Chamber Nominees Announced

Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce have announced 2016 award nominees. 2016 Community Service Award nominees include Tom & Patricia Ezdebski, Dave & Sheila preston, Ed Santarelli, Dr. Rick Plummer, Sally & Jerry Cole, the Petunia Parade and Kathy Radtke. Business of the Year nominations include Lighthouse Realty, Servpro, The Shade Tree Mechanic, and Century 21 Bayshore. Winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on May 6th.

Brrrewfest benefits Ludington State Park

On Tuesday, the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau presented a check to the Friends of Ludington State Park. 775 attendees at Brrrew fest resulted in the single largest donation received by the Friends of the Ludington State Park to date of $13,322.10.

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Bob Sasin, president of the Friends of Ludington State Park, announced that the funds would be seed money toward the construction of a playground located at the Hamlin Beach picnic area in Ludington State Park. As construction nears, Friends of the Ludington State Park will seek public input on the playground design.

Lights out in Ludington

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A heavy wind and rain storm whipped up just after 3:00am this morning resulting in power going out a little after 4:00am in Ludington and the surrounding area. Many businesses lost power and others are still without electricity. According to Spectrum Cable, phone lines are currently down but the internet is working in select locations. North Lakeshore Drive is closed by the cemetery due to some downed power lines. School has been cancelled for Ludington Area School, Ludington Catholic, and West Shore ESD  for Thursday April 20th. Dimensions Unlimited and several other business are closed due to the outages. WMCMH is also closed but is accepting calls at 845-6294. Electrical power is being restored to businesses and homes one by one.

Class is in session at the Vogue

A class of Baker College students is going to work to help quantify the impacts and potential marketing strategies for the Vogue Theatre.  The Theatre was reopened in December 2013, backed by grants and donations of $2.1 million from 740 people and organizations.

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"Anecdotally, we know of many positive impacts on the Manistee community since the Vogue opened its doors," said Steve Brower, member of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee nonprofit Board of Directors. "We're hoping that this Baker College study can help us get at the facts about the Theatre's impacts and steps we can take to reach an even broader audience of Theatre-goers." The Baker College Class taught by Adam Hatchew and is the most recent of several Baker College classes that have used real-word conditions in Manistee County as a theme for learning.

"One objective is to assess the economic impact of the Theatre on local businesses," says Hatchew.   " We will attempt to determine the impact of existing Vogue marketing programs and provide recommendations on ways marketing might be expanded.  We also hope to do a community survey of businesses and we hope people will provide us input that will be invaluable."  Hatchew said the project will be completed in early June.

Former Miss. Ludington Area continues dress distribution

The prom and formal dress distribution, coordinated in part by former Miss Ludington Area Shelby Soberalski has been extended to another day. Over 250 dresses were originally donated for the cause to provide formal dresses to local girls.  According to Ms. Soberalski, public response was great, people were surprised by the selection of dresses offered on Monday and people continue to inquire about both donating dresses and picking out a dress.

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Ms. Soberalski spoke about the inspiration for the dress distribution. “I had just come back from Miss Michigan, and I had such a body confidence experience going to Miss Michigan and having a dress and feeling wonderful in it, and that's an experience that every young girl should have.” Ms. Soberalski will be distributing dresses again tonight, Wednesday April 19th from 5:30 until 8:30 at Emmanuel Lutheran.

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