WSCC Trustees to meet in Manistee tonight

The West Shore Community College board of trustees will meet at the Manistee Intermediate School District tonight at 5:00pm. The agenda includes WSCC’s 50th anniversary monthly spotlight, highlighting the Manistee Intermediate School District and how the college serves Manistee County. Also, the approval of the college’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield administrative services contract will be recommended for the board to renew.

Homeless Awareness Week concludes

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Oceana’s Home Partnership recognizes Homeless Awareness Week. Oceana’s Home Partnerships Executive Director Kittie Tuinstra said “We had 596 individuals who were homeless in Oceana County, what that actually means is folks that are experiencing homelessness are living in places not meant for human habitation. They are sleeping in cars or tents or campers or abandoned buildings or just outside. [This number doesn't include] people that are doubled up or living with a family member. Of the 596, 266 were children." Tuinstra explained that Homelessness doesn't always fit the stereotype of the bag lady or the panhandler. "Its looks like a single mom with children. It looks like a single dad with children. It looks like a couple that had some unfortunate circumstances happen where they lost their housing. We need to recognize that just because we don’t see homelessness in the way that we expect, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.” For more information, Oceana’s Home Partnership can be reached at (231) 873-2222 or online at

COVE celebrates successes with annual holiday party

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COVE’s annual holiday party and silent auction occurred Thursday. Sponsors provided a variety of items for attendees to bid upon. The live auction created excitement throughout the crowd as many items were sold for higher than the listed value. COVE’s Executive Direct Tracey Wilson introduced the new installation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Unit. The goal of the unit is to provide safe private treatment that coordinates health care with counseling services, forensic collection, law enforcement and prosecution.  

Manistee Civic Players announce 2017 season

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The Manistee Civic Players have announced their 2017 season show lineup. President of the Manistee civic Players, Carol Burba said “Our first show in the springtime is going to be a comedy called Almost Maine. During the forest festival we're going to be doing the popular musical, Pippin, a Tony award winner on Broadway. Next we’ll be doing The Great American Trailer Park Musical. It looks like a lot of fun. This will be followed by our halloween show, The Death Trap. The Christmas show is yet to be announced, the elves are working on it. The Manistee Civic Players will be doing a christmas show, we just don’t have a venue yet.”  

A new organization has gotten involved in the last year. The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts will now be charged with maintaining the building and coordinating community use of the historic Ramsdell Theatre. The Manistee Civic Players are looking forward to re-focusing on bringing the community a variety of productions. Executive Director JoAnn Muma said “We still call this our home and look forward to working with the new group that is now managing the building. We are also looking forward to the future. New endeavors, new challenges, new opportunities. We’ll still continue to provide the same exciting high quality productions so come and see us!”

For more information about the season line-up and a list of current show productions, go online to

Ludington City Council 11.14.16

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The Ludington City Council approved a resolution for a liquor license for the New Year's Eve ball Drop. Councilman Rathsack noted concern with disturbing residents with the time and noise of the Ball Drop event. The council approved a cost sharing agreement with MDOT for the traffic signal on the corner of Ludington Ave and Rath. This was requested by MDOT to amend an oversight in paperwork for an agreement already in place for the maintenance of the traffic signal. Public safety and utilities public committee is seeking the public's opinion  on Plank and Slagle drive. The DPW said that Plank Dr. could be closed from November to April. The public is encouraged to contact council members with questions or concerns regarding the possible closure of Plank Dr. Chief Barnett acknowledged a donation made October 27th, 2016 by Former owner of Whitehall industries, Yogan Rahangdale and his wife Rani. The donation was $40,000. It will be used to buy a new security camera system and ranger vehicle for use by the police and fire departments. The board of canvassers reported to city council a 65.2% voting percentage for Mason County. The meeting concluded with a thank you for Ludington's work in gathering autumn leaves.

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