WSCC 20th Annual High School Art Competition

The West Shore Community College Art Department is hosting the 20th annual Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibit in the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery.

Student artwork will be displayed through March 22, and the exhibit is free and open to the public.


Ribbons have been awarded for first and second place in jewelry, sculpture, pottery, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, textiles, mixed media, and digital imaging due to the West Shore Community College Foundation and the WSCC Art Department.

Area high schools entered ten of their students’ best works and those included in the exhibit were selected by high school art teachers. The juror for this year’s show is WSCC photography instructor Bill Sievert, who is also a painter.

The Manierre Dawson Gallery is located in the Arts and Sciences Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., and during events held in the Center Stage Theater.

20th WSCC Regional Art Competition and Exhibition Winners:
1st Place Textiles


WMOM Honored with Station of the Year


WMOM has been awarded the 2017 Station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. It was the largest award show ever according to organizers with 93 stations providing over 960 entries.

“The team at WMOM works hard everyday to create quality radio for the lakeshore.” said Patrick Lopeman, owner of 102.7 WMOM.FM, “It’s encouraging to see their hard work rewarded.”


On-Air Personality A.J. Guertin won best regularly scheduled weekday personality for his Attack of the Decades show. “It’s been a lot of fun.” A.J. said, “I’m extremely grateful to share this with the listeners.”

Nick Sims, known locally for his creative commercials and voices, won best commercial for his production of the 2017 Manistee Ghost Ship advertisement. “It’s amazing to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about.” said Nick Sims.

102.7 WMOM.FM was also honored for their outreach, receiving a merit in Community Involvement for work done in the 2017 Lake Jump, Shop with a Cop Pie Auction and spotlighting the work of many community minded individuals and non-profits.

“It’s a joy to bring people from all over our community to talk about the issues important to them.” said Kendra Carr, On-Air personality and News Director, “We’ve really enjoyed speaking with passionate people who create and support Michigan.” Kendra Carr was honored with a merit in Newscast.

The 2017 Square Pool promotion also received a merit in best Marketing Materials & Promos. WMOM is a category 4 Commercial Radio Market. A complete list of 2017 winners can be found HERE.

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DNR awards $40,000 grant to Friends of Ludington State Park playground project

The Michigan Department Resources (DNR) Parks and Recreation Division has awarded a $40,000 match program grant to Friends of Ludington State Park for the playground planned for the Hamlin Lake picnic area.

FLSP purchased the playground equipment in late 2017. Since then, FLSP has been working to raise the funds still needed to pay for the poured-in-place surfacing and other costs associated with the planned volunteer build.

In the past six weeks, donations from OxyChem and the Ludington Meijer Store also helped support this project.

The awards bring the FLSP to within about $25,000 of the $202,000 goal to construct the family friendly, highly accessible playground in early June.

In addition, the Ludington Convention Bureau’s 2018 Pure Ludington Brrrewfest took place in late January and Friends of Ludington State Park, which provides volunteers to help set up, tear down and staff the event, anticipates receiving a donation as the event’s designated charity.

Donations are still needed. “The goal is within sight,” Bob Sasin, FLSP president said.

He described the MDNR Partnership Match Program award as “great news.”

Matt Lincoln, MDNR program grant coordinator, also is pleased. “DNR looks forward to an enhanced visitor experience at the Hamlin Lake Day Use Area,” Lincoln said. “This family friendly playground will welcome children of all abilities.  Projects like this are testaments to what can be accomplished when private and public organizations come together to achieve a common goal.”

The two playscape playground will be located near the pavilion at the Hamlin Lake beach day use area. Sinclair Recreation designed the playground with input from FLSP and accessibility advocates Jamie Spore, 2016 Ms. Michigan Wheelchair, and former Miss Ludington Area Shelby Soberalski. Sinclair Recreation will supervise the volunteer build.

There are several ways to donate to the project. Donate using a credit card via the internet on the community foundation’s website, Click on the “Give” button and follow instructions to donate to the FLSP playground project.

Donations by check may be sent to Friends of Ludington State Park, P.O. Box 123, Ludington, MI 49431, or to the Community Foundation for Mason County, P.O. Box 10, Ludington, MI, 49431. Include a note that the donation is for the FLSP playground project.

Friends of Ludington State Park is a 501(c)3 organization and donations to it are eligible for potential tax deductions.

Significant support for the FLSP project has also been provided by playground equipment maker GameTime, the Community Foundation for Mason County, Great Lakes Energy People Fund, the Ludington Visitors and Convention Bureau Pure Ludington Brrrewfest, The Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Mason County, several private foundation funds and numerous individual donors.

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