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Council discusses removing James Street section from City Street System

The Ludington City Council will be meeting tonight. Items on the agenda include a review of a portion of James Street between Ludington Avenue and Court Street. This portion of James is no longer accessible to vehicular traffic. The city council will discuss decertifying and declassifying this portion of James from the City of Ludington Local Street System. The meeting will conclude with a resignation and appointment to the board of review.

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Local historian presents community connection to drinks

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“I will not allow a liquor saloon to live in the village that bears my name.” declared James Ludington in his original plan.  Last night, local historian James Jensen presented “The History of Ludington and Mason County in 6 Glasses” entertaining the audience by connecting our local community to the various drinks and the impacts thereof. Attendees were provided history of stimulants, including coffee, tea and soda and intoxicants, which included beer, wine and liquor. Although James Ludington did not intend to have alcohol in his village, saloons were common, and Mr. Jensen guided the audience on a visual pub crawl from the 1890’s, with some locations still serving as bars today. Mr. Jensen said,“The hardest thing to research is the saloons, because they didn’t advertise, there was no records kept of where they were. A lot people didn’t even want talk about saloons, so finding the locations and when they were in existence was one of the more challenging things that I did.”

 

The impact of the temperance movement was felt in Mason county, as Mr. Jensen described the various ways the community responded, including becoming a dry county and throwing a “Ludington Whiskey Party” by throwing unwanted whiskey in the lake.

During the presentation, Mr Jensen encouraged questions and comments from the audience, citing their participation as “A way for him to learn,” MOM News asked him what he meant by that, “I love history. My family goes back to 1850 in this community and every time I give one of these presentations, someone says something that adds to my knowledge and I use it in my presentation.”

 

There will be two more speakers in this series provided by The Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association and Mason County Historical Society. Todd Reed will provide a Multimedia presentation on Lighthouses of the Great Lakes on February 16th. The series will conclude on March 16th with Steve and Grace Truman, authors of Sands and Storms, presenting on local shipwrecks and the Coast Guard Station.

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Hart Main St looks forward to the future.

With the beginning of the new year, Julie Kreilick, Director of the Hart Main St program, said the year will kick off with Winterfest on February 4th. “That's just a day of both indoor and outdoor activities. We are focusing on a few more indoor things to get people into our stores, which I think is a good thing. We are going to have a soup cook off between 9 of our area restaurants.”

 

Then, Hart Main St will look toward the Fourth of July, putting on what she calls the “Biggest and best fireworks in Oceana County” on July 2nd. The largest addition to Hart for 2017 is Farmers Markets. “They're going to be right on State Street here. We are going to close the street down. We're doing Thursday evenings. We are sorta partnering with New Era who has them every other week and we are going to do the opposite week every other week so we have a kind of compliment there to provide Oceana County with fresh food on a weekly bases. That's going to be starting, July 6th is the first market, every other thursday from there on out. Really excited for that. There so many great producers of homemade good that I look forward to partnering with.”

 

Music on the commons will continue in summer of 2017. Musical acts are still being finalized, and will occur on Wednesdays at the Hart Commons. The Labor day 5k tradition will continue and the year will round out with Small business Saturday.

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