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5th ward councillor appointed

Wally Cain has been appointed as 5th ward councillor for the City of Ludington.

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All three who ran received nominations for the position, but the winner would still need 4 votes to be confirmed by the council. In the first round of voting, both Wally Cain and Steve Miller received 3 votes with Micheal Shaw receiving the lone vote from Dick Rathsack. During the next vote, councillor Rathsack voted for Cain, resulting in the required 4 votes and the appointment of Wally Cain as 5th Ward councillor.

Friday Night Live returns to Ludington

Downtown Ludington Board has prepared another year of Friday Night Live for locals and visitors to enjoy. “We want to showcase James Street this year.” said  Jen Tooman, who plans this event for the Downtown Ludington Board. “There are so many new businesses that have opened and there are even more slated to open by the end of this year. We also anticipated the start of construction on the new housing development at Ludington and Rath avenues which may have conflicted with some of our activities near the community garden.”

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The events, which take place from 6-9pm on July 14th, 21st, 28th and August 4th will feature live music stages, inflatables, pony rides, Baby Badger rides, and a singing competition. More than 60 businesses and organizations will have booths with free activities as well. Many downtown restaurants will be offering street food like BBQ pork, hot dogs and italian sausage. You’ll also find treats like elephant ears, cotton candy, kettle corn and shaved ice from various food vendors. Check www.DowntownLudington.org/FNL for a complete list of activities and performers for each event.

Spectrum Health Fit Club Awarded

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) will present its 2017 Ludwig Community Benefit Award to three of its member hospitals’ programs during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting today. Win with Wellness Fit Club, a Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital community collaborative, is expected to be honored. Fit Club is designed to foster healthy lifestyle choices starting in early childhood. Hospital educators partner with 41 community resources to deliver Fit Club programming, serving 3,837 children in three counties and 14 schools.

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The goal for Fit Club is a healthier lifestyle and BMI in children after five years. The program will finish its fifth year in 2018-2019. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital , along with other honorees Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Sinai-Grace Hospital;and Munson Medical Center, Traverse City will receive $3,000 from the MHA Health Foundation to assist in its health improvement efforts.

Reckless driver seriously injured in crash

Wednesday, the Mason County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a reckless driver in a grey Toyota Prius on US-10 at approx. 9:13 am. The driver, 52 year old Patrick David O'Brien,  from Muskegon, ended up rear ending a pickup truck which was slowing to turn into a business on US-10. Following the collision, the Prius crossed all five lanes of US-10, ran off the road and struck several trees.  O'Brien was seriously injured in the crash.  He was initially transported by LIFE EMS to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and then transferred down state with serious injuries. He will be released to the mason co jail once discharged. O'Brien was arrested June 15 for 3rd offense drunk driving. At this time it is unclear if Mr. O’Brien suffered a medical condition or if a controlled substance contributed to the crash.  Drug paraphernalia was found in his vehicle and a toxicology test is pending.

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