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Lake County Fact Book • Chase Township • Cherry Valley Township • Dover Township • Elk Township • Ellsworth Township • Lake Township • Newkirk Township • Peacock Township • Pinora Township • Sauble Township • Sweetwater Township • Webber Township • Yates Township • Village of Baldwin • Village of Luther A SPECIAL PROJECT OF THE LUDINGTON DAILY NEWS


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Lake County departments Building Department

Prosecutor’s Office

Tony Gagliardo is code official of the Building Department. This department inspects new constructions, from a new house to a new deck to a new sign, to make sure they meet provisions of the county’s building, residential, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes. If someone doesn’t understand what’s required, the department interprets and explains the code for them. The department also reviews building applications and plans in order to make sure they meet the provisions of the code before they are issued a permit. The department also investigates complaints.

Craig Cooper is prosecuting attorney. The office of prosecuting attorney is responsible for the prosecution of all violations of state criminal law within the county. The prosecuting attorney is the chief law enforcement officer and represents the county in criminal matters for the city, county and state, as well as abuse and neglect cases and drug forfeitures. They can also represent people whose personal protection orders have been violated. They do not represent civil matters. Appellate and Supreme Court are handled by the state attorney general’s office.

ADDRESS: 800 10th Street, Suite 110, Baldwin HOURS: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday PHONE NUMBER: (231) 745-2722

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County Clerk/Register of Deeds

Sheriff’s Office

Patti Pacola serves as combined county clerk/register of deeds. The clerk’s duties include vital records registrar—including birth, death, and marriage certificates—as well as clerk of the court, chief election official of the county, clerk of the county jury board, clerk of the concealed weapons licensing board, clerk of the county board of canvassers, clerk of the county apportionment commission, clerk of the county election commission, and clerk of the county plat board. As register of deeds, Pacola maintains records of real property transactions and personal property lien records. She also serves on the county plat board. Revenues are derived from the recording fees and property transfer tax.

Richard Martin is sheriff of Lake County. The sheriff’s office is responsible for public safety in Lake County. Road patrol officers, considered the backbone of the department, respond to calls on crimes ranging from petty theft to homicide. The 20-member dive team recovers drowning victims and also recovers criminal evidence disposed of in water. The sheriff’s office also utilizes support services manned by volunteers, such as the victims’ services unit, a volunteer group designed to help victims and survivors of a crime through a crisis. The unit helps police, fire, and medical personnel by allowing the department to do their jobs without ignoring the victim. The Lake County sheriff’s administration office stays open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for holidays. Administrative Assistant to the Sheriff Kimberly Sanders and Secretary Alisha Holtz interact with the public and direct them to the proper department or supply them with the information they need.

ADDRESS: 800 10th St., Suite 200, Baldwin HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday PHONE NUMBER, County Clerk: (231) 745-2725 PHONE NUMBER, Register of Deeds: (231) 745-4641

Equalization Al Enciso serves as director of the equalization department. Lake County’s equalization department surveys assessments, or property values, to create uniformity throughout individual townships and cities within the county. In addition, the department records assessment and tax rolls, including names, addresses, descriptions, acreage, and principal residence/agricultural exemption assessments, including land and lake value studies, sales, appraisal and economic condition factor studies. ADDRESS: 800 10th St., Suite 230, Baldwin HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday PHONE NUMBER: (231) 745-2723

ADDRESS: 1153 Michigan Ave., Baldwin HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday PHONE: (231) 745-2712 UNDERSHERIFF Wesley Bierling, ext. 3158 ADMINISTRATIVE Assistant Kim Sanders, ext. 3154 DETECTIVE SERGEANT Harold Nichols, ext. 3564 CHIEF DEPUTY, Corrections Division Dave Dagen, ext. 3157 SQUAD ROOM, ext. 3166 FRONT DESK, ext. 3165 DISPATCH, ext. 3195 DISPATCH, ext.3197 BOB VANBELZEN, ext. (231) 745-9377 CRIME TIPS HOTLINE, ext. (231) 745-7581 or www.lakecountysheriffmi.org/crime_tip.php


