on behalf of all West Shore Community College employees and called for the immediate dismissal of President Urban.

Dr. Urban is a good person, he's not a bad guy, he hasn't done anything immoral that we're aware of.” Said Sanderson, “Many people have regarded his self-evaluation as a slap in the face to the board. From the beginning it's says that the board doesn't understand the role of the president. There's  a perception that throughout the self-evaluation he takes all the credit and blames everyone else for problems with his presidency. Following the boards weak appraisal and the president self-evaluation we felt it was time to speak.” In a straw poll conducted by Professor Sanderson, 24 of 26 support staff and Administrators voted in favor of an immediate dismissal.


Irma Hinojosa, President of the Educational Support Staff group, also spoke, re-affirming Professor Sanderson's comments and expressing her concern at Dr. Urbans ability to communicate effectively, lead by example and make positive decisions that impact the college. Dr. Brooke Portmann, Dean of Arts & Sciences provided the final public comment, once again reaffirming statements already said as well as commenting on the low moral of current professors.

Matthew Sanderson Abbreviated Statement

Matthew Sanderson Full Statement

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