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Ludington’s Glanville named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist

Ludington High School senior Charlotte Glanville has been named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Glanville is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationally.

“I was shocked,” she said, after finding out she was a semifinalist. In fact she is the only semifinalist in the area.

“We are super proud of Charlotte and all the hard work that she has put into her entire career,” said Steve Forsberg, Ludington High School assistant principal. “She is a kid that not only has her natural talents and gifts but she is an extremely hard worker. She is very dedicated to her studies and the school and she has a leadership role in the National Honor Society.”

Charlotte is honored and hopeful that, if she becomes a finalist, it will help her get into the school (college or university) of her choice.

Glanville is currently dual-enrolled at both Ludington High School and West Shore Community College and is currently still deciding on her future college or university.

Glanville is president of the National Honor Society at LHS and a member of the cross country team.

Forsberg said that this past summer Charlotte attended a Rotary Youth Leadership Conference, bringing back some great ideas to the school.

“She is concerned about student mental health,” he said. “Not only has she reached these high levels of individual achievements, (but) she is the type of students who truly wants to make the school better for her classmates as well.”

Doing the work and putting in the hard work has really paid off for her, Forsberg added.

According to a press release provided by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, more than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The test serves as an initial screen of program entrants.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the student and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application in which information about the student’s academic record, their participation in school and community activities, their demonstration of their leadership abilities, their employment and their honors and awards.

The semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nation wide, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. In February, they will be notified of this designation.

All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis.

About 1,000 corporate-sponsored scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet the specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.

In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.


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Trooper Buttferfield honored

FREE SOIL — More than 60 people attended the memorial on Monday to honor Michigan State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield, who was shot and killed Sept. 9, 2013.

Shirley Chancellor of the Fountain Fire Department said there were more people than she expected, and she ran out of programs.

Area firefighters, police officers and other emergency personnel attended the event.

“I will never forget,” said Chancellor, who was one of the first responders to Butterfield’s shooting.

Butterfield was shot and later died following a traffic stop on Custer Road south of Free Soil.

“This is important with what is going on in the county (with police shootings),” Chancellor said.

The memorial service featured an invocation and benediction from Captain and Chaplain John Hansen of the Michigan State Police Cadillac Post.

The national anthem was sung by Bob Perrin, “Amazing Grace” was sung by Taylor Makowicki and taps was sounded.

The Ludington and Custer Color Guard also did a gun salute.

“Help us remember, support and pray for this community and the police officers and first responders,” Hansen said.

Hansen said this event unites the community, by honoring those who protect families, homes and lives.

“But most of all, help us remember and honor the painful loss of Paul by always serving with honor, humility and professionalism. Help us remember that our every word and actions should be fitting tribute to Paul’s sacrifice,” Hansen said.

“This is a great turnout — I get a little emotional,” said Chancellor.


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Replica of Manierre Dawson sculpture to be unveiled at WSCC Sept. 21

VICTORY TWP. — West Shore Community College will unveil a new outdoor sculpture, by the late local artist Manierre Dawson, in a ceremony on at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, outside of the Schoenherr Campus Center.

The 9-foot-high bronze sculpture, titled “Daedayl,” has been placed on the north side of the campus center and is the latest addition to the college’s growing collection of Dawson’s work. Seven paintings and sculptures comprise the college’s current collection and, earlier this month, three more pieces were added by a donor.

The sculpture was funded by a financial gift to the college’s foundation from Dr. Andrew Riemer.

“We are excited share the Manierre Dawson sculpture with the community. It is the first public outdoor sculpture on the campus and the first large scale outdoor Dawson sculpture of its kind ever,” said WSCC President Scott Ward. “We are grateful for Dr. Riemer’s generosity and support of this project.”

“Daedayl” is an abstract representation of a standing figure consisting of one continuous line that bends and curls throughout the length of the composition. Dawson took the title from the name Daedalus, the character in Greek mythology who was employed as an architect, engineer and artist by Minos, the king of Crete.

Art historians consider Dawson to be America’s first abstract artist. His work is in permanent art collections throughout the country. Dawson studied civil engineering and worked for an architectural firm in his native Chicago, and in 1910, he toured Europe to study art and architecture. There he met influential artists and art collectors, and three years later, was invited to participate in the historic Armory Show in Chicago.

In 1914, he purchased a fruit farm in Riverton Township next to his family’s summer home, where he raised a family and maintained orchards and continued to create art. His relationship with WSCC dates to the earliest days of the college when he donated a piece to kick off a permanent art collection in 1969, shortly before his death.

“Daedayl” has been added to the Mason County Sculpture Trail, a series of sculptural pieces located throughout the county.

Dr. William Anderson, chair of the Cultural Economic Development Task Force which oversees the trail, said he welcomes the addition of the Dawson piece, recognizing WSCC as the logical site for the piece.

“The college has an important role in art education and art appreciation,” he said. “And here was Manierre Dawson, a pioneer in abstract contemporary art living in our community.”

Arizona sculpture consultant Beth Lauterbach, who has assisted with several previous sculpture trail projects, was enlisted to work directly with the foundry which produced the piece.

She soon discovered that reproducing the sculpture was no small task. The greatest challenges, she said, was to maintain the visual integrity of the piece when scaling the 45-inch original to 9 feet and fashioning bronze to appear carved from the same composite wood as the original. Selecting appropriate materials to withstand Great Lakes winters was a consideration as well.

Based on Lauterbach’s suggestions, a 3D image of the original sculpture was scaled up 240 percent to create a Styrofoam model. The model was then shipped to Tyson Snow, an artist in Utah who completed the reproduction.

