Three currently interested in 5th ward council seat

With the recent resignation of Nick Tykowski as fifth ward councilor, three names have emerged to take his seat on the city commission.

Steve Miller, a promotion manager at WMOM has filed his name for the position.  Steve Miller currently serves on the Downtown Development authority. Wally Cain,  IT Director for FloraCraft, has expressed interest in the position. Cain has served on the zoning board of appeals and the Mason County building authority.  Michael Shaw of Ludington has also filed a letter with the city to take over Tykowski’s unexpired term. Shaw has previously served on the Mason County Planning and zoning Department in 2014.

City Clerk, Debbie Luskin has fielded calls from other interested parties. The deadline for notifying the City of an interest in the position is May 30th. The City Council will interview the prospective candidates in an open forum beginning at 4:00 pm, Monday June 12th.

City Council says goodbye to 5th ward Councilor

The city said goodbye to councilor Nick Tyoski during his last city council meeting last night. Nick was honored by the city with a key to the city for his years of deticated service. The city is now accepting letters of interest for the 5th ward council seat. You must live in the 5th ward and submit your letter to Deb Luskin by Tuesday May 30th at 5:00pm. The council will have 30 days from June 1st to make a determination on who will fill the seat of counselor Nick Tykoski. Interviews are scheduled for June 12th at 4pm, at which time the council will appoint someone to serve as 5th ward councilor until the election on Nov 6th 2018.

The shark tank returns to Mason County

The Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Momentum Business Plan Competition. This offers $50,000 to an independent for-profit or nonprofit with a viable business idea, plan or invention. An existing company must make less than $100,000 in sales or revenue annually. The winner must start or relocate the business in Mason County. The winner also receives advising from the Momentum board of directors comprised of local CEOs and business leaders, as well as the 2016 winner. A second prize of $5,000 will be offered this year, provided by the Mason County Growth Alliance. Eligible contestants can upload a business plan to until July 31. Entrance requirements and rules also can be found on the contest website,

Dr. Urban responds to rural criticism

In a 12 page self-evaluation Dr. Kenneth Urban responded to the WSCC board of trustees evaluation, implying that the board does not understand the role of a College President. Using data from his calendar, Dr Urban outlined that 56 percent of his time was spent focused internally on the college, 28 percent external and the remaining time was spend between board meetings and professional development. He highlighted his involvement in the development of the new ag. Science program in partnership with MSU extension and the proposed Computer Science Specialist and medical assistant programs. 


He also focused on the 50 year celebration, his development of the cornerstone society and involvement in numerous community boards, including Mason County Historical Society board and Manistee County Library Board.

To see the self evaluation, click here.

The WSCC Board of Trustees evaluation can be found here.

Doppel Dock kicks off Legacy Park

Wet spring weather didn’t deter early arrivals and walk ups from attending Saturday's Doppel Dock Legacy Park Fundraiser. The event started on land with the taste of Downtown ludington restaurants. After boarding the Badger, attendees then got the opportunity to choose from many different breweries while exploring the ship.


The event was to raise money for the renovation of the James St plaza into what will become Legacy Park. The entry of the park will honor our native american heritage, and the council of the three fires. The sculpture trail will be expanded into Legacy Park, with Ludington's Family Tree. This sculpture will include names of donors, illuminated apples and a pass through memorializing the past leaders of Ludington.

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Community Development Director Heather Tykoski explained the need for the renovation.  “We need the space. We need a permanent home for the farmers market and a lot of that area was a road that had been renovated a little by little but still there was tripping hazards in there. We needed a start fresh and to go through and redo the concrete and the cement in there.  Then, when we started thinking about Ludington we wanted to represent all of Ludington history so we wanted people to be able to walk through the gathering space and know where Ludington came from why it is it is what it is today and why it still here”  Legacy ParkThe fundraising goal is set for $1 million to complete the project.

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