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12/02/19 Notable apps available for Pentwater craft fair

Applications available for Pentwater Fine Arts and Craft Fair

Applications are available for artists and crafters who want to participate in the 56th annual Pentwater Women’s Club Fine Arts and Craft Fair to be held Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Village Green on Hancock Street.

The fair is juried. All work must be original and of the artist’s own creation.

Paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, weaving, clothing, sculpture and other media will be displayed. Attendees will be able to bid on art pieces donated by participating artists, with proceeds used to fund a community project.

For an application or for more information, write to: Pentwater Junior Women’s Club Art Fair Registration Committee, P.O. Box 357, Pentwater, MI 49449 or email pentwaterjr womensclub@gmail.com.

Heavy snow cause power outages, closes schools

Once the rain turned to heavy, wet snow, first responders and crews with Consumers Energy and Great Lakes Energy got to work dealing with power outages because of downed power lines throughout the day Sunday and into the night.

Great Lakes Energy’s outage map on its website indicated after 10 p.m. Sunday that more than 22 percent of its customers were without power in Mason County, 1,649 of 7,196. On the Consumers Energy outage map, on its website, indicated a portion a stretch of U.S. 31 from the bypass north to Freeman Road and stretching over to Fountain was out of power with power estimated to be back at 1:15 p.m. today.

Another area stretching along U.S. 10 west of Walhalla and past the Mason-Lake county line also was out, and the anticipated time of power restored was at 1:45 p.m. today.

“All available crews, with the help of contract and support crews, are working to restore power to the remaining estimated 11,600 members who remain without power,” stated Lacey Matthews, communications and marketing manager at Great Lakes Energy in a press release after 9 p.m. Sunday. “The largest number of power outages are impacting members in Lake, Mason, Newaygo and Osceola counties.

“If power is not restored by 10 p.m., members could be out of power overnight and may choose to seek alternative arrangements for the evening.”

Other outages in Hamlin and Pere Marquette townships were indicated to be restored by Consumers by the late afternoon, the website indicated after 10 p.m. Sunday.

The downed power, telephone and cable lines brought fire crews across the county out to put out reports of fires in trees or block off roads until power companies could make the necessary repairs. Those reports were widespread across Mason County, from Free Soil to Hamlin Township to Logan Township. The calls occurred early Sunday into the night hours, too.

The weather and power outages also forced the closure of schools in the area. Ludington, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Gateway to Success Academy and West Shore Educational School District all closed for today. Pentwater and Walkerville schools also closed.

Water plant supervisor dies Friday

Kurt Malzahn, the Ludington water treatment plant superintendent, died Friday, a week after being injured from falling in a valve pit in a booster station.

“Our beloved friend and colleague Kurt Malzahn passed away from the injuries sustained a week ago,” Ludington City Manager Mitch Foster told the Daily News. “His family was by his side as he passed. The city is saddened by this incredible loss and hope his family is able to find peace.”

Malzahn, 50, was found unconscious the evening of Nov. 22 at the bottom of a valve pit at Brye Road booster station in Amber Township. He was taken initially to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, then was flown via AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Funeral arrangements are being completed at Oak Grove Funeral Home.

The community was rallying to the family’s aid through T-shirt and sweatshirt sales for the Malzahn family to help pay for medical expenses as well as other needs the family may have. An account was also set up for the family through West Shore Bank.

“The fundraising will move forward for the family,” Foster said.

Malzahn sustained injuries to his head and leg during the incident on Friday. Last week, detectives from the Ludington Police Department, as well as Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies, were investigating the incident to determine the cause of the injuries.

The possibility that Malzahn fell while working in the 8- to 10-foot valve pit is being explored, Foster told the Daily News previously.

Shoppers head to downtown to take in Small Business Saturday

A cold wind and cloudy skies didn’t keep shoppers from strolling through downtown Ludington looking for deals as a part of Small Business Saturday.

While the breeze kicked up some of the leaves that still are hanging on, bags of goodies swayed as folks went from one shop to another.

“It’s been really busy,” said Lori Riemer, the owner of Grateful Heart and Home on Ludington Avenue. “Last year, Small Business Saturday was one of my best days.”

Grateful Heart and Home has been open just a year and a half, initially on South James Street. It moved to its current location on Ludington Avenue in June.

“I have a lot of regulars that come by. I’ve seen a lot of new faces,” Riemer said.

Small Business Saturday marked its 10th anniversary this weekend. It began as a campaign from American Express to encourage consumers to think of their local retailers, and it is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and right after the Black Friday shopping day.

The shopping began to pick up shortly after 11 a.m. at Windowsill Used and New Books on South James Street, said Connie Reece.

“I’ve seen lots of families out,” Reece said. “It’s good quality time for the families to be together. And they show the children about what’s around them at small businesses.”

With families at Windowsill, looking at books to purchase — including one young man who bought a book of jokes — Reece said she was glad to see kids were reading.

“It’s absolutely vital,” she said. “If you read, you gain a whole wealth of knowledge.”

Like Windowsill, Backstage Hobbies and Games was starting to see the foot traffic start to pick up as the day continued. Co-owner Nicole Petersen said the day was starting to pick up.

She said she didn’t work the store last year during Small Business Saturday, but said Black Friday went pretty well for the business.

“It’s fun. It’s a nice motivator to get people out into the businesses,” she said. “It’s perfect.”

Aglow on the Avenue delights thousands

Blustery winds, cold and then some rain didn’t dampen the mood or the spirits of those who attended the Aglow on the Avenue parade and Christmas tree lighting Saturday night in downtown Ludington.

“We’re cold and wet, but that’s OK. As always, we had a fantastic parade,” said Jen Tooman, downtown Ludington marketing and communications director.

The parade featured about 30 entrants, from local beauty queens to pets with lights to the Mason County Road Commission having a plow decked out with lights. The ball for the 11th annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop cruised past, a little more than a month from when it returns for its big event.

The parade was wrapped up by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Once the parade passed by the intersection of Ludington Avenue and James Street, Noah Tooman pressed the button to light up the Christmas tree in the James Street Plaza.

Jen Tooman was glad that both Logan and Carter Hargreaves played a holiday song once the tree was lit on their trumpet and trombone — in the rain.