Keeping eyes open for the forest

A Few Friends of the Environment is hosting Josh Shields"Eyes of the Forest Workshop" today, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will learn about monitoring and protecting your trees from invasive pests.

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The Michigan Invasive Species reporting online system will be active to allow citizens to report invasive insects. This workshop is free. The event will meet  at the United Methodist Church Pavilion at the trail behind the church, past the garden. You sign up by contacting Joshua Shields at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-3707 ext. 5.

WSCC Commencement ceremonies


The college’s 47th commencement ceremony will be on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Recreation Center Arena. Over 200 West Shore Community College students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates on Friday. Speakers for the event will be President Kenneth Urban, chairman of the board of trustees,Bruce C. Smith,  and  president of the Student Senate, Amber Sadler. Dr. Michael McKinney, professor of biological sciences, will provide the faculty address. The college’s former presidents, Dr. John Eaton, Dr. William Anderson, and Dr. Charles Dillon, will join the ceremony in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary. Following the commencement ceremony, a reception for the graduates and their families will be held in the Administrative and Conference Building.


In Related commencement events:

        The West Shore Community College nursing program will honor 27 graduating nursing students in a pinning ceremony to be held on Thurs., May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Center Stage Theater. Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession. A reception will follow the ceremony.


West Shore Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy cadets will be recognized as graduates during the Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Mon., May 8, in the college’s Center Stage Theater. The keynote speaker will be Newaygo County Sheriff Robert Mendham, a 1995 graduate of the college’s police academy. The training academy is 16 weeks long and there are over 30 instructors who assist with the academy. A reception will follow the ceremony.

History comes alive

Historic White Pine Village will open for it's 41st season this Saturday, May 6th. The Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Educational programming outreach was increased last year to include thousands of students and chaperones who were able to attend the One Room School Experience, History in Action Days, or take a regular tour of the Village with their class.  


This year, volunteers have been working diligently on new exhibits, improved buildings, and gardens.  The theme  "Pioneer Spirit" will feature prairie-themed gardens and temporary exhibits about local pioneers. This year's special events include programs, like "Member Days," and  "Mason County Day" on July 22nd. A complete schedule of events can be found online at

Spring showers bring lightning storms

As the weather changes, lighting will make a more common appearance. Being hit by lighting can cause serious injury or death. Last year, there were 2 deaths in Michigan due to lighting strike, one occurring in Manistee.


According to the National Weather Service, there is no safe place outside in a lighting storm. When you hear thunder, take cover and stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

Baldwin Man arraigned on drug charges

Jayland Meeks

On Thursday April 27, Jayland Bernard Meeks, 21, of Baldwin was arraigned in the Lake County Trial Court on a four count felony warrant. Meeks was arraigned on three counts of Delivery of Cocaine and one count of Delivery of Heroin. The delivery charges are felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine. Meeks was the subject of an investigation that started in the fall of 2016. As a result of the investigation conducted by SSCENT detectives, a trooper from the Michigan State Police Hart post located and arrested Meeks on April 26th and lodged him in the Lake County Jail. Meeks posted a bond of $6,000.00 and has been released. SSCENT is a multi-jurisdictional task force that serves Manistee, Mason, Oceana, and Lake Counties. If you have information about drug activity in your area, please contact SSCENT at (231) 843-7045 or your local police department.

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