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.


Manistee earns RRC certification

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced Friday that the City of Manistee has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification. Manistee joins nine other Michigan communities that have qualified as thoroughly prepared when it comes to planning and zoning along with other key features that remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective private investors. MEDC Senior Vice President Katharine Czarnecki said, “We look forward to working collaboratively with city of Manistee officials to create a vibrant community where businesses thrive and those employed find opportunities and a sense of place, and where a strong sense of community flourishes,” The certification sends a strong, positive message to developers, said Manistee City Manager Thad Taylor. “With the City of Manistee receiving its RRC certification, we are sending a strong message to developers that we welcome their business, that we have laid the groundwork for a good process, and that our community is fully supportive and will work with them to achieve success”


Ludington works towards next guinness record

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Ludington’s briefly-held record for the longest ice cream dessert is a prime example of the incredible logistics and perseverance required to get in the record book. This June, Spectrum Health Foundation—Ludington Hospital is working with the chamber, city and a volunteer committee to secure a new Guinness World Record for Ludington. They are organizing an attempt to set a new record this summer for the most people making sand angels simultaneously. A practice session for the event will be held at the beach today, Wednesday, January 18, at noon. Kaley Petersen, director of the hospital's foundation, volunteer and community services, is shooting not just to break the record, but to obliterate it. The current Guinness record is held by Pembrokeshire, England, with 352 people simultaneously making sand angels on June 6, 2015.  Barry Neal, owner of the iconic House of Flavors restaurant, which orchestrated the ice cream record last summer, is on the organizing committee to contribute his expertise and experience to help the community prepare for the sand angel event. Details on registration to participate in the record-breaking attempt will be announced when the online registration and donation site has been set up.

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