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Lake County departments Trial Court The trial court combines the district court, probate court, and circuit court. In Michigan, the circuit court has the broadest powers of the trial courts. It handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases where the accused, if found guilty, could be sent to prison. The family division of circuit court handles divorce, paternity, adoptions, personal protection actions, emancipation of minors, treatment and testing of infectious disease, safe delivery of newborns, name changes, juvenile offenses and delinquency, juvenile guardianship, and child abuse and neglect. The circuit court also hears cases appealed from the other trial courts or from administrative agencies. The friend of the court office—part of the family division of the circuit court—handles domestic relations cases where minor children are involved. District courts handle most traffic violations, civil cases with claims of up to $25,000, landlord-tenant matters, most traffic tickets, and misdemeanor criminal cases. Probate court’s duties include managing wills, administering estates and trusts, and appointing guardians and conservators, as well as ordering treatment for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. ADDRESS: 800 Tenth St., Suite 300, Baldwin HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday TRIAL COURT, 745-4614 LAW LIBRARY, ext. 3172 EDYE MCCARTY (fines/tickets/restitution), ext. 3178/3180

SUE MCCONNELL (criminal), ext. 3181 MARK MCLOUTH, ext. 3182 JEFF NADIG (probate), ext. 3183 CHERIE SABLE (civil/divorce), ext. 3184 GREG BLOCK (magistrate), ext. 3185 GEORGIA SIMPSON (criminal), ext. 3187 FAMILY DIVISION (231) 745-4614 DEE CARR, ext. 3177 CARRIE DUTMER, ext. 3126 HAYLEY JONES, ext. 3130 KIM LOOP, ext. 3103 SUE SMITH, ext. 3133 CAROL WALLACE, ext. 3131 FRONT DESK, ext. 3127

Emergency Management/ Department of Homeland Security Donald Divis heads the Department of Emergency Management/Homeland Security. The Lake County Office of Emergency Management plans, coordinates and manages an emergency management program for Lake County. The department’s responsibilities include preparing for, responding to, mitigating, and recovering from a range of natural and man-made disasters. PHONE: (231) 745-6205 ADDRESS: 800 10th St., Suite 100, Baldwin


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Lake County departments Animal Control Lake County runs an animal shelter to house lost and surrendered pets, with two officers operating the facility and caring for the animals. In addition, the officers respond to calls for help, including lost animals, nuisance complaints, animal bites, injured animals and animal cruelty. Officers attempt to bring lost animals back to their families by keeping a list of missing animals and those that are found in hopes of making a match. Animal Control encourages Lake County residents to give pets current identification tags and license attached to the collar so they can be identified and returned promptly. Animal Control Officers are also responsible for enforcing animal regulation laws and/or ordinances and capturing biting, vicious, diseased, loose or stray animals.

Brenda Kutchinski is treasurer of Lake County. The office of the county treasurer is responsible for the administration of the property tax collection and for receipt, custody, investment and disbursement of all county funds.

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Lake County Townships

George Supernois, Township Clerk 2142 E. U.S. 10, Idlewild (313) 515-1808 Lori Jeffrey, Township Treasurer 4108 E. 24th St., Chase (231) 745-7466

Chase Township Chase Township lies in the southeastern corner of Lake County. U.S. 10 runs through the northern portion of the township. Directly east of Chase Township is Osceola County, and to the south is Newaygo County. Just a 10-minute drive from both Reed City and Baldwin, the unincorporated community of Chase lies on the Pere Marquette River. The community was named after Salmon Chase, governor of Ohio and later U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Lincoln. The community of Chase served as the original county seat until 1882, when a group of people from Baldwin broke into the county office and stole the county records. Today, Chase Township Hall is located next to the Pere Marquette River. Kenneth Pollaski, Township Supervisor 6628 Saddler Road, Chase (989) 370-6006 Amy Patterson, Township Clerk 7679 S. Frank Smith, Chase

Dover Township (231) 349-0559 Janel Eichenberg, Township Treasurer 10538 S. Sadler Road, Reed City (231) 832-4076

Cherry Valley Township The Baldwin River flows through the northwest portion of Cherry Valley Township as it makes its way to the Village of Baldwin. U.S. 10 runs along the southern border with Yates Township. Much of the area lies within the Manistee National Forest. Dennis Burrick, Township Supervisor P.O. Box 67, Chase (231) 745-7045

Dover Township, located in the northeastern corner of Lake County, is bordered by Osceola County to the east and Wexford County to the north. Numerous fishing spots can be found along the Pine River, also known as the South Branch Manistee River, which flows across the southwestern portion of Dover Township. Lake Olga is located in the far northeast corner. Cathy May, Township Supervisor 7630 N. Skookum Road, Luther (231) 829-3783 Addie Choponis, Township Clerk 8092 Raymond Road, Luther (231) 878-4901 Crystal Jurik, Township Treasurer 6888 N. Skookum Road, Luther (231) 829-3273

