Manistee senior housing interest expands

People over age 60 are lining up to express their interest in the new Riverside Senior Residences,  the new senior complex proposed at the closed Oleson's Food Store in Manistee. "We've had over 60 seniors call to express their interest in the new universally accessible housing that is part of the grand plan for the new senior complex," said Sarah Howard, Executive Director of the Manistee Council on Aging.  


"We hope to build senior-friendly housing in two phases," said Dave Levitt, Partner with Third Coast Development based in Grand Rapids.  "Each phase will include residences with about 45 units or a total of 90 units, including one and two bedroom residences. We've worked out the site plan, design and preliminary engineering with Integrated Architecture and we're now focusing on securing the financing to make this vision a reality." The Manistee Downtown Development Authority is scheduled to discuss the residences at their meeting on Thursday, March 2.   Levitt also said that he expects the City of Manistee Planning Commission and City Council to consider their development package and requests for support in March and April.

CommUNITY Auction is Feelin' Groovy

The 22nd annual Spring CommUNITY Auction will occur on Saturday March 4th at 6pm at the Scottville Optimist hall. Admission is $22 or 2 for $40 and includes a bid number, complimentary drinks and light snacks. Proceeds will fund the MCC Educational foundation and Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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City Council discusses possibility of tiny houses


The Ludington City Council meeting began with the petunia parade date being set for May 20, 2017. Petunia weeding days will be June 10, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12 and August 26. Petunia pulling day is set for September 16th.


The Council went onto approve The Downtown Ludington Board 2017 events and liquor licenses.  2017 events include Friday Night live after parties on July 21st and 28th,  Oktoberfest on Sept 30 and the New Year’s eve ball drop.

Representative Bill Huizenga meets with public

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Tensions were high at Saturday's town hall forum with Representative Bill Huizenga. More than 300 people were in attendance at the town hall to question the congressman on issues such as healthcare, climate change, education, and jobs. The town hall started with some disagreement about the reference of religion, with crowd members citing separation of church and state.IMG 5960

Representative Huizenga stayed more than 4 hours answering questions from the crowd. Many focused on healthcare, desiring to keep the Affordable Care act, with some personally affected by chronic illness, others who work in the healthcare field stood up to ask about the plans for healthcare. Huizenga responded to their concerns by offering the republican alternative to health care, and disagreeing with the current healthcare policy by saying, “I believe and I think most people who have been involved in healthcare, believe that Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act as it's currently constructed is not workable.”  

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Others focused on international affairs, requesting an independent review of Russia's involvement of the administration, to which Huizenga felt an independent review is not necessary at this point. Congressman Huizenga responded to questions regarding his involvement in the Stop Overreach Act, (HR 637) a bill that removes greenhouse gases as a pollutant, by saying, that there needs to be a balance within the EPA, desiring a  “workable common sense EPA that allows businesses to grow and develop and succeed.” Congressman Huizenga also responded to the controversial Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing what he called a “failing education system” and spoke of Ms. DeVos dedication to making a difference in education.

West Michigan leads expansion of AP Computer sciences

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Ludington, Pentwater and Baldwin Public schools are among the schools participating in a partnership with and the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers network to bring AP computer Science courses to their school districts. 72 teachers in Michigan will receive professional training to teach the newest advanced placement Computer Science Principles at no-cost as a result of the partnership.

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The AP Computer Science Principles is designed to engage students traditionally underrepresented in computer science, such as women, minorities and rural students, but introducing them to the field's foundational concepts through creative problem solving and real-world applications of technology. According to, 66% of all new jobs will be related to computer science.

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Senator Goeff Hansen said, “It is important that we continue to invest in Math and Science Centers and their programming so that Michigan can become a premier STEM education state."  Ludington Area School District Superintendent Andrea Large spoke about the impact it will have on Ludington students, “We’ve already seen benefits from our coding clubs through, so adding the AP computer sciences opportunity at the high school will allow that continuum of learning to go from elementary through middle school right on up through high school.”

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