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Mason County Historical Society talks future and honors volunteers

Mason County Historical Society

The Mason County Historical society held their 79th annual meeting last night.  They named Gerry Genter and James Fay as the 2016 volunteers of the year. The Rose Hawley Volunteer Legacy Award went to Chuck and Glenna Paukstis. The Executive Director of Sandcastle Museum,Kristin Korendyke accepted the Haskill Preservation award on behalf of Sandcastles Museum. MCHS Executive Director Dr. Plummer provided an update to members on the status of the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum. Guest Speaker Craig Rich, Author of “Almost home: The Phoenix disaster” presented on the tragic shipwreck. The meeting concluded with closing remarks from Mason County Historical Society Vice President James Jensen.

Spectrum offers assistance with Health Insurace enrollment

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital will hold an event to help people enroll for health care insurance coverage. Rhonda Hedlund, patient access supervisor for Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital said, “Deadlines are fast approaching for 2017 marketplace coverage. To get marketplace coverage starting January 1, it’s necessary to sign up, renew or change your plan before December 15th. The final deadline for obtaining coverage during 2017 is January 31. After that date you can’t purchase marketplace health coverage for 2017 unless you experience a qualifying life event for special enrollment.”

For the Healthy Michigan plan, enrollment is open year-round. On-site experts will answer questions and help people sift through coverage options Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby. Call 231-845-5567 for more information.Spectrum

Recount possible in Michigans Future

Court House

Green Party candidate Jill Stein is expected to submit filing paperwork for an election recount in the state of Michigan this afternoon. Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly said the last time they had to complete a recount was in 2008. She said that the concerns regarding electronic machines would not apply in Mason County as ballots are mostly paper. At this time there is no information on the expected cost and time of the possible recount.

Ludington City Council 11.28.16

City hall

The Ludington city council met last night. The meeting started with discussion of the 2017 Budget and Capital Improvement plan. In the process of updating the wastewater treatment plant, the design will be determined upon how the city wants to address the growing biological oxygen demand due to a growing businesses use. The 2017 Budget and Capital Improvement plan will have a public hearing on December 19th. An amendment to exempt the city from raising health care costs was approved. The city also approved a change in pension benefits for city employees. During the public comment, Tom Rotta expressed concern regarding the health care excemption and Bill Carpenter addressed a growing problem with fungus on downtown maple trees. With assurance from the Lake Michigan Carferry that matching funding has been secured, the City approved to apply for the fast lane grant funding to help cover dock and restoration costs for LMC. It was recommended to the city to apply for the 2017 Occidental Chemical Corporation Community grant to help cover costs for the Copeyon Park splash pad, which they approved. The meeting concluded with councillor Winczewski addressing lead concerns brought up in a previous meeting, stating that out of the 51 water fountains at Ludington schools, only 2 were shut down due to issues with lead in the solder and that there had been no additional complaints of lead.

Ludington celebrates Small Business Saturday

Downtown Ludington will celebrate Small business Saturday tomorrow, with many local businesses offering holiday specials and sales. Todd Reed from Todd and Brad Reed Photography  said“What's amazing is that there's always been these traditional sales that were designed to help the big box stores and the malls.  With Small Business Saturday, we are most thankful to American Express for stepping up to the plate and on a national level creating a recognition day for all of us smaller people. We are invested in our communities, we give back to our communities. We need this kind of day and this kind exposure to succeed as businesses. We're just most appreciative of the people who will step out and support us.”  Zach Mitchell owner of Mattress Max  said “Small business Saturday is a really big thing in Ludington. The personal business owners (and) the small business owners make up a big chunk of this community. A ton of the businesses here in Mason County are locally owned or family owned or individually owned so it makes up a big part of the buying power. I don't leave Mason County very often so all of the dollars that I spend stay here.” Amy Williams from Cops and Donuts said,“The cops are going to bring in Santa with a cop car with lights and sirens at 1 PM and then he's going to sit and talk to all the kids and get all the Christmas wishes. Molly Stark photography is going to be there to take pictures of your kids with Santa. A five dollar donation is being asked for the pictures because picture proceeds and 20% of all of our sales that day will go to Shop to a Cop.” Family festivities with Small Business Saturday will conclude with the lighting of the christmas tree at the James St plaza  before the Aglow on the Avenue Holiday parade at 6:00pm.

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