Jaycees celebrate 2016

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The Ludington Area Jaycees held their year end banquet on Friday.   2016 President, Kandi Fugere presented Jaycees with awards of achievement for 2016. A complete list of those awarded can be found on our website. The 2016 Michigan Jaycees President Steve Pickelman was in attendance and surprised Fugere by awarding her with a Presidential Medallion. The Medallion is the highest honor that can be presented to a  Jaycee and each year, the state president is only allotted 50 to award.


Junior Jaycee of the Year: Hartley Alvesteffer

JayTeen of the Year: Kadin Fugere

New Jaycee of the Year: Dave Kosla Board

Member of the Year: Lexi Alvesteffer Chairperson of the Year: Lexi Alvesteffer

Supporting Business of the Year: Spuller Concret Specialists

Jaycee of the Year: Eric Lund Special

Presidential Recognition: Kim Johnson and Heather Catron

Brrrew-fest brings out community.

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On Saturday, Rotary park was filled with brewers and beats as hundreds of attendees enjoyed beer and live music. Brandy Henderson, Councilor at Large who assisted with coordinating the event said, “We have partnered with Friends of Ludington State Park. They operate all the programing and some of the maintenance of some of the infrastructure out there, so they get the proceeds  from the event. In return for volunteering. They have a huge group of volunteers helping pour and checking everyone in so it's a great partnership." 30 different brewers were in attendance at this years Brrewfest.

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Huizenga responds to executive order

Representative Bill Huizenga responded to President Trumps immigration executive order on Sunday. “The President and his Administration must clarify this executive order so our men and women protecting our nation at ports of entry can do their job efficiently and effectively.' Huizenga said, “ American citizens, lawful permanent residents with green cards, and those who have assisted our nation in the fight against radical Islamic terror should be handled in a manner much differently then those trying to immigrate or travel to the United States for the first time.”

Women glow after the march

Friday night, Red’s Room at the Jamesport Brewery was filled with people who participated in the women's march or support the cause. Attendees shared their experiences during the march. Many remarked that the march was an overall peaceful experience. Brenda Reeber, who coordinated both a Ludington’s group attendance in D.C. and  the afterglow reported that ½ million were drawn to D.C. with 4.8 marching worldwide. Marches occurred on all 7 continents, including antarctica. Some chants that were heard during the march were repeated during the afterglow, as march attendees recounted their experiences. Along with the personal stories, there was a call for attendees to get involved in the community to continue the momentum of the movement.

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.”

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