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Scottville Moving Forward with Recreational Marijuana "Opt-Out" Amber Township May be Next

The Scottville city commission had their first reading of an ordinance to prohibit recreational marijuana establishments within their city limits when they got together yesterday.

That ordinance has been approved and will now move forward and the next step is for it to go up for a public hearing. We know that Ludington has opted out already, now Amber Township is deciding how they want to act on the matter. They will start discussions on opting out when they meet tonight at 6 P.M.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Announces New Year’s Baby for 2019

Honor May Wygant is the first baby born at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital in 2019, becoming Mason County’s New Year baby on January 2.

Parents Jessica Soller and Eric Wygant of Ludington welcomed Honor May at 2:18 a.m. The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 19.75 inches.

Honor was delivered by Margaret Gustafson, MD, of Ludington, assisted by nurses Renae Kieda and Tracey Barnett. Her attending physician while in the hospital is pediatrician Kari Leikert, DO.

The family received a collection of gifts to celebrate Honor May as the Ludington Hospital’s first baby of the year. Gifts included a safe sleep sack provided to each new mom and baby by the Spectrum Health Foundation Ludington Hospital, a knit cap from hospital volunteers, diapers, and other items.

 

Last month, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital announced plans for construction of an all-new $4.9 million, 8,920 square foot Family Birthing Center, to be located where the current unit is on the second floor of the hospital. Of the total project cost, $1.3 million was donated by community members, including hospital physicians, employees and volunteers.

 

The new Family Birthing Center will feature three labor, delivery and recovery rooms with in-room bathrooms, two new whirlpool tubs, five post-partum rooms, a new security system to further enhance current security for newborns, and an array of amenities and educational opportunities for new parents.

The Family Birthing Center at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is being built by The Christman Company. The project is slated to be completed in Fall 2019. 

 

Local Residents Can Use Free Rides for New Years Again This Year

As part of the drive safe-drive sober campaign, local residents will be able to take advantage of free rides this New Years Eve. Thanks to an effort from local law enforcement and some local area businesses to keep people safe, free rides will be offered to anyone wishing to use the service. The service area will be the city of Ludington, Pere Marquette township, east to the city of Scottville and north to Hansen road and south to Conrad Road.

You can make Reservations by calling LMTA at 845-6218 up to 4 p.m. on Monday the 31st. Last minute arrangements can be made with LMTA starting at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve as well.

Ludington and Scottville Both Decide to Opt Out of Recreational Marijuana Businesses

Ludington city council meeting last night where the city "opted out" of having recreational marijuana businesses with in its city limits. An amendment was added to the ordinance though, that will make the city revisit this issue within 60 days after the state makes its regulations. That amendment to make sure the city revisits the issue was proposed by Councilor Brandy Henderson Miller. The amendment to the ordinance and the ordinance itself was approved unanimously by the council. The Scottville city commission meeting was last night where they also decided to "opt-out" of recreational marijuana businesses with in their city limits. That was also passed unanimously. It will be a lot tougher for local residents to purchase recreational marijuana in the area unless something changes.

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital begins construction of New Family Birthing Center

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital held a “wall breaking” and reception event yesterday to signify the start of construction of an all-new Family Birthing Center. Kicking off the event was longtime local obstetrician Margaret Gustafson, MD, who had the honor of taking a sledgehammer and breaking through a wall on the current Birthing Center unit. The new Family Birthing Center, made possible with financial assistance from many community donors, will be located where the current unit is on the second floor of the Ludington Hospital.

The renovations will necessitate a complete demolition of the current facility and all-new construction of a new Family Birthing Center, all while maintaining a comprehensive security system for mothers and babies. While the new facility will not add significant square footage or number of rooms, it will add private bathrooms to each patient room, and make the existing space more efficient for nursing and education care processes. When completed, the Center will have five post-partum patient rooms, three labor, delivery and recovery rooms—two with whirlpool tubs—and improved heating and cooling systems.

The new Family Birthing Center at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is being built by The Christman Company. Tower Pinkster is the architectural firm. The project is slated to be completed in Fall 2019.

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