Sniegowski approves Permit


The permit by Nestle Waters North America to build a pumping station in Osceola Township has been approved by Judge Susan Sniegowski, a 51st Circuit Court judge. In April the Osceola township planning commission rejected the request from Nestle to build the pump and withdraw up to 400 gallons per minute from a well in Osceola Township. Mason County Judge Susan Sniegowski was assigned the case in August after four judges excused themselves from the case. Judge Sniegowski heard arguments regarding the Nestle water case in November. The company still needs approval from Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality to pump 400 gallons per minute; that permit request has been pending since 2016.

Christmas comes early for State Park

Santa’s helpers arrived at Ludington State Park Tuesday morning in the form of a semi-trailer loaded with playground equipment.

The equipment is for a new highly-accessible playground planned for construction in June, 2018. First, Friends of Ludington State Park must raise approximately $70,000 in funds more for surfacing and installation supervision.

Ludington State Park staff and Friends of Ludington State Park volunteers unloaded the $125,0000 in GameTime equipment and stored it to await summer.

FLSp Deliverary

Staff and volunteers gathered in front of the pallets of playground equipment. From left are park staff Paul Kiine, Manager Jim Gallie, Supervisor Dan Adams, Secretary Laura Sharpe, FLSP volunteers Craig Rathke, Michael Wheeler, Larry Lloyd, Gary Hearing, Bob Sasin and Park Interpreter Alan Wernette.

The non-profit 501(c)3 Friends of Ludington State Park took on the playground fundraising and volunteer construction project. The playground, which will feature poured-in-place surfacing for enhanced safety and greater accessibility for all, will overall cost approximately $202,000 when completed.

Tuesday morning, FLSP President Bob Sasin attached a big red holiday bow to one of the 14 oversized pallets and shrink-wrapped packages of parts –assembly required – noting the equipment arrived in time for Christmas.

FLSP member volunteers Sasin, Craig Rathke, Larry Lloyd, Gary Hearing, Michael Wheeler and Steve Begnoche assisted park staff manager Jim Gallie, supervisor Dan Adams, rangers Paul Kline and Kevin Swygert and interpreter Alan Wernette with the unloading. Park secretary Laura Sharp, who has helped FLSP in many ways, also was on hand.

The two playscape playground will be located near the pavilion at the Hamlin Lake beach day use area. Currently, the playground at the area is more than 60 years old and consists only of a slide and swing set.

FLSp slides

A load of slides is moved by Kevin Swygert.

Support for the playground project so far includes grants from GameTime, the Community Foundation for Mason County, the foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, the Great Lakes Energy People Fund and a contribution from the Ludington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for FLSP’s aid in providing volunteers for the annual Pure Ludington Brrrewfest.

In addition, FLSP has contributed funds to the project. They have also received donations from many local individuals and park users and campers from around Michigan and outside the state.

Donations can be made by credit card online through the Community Foundation for Mason County website,

Checks made out to Friends of Ludington State Park, note playground project, can be mailed to FLSP, P.O. Box 123, Ludington, MI 49431.

The Voice Rests

Former Sports Director, and the original voice of Oriole Sports, announcer Rod Beckman has passed away. Beckman was 69. Spending most of his 40 year radio career at WKLA, Beckman joined the WMOM team in 2012 to guide our sports broadcasts and announce the 2012/2013 basketball season.

Rod Beckman

In September, The Rod Beckman Cancer Charity Golf Class fundraiser raised more than $70.000 for the battle against Cancer. Mr. Beckman will be missed by all of his Fans, the Community and his wife Tracey.  Family asks that Memorial donations be made to: Lakeshore Food Club and Optimist Childhood Cancer Campaign. In addition, Rod and Traci encourage everyone to consider becoming a registered organ donor.

WSCC Registration opens

Registration for winter semester classes at West Shore Community College is open. Class will begin Mon., Jan. 15, 2018. WSCC Director of Enrollment & Student Engagement Marcus Crook emphasizes the importance of students planning now for the upcoming semester.
           "Students who register early for classes have the best selection of courses, as well as day and time offerings available to them," stated Crook. "Now is also the time to concentrate on the application process for financial aid that can help pay for classes."
           All students seeking financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, also commonly referred to as FAFSA.  WSCC is offering 350 course sections this winter semester in addition to online courses.  Those interested in registering for classes or who have questions about the application and enrollment process at WSCC can contact the Student Services Office at (231) 843-5946. The winter semester class schedule is available online at

Commissioners make appointments

Mason County Commissioners made appointments to vacancies on county boards, including:

Mason County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee: Thomas Hooper, Larry Powers, Julia Chambers, Mary Reilly, Todd Harland Dave Hasenbank, Belinda Jabrocki, Jim Riffle, Joseph Lenius, Scott Ward, John Shay, Paul Keson and Gary Castonia

Mason County District Library Board: Jennifer Doggett & Deanne Gancarz

Mason County Economic Development cooperation & Brownfield Redevelopment Authority: Peter VonDrak

Community Mental Health Systems Board: Todd Dancz

Lakeshore Regional Entity Substance Abuse Oversight Policy Board: Rebecca Lange

Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals: Richard Anderson & Kent Collins

Mason County Planning commission: Doug Robidoux & Frank Redmond Jr.

Mason County Remonumentation Peer Group: James Nordlund, Surveyor Rex Pope, Dennis Dunlap & Sam Barnett with Pat Johnson as alternate.

Mason County Board of Public Works: P.M. Township Supervision Paul Keson & Rob Allard

Mason County Parks & Recreation Commision: David Maclean & Jeffrey Schwass

Mason County Council on Aging: John Beckett, Beth Smith, Lisa Mckinnon & Andrew Kaatz

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Inc. Board of Directors: Patsy Hagerman

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