“You have to work with professionals of the utmost caliber,” said Lauterbach. “I’ve worked with Snow on a number of projects, and I know what a perfectionist he is.”

At a Utah foundry, Snow dismantled a 9-foot 3D image, and created the molds into which molten bronze was poured. The figure was reassembled, and the details and patina added.

An architectural firm associated with the college designed the brick plaza which serves as the framework for the sculpture. The firm carefully considered the sculpture’s placement in relation to existing structures and its appearance in both daylight and darkness. The bronze piece has been placed atop a 5-foot black granite pedestal and is illuminated by lighting.

The sculpture will honor a revolutionary artist who lived in Mason County for 55 years and will recognize him as a part of local heritage.

“Dawson is important and was influential to an art style,” said Thom Hawley, executive director of college relations and sculpture plaza project manager. “The sculpture on the campus will tell those who view it that he came from us, he’s one of us.”

A public reception will follow the unveiling ceremony in the campus center atrium and the newly renovated book store.


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Notable 9/11/19 North Country Trail restoration

North Country

National Scenic Trail restoration Sept. 28

The Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association will be clearing and restoring a corridor of the trail that passes through a historic, scenic logging area overlooking the Manistee River on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The project is being held on North Country National Scenic Trail Day. The public is invited to participate. RSVP to SPW@NorthCountryTrail.org.

The section of trail along the river has become overgrown with native and invasive plants species due the very wet season this year. Volunteers will be using brush saws and other tools to remove heavy vegetation to reestablish the trail corridor

They’ll also treat invasive species cut-stumps with herbicide, replace several sagging boards on boardwalks and add carsonite signage for better marking of the trail. The work will be done along a 1.5-mile section — 3 miles out and back — of the trail in Leitch Bayou, a relatively flat, high-grassy area overlooking the river.

Meet at 9 a.m. on FSR 8799 in Manistee County, where a spur trail to the North Country Trail crosses the road just before the gated entrance of the Sawdust Hole Campground in the Manistee National Forest on the northern side of the Manistee River. The workday should end between 3 and 4 p.m.

The GPS coordinates for the meeting place are 44.2706540, -85.951121.

Wear clothing appropriate for the expected weather, including hat, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, shoes or boots — preferably leather boots for people using power equipment — plus long socks and gloves. Volunteers who will be using powered cutting and sawing equipment or handling herbicide will be provided hard hats, safety glasses and chemical-resistant gloves.

Bring water that can be carried on the trail, lunch and snacks, and pruning shears or sharpened loppers to use in a 6-foot-wide corridor that is 6 to 8 feet tall. USFS-certified sawyers may bring their chainsaws.

Tools and materials for replacing deck boards and installing new carsonite signs will be provided. Gas-powered brush saws and mixed-herbicide containers with applicators will also be available. An additional two wheel borrows would be helpful.


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County buys into lift station

The Mason County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution during its meeting Tuesday morning to purchase 26.71 percent of a lift station that serves Amber Township and the City of Scottville.

The country agreed to pay no more than $257,000, and the money used for the purchase will help pay for an estimated $962,000 in repairs to the lift station.

Officials in Scottville and Amber Township have been working with the county’s Department of Public Works to replace the lift station, which pumps wastewater or sewage from a low level to a higher level. Because the county owns 26.71 percent of the sewer line that runs from the Amber-Pere Marquette township line to the city limits of Scottville, the commission proposed buying the same portion of the lift station.

During the past couple of months, Scottville’s city commission has discussed how to pay for what was to be its portion of the lift station without the county. Had the county not offered to buy into the lift station, Scottville would be responsible for 53 percent of the cost of the repairs, and Amber Township would have been responsible for the other 47 percent.

With the county now offering to buy more than a quarter of the lift station, Mason County Administrator Fabian Knizacky said last week that it was unclear yet what the percentages of responsibility Scottville and Amber Township will now be responsible for.

County Commissioner Nick Krieger said after the motion was made to make the purchase that the state-mandated improvements done to the City of Ludington’s wastewater treatment plant resulted in the work needing to be completed on the lift station.

“It’s slightly unfortunate that the City of Ludington has had to do these improvements, and it would affect the system in this way,” he said. “After reviewing the issue, this is the best way to do this.”

Dr. Lew Squires said he has worked with the Public Works Department and the various entities involved.

2020 Census coming

Knizacky, in his report to the board, said he attended meetings last week in regard to the upcoming federal census.

“The federal government is starting to ramp up for it,” he said. “They’re going to be bringing things forward to make sure the count is complete.”

In other business, the county board:

• appointed Chris Fonnesbeck as the Democratic Party representative to the Board of County Canvassers through Nov. 1, 2022, and Rebecca Robinson as the Republican Party representative to the same board for the same term. The vote was 6-1, with Squires voting for Democrat Jason Wolven and Republican Rosemarie DeLoof.

• appointed Jim Herrema to the Mason/Oceana 911 Board of Directors to replace Kevin Walk.

• approved a grant agreement for the emergency management performance grant between the county and state.

• approved a Truth in Taxation hearing as a part of the county board’s 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, meeting.

• approved a budget work session meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

• approved a five-year capital improvement program for the county.

• approved levies for property taxes in the amounts of 0.30 mills for the Mason County Sheriff’s road patrol, 0.003 mills for the Soldiers & Sailors Relief Commission, 0.9175 mills for Oakview Medical Care Facility and 0.27 mills for the senior centers and senior citizens programs.

• approved a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for an airport layout plan.

• approved a service agreement to start the installation of a self-serve terminal at the Mason County Airport.

• approved the purchase of a chair for the county clerk’s office with funds from the equipment replacement fund.