Vanderwall works to enahce post seconadary education

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Representative Curt Vanderwall and several other Representatives met with Governor Snyder yesterday to discuss career trades, technical training and the importance of community college.  First, he emphasized the importance of Community College.

“[Community College] allows [students] to remain home, go to school for 2 years and those credits will fully transfer to any major university. It allows them to save a lot of money, get a great education a really move through the system a lot quicker than if they went to a major university.” Said Representative Vanderwall. During his meeting with Governor Snyder, Vanderwall also stressed the value of skilled trades. “All up and down our district right now we’re hurting for folks to fill these great paying jobs. This is going to give people the opportunity for specialized training, working through those things at a local level so they can actually hold a job at the same time they are going to school.”

Rhythm and Dunes Lineup announced

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West Shore Bank has announced the lineup for the sixth annual Rhythm and Dunes community concert series. It will take place Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, August 5, 2017. This summer’s headliners are Mirage, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band and Pop Vinyl, a southern California premiere dance band. Both free shows are set to take place at the Waterfront Park Pavilion in Downtown Ludington beginning at approximately 7 p.m. The event raises funds for music programs at local area schools.  Last year’s event raised over $10,500.

Mason County adds trail for snowshoe lovers

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A 1.7 mile snowshoe trail  has been designated at the Mason County Picnic Area.The Mason County Parks and Recreation Committee created the trail at the park site adjacent to the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The project was completed with support from Consumers Energy and DTE who jointly own the park that is operated by Mason County. The looped trail begins at Chauvez road and is designed to be traveled clockwise. The trail joins the park road before ending at Chauvez road entrance.

Nation counts those without homes.

cold snow person winterToday is the National Point in Time count to gather data regarding the amount of people who are without a home. Kittie Tuinstra, Executive Director of Oceana’s Home Partnership explained, “Its gives us a snapshot of what homelessness looks like in our community, right now, today. It's not an all inclusive count [or] representative of numbers for people experiencing homelessness throughout the year. These are one of the benchmarks HUD looks at when looking at the level of need that is present in the community. It's important, especially in rural areas, that we do our best to try to find everybody to get them connected with services and get them counted because every person matters.” If you are or are aware of someone who is currently experiencing Homelessness, Ms. Tuinstra encouraged connecting with the local Housing Agency in order to be included in tonight's count. The Housing Agency for Mason and Manistee County is Truenorth Community Services, their number is (231) 924-0641. Oceana County’s Housing Agency is Oceana’s Home Partnership and can be contacted at (231)873-2222.

Community Foundation celebrates generosity

The Community Foundation of Oceana County has announced a successful giving season in Oceana County. “Every day in December felt like Christmas Day,” said Tammy Carey, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Oceana County. Donations exceeded the goal of matching the $25,000 challenge grant to Oceana CAN! that was pledged by Kresge Foundation. The goal of Oceana CAN! is to prepare all students to be college and career ready – to have the mindset and resources to pursue and complete further education after high school. There was also an anonymous donor’s promise to match contributions to the Foundation’s Community Investment Fund up to $25,000 was also exceeded. Finally, 16 of the 19 Oceana nonprofits in 2016 who applied for the community wishlist were fulfilled by individuals and organizations this year. “This is more than triple the number of wishes that were met in 2015,” said Carey.  

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