Smoke Testing to Occur

On Tuesday, May 9th, the City of Ludington will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer lines in the City.  Work will occur between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm. Notification will occur again one to two days before the test.The smoke testing involves blowing harmless smoke into the sewer system to find damage, improper connections, and where unwanted water may be entering the City’s sewer system. As a result, smoke may be seen coming from roof vents, catch basins, clean-outs, down spouts or manhole covers.

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The smoke will not enter your home or business if it is properly plumbed, vented, and the water traps contain water. If you have a bathroom or plumbing fixtures that are not used or seldom used, the trap should be filled by running water in the fixtures the day before, on Monday May 8th.  The smoke used is a non-toxic substance that is harmless to humans, pets, food, and material items.  If smoke does enter the building, it will clear in a few minutes with proper ventilation.  Please let a representative of the smoke testing crew know if any leakage occurs in your home or business. If you have any questions about the test, health issues or any other concerns, feel free to ask a crew member, or contact the City of Ludington’s City Manager, John Shay at 231-845-6237.


Keeping eyes open for the forest

A Few Friends of the Environment is hosting Josh Shields"Eyes of the Forest Workshop" today, May 3 from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will learn about monitoring and protecting your trees from invasive pests.

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The Michigan Invasive Species reporting online system will be active to allow citizens to report invasive insects. This workshop is free. The event will meet  at the United Methodist Church Pavilion at the trail behind the church, past the garden. You sign up by contacting Joshua Shields at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-3707 ext. 5.


WSCC Commencement ceremonies


The college’s 47th commencement ceremony will be on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Recreation Center Arena. Over 200 West Shore Community College students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates on Friday. Speakers for the event will be President Kenneth Urban, chairman of the board of trustees,Bruce C. Smith,  and  president of the Student Senate, Amber Sadler. Dr. Michael McKinney, professor of biological sciences, will provide the faculty address. The college’s former presidents, Dr. John Eaton, Dr. William Anderson, and Dr. Charles Dillon, will join the ceremony in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary. Following the commencement ceremony, a reception for the graduates and their families will be held in the Administrative and Conference Building.


In Related commencement events:

        The West Shore Community College nursing program will honor 27 graduating nursing students in a pinning ceremony to be held on Thurs., May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Center Stage Theater. Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession. A reception will follow the ceremony.


West Shore Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy cadets will be recognized as graduates during the Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Mon., May 8, in the college’s Center Stage Theater. The keynote speaker will be Newaygo County Sheriff Robert Mendham, a 1995 graduate of the college’s police academy. The training academy is 16 weeks long and there are over 30 instructors who assist with the academy. A reception will follow the ceremony.

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