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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


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.  


Manistee Civic Players announce 2017 season

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The Manistee Civic Players have announced their 2017 season show lineup. President of the Manistee civic Players, Carol Burba said “Our first show in the springtime is going to be a comedy called Almost Maine. During the forest festival we're going to be doing the popular musical, Pippin, a Tony award winner on Broadway. Next we’ll be doing The Great American Trailer Park Musical. It looks like a lot of fun. This will be followed by our halloween show, The Death Trap. The Christmas show is yet to be announced, the elves are working on it. The Manistee Civic Players will be doing a christmas show, we just don’t have a venue yet.”  

A new organization has gotten involved in the last year. The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts will now be charged with maintaining the building and coordinating community use of the historic Ramsdell Theatre. The Manistee Civic Players are looking forward to re-focusing on bringing the community a variety of productions. Executive Director JoAnn Muma said “We still call this our home and look forward to working with the new group that is now managing the building. We are also looking forward to the future. New endeavors, new challenges, new opportunities. We’ll still continue to provide the same exciting high quality productions so come and see us!”

For more information about the season line-up and a list of current show productions, go online to

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