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Eden Township Irons lies in the northwestern portion of Eden Township, offering numerous campgrounds and cabin rentals, as well as access to snowmobile and ATV trails. Another attraction is Shrine of the Pines, the log home of Baldwin woodcarver Raymond Overholzer which now serves as an exhibit of his work. Irons also hosts Blessing of the Sleds in January, the Flea Roast/ Ox Market Festival and Tear Drop Bass Tournament in in June, and the Bluegrass Jamboree in September. M-37 runs northeast through Eden Township before bending east into Newkirk Township and then north into Wexford County. Alfred Shaughnessy, Township Supervisor 10498 Maresch Road, Irons (231) 920-6683 Barbara Charnes, Township Clerk P.O. Box 44, Irons (231) 266-8301 Christine Oetman, Township Treasurer P.O. Box 85, Irons (231) 266-8277

Elk Township Elk Township lies at the northwestern corner of Lake County, bordered on the north by Manistee County and to the west by Mason County. Numerous fishing spots can be found along the Little Manistee River and in the township’s many lakes. Bear Track Campground is located on Riverside Drive. Louis L. Fitz, Township Supervisor 9182 W. River Road, Irons (231) 266-5040 Vicki Gates, Township Clerk 6972 W. 9 Mile Road, Irons (231) 510-2597 Brandy Myers, Township Treasurer 8462 W. 8 Mile Road, Irons (231) 266-5983

Ellsworth Township

The renovated Elk Township Hall was dedicated during the township’s centennial in 2014. The township’s sign was dedicated.

Ellsworth Township borders Osceola County on its eastern side. The Little Manistee River runs through much of the south of the township. Public fishing sites can be found along the Pine River in the north. The Village of Luther bisects Ellsworth Township to the east and Newkirk Township to the west. Robert Long, Township Supervisor 6662 Old M-63, Luther (231) 797-5164 Sharon Baker, Township Clerk P.O. Box 113, Luther (231) 878-1393 Betty Alward, Township Treasurer 4232 N. Skookum Road, Luther (231) 797-9531

Lake Township Lake Township is located in the southwestern corner of Lake County, bordering Pleasant Township to the east, Sweetwater Township to the north, and Webber Township to the northeast. South is Newaygo County and west is Mason County. Lake Township features many lakes, as its name suggests, including Big Star Lake, Gifford Lake, Reed Lake and others. Public fishing spots can be found

along the Pere Marquette River in the northeast portion of the township and on Big Star Lake. Don Britten, Township Supervisor 15580 S. Star Lake Drive, Baldwin (231) 898-3189 Robert K. Reidel, Township Clerk 15580 S. Star Lake Drive, Baldwin (231) 898-3189 Sheila Myers, Township Treasurer 15580 S. Star Lake Drive, Baldwin (231) 898-3189

Newkirk Township The Little Manistee River flows through the north of Newkirk Township and the Pine River to the north. Half of this sparsely populated township lies within the Pere Marquette State Forest, offering mountain biking, hiking, and canoeing. Carrie Rives-Fansler, Township Supervisor 4560 N. Queens Highway, Luther (231) 388-0359 Judy Ashbaugh, Township Clerk P.O. Box 207, Luther (231) 429-0789 Sharon Gray, Township Treasurer P.O. Box 192, Luther (231) 388-4057


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Lake County Townships (231) 832-1105 Don Dvoracek, Township Treasurer 9672 E. 48th St., Chase (231) 832-4321

Peacock Township M-37 runs through the center of Peacock Township. Seven miles north of Baldwin, Wolf Lake Motel and Resort offers ORV/ATV and snowmobile rentals, as well as great opportunities for cross country skiing, fishing, and mountain biking, among others. The Little Manistee River flows through the northern portion of Peacock Township into Newkirk Township in the east. Mark Veneman, Township Supervisor 3932 W. 4-Mile Road, Irons (231) 745-8647 Geraldine H. Sampsell, Township Clerk 3657 Hamlock Lane, Irons (231) 266-2071 Cheryl Lenkiewicz, Township Treasurer 3540 River Run Trail, Irons (231) 266-5122

Pinora Township Pinora Township lies to the north of

Pleasant Plains Township

The Baldwin River in Pleasant Plains Township is another popular place for fishing in Lake County.

