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.

West Shore hosts holocaust survivor

West Shore Community College, in partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Muskegon, will host Kindtertransport survivor Dr. Renata Laxova on Tues., April 25, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the WSCC Center Stage Theater.


Laxova was one of 669 Jewish children in Czechoslovakia saved from the Nazis by British humanitarian Sir Nicholas George Winston’s effort known as the Kindertransport. This was a series of rescue efforts between 1938 and 1940 which brought thousands of Jewish children to Great Britain. Laxova will provide a firsthand account of her experiences. This presentation is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. For more information, or if you are interested in bringing a school group, contact Mike Nagle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231-843-5905 to make a reservation.

Ludington Optimists invite applications to Fred Slimmen Memorial Jr. Golf Tournament

The Optimist Club of Ludington is accepting applications for the Fred Slimmen Memorial Jr. Golf Tournament. Children ages 10-18 are encouraged to apply and participate in a qualifying game.


One qualifier game will be May 21st at 1:00 P.M., at Lincoln Hills Country Club. The cost for the Fred Slimmen Memorial Jr. Golf Tournament is $10 per person and includes lunch, bucket of balls, and round of golf for each player. Please register by May 12th. Questions can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The sculpture trail continues

Fountain was in full force on Saturday with attendance high at the Heritage Park Sculpture Trail dedication.

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The first sculpture was installed in 2001 at Waterfront Park. Those first sculptures are widely viewed as the trailhead for the Mason County Sculpture Trail which has grown to Rotary Park, the Library and now into Fountain. A New Era artist, Rubin Llano, made the “Out of the Woods” sculpture using modelling stone to create the impressive work horses and log.

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During the invocation, Bill Anderson spoke about the public response to the statue, “I am so impressed with the deep attachment that the local people in Fountain have felt for this project and what they have contributed.”   

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