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One Dead After Weekend Motorcycle Crash

A devastating motorcycle accident early Sunday morning has left one man dead and one woman in critical condition. 68 year-old James William Jansen and his 63 year-old wife were launched off of their motorcycle after colliding with a deer early Sunday morning. Police say both victims were wearing helmets at the time of the crash but still suffered critical injuries. The two riders were life-lined by helicopter from Spectrum Health Ludington to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for further treatment. James passed away Monday from his injuries.

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USS Liberty Plaque Unveiling in Manistee

USS Liberty Veterans will be dedicating the USS Liberty plaque at Veterans Memorial Park this Saturday at 10:00 am.

The 459 foot long USS Liberty was peppered by 820 cannon rounds 4-5 inches in diameter, and over 3000 rounds of 50 caliber armor piercing machine gun rounds. It would not sink.

The attack occurred on June 8, 1967.  She never sailed again in the service of her Country after the attack.  Come listen to the surviving crew members tell their story at Veterans Memorial Park in Manistee, MI.  Help honor the most decorated crew in American history for a single engagement.

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Parade Entry Deadline Pushed Back

The entry deadline for the 2015 Freedom Festival Grand Parade is now until Wednesday, June 24th. The parade will be held on Saturday, the Fourth of July at 2 p.m. in downtown Ludington. Visit the Ludington Area Jaycees website at www.ludingtonareajaycees.org for Grand Parade Entry Forms.

The Ludington Area Jaycees are also seeking additional sponsors for the 2015 Freedom Festival Fireworks Display.
Fireworks display sponsorship forms may be obtained by contacting Jamie Spore at (231) 233-0230, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visiting the Jaycees’ website.

The Freedom Festival fireworks display will be held on the Fourth of July at dusk at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington. In the event of inclement weather on Independence Day, the fireworks display will be held on the Fifth of July.

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