Chase Township and borders Osceola County in the east. To the west is Cherry Valley Township and to the north is Ellsworth Township. Two lakes, Deer Lake and Stowell Lake, lie in the north of Pinora Township. Victoria Dennett, Township Supervisor 10076 E. 40th St., Chase (231) 832-9019 Druscilla Johnson, Township Clerk 7345 E. Niemithlo Drive, Chase

M-37 bisects Pleasant Plains Township as it heads north through the Village of Baldwin. Located in southern Lake County on the border of Newaygo County, Pleasant Plains Township offers numerous public fishing spots on the Pere Marquette and Baldwin Rivers. The Baldwin Airport can also be found here, located just south of Baldwin. Tammy Ghent, Township Supervisor P.O. Box 239, Baldwin (231) 745-2209 Kellie Allen P.O. Box 239, Baldwin (231) 745-4194 Ronnie Hanna P.O. Box 239, Baldwin (231) 745-2278

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Sauble Township Located in the western side of Lake County, Sauble Township is located within the boundaries of the Manistee National Forest and offers numerous lakes and streams. The Big Sauble River flows through the northern portion, crossing the border with Mason County. George Danek, Township Supervisor 8473 W. 6-Mile Road, Irons (231) 898-2633 Gail Raad, Township Clerk 5279 N. Waite Drive, Irons (231) 266-5690 Abbey Sisson, Township Treasurer 9034 W. Bass Lake Road, Irons (231) 510-1474

Sweetwater Township Directly east of Mason County, along U.S. 10, is Sweetwater Township. It lies entirely within the boundaries of the Manistee National Forest. U.S. 10 bi-

sects the township and the Pere Marquette River flows south of the highway, offering several public fishing sites. The unincorporated community of Branch, named for the north branch of the Pere Marquette River, lies just west of Sweetwater Township. Branch offers a motel, a post office, and restaurant.

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Lake County Townships Webber Township Webber Township lies north of Baldwin, bordering Cherry Valley Township to the east, Peacock to the north, Sweetwater to the west and Pleasant Plains to the south. M-37 and U.S. 10 intersect here. Parks and campgrounds can be found in the vicinity of Baldwin. Ernie Wogatzke, Township Supervisor P.O. Box 939, Baldwin (231) 745-3471 Deborah Engstrom, Township Clerk P.O. Box 939, Baldwin (231) 745-3471 Pat Williams, Township Treasurer P.O. Box 939, Baldwin (231) 745-3471

Yates Townshi Yates Township is home to the legendary African American resort town of Idlewild. After its founding in 1912, the Idlewild resort catered to the

needs of African Americans escaping segregated communities across America. At its peak, 25,000 people would converge on the resort in the summer both for outdoors activities and to hear the likes of Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine, Sammy Davis Jr., Della Reese, Bill Cosby, Louie Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, and the Four Tops. Idlewild now offers a historical and cultural center, located at 7025 Broadway Road.

Colleen Carrington-Atkinson, Township Supervisor 6437 S. Nelson Road, Idlewild (231) 745-3471 Romayne Hollis-Raines, Township Clerk 6437 S. Nelson Road, Idlewild (231) 745-3471 Lucinda Shepherd, Township Treasurer 6437 S. Nelson Road, Idlewild (231) 745-3471

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Lake County Townships Village of Baldwin

At the junction of M-37 and U.S. 10 is Baldwin, the county seat of Lake County. The Baldwin River, a tributary of the Pere Marquette River, flows nearby. More than a dozen lakes lie within five miles of the city limits, such as Big Star Lake in Lake Township and Leverentz and Government Lakes in Webber Township. In addition to specialty fishing lure and equipment shops, Baldwin offers gift shops and antique stores. It serves as a focal point of activity for Lake County’s many resorts and cottages. Each summer, Baldwin celebrates the famous Troutarama and Blessing of the Bikes. Originally called Hanibal after an early settler to the area, in 1872 Baldwin became known as Baldwin City after Michigan’s governor, Henry Baldwin. Baldwin became the county seat in 1874, and was incorporated as a village in 1887. Baldwin features an airport with three runways as long as 5,200 feet, and the Pathfinder Community Library, a public library.

James Truxton P.O. Box 339, Baldwin (231) 590-5504 Terra Dickson, Clerk P.O. Box 339, Baldwin (231) 745-3587 Val McKay, Treasurer P.O. Box 339, Baldwin (231) 745-3587

Village of Luther The Village of Luther, originally Wilson, was founded at the site of a sawmill in 1880. In 1893, the town was organized as a village and boasted its own newspaper, the Luther Observer. In its glory days as a bustling logging

town, the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad built a station in the village. The Little Manistee River flows through the village before forming a pond at the backside of the recently rebuilt dam. The pond is great for brown trout fishing. In addition, the Pine River flows around four miles north, with several canoe landings and two campgrounds, Silver Creek and Lincoln Bridge, next to the river. In 1979, the Luther Area Public Library was founded and now features educational programs and resources. Luther also has a historical museum operated by local families. Canoeists, cottage owners and fishermen flock to Luther for supplies, gas and food. Victor Lucas, Supervisor P.O. Box 9, Luther (231) 797-5246 Louise Choponis, Clerk P.O. Box 9, Luther (231) 797-5452 Michelle Goodman, Treasurer P.O. Box 9, Luther (231) 388-2760

