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Cold, mixed precipitation expected

Temperatures hovering around freezing and mixed precipitation in Mason County could result in slippery roads this weekend and into early next week, said Andrea Honor, meteorologist for the National Weather Service station in Grand Rapids.

“You’ll see (rain) showers, mainly during the weekend, with those temperatures hovering around freezing and above Saturday and Sunday, and then we’ll see that switch to snow as it cools down,” Honor said, adding that it could result in hazardous travel conditions.

Honor said the chance of snow is expected to be on-and-off in the days ahead, but the area isn’t expected to get a ton of accumulation. She said a total of 5 inches could be possible, but likely not much more than that. She added that forecasts change daily.

“It’s looking like it’ll be mostly around 1 to 2 inches (of snow),” Honor said. “It’s possible you could see more by mid-week next week. Things can definitely change from now until then. But it’s not looking like a foot of snow... It’s nothing too alarming at the moment.”

She said that temperatures this season have been colder than in typical years — when November is usually in the upper 40 degrees — and more cold is expected into next week.

She said it’s not uncommon for West Michigan to get snow in November, however the amount of snow its received already this year might not be typical. She said that due to lake effects, snow is “certainly not out of the realm of possibility.”


According to the National Weather Service, the forecast as of Thursday evening for the Ludington area is as follows:

•Today is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high temperature near 32 degrees and a northwest wind of 6 to 9 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon. There’s a 30-percent chance of snow, mainly before 7 a.m.

•Tonight, it’s forecast to be mostly cloudy with a low around 27 degrees. A southwest wind of 10 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 26 mph is projected, and there’s a 50-percent chance of snow, mainly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

•Saturday, there’s a 20-percent chance of rain after 1 p.m. It’s expected to be cloudy, with a high near 40. A southwest wind of 14 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 26 mph is forecast.

•Saturday night, rain is likely, mainly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The low temperature is expected to be around 35, with cloudy skies and a 60-percent chance of precipitation.

•Sunday, there’s a chance of ran before noon, then a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent. It’s expected to be cloudy, with a high near 38.

•Sunday night, snow is likely, and it’s forecast to be cloudy with a low temperature around 24.

•Monday, snow is likely, mainly before 1 p.m. The sky is projected to be cloudy, with a high near 27.

•Monday night is forecast to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 19 and snow showers likely.

•Tuesday, there’s a chance of snow. A high near 27 and mostly cloudy skies are forecast.

•Tuesday Night, the low could drop to around 19, it’ll be mostly cloudy and there’s a chance of snow.

•Wednesday, partly sunny skies, a high temperature near 31 degrees and a chance of snow are projected.

Segraves film 'Julie' to premiere Nov. 15 at Peterson Auditorium

Dawson Segraves, a senior at Ludington High School, spent some time recently reflecting on the movie “Julie,” which he and a handful of friends just completed after spending several months writing, planning and filming this year.

The movie, set in 1974, depicts two high school-age students who meet, fall in love and spend their last summer together before heading off to college.

“Whether these guys want to go into a career or whether they did if for me, it does not wavier my gratitude what so ever,” Segraves said about the cast and crew of the film. “None of them had to do it. You do not hear it that often about high schoolers and people with extremely busy lives coming together at this age to make something like this. To think that I had them for more than 50 nights, taking away days from their summer.”

The film will premiere on Friday, Nov. 15 at Ludington’s Peterson Auditorium, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the movie to begin at 8 p.m.

Segraves is passionate about making movies and has several films under his belt to date. He credits his friends and family for their willingness to believe in him and the continual encouragement and support they provide.

“I would not have been able to do what I love so much if it wasn’t for these people,” he said. “It means a lot to me and I think my payoff to them, is for them to see the final product. What keeps me staying up at night, editing, is not getting the film finished, it is me thinking about giving them that final product for them to see what we created together.”

Della Sheets, who plays Julie, said that Segraves approached her near the end of her junior year at Ludington High School about playing the role.

Sheets, who worked with Segraves on the movie “A Vittras Box,” said she had a great experience with the film.

“It was difficult with summer work schedules to try and find time to film,” Sheets said. “It has been amazingly fun. It didn’t feel like work, it just felt like I was the character, Julie.”

Toran Saxton, who plays Joel and also worked with Segraves on “A Vittras Box,” said it has been everything that he could have asked for.

