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West Shore celebrates 50 years with new inductees

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“I can say it was absolutely fun, exciting, and what an opportunity to be a part of West Shore because it is our community college.” Said James Pinkerton, one of the nine inducted into the Mentor society on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of West Shore Community College’s founding.  

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The Mentor Society was created to recognize people for their leadership in the founding and development of West Shore Community College. Inductees also included Sharon Bluhm, Darwin Booher, Ruth Gustafson, Chrissie and David Hall, Jack and Shirley Rasmussen and Gerald Svendor.

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This years founder's celebration included the creation of the new Cornerstone Society, designed to honor businesses, organizations, and foundations that provided financial resources to move the college forward. The first group of Cornerstone Society inductees included West Shore Bank, the Delta Foundation and the Paine Family Foundation.

Gun and drug arrest in Mason County

On Wednesday, deputies arrived at the Holiday Inn to respond to a report of an overdose. Upon arrival deputies found a 35 year-old man from the Miami FL area unconscious and Isreal Antonio Burgos, age 39 also from FL, loading property into a pickup truck.  Deputies recovered 4 long guns, one shot gun and three handguns, suspected cocaine, LSD, heroin, and marijuana during the original investigation. Burgos has been arraigned and is currently lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $500,000.00 bond. The 35 year-old unconscious man has been transported to Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids where his condition is unknown at this time. As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, deputies conducted a traffic stop on the southbound US31 on-ramp from US10.  As a result a 28 year-old Free Soil man was arrested on charges of violating concealed carry, felon in possession of a weapon and possession of Marijuana.  Deputies recovered 2 handguns during the traffic stop.

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Spectrum has a heart for cardiac

Cardiac rehab team 25th anniversary

The cardiac rehabilitation staff at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is celebrating the program’s 25th anniversary this month. Starting with 4 patients in March,1992 the program has expanded to 150 patients, ranging in age from 46 to 94 years.  In 2007 the program staff began working with individuals who have chronic breathing problems, and recently they have expanded to working with folks who have congestive heart failure. Referral from a physician is required to join the program. Those who have questions or would like more information are invited to contact the department at 231-845-2295.

Jason Kennedy chosen as new Superintendient

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The ludington area school district board of directors choose a new superintendent last night after a final round of interviews. Before making their choice, board members commented on the difficult choice, with both applicants being strong candidates for the position. In the end, it was Jason Kennedy who has been chosen to lead the Ludington Area School district after the retirement of Andrea Large in the end of June. Jason Kennedy began his interview by expressing joy at staying in the area recently and thanked the administrative team as they showed him around the district and system. Communication and putting the kids first were common themes in his answers throughout the interview. In regards to plans for the future Kennedy said, “I have 15-20 years left in education, I would love nothing more than to put down roots in ludington and be here a long time.”

West Shore hosts Nurse Career fair

Nursing Career Day (NCD), an annual event sponsored by West Shore Community College’ s Nursing and Allied Health Division, was held wednesday in the college’s Tech Center Atrium.

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Now in its 15th year, NCD is designed to create a forum for WSCC nursing students and alumni to connect with employers and, healthcare-related organizations, as well as undergraduate and graduate schools of nursing.

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“It gives our students an opportunity to speak with prospective employers and colleges for those students wishing to further their education beyond West Shore.” stated the college’s Director of Nursing Ruth Freebury. “Many students have found employment from this event and the students have been busy preparing their resumes and thinking about questions they might ask of the vendors related to education or employment.”

Twenty two hospitals, healthcare-related organizations, and colleges were represented at this year’s event.

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