Gus Macker accepts concession and non-profit applications

Concession applications from non-profits organizations for the 2017 Gus Macker Charity Basketball tournament are now being accepted by the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce. They are also accepting applications from charities who want to provide event volunteers and receive funding from the tournament. Completed applications are due Monday, April 24, 2017. Non-Profits to receive funding will be chosen by Gus Macker Charity Selection committee. The Committee will take into consideration the impact of the project or organization on the local community.The amount of money awarded to the designated charities or non-profit organizations will be dependent on the profitability of the overall tournament and the amount of volunteer effort provided by the charity.

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The deadline to submit an application for concession is Tuesday, April 25, 2017. For additional information on how to become a concessionaire contact the Chamber, 231.845.0324 Applications can either be downloaded from the Chamber of Commerce website,, or picked up at the Chamber office 5300 W. US 10, Ludington, MI 49431. The annual tournament is scheduled for June 17 and 18, 2017.

Huizenga holds virtual town hall

Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) will hold a Facebook Town Hall with residents of the Second District today at 6:30 PM. To participate in this event, residents are encouraged to head to Congressman Huizenga’s Facebook Page.

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Rep. Bill Huizenga at Lake County Town Hall Februrary 25th, 2017

For residents who already “like” Rep. Huizenga’s page, Facebook should send a “push notification” when the event begins.

Makers Market celebrates one year anniversary


Makers Market is celebrating their one year anniversary today, March 22nd by offering a free make and materials from noon until 7pm. All ages are welcome to use the tools, space, and materials free of charge. Volunteers will be onsite to help with a project brought from home, or one you make from scratch.

Stabenow works to amend tax laws


U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced legislation yesterday amending our tax laws.  The bill makes it clear that both companies using contract manufacturers and the contract manufacturers themselves are eligible to claim tax deductions that reward domestic manufacturing activities in the United States. Senator Stabenow’s legislation would clarify tax law section 199. It provides companies with a 9% deduction on their income from domestic manufacturing activities, making U.S. manufacturing a more attractive investment. Under current tax law, it is unclear whether a company using a contract manufacturer or the contract manufacturer itself is eligible to claim the deduction.  

Chief Barnett presents Annual Report to City Council

The Ludington City Council met last night. The Jaycees Freedom Festival was approved. Brent Bosley was approved as assessor for the City of Ludington and the City renewed the Stearns Park Concession agreement with Stacy Sutton for 5 more years.


Chief Barnett presented the City Council with the Ludington Police Department annual report. Total activity decreased from 2015 to 2016 by 2,394. Traffic citations saw a slight increase, while complaints investigated, arrests and parking violations all decreased. There was also a decrease in person and property crimes. Chief Barnett noted a significant decrease in drunk driving arrests and cited, among other reasons, a shift in social norms as the reason for the decrease.  Chief Barnett also noted a vacancy in the department that has not been filled. He discussed the challenge of attracting officers to the Ludington area as new recruits are enticed by larger cities, such as Grand Rapids, as they work to replace their retiring police force.


Last nights meeting was the first discussion of ordinance changes in the 4th ward. The changes are the result of a review of the zoning ordinance to ensure the master plan is being followed. Michael Krauch, Council member for the 4th ward said, “I think it's just going to modernize the uses we can have, particularly in the Washington Street corridor down by Copeyon Park. We’ve got multiple commercial buildings that because of the way the permitted uses in that particular zoning district were laid out you had to get some really niche businesses that could go in there. [This will] allow those building owners and business owners to be more general in their application.”


The meeting concluded with the confirmation of Nick Krieger to the Mason County District Library Board and to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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