Saxton, who met Segraves because of their mutual interest in filmmaking, has been working with Segraves since his final Zoe film, “End of the Road.”

Hans Morgan, who has helped Segraves with every film since the very first Zoe film back in 2016, was once again behind the scenes, doing anything and everything to help make the film a success.

“Every time we have made a new film we have built upon it and it has become bigger and bigger,” Morgan said. “The first Zoe film we probably spent like three days filming and maybe edited it in a weekend and maybe added two songs to it and it was done.

“These days it is not even remotely the same; it is a much bigger production and a completely different experience than in past films,” said the man behind the boom microphone.

Assisting Segraves on the film was Savannah Stark, who had the honor of filming the movie as Segraves played the lead role of Mark.

“It was my first time assisting and doing all the camera work,” said Stark, who also helped to write the script and was a big influence in the wardrobe for the film based in the 1974. “Clothing was a really big thing in the beginning of the movie. In the beginning, we were going to have four outfits for everybody, as filming started that has gotten out of hand a little bit.”

Segraves admits to being drawn to the ‘70s era and liking the clothing, music and cars.

“I have more shirts in my wardrobe collection downstairs for Julie than I actually wear on a regular basis,” said Segraves. “It went way overboard; I could say that about the entire film in general. When we first started our expectations were much lower than what Julie has meant at the point.”

Segraves said the film is going to be in the range of 45 minutes to one-hour long when he finally finishes editing.

“We expected it to be around a half-hour long,” said Saxton.

“That blew my mind when I first started piecing it together; we were working with a much bigger script but we never assumed it would be where it is at right now,” Segraves said. “The film we imagined back in April and May is completely different than what it has turned out to be, for the better.”

Segraves noted that additional scenes that were not in the original script have been added, and for the first time scenes have been cut. That has never happened in the past.

“We are holding ourselves at such a high standard with this film. If something is not working then it is not going to be in the film,” Segraves said.

Additional scenes — items that have added to the run time — have come from ideas on set or from a song on the radio, or driving by something on the way home and sparking an idea, according to Segraves.

One of those scenes that was included in the film was the drag racing scene.

That scene was written about halfway through filming, according to Saxton, who said they had no idea they could do that kind of scene in the first place.

“We were in search for a road for that scene for a really long time that would work,” Segraves said. “It had to match what I imagined in my head and more importantly that no one was using. We found a road that would work about 15 minutes out of town.”

That scene turned out to be one of Saxton’s favorite scenes as well as many of the cast and crew members as well.

Segraves said that he could choose many different scenes as his favorite for different reasons — even a scene or two that were cut from the film — because he can see the beauty in every one of them.

He said the fire pit scene jumped out at him because of how it turned out and what came from that scene.

“That night was awful. We started shooting at 6 p.m. and was supposed to be done by midnight. At 3 a.m. we were still shooting the scene,” he said. “During filming, one of my more expensive lights tipped over in the wind and smashed on the ground. That night was like being in a daze.”

Segraves said that when he got home that evening he started to edit the scene because he was so worried that nothing would come out of the filming.

“I was up the entire night looking at that scene,” Segraves said. “A sadness was conveyed in the scene, from everything that happened that night, that made the scene even more moving for all of us.”

Segraves said that scene is one of the most special to him in the entire film.

“When it came to the final project, I know writing the scene I wanted something like that (emotional) in the film, and I knew right away that it was going to be really good. Watching Mark sit down at this fire — it turned out really well. There is a lot of emotionally moving scenes in the film, but I think watching Mark look up from that fire is definitely the most emotionally moving moment in the film.

With the release of the film less than a week away, the cast and crew wanted to take a moment to thank the community for their willingness to help with the production.

“I think we live in such a good community and town that people are willing to go out of their way to accommodate us,” said Stark.

People were willing to move cars that didn’t fit with the era and drive around parking lots when we were filming, according to Stark..

“This is our version of the 1970s, and it is special to be able to step into that world, even if it’s just for the night,” he said.

The screening of “Julie” at Peterson Auditorium is open to the community.

Segraves said he is hoping the cast and crew will watch the film and feel like all those months working on it were worth it.

“The biggest gift that I can give them is a final product that lives up to everything they put into it,” he said.

West Michigan CMH welcomes new board members

Mary Alway



Dawn Martin

West Michigan CMH welcomes new board members

Three new members recently joined the West Michigan Community Mental Health (West Michigan CMH) Governing Board.

