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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.

Pie Auction is a success for Shop with a Cop

The  2016 Shop with a Cop Pie auction occurred yesterday. 56 pies were auctioned off throughout the day to benefit the Shop with a Cop Program. Shop with a Cop works with local schools to identify students in need to provide them an opportunity to a have a positive holiday experience buying gifts with an officer. "Thanks to Mason County and all the businesses Shop with a Cop with WMOM was a hugh success." said officer Tony Kuster "We were able to raise over $5000 to give back to kids in the community. I can't thank you again and I'm looking forward to next years becoming bigger and better. " Fundraising will continue at Cops and Donuts on small business Saturday. All proceeds from the Cops and Donuts pictures with Santa and 20% of bakery sales will go to Shop with a Cop. If you are still interested in making a donation, you can contact the Ludington Police Department at 843-6848.

Mason County Board of Commissioners 11.22.16

 Court House

The Mason County Board of Commissioners met last night. Spence Riggs from The Mason County Growth Alliance provided their annual report. The Growth Alliance said they are  encouraging talent to make Mason County their home by focusing on improving access to a qualified workforce, improving workforce and economic data and developing strategies for retainment. The board of commissioners approved Prosecuting attorney Paul Spaniola’s request to hire a replacement for training before the departure of his retiring clerk. With the closing of the public comment period on October 27th, the Solid Waste Management Plan was approved to be sent to various municipalities within the county for approval. A bond of $3000 was approved for Syncwave LLC to remove their aging transmitting tower.The board approved using the Airport improvement fund to purchase land, complying with federal aviation easement requirements. The meeting concluded with updating the salary and wage schedule for county employees to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act.  

WSCC Board of Trustees meet 11.21.16

West Shore CC

The WSCC Board of trustees met last night. Mary K. Becker-Witt with Manistee Intermediate School district, expressed the challenges and successes through working with West Shore Community College over the years. President Kenneth Urban described Manistee County students as persistent, with 72% of the counties students continuing onto earn their bachelor's degree. Professor of humanities, John Wolf provided a reading from his new book, “A Driftwood Shrine” a collection of zen teachings based upon the poems of great american writers. A review of the June 2016 financial audits revealed a reclassification, resulting in a reduction of $5000. A motion to accept the audit was approved. The meeting concluded with the approval to renew  the Administrative Services Contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield through December 31, 2017.

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