The sculpture trail continues

Fountain was in full force on Saturday with attendance high at the Heritage Park Sculpture Trail dedication.

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The first sculpture was installed in 2001 at Waterfront Park. Those first sculptures are widely viewed as the trailhead for the Mason County Sculpture Trail which has grown to Rotary Park, the Library and now into Fountain. A New Era artist, Rubin Llano, made the “Out of the Woods” sculpture using modelling stone to create the impressive work horses and log.

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During the invocation, Bill Anderson spoke about the public response to the statue, “I am so impressed with the deep attachment that the local people in Fountain have felt for this project and what they have contributed.”   

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Health fair comes to West Shore

West Shore Community College’s graduating nursing students, will hold the annual Community Health Promotion Fair on Wed., April 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Next Generation Learning Center in Manistee.

WSCC Senior Nursing Student President Chelsie Leonard explained, “This is an opportunity for the senior nursing students of West Shore Community College, who will graduate with their Associates in Registered Nursing this May of 2017, to utilize the education and interpersonal skills they have gained throughout their two years in the WSCC Nursing Program.”  

There will be will include 12-14 interactive booths, including FREE vision and hearing screenings for children five and under provided by District Health Department #10 and dental screenings provided by Northwest Michigan Health Services. Informational booths will also include blood glucose monitoring, diabetes, bone marrow drive, immunizations, skin cancer awareness, and more.

Sports Hall of Fame reveals Lake Jump results

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After more than 131 people jumped into Lake Michigan on Saturday, a total of $22,433 was raised for the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame. Todd “Scoop’ Hansen was the individual winner, raising $1,082.72.

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The varsity boys basketball team raised the most as a team, receiving $4125 with the help of the elementary and middle school basketball teams. The proposed Sports Center will be located in the heart of downtown Ludington, and is based on the premise that strong, positive life lessons are the foundation for building successful and rewarding lives. Construction on exhibits for the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame are expected to begin next year.

Spectrum Leapfrogs towards greatness

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital received an “A” grade for patient safety in the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The “A” ranking places the Ludington hospital among the safest hospitals in the United States and repeats the group’s highest ranking, which the hospital also received in the fall of 2016. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is one of 823 hospitals nationwide to receive Leapfrog’s highest rating for patient safety. Randy Kelley, president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital said, “I congratulate all concerned for this achievement. It reflects the fine performance of our medical and clinical staff, and underscores their commitment to sustained excellence in patient outcomes.” To see Ludington Hospital’s full grade, and to access tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

A new Large role

The Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFMC) has announced Andrea D. Large as Executive Director for the Community Foundation for Mason County upon the retirement of Jeanne Oakes, June 30, 2017.

Andrea D. Large is currently the Superintendent of Ludington Area Schools and has filled this role since July of 2013. She will begin her new role as executive director in July. Prior to her appointment as Superintendent, she served as Principal of Franklin Elementary School for twelve years. Her additional 13 years of educational experiences include a year at Mason County Schools as Principal, three years in Hart Public Schools as Counselor and Principal and she taught 4th Grade at Grosbeak ISD in Texas.


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“I am honored to work collaboratively with individuals and organizations in our community to continue the legacy of giving that Mike and Jeanne Oakes have created through their work with Community Foundation for Mason County,” said Ms. Large.

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