Agriculture loan program extention passes house


Representative VanderWalls House Bill 4562 passed the house on Tuesday. According to Vanderwall, the bill extends the state’s 2012 low-interest ag disaster loan program, which had been due to expire. “Basically what it does is, the folks in our farming community, in case of drought or freeze like we had again this year, it extended the sunset [so] that they can get a low interest loan to make sure they can continue to pay their bills and don't lose their farm”

The bill also keeps the structure of the program in law so, should the governor declare another crop disaster, the Legislature would need to allocate funds before farmers could receive loans. The bill, part of a four-bill package clarifying farmers’ eligibility to receive tax exemptions when buying grain bins and equipment, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Student Athletes honored by Sports Hall of Fame

The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2016-17 Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year. Mason County Central's Jacob Shoop was named the Male Student-Athlete of the Year. This year, two were named as female student athletes of the year;  Jordan Goodman from Mason County Eastern  and Ludington's Lauren Biggs. President of the Sports Hall of Fame, Vic Burwell explained what the Sports Hall of Fame looks for when picking the student athletes,  “The male and female high school athlete of the year, we feel epitomizes what we would like to see in a quality individual. Not only do we recognize the athletic talent that they possess and their skill sets in that area, but we look at things like great point average,  their citizenship, what they're involved with and what they do in the community. When you look at someone that you want to hold in high esteem. You do it not just because they've attain something but because they are something.” The Student athletes will receive a scholarship and be recognized at the 2017 Sports hall of Fame Induction ceremony on June 17th.

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

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