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West Shore Community College welcomes students

 "WSCC Connections: Fall Kick-Off Celebration,"  for all new and returning students and parents will be held at West Shore Community College on Thurs., August 24, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from all areas of the college and student leaders from various student organizations. Advising and financial aid will also be available.

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Students will also have the opportunity to meet other students, win prizes and be taken on a campus tour. Food will be provided throughout the evening free of charge.  “The research is clear,” said WSCC Director of Enrollment and Student Engagement, Marcus Crook. “that students who form strong relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students are much more likely to succeed in college than students who try to 'go it alone.'Students planning to attend should RSVP by August 21, by calling 231-843-5510, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will take place in the Schoenherr Campus Center starting at 5 p.m.

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Alliance expands to Wexford and Benzie

The Alliance for Economic Success (AES) is expanding. At the request of Wexford business leaders and the Benzie County Board of Commissioners, the AES is now expanding its geographical service area. This change will help meet the needs of new partners by providing individuals to its pool of professionals who address the identified priorities of the areas AES serves. To support this initiative, the board will be conducting a search for an executive director who will work with governmental and private entities to create economic and community development within the region. As AES focuses on the future of the organization itself, its primary priority is to serve the economic and community development needs of Wexford, Benzie, and Manistee Counties. "Making great things happen doesn't just occur by one individual or organization, but rather in partnership”, said Tamara Buswinka of Latitude 44 Consulting LLC, a local community and economic development company. “We all play a role in implementing a successful project, and AES is a strong partner in their part of the process."

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City Council discusses traffic and zoning

The Ludington City Council met last night. The Council approved a request to ban parking on the east side of S. Lakeshore Drive from South Loomis to the cul-de-sac in front of the Maritime Museum. This is in order to prevent parkers from blocking traffic in front of the museum.

MSU extension introduced foreign exchange students from Japan and Korea who are visiting the area for a month with the LABO program, designed to allow students practice english language skills in an english speaking country.

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A public hearing was set for August 28th for the issue of sidewalk replacement on 611 Melendy. The council attempted to contact the homeowner to offer participation in a 50/50 deal, but lack of response has left the council with the option to begin the special assessment process to charge the homeowner 75% of the cost of repairs.

Lane reductions was a large topic of discussion, with several community members expressing disapproval during public comment. The council provided clarification that at this point data is just being collected in order to determine the safest option for our roads. Also clarifying that current lanes stand at 10 feet, smaller than current the 12 feet requirements.

A public hearing was set for August 28th regarding the certificate application for KLS Properties on 424 S James St. The property owner hopes to build a mixed use building with 8 apartments above and storefronts on the first floor. The owner is considering buying a portion of sweetwater property, which caused some confusion for zoning, leaving resolutions approved, but contingent upon steps forward.

Counselor Rathsack was the lone no vote for two events, the Ludington triathlon, to take place Aug 20th, and the Coast to Coast gravel grinder bike race for May 12 of next year. Rathsack cited a desire for more benefit to the city for these events, mentioning the good work of Gus Macker for the community as an example.

The installation of 3 Live Ludington boards has been postponed due to lack of needed materials to put up the boards this year. The council agreed to install the boards in spring of 2018.

The meeting concluded with a reminder that household hazardous waste day is Saturday August 19th. Unused, unwanted, outdated, household cleaners, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, electronics, batteries, and more can be dropped off at the local road commission for disposal.

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