Ludington is running with the ball after Grand Rapids cancels dropping theirs

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This years Light up the Lake is expected to be the bigger than ever with the announcement of Grand Rapids cancellation of their New Year's Eve Ball drop. Mom News spoke to Kathy MacLean  executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau about how many people they expect to see during the ball drop.  “We usually have about 10 thousand and I'm guessing we’re going to be well over that this year. With the word being out in Grand Rapids that we have a ball drop is up here and everyone is invited. Things are blowing up on facebook and we’ve been getting phone calls about reservations at our hotels so it should be a big night.”


The Ludington ball features 6000 LED lights that will be dropped in the heart of downtown with a backdrop of fireworks, a beer garden with entertainment, and some outside standing heaters. We spoke to Jen Tooman from the Downtown Development Authority about what guests should expect to see at Light up the Lake.  “So the ball is going to be hoisted up by the crane and it's going to be dropped at the intersection of James st  and ludington ave. The fireworks come off the roof of the Lucianos building.”

Ludington Mass Transportation Authority will also be providing free rides to and from downtown to encourage safe driving this holiday. Rides can be reserved  between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 31 or from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1 by calling 231.845.6218

Board of Commissioners meeting 12.28.16

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The Mason County Board of Commissioners met last night. The Commission voted to adopt the 2017 budget for the Mason County's Special revenue and Debt service funds. The Board went onto vote to approve the judgement in relation with consumers energy wind turbines. The agreement found that sound testing will occur in the spring of 2017 at locations 1,2, 6, and 10 during conditions in compliance with the mitigation plan sound testing protocol. Some of the testing locations were chosen due to incomplete data collected in 2016.


During the meeting, the board resolved to honor Chairman Curt Vanderwall and his 6 years of service to Mason County as a volunteer and leader within the community. Words of support and well wishes were heard for Chairman Vanderwall as this was his last meeting as Chairman of the Board. Curt Vanderwall said “We do live in what I feel is one of the greatest counties in the State of michigan.” He spoke highly of working with the commissioners and said he is looking forward to serving the community in his new role as State Representative.

The meeting concluded with honoring Connie Anderson’s retirement from the equalization office, detailing her dedication and professionalism in the community.  

Salvation Army short of goal

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is asking the local community for their financial support to help them meet their Red Kettle Campaign goal of $35,000. To date, donations at Red Kettle locations are at $15,000. Donations serve to finance programs and services The Salvation Army provides year-round. Budgets are reviewed every January with close attention paid to the results of the Red Kettle Campaign. If the shortfall is acute, funding for some programs and services may be scaled back. Salvation Army is identifying online shopping and the public's decreasing use of cash as reasons for why donations may be down. “Although our Red Kettle numbers are down, we are cautiously optimistic that we will ultimately make our goal.” Says Tammy Miller with the Salvation Army “At the same time, there is cause for concern – as we are less than a week from Christmas, at which time the Red Kettles disappear from stores and street corners for another year. ” The public can support The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign at Red Kettle sites throughout the community or by mailing financial gifts directly to the local Salvation Army.

Ludington women’s health offices merging

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The three Ludington area obstetrics and gynecology practices will soon have their offices combined in one location. The move comes one year after all three practices integrated with Spectrum Health. The practices of Timothy Murphy, MD, Margaret Gustafson, MD, and Dannie Gentry, MD, will all be located at 250 Nelson Road in Ludington, where Dr. Gentry has been practicing since 2007.

Dr. Murphy recently moved to the new location, closing his former office on Ludington Avenue. “While we have been advertising our new location, and informed all our patients, I’ve received a number of inquiries from people who noticed that our previous office is vacant but hadn’t yet heard about the change,” Dr. Murphy said. “I want to assure one and all that we are open and ready to assist them with their medical needs.” Dr. Gustafson will soon join the other physicians, moving from her present office in Ludington Spectrum Health medical office building. The existing phone numbers for all three offices will connect with the new, consolidated practice.

Dr. Gentry, 231.843.6767

Dr. Gustafson, 231.845.5992

Dr. Murphy, 231.425.4747

Ludington City Council 12.19.16

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The Ludington city council met last night at City Hall. After officials were sworn in, business proceeded as usual.  The 2017 budget and capital improvement plan was approved after the public was invited to make comments on the plan. Business continued with Mika, Meyers, Beckett and Jones being approved as City attorney for civil matters and the Prosecutor's office approved as attorney for criminal matters for the city of Ludington.


During communications Sheriff Kim Cole honored Firefighters Andy Larr, Scott Lattimer and Gary Walton for their quick response to a suicide attempt that occurred in September at the jail, ultimately saving the life of the inmate.

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Kaley Peterson then presented on “Be Someone's angel”, a fundraiser for the Cancer Service Center.  The fundraiser, to take place June 10th 2017, will be an effort to break the record of the most amount of sand angels created simultaneously. The funds raised would remain local.


The Council approved to clarify regulation for special events. Requiring that fees will apply for special events who request to use city property, establishing a $25 fee to haul and use misc. property and establish flat fee of $2000 that the downtown ludington board would pay to cover events. Councillor Rathsack expressed concern at the flat fee for the DLB, questioning the amount of cost the city ought to absorb for special events. The Council agreed that if additional events occur, additional fees may be added if the council so desires. Councillor Krauch expressed concern at the policy, particularity charging fees for 501c(3) non-profit organizations in order to hold events. Councillor Rathsack was the lone vote against the changes.


Councillor Wincheski, Krauch, Castonia, Johnson and Mayor Ferguson Holman spoke highly of John Shay as City Manager. John Shay was approved for City Manager for 2017 and his contract was approved to reflect an additional year of services.


The Council approved the salaries for the city clerk and treasurer for  2017.


The city also approved Hallack as the contractor for 3 contracts for utility projects. Water and sewer mains will be replaced along 6th st, S washington, N washington, Anderson St, and Lawndale. Water mains will be replaced along 6th st, 1st st, and Taylor St.


The meeting concluded with the ongoing discussion of lead and its impact on Ludington. The Council agreed to prepare informational resources regarding lead in the water in order to address public concern.

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