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.

Asparagus Queen heads to lansing

Sen. Goeff Hansen, welcomed 2016 Asparagus Queen Mary Harris, Asparagus Queen First Runner-Up Mandy Achterhof and National Asparagus Queen Coordinator Christine Rickard to the Capitol on Wednesday.

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Harris promoted the asparagus industry of Oceana County and provided each senator with a gift of locally grown asparagus. Rockwell Farms of Hart donated the 50 pounds of asparagus for the occasion. The National Asparagus Festival hosts an annual pageant in Hart, where the only asparagus queen in the nation is crowned. The visit was one of Harris’ final appearances of her reign as queen.

4th of July Grand Marshall named

Coach Thad Shank and the Ludington High School Boys Basketball Team accepted the nomination by the Ludington Area Jaycee’s to act as Grand Parade Grand Marshal this year’s Freedom Festival.

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The theme for this year is “Ludington: a Legacy of Community Pride.” A presentation will be made to Coach Shank and the Basketball Team during the Ludington Area Jaycees Summer Kick-Off Concert on Wednesday, June 14th at Waterfront Park in Ludington. The concert, featuring the Scottville Clown Band and their 2017 scholarship recipients, will begin at 7:00 PM and the Grand Marshal presentation will occur during the band’s intermission.

Disability Network West Michigan hires new Director

Disability Network West Michigan has hired Diane N. Fleser as its new executive director. Disability Network West Michigan provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in a five-county area. Fleser, a native of Hart, brings 16 years of experience to her role, including six years with the Michigan Army National Guard.

Diane Fleser

Since 2010, she has worked in a variety of roles with area nonprofits, including six years working with vulnerable populations and four years in program development and design.  Active in the community, Fleser has volunteered with organizations such as,Girls on the Run, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity, United Way and others. Fleser holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in science administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently working on her doctorate in interdisciplinary health science from Western Michigan University. John Wahlberg, chair of the DNWM board. said “Ms. Fleser is experienced in creating and developing strong mission-drive programs within the five counties we serve. She has personal contacts and a history of building hands-on community partnerships.”

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital sees speed limit change

In April, it was announced that US-31 between Oceana County and US-10 would see a speed increase to 75mph, now another stretch of road is seeing a speed change in the opposite direction.  The speed limit on US-31 around Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital will be lowered to 45 mph next week, under the provisions of a new state law.


This reduced speed limit was requested by Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital. The current 55 mph speed limit will remain in effect until new 45 mph speed limit signs are installed on Monday. The hospital, as provided for in the new law, paid installation and material costs for the new signs.

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