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Secretary of State Lake County’s Secretary of State is located off M-37 in Baldwin. HOME: TUESDAYS and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. ADDRESS: 5653 S. M-37, Baldwin PHONE: (888) 767-6424

Schools in the area WEST SHORE EDUCATIONAL SERVICE DISTRICT West Shore ESD serves most of Lake County, including Baldwin Community Schools. The superintendent of the ESD is Randy Howes, who can be reached at (231) 7573716. The ESD school board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Ludington office. Board members are Catherine Becker, president; Vince Greiner, vice president; Pat Collins, secretary; Jim Dittmer, treasurer; Shirley Chancellor, trustee; Dr. Robert Fong, trustee; and David Bass, trustee. Chase and most of Pinora Township are served by Reed City Public Schools/Mecosta-Osceola ISD, while the Luther area is served by Pine River Public Schools/WexfordMissaukee ISD. The northern tip of Newkirk Township is part of Cadillac Public Schools, and most of Elk Township is part of Manistee ISD. ADDRESS: 2130 W. U.S. 10, Ludington HOURS: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday PHONE: (231) 757-3716 FAX: (231) 747-2406

Yates Dial-A-Ride Yates Dial-A-Ride, founded in August 1976, provides inexpensive transportation service to all of Lake County. In addition to serving the public, Yates Dial-A-Ride also offers transportation to area human service agencies, the senior center, and transportation for area residents with disabilities. Be sure to bring exact change to the bus; drivers do not carry change. Call (231) 745-7311. SERVICE HOURS DIAL-A-RIDE OPERATES six days a week. 6:30 A.M.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday 9 A.M. -4 p.m. Saturday

BALDWIN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS The superintendent of Baldwin Community Schools is Stiles Simmons and can be reached by calling (231) 7454791 or stopping in at the office 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL: Lisa Neumann EMAIL: NEUMANNL@BCSDMI.COM JUNIOR HIGH/HIGH school principal: Calvin Patillo EMAIL: PATILLOC@BCSDMI.COM COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Address: 525 4th St., Baldwin PHONE, HIGH school/middle school: (231) 745-4683 PHONE, ELEMENTARY/PRESCHOOL: (231) 745-3261 WEBSITE: WWW.BALDWIN.K12.MI.US

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Other Lake County services District Health Department No. 10 The Lake County office of District Health Department No. 10 offers cancer screenings, as well as family planning clinics, flu clinics, sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, immunizations, and WIC, a nutrition program. In addition, District Health No. 10 offers a maternal health program for women through the start of pregnancy up to two months after delivery and infants from birth through one year of age. Call (231) 745-4663 for more information A full list of District Health Department No. 10 services can be found at the website listed below. WEBSITE: www.dhd10.org ADDRESS: 5681 S. M-37, Baldwin PHONE: 231-745-4663 FAX: 231-745-2501 WIC: 231-745-4831 HOURS: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday KEVIN HUGHES, MA, Health Officer (231) 873-2193 ext. 8530 jmorse@dhd10.org DR. JENNIFER Morse, Medical Director

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Other Lake County services U.S. Forest Service The Baldwin/White Cloud District is the southern most district on the Manistee portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. The elevation ranges from 850 to 1,000 feet in the acres managed by the district. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, firewood collection and much more is available in the district. Watercraft permits, firewood permits, Christmas tree permits and permits for certain popular locations are available through the U.S. Forest Service. Watercraft permits for the Pine and Pere Marquette Rivers are online at www.Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. You can begin making reservations for the permit season (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend) beginning January 2 at 12:01 a.m.. until the Monday after Labor Day each year. When calling the call center at Recreation.gov, select option 2 to reach the desk for the watercraft permits. You can save a copy of the permit to a PDF

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Mason-Lake Conservation District

and keep it on your phone or print it on paper. if you chose to keep the pdf on your phone, you will need to have your phone on you during your trip so you can show you have your permit if you are asked. You have to print the permit, on paper or as a PDF, for the permit to be considered issued, the confirmation email will not be accepted as proof of a permit. ADDRESS: 650 N. Michigan Ave., Baldwin PHONE: (231) 745-4631 WINTER HOURS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Mason-Lake Conservation District offers a wide array of services in land conservation, wildlife habitat planting, streambank stabilization, lake and pond management, well closing information, farm services, native plant and tree sales and a variety of technical and education assistance. ADDRESS: 655 N Scottville Road, Scottville PHONE: 231-757-3707 ext.5

Michigan DNR Baldwin Field Office ADDRESS: 2468 West 24th St., Baldwin, MI 49304 PHONE: 231-745-4651

Marquette Trails Golf Club One of the North’s Beautiful Hidden Secrets. Serving breakfast and lunch with daily specials • 18 holes open to the public - cart & club rentals • Golf Outings, Banquets and Membership Rates Available

Let us do all the work for you.

