West Shore Community College hosts planned giving seminar

The West Shore Community College Foundation is hosting a planned giving seminar on Thurs., June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the college’s Administration and Conference Bldg. The seminar will feature a variety of fund development topics including the basics of bequests, lifetime gifts, gifts via wills and trusts, retained income gifts, and more.


The keynote speaker is Matthew Downey who has worked in the non-profit sector as a consultant, program manager and development officer for nearly 20 years.  “Fund development professionals or those looking for opportunities to give to area charitable organizations will benefit from this seminar.” said Thom Hawley, the executive director of WSCC’s Foundation.  “The intent is to provide the financial tools foundations and individuals can use to retain more donor dollars to support charitable projects in our region,” A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Reservation is required and may be made by contacting Tasha Dault at 843-5805. More information can be found at

Coast Guard celebrates National Safe Boating week.

The US Coast guard is asking boaters to to know weather and water conditions as they travel into lakes and rivers this summer. Petty Officer Chris Romero said, “Make sure that you have  all your proper gear on board. Make sure you have your lifejackets for everybody. With those lifejackets make sure they're the right size for the people if you have kids on board and make sure they have make sure they have kids life jackets and vice versa and adults have adult lifejackets.”

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You are also required to keep a sound making device, such as a whistle in order to alert other boaters in case you become distressed. The Coast guard aux and paddleboard shop in scottville is hosting an event at the Loomis St boat ramp today from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Paddle board information will be provided as well as vessel examinations. “Vessel examinations are for anybody willing to come out and get their paddleboard stuff or  their life jacket checked or if someone comes by with a boat and trailer and they want to get it checked out by the US Coast Guard they can still do that to make sure everybody is safe and in compliance with  all the federal laws.”  Inspected vessels will receive a sticker to place on your boat to identify it has been inspected. In case of emergency while on the water, you can reach the US Coast Guard on channel 16.

Arraignment for overdose death

On May 25, Cody Ricky Kott, of Manistee was arraigned on the charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Causing Death.

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In February of this year, detectives began an investigation into a suspicious death that occurred in the 2300 block of Filer City Road, in Manistee County. Detectives learned that a 23 year old died of an apparent drug overdose. Kott is alleged to have provided the morphine that caused the death of the 23 year old Manistee man. The charge is a felony punishable by up to life in prison or any number of years. Kott is currently lodged in the Manistee County Jail.

Assult in Amber Township

Two people were transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital yesterday evening after a report of someone ramming cars at a residence with his vehicle. During the incident, a person struck one of the people in the head with a metal pipe and struck another on their hand with the pipe. Both were taken to the hospital and the one with the head injury was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital by Aero Med. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident. The case remains under investigation.

West Shore Community College invites Alumni back

West Shore Community College's 6000 plus alumni are invited to a 50th anniversary celebration. The homecoming picnic will occur Friday June 30th at 5pm on the campus quad on the east side of the college’s Technical Center.


Thom Hawley, executive director of the communications and community engagement, said anyone who graduated from or earned at least 45 credits from the college is invited to attend for a picnic style dinner and reunite with others who got their start at WSCC. College retirees, past and present faculty and staff are also invited.In addition to the picnic, the event will include music, tours of the college’s facilities and the unveiling of plans to create an alumni plaza on the campus.The event is free, however an RSVP is required. For more information, visit the college’s web site,


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