residents can get free meal, toys from Salvation Army
Residents of Mason County can sign up to receive a free holiday meal and gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Wednesday, Dec. 4 at The Salvation Army, 1101 S. Madison St., Ludington.
Applicants need to bring:
1. Picture I.D for yourself with your Mason County address;
2. Some form of I.D. for all others in your household — birth certificate, school ID, Medicaid card, etc.;
3. For all adults: Last four digits of Social Security number in print;
4. Proof of All Income (Bridge Card is not acceptable as proof, because it does not tell us current income level or verify the name of the holder).
Salvation Army Christmas Clients will receive a food basket in partnership with the St. Simon Church Each One Reach One Project, that includes a holiday dinner with meat and fresh items, and toys and more for children in the family age newborn to 17 years old.
For more information, contact (231) 843-3711 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A $1 million capital campaign is underway at the Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital to support a $2 million emergency department renovation project, according to Emergency Department Manager Debra Bowman in a press release.
Bowman said the project will ensure Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital’s emergency room remains prepared to handle medical emergencies for years to come.
“When a life-threatening illness or injury occurs, community residents can be assured there is a hospital nearby, staffed with skilled and compassionate professionals and equipped with the latest technology,” she said in a press release. “Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital’s emergency room is ready any time, day or night, to respond when the unexpected happens. While the care in our ER is excellent, our facilities and some of our equipment are due for an upgrade.”
The community can help improve the emergency room by donating to the Manistee Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign. The foundation’s goal is to raise $1 million toward the renovation, which is slated to begin early next year. Thanks to a generous matching gift, every gift made now through Dec. 31 will be doubled, according to Bowman.
“All funds donated toward this project will be used for the sole purpose of emergency department renovations at Manistee Hospital,” she said. “We’re seeing about twice as many patients now as we did when the emergency room was last updated. We urgently need to improve the area’s work flow so our health care team can more quickly identify and meet patients’ needs. The redesigned spaces will also better accommodate our state-of-the-art technology and equipment.”
Bowman noted the department’s last makeover was 30 years ago.
The plan addresses safety and privacy concerns as well.
“The redesign will create quieter, more private treatment rooms for our patients to better foster a healing environment,” she said. “The improvements will also enhance the safety and security of the area for our patients and our staff.”
Bowman encourages the community to make a year-end gift to the campaign.
“Because of the matching gift, there’s no better time to give. The impact of each donation will be doubled,” she said.
Donations to Manistee Hospital Foundation are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
For more information about the capital campaign or to donate to the renovation, go to munsonhealthcare.org/foundations/Manistee-ER or call 231-935-6482.
Ed Iteen lived a life of service to the community, from the military and community to the township and county, and the longtime former Summit Township Supervisor died Friday. He was 72.
Ed graduated from Ludington High School, and he was a part of the Orioles’ boys basketball team in 1965 that took River Rouge to overtime before losing at Hawley Gymnasium. He went on to Western Michigan University, and eventually served the country in the army.
The U.S. Army veteran served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, and he began his service in 1969. His two sons, Gavin and Tyler, both have served in the military.
Iteen was the township supervisor from 1983 through 2008, and he also served his community through the county’s zoning board of appeals.
He was also a longtime member of the Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals, also starting in 1983 and he was the panel’s chairman for more than 20 years.
“Ed was an electrician and he liked to use the skills while out on mission trips,” said Gene Jorissen, a longtime friend. “Ed did lots and lots of mission trips and we went out on several of them together.
Jorissen said Iteen was in a group called the 29ers, a group of seniors that started out with 29 people that eventually grew larger, who would go out for two weeks at a time on mission trips to different places.
“It is hard to realize that he is gone that quickly,” Jorissen said Monday. “That is one of the biggest things that I think Ed would want to be remembered by.”
Jorissen said Ed belonged to St. Paul United Methodist church and he was very active with the church.
“He was always giving somebody a hug, Jorissen said.
“Ed was a long time blood donor and has given many gallons throughout the years,” said Nancy Houk, who has known Ed and his wife, Jill, for more than 40 years. “Ed was always service-oriented.”
Houk remembers Ed as always having a smile and a kind word for everyone he meets.
She said that Ed would love to be Santa and Jill would dress as Mrs. Claus his church’s Christmas party.
“Ed loved it. He loved talking to the kids,” Houk said. “He would come to our house on Christmas Day as Santa, when our grandkids were here, and he did that for a number of others families as well.”
Houk said after retiring from Dow, Ed started driving for Ludington Mass Transit Authority for a while. That was the prefect job for him because he knew so many people, and he could talk with them while taking them places.
“I know he really enjoyed that,” Houk said.
She also said Ed and Jill loved to travel even before they got their RV.
“The thing that I always appreciated about them is that they did not generally stick to expressways. They would take the backroads because they could experience some of the local people, culture and local events,” Houk said. “Ed had a great sense of adventure and spontaneity. They really enjoyed local things and local people.”
Jorisen also said that Iteen was a avid follower of the Orioles and would go on the road to support his beloved Orioles.
“He will be greatly missed by our church community but also by the community as well,” Jorissen said.
Oak Grove Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
SCOTTVILLE — The City of Scottville might be purchasing the Optimist Club building and grounds for the development of a community park after all.
During Monday’s meeting of the city commission, the matter was once again discussed after an agreement to lease the property was brought up on Nov. 18. At that previous meeting, several commissioners expressed concerns with the language of the agreement. Though no vote was made, commissioners agreed to look into the feasibility of purchasing the property outright, rather than leasing it for a five-year period.
City Manager Courtney Magaluk told commissioners that, on Nov. 25, the finance committee had a productive meeting with representatives from both the Optimist Club and the Downtown Development Authority about the prospect of purchasing the property.
“The finance committee did meet to discuss the Optimist project. It will go back to the DDA board at their meeting next week,” Magaluk said.
She said that the “general consensus” of the meeting was that the DDA should purchase the property rather than lease it, and she said there should be more information by the city commission’s Dec. 16 meeting.
Commissioner Marcy Spencer, who was present at the meeting, said Joe Knowles attended the meeting on behalf of the DDA.
“There was lots of discussion of the pros and cons. Joe understood that we were not in favor, by any means, of the lease as it was written. Most of the discussion was about purchasing,” Spencer said. “We were all in support of the project, but we felt that if it’s going to happen, the DDA should purchase it instead of going into a lease.”
Magaluk also discussed the possibility of hiring a full-time police officer for the Scottville Police Department.
“Right now, we operate with a part-time chief, and his role is limited by the number of hours he has … and we have one full-time officer (who) has put in a great deal of overtime,” Magaluk said. “We do have a pool of part-time officers who have filled in as well … but we would like something more robust to make sure that we are providing support to our community. That led us to going back to our full-time chief position, which we had before.”
Commissioners agreed, and the matter will be discussed further.
“My suggestion is that we advertise the new chief position … first internally, to let the chief and any other officers to apply,” Magaluk said. “If that doesn’t result in a successful hire, we’ll open that up.”
At the request of Mayor Bruce Krieger, the commission and attending members of the public held a moment of silence for Ludington Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Kurt Malzahn, who passed away Friday.
Ludington City Manager Mitch Foster was present. He introduced himself to the commission and expressed gratitude for the kind words.
“Thank you… the city (of Ludington) appreciates it. I know Kurt’s family appreciates it,” Foster said.
Commissioners also read a resolution of condolence for Malzahn, at the request of Rob Alway.
“Our citizens are grateful for Mr. Malzahn’s 17 years of service… making sure that the citizens of Scottville have safe drinking water.”