Joining the governing board are Lucinda Shafer of Hart, Dawn Martin of Luther and Mary Alway of Ludington.

“We’re excited to have Lucinda, Dawn and Mary join our governing board,” stated Lisa Williams, executive director of West Michigan CMH, in a press release. “They each bring a unique perspective to the board and are passionate about providing the highest quality of behavioral health care to our community.”

Shafer has been an active volunteer with West Michigan CMH for nearly 10 years. She currently serves on the agency’s recipient rights advisory committee, performance improvement oversight committee, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) advisory committee, consumer advisory panel and the Lakeshore Regional Entity consumer advisory panel. She holds an associate degree in marketing management from West Shore Community College. Her term expires in March 2022.

Martin owns and operates Dawn’s Country Kitchen in Irons. She serves on the Lake County board of commissioners, Lake County Chamber of Commerce board of directors, District Health Department No. 10 Board of Directors and the Luther Fire Department board of directors. Her term expires in March 2021.

Alway works as an administrative assistant at Mason County Central Schools. She volunteers with The Western Michigan Old Engine Club, United Way of Mason County and serves on the West Shore Community College Agricultural Advisory Committee. She holds an associate degree in administrative assisting from Muskegon Business College. Her term expires in March 2022.

West Michigan CMH is a certified community behavioral health clinic and serves as the public behavioral health care provider for people with mental health conditions, developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse disorders in Mason, Lake and Oceana counties.

The governing board is comprised of 12 members who are appointed by the county board of commissioners in each of the three counties.

Training, staff changes at West Shore ESD

The West Shore Educational Service District Board of Education has the approval of several staffing changes as well as employee development on its agenda for its meeting 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The board of education will consider a contract with Kagan Professional Development to host five days of workshop instruction at West Shore ESD during June 15 to 19.

The training would focus on areas like classroom engagement, management and team building. The contract would be for up to $65,000, according to the Instructional Services Board report by Amy Taranko, assistant superintendent of Instructional Services.

In August, 65 local teachers attended a two-day Kagan workshop, which many participants evaluated favorably, prompting West Shore ESD to consider hosting another training opportunity, Taranko said.

“It is a priority of the Instructional Services Department to provide continual instructional support for educators who use Kagan methods and assist in the effective implementation of Kagan to increase student engagement and success for all,” Taranko stated in the report.

Taranko said that “when used consistently in the classroom” Kagan learning methods support increased student achievement, improved social skills, higher self-esteem and relations among students, decreased discipline referrals and increased liking for school.

The board will also consider approving the training and related travel expenses in mid-February for Meg Brown, Betsy Dotson and Jen Orton to become certified as Kagan coaches. Christina Forrester, Monique Selimos and Taranko would also attend trainings related to supporting Kagan methods. The training is in Las Vegas, Nevada, during mid-February, and the total cost would be an estimated $10,243 for all of the employees’ certification and travel expenses requested to be covered.

The board will also consider formally approving many personnel changes.

Selimos has been promoted to be a general education social worker from her prior job as the Great Start collaborative coordinator.

Patricia Kapala started as the on-site program coordinator at Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center. Kapala was previously the Great Start Readiness Program lead teacher, and associate teacher Lisa Cardinal is transferring to fill the position as the lead teacher.

The board will also consider hiring Kim Chatfield as a Great Start parent liaison for Oceana County.

Mike Harrie has agreed to be the transportation and safety supervisor, following the resignation of Jesse Stamper from the job. To fill Harrie’s vacancy as the behavior management and safety coordinator will be Todd Hamilton, who is transferring from his role as an Early On coordinator.

Mike Hall is to be reassigned from his prior job as a bus driver to be a behavior assistant. The board will consider hiring Stacy Curtis as a new bus driver, as well as employing Gretchen Spoor as a school psychologist apprentice and Abby Mavis as a staff accountant.

Substitute instructor Joannee DeBruhl has stepped in to fill the role of CTE agriscience instructor following the resignation of Jorhie Beadle, according to the Career and Technical Education and ASM Tech report.

The board will also accept the resignation of Nancy Johns, who’s last day was Nov. 1.

The board will also accept several grants that have been awarded to West Shore ESD. These include four grants from the Michigan Department of Eduction, totalling $2,418,618; a $53,269 grant from Western Michigan University; and two grants totaling $765 were awarded to teachers by the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Mason County.