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Ludington women’s health offices merging

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The three Ludington area obstetrics and gynecology practices will soon have their offices combined in one location. The move comes one year after all three practices integrated with Spectrum Health. The practices of Timothy Murphy, MD, Margaret Gustafson, MD, and Dannie Gentry, MD, will all be located at 250 Nelson Road in Ludington, where Dr. Gentry has been practicing since 2007.

Dr. Murphy recently moved to the new location, closing his former office on Ludington Avenue. “While we have been advertising our new location, and informed all our patients, I’ve received a number of inquiries from people who noticed that our previous office is vacant but hadn’t yet heard about the change,” Dr. Murphy said. “I want to assure one and all that we are open and ready to assist them with their medical needs.” Dr. Gustafson will soon join the other physicians, moving from her present office in Ludington Spectrum Health medical office building. The existing phone numbers for all three offices will connect with the new, consolidated practice.

Dr. Gentry, 231.843.6767

Dr. Gustafson, 231.845.5992

Dr. Murphy, 231.425.4747


Ludington City Council 12.19.16

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The Ludington city council met last night at City Hall. After officials were sworn in, business proceeded as usual.  The 2017 budget and capital improvement plan was approved after the public was invited to make comments on the plan. Business continued with Mika, Meyers, Beckett and Jones being approved as City attorney for civil matters and the Prosecutor's office approved as attorney for criminal matters for the city of Ludington.


During communications Sheriff Kim Cole honored Firefighters Andy Larr, Scott Lattimer and Gary Walton for their quick response to a suicide attempt that occurred in September at the jail, ultimately saving the life of the inmate.

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Kaley Peterson then presented on “Be Someone's angel”, a fundraiser for the Cancer Service Center.  The fundraiser, to take place June 10th 2017, will be an effort to break the record of the most amount of sand angels created simultaneously. The funds raised would remain local.


The Council approved to clarify regulation for special events. Requiring that fees will apply for special events who request to use city property, establishing a $25 fee to haul and use misc. property and establish flat fee of $2000 that the downtown ludington board would pay to cover events. Councillor Rathsack expressed concern at the flat fee for the DLB, questioning the amount of cost the city ought to absorb for special events. The Council agreed that if additional events occur, additional fees may be added if the council so desires. Councillor Krauch expressed concern at the policy, particularity charging fees for 501c(3) non-profit organizations in order to hold events. Councillor Rathsack was the lone vote against the changes.


Councillor Wincheski, Krauch, Castonia, Johnson and Mayor Ferguson Holman spoke highly of John Shay as City Manager. John Shay was approved for City Manager for 2017 and his contract was approved to reflect an additional year of services.


The Council approved the salaries for the city clerk and treasurer for  2017.


The city also approved Hallack as the contractor for 3 contracts for utility projects. Water and sewer mains will be replaced along 6th st, S washington, N washington, Anderson St, and Lawndale. Water mains will be replaced along 6th st, 1st st, and Taylor St.


The meeting concluded with the ongoing discussion of lead and its impact on Ludington. The Council agreed to prepare informational resources regarding lead in the water in order to address public concern.


Ludington City Council meeting tonight

The Ludington City Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30pm at City Hall. Items on the agenda include discussion of the expected approval of the city’s request for the $300,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) for the West End Project. The Council is also expected to receive public comments about the proposed 2017 budget and possibly approve the budget. The City will also hear an proposed fundraiser from Spectrum Health to benefit the Cancer Service Center. The fundraiser, to take place June 10th 2017, is called “be someone’s angel” It will be an effort to break the record of the most amount of sand angels created simultaneously. There will also be the appointment of the city manager and city attorney for 2017 and approving the 2017 salaries for the city clerk and treasurer. Edits to the special events application will be reviewed and voted upon. The council is also scheduled to consider hiring a contractor to upgrade the city’s water and sewer systems.

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