Check us out at marquettetrailsgc.com Mon. - Thurs.: Senior Days (Until Noon) 9 Holes w/Cart $17.00 • 18 Holes w/Cart $28.00 JR’s Ride FREE with a paying adult

www.marquettetrailsgc.com Located 3 miles S. of Baldwin at Big Star Lake

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Other Lake County services Seniors

Lake County offers numerous opportunities for seniors, from assisted living facilities to senior centers.

GRAND OAKS NURSING CENTER

St. Anne’s Lake County Senior Center is located at 690 9th St. in Baldwin.

This family owned and operated assisted living facility provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care to area seniors. It also provides transportation to residents for physician appointments, shopping and special events. ADDRESS: 600 Denmark St., Baldwin PHONE: (231) 745-4648

HOLLISTER SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER/LAKE COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING

ST. ANN’S LAKE COUNTY SENIOR CENTER

ADDRESS: 1505 Michigan Ave., Baldwin PHONE: (231) 745-3843 HOURS: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday

ADDRESS: 690 E. 9th St., Baldwin PHONE: (231) 745-2401 HOURS: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

PEACOCK SENIOR CENTER

HENRIETTA SUMMERS SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER

ADDRESS: 4240 West 4 Mile Road PHONE 231-266-5785 HOURS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

ADDRESS: 723 E. Lansing St., Idlewild HOURS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Lunch served at noon PHONE: 231-745-4011

LUTHER SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING ADDRESS: 300 Ash St., Luther PHONE: 231-797-5401 HOURS: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday

Jones

HOME MADE ICE CREAM

Homemade Ice Cream Treats served the old fashioned way Since 1942.

“Let your taste decide” Open 7 Days • Downtown Baldwin

(231) 745-3591

www.JonesHomemadeIceCream.com

OAKWOOD MANOR APARTMENTS ADDRESS: 401 Washington St., Baldwin PHONE: (231) 745-2582

H&H

EXCAVATING Residential Commercial

231-745-8501

• Building Sites • Basement/Drives • Demolition • Land Clearing • Pond Excavation • Septic Systems • Sewer Hookup • Topsoil/Gravels

Fully Licensed and Insured State #2101195737 • District #43-0001

7457 S. M-37 Hwy. Baldwin, MI 49304 www.hhexcavating.com Fax: 231-745-8601


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Other Lake County services

Children work on a puzzle during a FiveCAP Head Start program. COURTESY OF FIVECAP

FiveCAP offers a variety of services to help community members FiveCAP, Inc., a private nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation founded in 1964, serves Mason, Lake, Manistee and Newaygo counties and is one of 29 Community Action Agencies in Michigan. The name reflects its origins as the fifth Community Action Agency formed in the state of Michigan following the federal grassroots initiative in the 1960s. Since then, it has become a vital part of Lake County, providing indispensable help to the disadvantaged.

FIVECAP OFFERS A RANGE OF SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY: • Early Head Start, a home visiting/school preparation program for pregnant women in the third trimester and infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 who meet the federal poverty guidelines • Head Start, a federally funded preschool. • Weatherizing homes to help conserve energy. • Single and multiple-family homes. • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) / Mothers, Infants, and Children (MIC) — A USDA funded program that provides nutritional food supplements to senior citizens 60 and older, as well as families with children under 6 years of age not eligible for WIC. Recipients must meet income guidelines. Distributions are at the FiveCAP

office on the third Wednesday of every other month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a program providing federally purchased surplus food for low-income families. The income guidelines must be met. Distribution is at the FiveCAP office four times a year, on the first Thursday of every third month. • The Emergency Food Pantry provides up to 30 days of food on an emergency needs basis. Call the Lake County office for more information. • Training for families on gardening and food preparation including canning, drying and food freezing workshops.

FIVECAP LAKE COUNTY OFFICE ADDRESS: 2476 W. 44th Street, Baldwin or P.O. Box 481, Baldwin HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but services are by appointment. PHONE NUMBER: (231) 745-4617 FAX: (231) 745-8319

INDIVIDUALS IN HOUSEHOLD - POVERTY GUIDELINES For households with more than eight people, add $4,160 for each additional person.

