The Dominican Republic Bucket Project Needs Local Donations of Basic Items

Pitured:  Sheila Leese (cordinator), Erin Doan


The Dominican Republic Bucket Project aims to fill 500 buckets with personal needs items for the community surrounding the church. They are currently just over half way there. The Reformed Church of Mason County makes a direct impact on a community surrounding a church in D.R. WMOM will have buckets if anyone would like to take a bucket to fill, or drop  items off.

Needed are: Hand towles, Shampoo, Conditioner, Wash clothes,  Bar Soap, Tooth Paste, Dental Floss, Deodarant, Sweing kit, Small Toy for Child, small 4-pk Toilet paper, Small laundry soap, Small Dish soap, Dish Scrubby.

An envelope is included with each bucket because $10 is needed for shipping.

The buckets will be picked up at WMOM or can be dropped off at the Reform Church.

These buckets will be handed out during their Spring Break trip to the Dominican Republic during Easter.

No Snow for Christmas?

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? You may have be a bit further north than Mason County to see snow on Christmas day. The national weather service is predicting no snowfall on Christmas with temps into the 40s. While we may see some snowfall in the next couple days, less than an inch is expected. Warming temps in the forties after the weekend mixed with rain will have much/all of that snow disappearing. December has already seen 1050 record highs and 1740 record hi/lows across the United States. 

Fire Leaves One Dead, Autopsy Scheduled for Noon Today

At 7:07 pm on Monday, December 14, 2015 a house fire at 302 N. Rowe St. was reported to Mason-Oceana 911.  The Ludington Fire Dept. responded to the scene.  After getting the fire knocked down the firefighters searched and located a female subject laying in the living room of the front apartment and a male subject laying in the bedroom.  Both victims were removed from the apartment and treated at the scene and then transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The male occupant of the apartment, BENJAMIN WOLFF,  29 years old, was pronounced dead at S.H.L.H. shortly after 8 pm.  An autopsy is scheduled for Today, 12-15-2015 to determine the cause of death.  Mr. Wolff’s family members were notified by L.P.D.

The female occupant, PAMELA ARTHUR, 46 years old, was transported to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI in critical but stable condition.

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator-Trevor Slater will conduct an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire today.

Detc. Wells and Ofc. Sailor of the Ludington Police Department are responsible for the follow-up investigation.  Anyone having any information related to the fire is asked to contact them at (231) 843-3425.  Members of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Life E.M.S. responded and assisted with the incident.

Trooper Drunk Driving Case to Resume Next Year

Over the weekend, people were still talking about an appeals decision last week  Some of the evidence against State Trooper Sammy Seymour can be used in a new trial.  Seymour was arrested this past January for suspicion of drunk driving.   A mistrial was declared when a jury couldn’t reach a verdict several months ago.  Probate Judge Jeffrey Nellis agreed with Judge Peter Wadel that some evidence is out, but the Breathlyzer test could still be used in a new trial against the law enforcement officer.   That second trial could be scheduled sometime next year; or the whole case  could  be turned over to the state court of appeals by the Mason County prosecutor’s office for another review.

New Michigan Website to Keep Aging Drivers Safe

The state is launching a new website designed to help Michigan’s aging drivers.
Secretary of State (SOS) Ruth Johnson says the Safe Drivers Smart Options website is designed to provide resources to aging drivers and their families to keep those drivers on the road as long as possible, but to also know when to give up the keys.
Johnson says the site also provides contacts to healthcare and law enforcement personnel and other caregiver professionals to help evaluate whether an aging driver should have some driving restrictions.
Johnson says the website will save lives and make Michigan roads safer.
Michigan has more than 1.3 million drivers age 65 or older.
The new website is at michigan-dot-gov-slash-agingdriver.

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