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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.

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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 www.Oceanashome.org

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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.  

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