1 - $11,880

5 - $28,440

2 - $16,020

6 - $32,580

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Excavating Trucking Landscaping Road Gravel Beach Sand Fill & Topsoil Tree Removal Septic System Site Preparations

Stumbrie & Co.

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5761 N. Loon Lake Rd., Irons, MI 231-510-1959 • digger_stumbrie@yahoo.com

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Burgers Steaks Seafood Italian Mexican

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Homemade Jerky & Sausage Fresh Meats Deli • Dairy Produce • Seafood Deer Processing Cold Storage

Breakfast - Sat. & Sun. Morning 8am-Noon

FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY 1105 East Old M-63 Luther, MI 49656 Trail Access on Twin Creek Rd. South

(231) 797-5418

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Lake County events MARCH 11 7 p.m.-midnight, Cabin Fever Reliever Party/Chili Cook-Off, Irons Union Church, 5713 W Jeffers St., Irons. $10

Calendar

MAY 21 Blessing of the Bikes/ Downtown Market, Baldwin

JULY 1 Idlewild Parade, Idlewild 1 Luther Logging Days 7 Teardrop Bass Club, Manistee Lake 7-9 Idlewild Music Fest 19-23 BALDWIN TROUT-A-RAMA 23 Teardrop Bass Club, Portage Lake

JUNE 4 Teardrop Bass Club, Crystal Lake DNR boar ramp, DNR boat Launch, Frankfort

AUGUST 6 Teardrop Bass Club, Cadillac/Mitchell city ramp 27 Teardrop Bass Club, Hamlin Lake

18 Teardrop Bass Club, Duck Lake State Park, Whitehall 8-10 West Michigan Jet

Rally 22-25 Flea Roast/Ox Market, downtown Irons

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Shrine of the Pines

A world-famous tourist attraction called Shrine of the Pines is displayed in a Northwood hunting lodge, located in a secluded spot in the woods on the banks of the Pere Marquette River. Raymond W. Overholzer hand-carved the cabin and 200 pieces of furniture from white pine. The Shrine features Overholzer’s lifetime works, including a table made from a 700 lb. stump, with more than 60 inlays in its top; a rocking chair of roots so wellbalanced it rocks 55 times with a single “start”; and a fireplace crafted from 70 tons of native stone. SHRINE OF THE PINES opens May 15 and closes Oct. 15. ADDRESS: 8962 South M-37, Baldwin HOURS: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. PHONE: (231) 745-7892

Fischer LP Gas Sales & Service

Open 6 Days • We Fill RVs

WELLSTON 17254 Caberfae Hwy, Wellston, MI 49689 (231) 848-4789 Fax: (231) 848-4748 Emergency: (231) 510-8278

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BALDWIN

4088 S M 37, Baldwin, MI 49304 (231) 745-9280 Emergency: (231) 510-8278

MANISTEE

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Annual Blessing of the Bikes Organized by the Para-Dice Motorcycle Club of Grand Rapids, this iconic event has been a feature of Baldwin since 1972. Today, thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts converge on St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Baldwin to have their bikes blessed. The event seems to grow larger with each passing year. In addition to Blessing of the Bikes, a market runs concurrent to the event in downtown Baldwin, featuring food vendors, clothing, bike accessories, and tattoo artists. Contact Lake County Chamber for more information, (231) 745-4331. Be sure to attend May 19 to May 21, 2017.

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Lake County events Luther Logging Days Luther Logging Days is a celebration of the Lake County area’s rich logging history. 2017’s Luther Logging Days kicks off June 30 and features the International Lumberjack Competition, many kids’ games, parades, and other activities. Vendors will fill the streets, selling locally made products. Call (231) 388-1684 to learn more, or to get involved with planning for this year’s festival.

Trout-A-Rama Since 1957, thousands have converged on Baldwin for the Trout-A-Rama Festival. Head to Baldwin July 20-23 for Grand Parade, Arnold Amusements Carnival, Youth Fishing Derby, the DARE Car Show, and an entertainment tent featuring casino nights and live musical entertain

YOUR DREAM DOCK STARTS HERE. EASY TO BUILD... READY TO ENJOY! From Build-Time to Good Times in No Time!

Pandora's Box Unique & Unusual

You CAN Do-ItYourself and SAVE, and We Can Help! The “Simple System” for the Do-ItYourself Dock Builder.

www.tommydocks.com

Gifts • Clothing Jewelry • Custom Framing

BUILDING MATERIALS PAINT HARDWARE CONCRETE PRODUCTS

855 Michigan Ave., Baldwin Mon-Sat, 10-5 • Sun, 12-4

231-745-8804

750 E. Eighth St.

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Lake County events Idlewild Music Fest The legendary African American resort town of Idlewild offers a full roster of music July 7-9. Visit www.idlewildmusicfest.org for a schedule as the event grows closer.

