Ludington Elks Closing Forever.

The local Elks club #736 in downtown Ludington has closed.  The closure was discovered when the Ludington lodge was no longer on the national website.  The national headquarters verified that the local club had been closed. A spokeman told mom news that last week John Amen (A-men), National leader of the Elks issued an executive order to merge the local club into the Manistee Elks.  That means that  the assets and liabilities will be absorbed by the Manistee lodge.  It also means that the downtown Ludington facility is gone forever.  The Elks club peaked with a 1.6 million membership in 1981 to 800,000 today. 

The Ludington Lake Jump is Tomorrow

The Ludington Lake Jump is finally here. Registration begins tomorrow at 930 am at the Stearns Beach in Ludington. We expect over 300 community members down at the beach and with sunny skies in the forecast. The Jump will take place at exactly 11:00 am jumpers are asked to arrive well in advance. The proceeds this year are going to the new Ludington Maritime Museum which is expected to open next year.


West Shore Bank Closing two Branches

West Shore Bank will be closing two area branches in June.  The Walkerville and Fountain offices are set to close on June 12th.  Customers at those offices received letters last month. West Shore Bank has experienced a growth of over 25% in the past ten years.Bank President and CEO, Raymond Biggs states “Customers are using telephone, online and mobile channels with greater frequency, and coming to the bank less often for routine needs. West Shore Bank has invested heavily in technology and infrastructure to more efficiently and conveniently serve its customers. An additional 4 million dollars will be invested in the next eight years to further update West Shore Bank's technology. West Shore Bank, an independent and locally owned bank, currently has assets over $385 million and has been serving the area for over 116 years.

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