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Rep. Curt Vanderwall hosts local Coffee Hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington is hosting coffee hours. Coffee hours are a chance for people to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns about state government. No appointments are necessary to attend.  

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US-10 Closures

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There will be 3 intermittent five-minute closures on Sunday December 10th starting at 7am on US-10 at Jebavy Drive in Ludington  in order to remove utility lines.  The work, conducted by Muskegon-based Newkirk Electric Associates, Inc., should begin around 7 a.m. Law enforcement officers will be present for traffic control.  The work is weather dependent but MDOT expects the work to be completed by 8am

Concealed carry across state lines

Wednesday, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) voted in support of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. “This important legislation improves the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to prevent the sale or transfer of firearms to felons and other individuals prohibited from legally obtaining a firearm. “ Said Huizenga.

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 H.R. 38, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, requires states to recognize the concealed gun carry permits of visitors from other states.The National Rifle Association, said in a release, "Law-abiding citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while traveling across state lines without fear of unknowingly breaking the law." Critics of the law say that it will become harder for individual states to regulate firearms as a result.

Granting Ludington Trees growth

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that grants for urban forestry projects statewide will be awarded to 21 recipients in 17 counties totaling $90,525. Grants were awarded for community tree plantings, inventories, management plans, education and training projects that enhance and promote urban and community forestry in Michigan.

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The City of Ludington received a total of $19,000.00 for the Street Tree Inventory and Management Plan.The grants are federally funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry program. Matching funds are available to local units of government, schools, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations. The grants require one-to-one matching funds toward projects performed on non-federal, public lands or lands open to the public. Projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2018.  

Henderson returns to Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Brandy Henderson will rejoin The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau effective Jan. 1, 2018. Henderson will fill the executive director position of the Convention & Visitors Bureau she previously held from February 2013 to August 2015.  Kathy Maclean currently holds that title in addition to serving as CEO/president of the Chamber – a role she will continue to serve. Henderson also will take the position of vice president at the Chamber. The bureau contracts with the Chamber for administrative services and staff, and upon Henderson’s departure in 2015, the organizations opted to have Kathy Maclean lead both organizations. Over the past two years, the needs have grown, prompting the decision to hire an additional executive.

“Mason County has exploded in popularity as a destination through our extensive marketing efforts over the past few years – so much so that 2017 is trending to be one of our strongest years in terms of Chamber members and visitor spending,” said Maclean. “As our organizations’ roles expand to meet the growing needs of members and visitors, we will benefit greatly from having another person in an executive role,”

Henderson holds a degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University.  She began working for the Chamber upon college graduation as communications coordinator. She was then promoted to marketing manager for the LACVB, and from there was chosen to fill the executive director position.  She left the CVB in 2015 to work as the Career and Technical Education Marketing instructor for the West Shore Educational Service District. During this time, Henderson continued working with the CVB as a marketing contractor.

“I learned so much during my time at the West Shore ESD, and I enjoyed trying something completely new like teaching,” said Henderson. “But I realized that my heart lies with promoting Mason County as a destination, and I can’t wait to return to my passion.”

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