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West Shore Art Fair Receives National Nod

'Sunshine Artist's' September issue has released its top 200 art shows and has ranked 'The West Shore Art Fair' #94th in the Fine Art & Design Category. This is out of thousands of fine art fairs across the nation.

The fair has been through a recent name change formally the West Shore Art League Fine Art and Craft Fair it was last on the Sunshine Artists Best 200 list in 2006.

The art fair is now sponsored and managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) and was christened as the West Shore Art Fair in 2012 with the goal of returning to the SA Best 200 list. “We are thrilled that the WSAF has received this national ranking in just a few short years,” said LACA Executive Director, Corinn VanWyck. “ It is a very high honor for the WSAF to receive this national recognition as a high-quality art fair, and for Ludington itself to be recognized as an arts and cultural destination”.  

Next year’s West Shore Art Fair will take place on July 2-3 and will feature 100 to 120 artist exhibitors. Artists can apply online beginning November 1, 2015 at www.zapplication.org

Hospital Unveils New Prescription ATM

The Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is unveiling a new medication dispensing machine today near the emergency department.

This will be used for emergency patients and would allow immediate access to certain medication right after being treated. They will have the option to obtain their initial order for common prescriptions such as antibiotics or pain medications through a key based system provided by the company InstyMeds.  A formal announcement is being made today from the hospital.

Last City Bonfire of the Summer is Tonight

photo: Todd Reed

Tonight is the last sunset beach bonfire on Stearns Beach. The Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has hosted two previous bonfires this summer with much success.

After several cloudy days its scheduled to be clear and in the upper sixties lower seventies.  The bonfire tonight starts at 8pm with live music by Tim Krause. Its free and open to the public so bring something cold and something to sit on. For more info you can go to their Facebook page at Sunset Beach Bonfire Aug 27.

Alcohol a Contributing Factor to Man Who Jumped From the Stewart J. Cort

Reasons for the man who jumped off the Stewart J Court into lake Michigan have come to light.  

Sheriff Kim Cole says the man was told to stay in his quarters after he apparently violated the companies zero tolerance policy. Instead of staying in his quarters where he was ordered to go for the duration of the trip, crew members witnessed the the 41 yr-old  man climb over the rail and jump from the vessel.

He reportedly went overboard approximately four miles northwest of Big Sable Point on Lake Michigan. His body has still not yet been recovered.

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