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West Shore Community College Board of Trustees meeting10.17.16

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West Shore Community College Board of Trustees met yesterday afternoon. Mike Ennis opened the meeting by highlighting the importance of childcare provided at community college, saying “ Parent who use childcare are 3x more likely to go on to pursue a bachelor's degree or graduate within 3 years of enrollment.” President Kenneth Urban and the board approved with thanks the donation of “acrobats” a sculpture by the late abstract artist Manierre Dawson, from the Regonold Yaple estate. Senator Darwin Booher and Representative Ray Franz celebrated the role West shore has played in providing education to the community by presenting a legislative tribute. Student senate presented upon current activities. They reported an increase in events, from 3 student senate lead events in at this point last year to 13 this year. Bruce Smith reviewed the financial report, saying  that there has been an increase in enrollment numbers but a decrease in contact hours. The meeting concluded with information regarding an addition of an art gallery and art storage area that are able to fit into the facilities master plan.

Makers Market moving in Spring

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Ludington’s Makers Market  able to stay in their current building on Ludington Ave until at April 1, 2017.  Downtown Ludington will be welcoming a new development in 2017 at the 200 block of Ludington Avenue to provide more commercial and residential space. Makers Market current building will be demolished to make way for this addition to our community. Currently Makers Market is focusing on moving towards a non-profit model.

Forest service clarifies ORV laws

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A law recently signed by Governor Rick Snyder states that ORVs may be used for game retrieval on “public land on which hunting is permitted” and that ORVs may operate on all “Forest Roads” unless closed by DNR. However, the Forest Service would like to remind the public that Cross-country use of ORVs is banned on the Huron-Manistee National Forests and ORVs may be driven only on designated trails and areas on the Huron-Manistee. ORVs may be driven on Forest Service Roads only when that road is part of a designated motorized trail. Motor Vehicle Use Maps that show where it is legal to operate all motorized wheeled vehicles can be found here. You can contact the Huron-Manistee National forest office at online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/hmnf/ or call  1-231-775-2421

Ludington City Council 10.10.16

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The Ludington City Council met Monday night. A motion to accept the Pure Ludington Brrewfest in January was met with giggles. Questions were raised regarding the change of the location and the use of restrooms, but was ultimately approved. During the public comment, concern was expressed regarding community substance abuse and the impact of beer festivals has on the community culture. The City also voted to approve an agreement between the City of Ludington and Pennies from Heaven to split the property and cost of redevelopment at the former lakeshore lumber property.

Oktoberfest welcomes a fall crowd

Oktoberfest beer and music festival occurred and crowds were undaunted by the brisk fall weekend. Friday’s pub crawl games received positive community response. Saturday's chili walk was successful, with attendees noting crowds mulling around downtown finishing their last bite. The weekend concluded with the Chardon Polka Band kicking off the live music with songs with polka spirit. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers drew a crowd to the stage throughout their performance concluding the night with high energy. Bells

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