Salvation Army launches 2017 Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army annual Red Kettle Campaign starts November 3rd and runs through December 24th.  The goal for the 2017 season is $25,000.   “We are looking for  individuals, families and groups to volunteer for bell ringing.” said Tim Danielson, Case Worker for The Salvation Army. Bell ringing shifts are in two hour blocks from 10:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Saturday during the season, except for Thanksgiving.

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 “We would really like to see different groups or business challenge each other to see who can bring in the most donations during their shifts,” Danielson continued.  The Salvation Army is also looking for businesses to host a “counter kettle.”  These are a small donation kettle that can be placed on a customer service counter or next to a tip jar if your location is not able to host a ringer and large kettle.

 “The Red Kettle Campaign is our only major fund raiser for the year,” said Danielson.  “While we love partnering with local business to host ringing locations, we are also in need to business to offer matching corporate funds.  Matching funds can double or triple what individual bell ringers can collect in a day.  On average, donations from bell ringing are around $30 per hour.”  100% of the money donated through the Red Kettle Campaign remains in the local Manistee and Benzie counties.  For more information, call the Salvation Army Social Service office at 231.723.6243.


Calendar cover photo chosen

The Fourth annual City of Ludington calendar has chosen a cover. Every year the City holds a photo contest where interested photographers can submit work to include in the calendar. This year the winning cover photo was by Mark Steigenga and depicts the Carferry in the Ludington Harbor with a view toward Waterfront park.


“This photo was chose in an online poll on the City’s Facebook page by the public”, stated Community Development Director Heather Tykoski. “The photo won the popular vote by receiving 922 likes and 51 comments.” Calendars will be delivered in late December/ early January. An online version will also be made available at that time.  


License suspended appears twice on weekend police report

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Saturday Morning,  38 year-old Lansing woman was cited for driving with a license suspended  after being stopped for speeding 75 in a 55 on quarterline in Grant township.  Following the stop a licensed passenger drove the vehicle. Later that afternoon, the same deputy that provided the citation spotted the same woman driving on Pere marquette highway. She was arrested and lodged in the Mason County Jail.

The Mason County Sherriff's office report also included:

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