Bicycle Events Scheduled for June 29 – 30 from Pentwater

Friends of the Pentwater-Hart Bike Trail will hold a fun-ride through the Village of Pentwater on Friday, June 29 and a 12-mile “Ride for the Pentwater-Hart Bike Trail” on Saturday, June 30.
Claudia Ressel-Hodan, chairperson of the Pentwater-Hart Bike Trail says, “The events are intended to increase awareness about our work to connect Pentwater to the Hart-Montague Bicycle Trail and to raise funds to support this effort.”
The fun ride through the Village will depart the Pentwater Public Marina at 5 p.m. Friday and wind through the Village. This short ride is open to all ages and abilities for a minimum $5 individual donation or minimum $10 donation per family. After the ride, participants can enjoy a performance by the acoustic duo “Redux” back at the marina.

racing bicycle 161449 960 720Cyclists who wish to participate in Saturday’s event need to turn in their registration, pledge sheets and donations by mail by June 16, or on Friday, June 29 at Pentwater Public Marina between 5 and 8 p.m.  Those riders will gather for the 12-mile (round trip) “Ride for the Pentwater-Hart Bike Trail” at 9 a.m. at the parking lot of the Boathouse Bar and Grille on Business Route 31/Monroe Road at 10 a.m. Riders will cross Long Bridge, then turn left onto Wayne Road and thereafter follow the marked route, ending at Hart Pizza. The route riders will take is one being considered for the trail, which would be paved in the right-of-way, but separated from the road’s edge by a safety buffer. The trail will connect to the North end of the Hart-Montague Trail.
Those wishing to participate in either or both events may find the registration forms and pledge sheets online at:  Prizes will awarded to the top three fundraisers on Saturday’s ride and all Saturday riders will receive a tote bag and button.
The goal of the Pentwater-Hart Bicycle Trail Committee, founded in fall 2015, is to raise $1.25 million to connect with the northerly end of the Hart-Montague bicycle trail so as to enable residents and visitors safe access to that trail and the network of trails connected to it. To preserve and maintain the Pentwater-Hart Bicycle Trail, the committee has created a “Friends” group whose volunteer members currently work on creation of the trail and in the future will maintain the trail to the safety standards of the appropriate government agencies. Fiduciary responsibility resides with the Oceana Community Foundation. Funds raised in excess of the goal shall be placed in a reserve fund within the foundation, and shall be used solely for trail maintenance.
The “Ride for the Pentwater-Hart Bike Trail” is sponsored by The Boathouse Bar and Grille and Hart Pizza, with support from Pentwater’s Cosmic Candy. Additional sponsors are welcome.
Anyone interested in becoming a “Friend of the Pentwater-Hart Bike Trail” may find a membership form on or may contact Sue Squire
at 616-889-4789.

Mason County Students walk

Students across Mason County participated in walkouts this morning. Ludington Area High school chose not to make details prior to the walk out public in order to ensure student safety. 130 LHS students participated.

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The walk out was scheduled to last 17 minutes, beginning at 10am with a minute of silence for each life lost in the Parkland School shooting. Mason County Central Students heard an account from Blu Moon Bistro owner Marilyn Carey on the impact of gun violence. About 125 Mason County students attended. Both schools kept the walk outs indoors.

Arrest in breaking and entering

On Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:11 PM, MCSO deputies were called to the 6900 block of Lake Street in the Tallman Lake area of Branch Township for a reported breaking and entering. While checking the area, Deputies found 3 additional break-ins of cabins.  Foot tracks were follower for about ½ mile to another residence. There deputies located two suspects. After securing a search warrant, deputies recovered nearly 50 pieces of suspected stolen property including TV’s, power tools, propane tanks, yard tools and household appliances. Deputies arrested a 34 year-old Lee Hamilton Colby, from Fountain MI and 26 year-old Chad Fredrick Collins.

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The charges are as follows:

Growth Alliance Opens Uncommon Spaces Grant

The Mason County Growth Alliance will be accepting proposals for the spring Uncommon Spaces Placemaking Grant Program. The Growth Alliance will award up to $5,000 to support community-driven placemaking projects in Mason County. This grant is intended to support projects which capitalized on Mason County’s assets, inspiration, and potential, contributing to the area’s unique “sense of place” for residents, businesses, and visitors.


Last years’ grant was awarded to the City of Ludington to support the West End Revitalization Project, which will transform the west end of Ludington Avenue into a pedestrian plaza with access to Lake Michigan. Unlike last year, this year’s program will be divided into two funding rounds: one in the spring and one in the fall. Each round will award up to $5,000 to support placemaking projects. The Growth Alliance will be accepting grant proposals through Friday, April 6. For more information on the Uncommon Space Grant Program and how to apply, visit

WMCMH Chosen in pilot

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the pilot sites for the state’s Section 298 Initiative last week.
Selected pilots are:

  • Muskegon County Community Mental Health (HealthWest) and West Michigan Community Mental Health in a joint pilot

  • Genesee Health System

  • Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority

The Section 298 Initiative is a statewide effort to improve the coordination of physical and behavioral health services in Michigan.  The focus is on payer-level integration of Medicaid-funded physical and behavioral health services. The pilots are expected to be implemented by Oct. 1, 2018.

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