Irons Flea Roast and Ox Market This family friendly event takes place each year in Irons at Skinner Park, just east of downtown, from June 22 to 25. Planned events include amusement rides, a flea market, live music, a food and beer tent serving the famous flea burger, bingo, and various tournaments such as softball, volleyball and horse shoes. There will be live music by Hearts in Spades and Silverado Band, as well as a grand parade through downtown Irons.

Wenger

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Agency Custom Lake/River Shirts

Dedicated to you since 1918.

AUTO • HOME • LIFE • BUSINESS

Our long-standing relationship with the community has been great. We have made our business, our only business, to cover all your needs. We proudly serve the Lake, Mecosta, Osceola, and Newaygo County areas. Offering the most competitive rates in the area. With a wide range of insurance companies out there, we offer some of the best in the industry today to make sure you are not only protected to the fullest, but that you are paying only for what you need and is in your budget.

830 Michigan Ave Baldwin, MI 49304 Main office: 231-745-4688

226 Perry Ave Big Rapids, MI 49307 Main office: 231-796-0778

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BALDWIN

Canoe Rental CANOEING KAYAKING RAFTING

we will be running a taxi service for the local area Friday and Saturday night 7pm-12am

The only canoe rental serving the permitted section of the Pere Marquette National Scenic River

9117 South M-37 Baldwin, MI 49304

231.745.4669

Pure Michigan Solutions Save Money Roll Your Own! Bulk Tobacco & Accessories, Cigars, E-Cigs, Vaporizers, Hookahs Great Gift Ideas! Storage U-Haul Dealer

9110 S. M-37, Baldwin 231-745-7873 Mon - Sat 10am-6pm

Wellston Lube & Repair 231-848-7177

Emergency/24 Hour Towing

Vacation Rental Big Bass Lake Irons, Mi

4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom completely remodeled and updated vacation rental on Big Bass Lake. Sleeps 11 comfortably. Open concept living, all new appliances, furniture, and bedding. Pontoon Boat available for rental. Available year round. Contact us at cooksrentalsllc@gmail.com for pricing and availability. We can also be found on VRBO.COM. Listing #908936

1037 S. Seaman Rd.,Wellston 231-510-5600

Wellston Auto Value

5963 W. 10-1/2 Mile Rd. Irons, MI 49644 ACook@BigRiverVentures.com

17302 Caberfae Hwy, Wellston

231-848-4700 231-848-4470

Hours Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-4pm

Alicia Cook REALTORÂŽ

Office: 231-266-8288 Cell: 231-510-9357 Fax: 231-440-0805

www.BigRiverVentures.com


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Idlewild, a historic ‘hot spot’ in Lake County Founded in 1912, Idlewild remains a historic and culturally significant community here and beyond. Idlewild is on the National Register of Historic Places. Idlewild represented freedom for many African-Americans, being one of more than 30 resorts in the country where AfricanAmericans were permitted to vacation and purchase property before such discrimination became illegal in 1964 when the Civil Rights Act opened other resorts to African-Americans and marked the end of Idlewild’s boom times. Commonly known as “Black Eden,” Idlewild was an active, year-round community through the mid1960s frequented by wellknown entertainers and professionals from throughout the country. According to Michigan State University, at its peak Idlewild

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was the most popular African-American resort in the Midwest and as many as 25,000 people would come to Idlewild in the height of the summer season to enjoy camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, roller skating and night-time entertainment. Today, Idlewild still draws much interest from those

seeking history and AfricanAmerican heritage. At about 3,000 acres, it is historically the largest land based African-American resort ever assembled in the nation. There has been investment in Idlewild with the State of Michigan DNR opening an Idlewild Lake access and picnic area (shown in top photo) in recent years. The Cultural and Heritage Center, 7025 Broadway Ave., is a multi-purpose facility that tells the story of the com-

munity in many ways. It is open in summer. Williams Island is a site of summer music festivals including the Idlewild Music Fest, scheduled for July 7-9, 2017. Idlewild’s lakes and public beach access offer boating, swimming and relaxation. Plus, the headwaters of the Pere Marquette River run through Idlewild, a community that says of itself, “yesterday’s jewel, tomorrow’s treasure.’


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Lake County state representation Gov. Rick Snyder Rick Snyder, Republican, Michigan’s 48th governor, was sworn into office Jan. 1, 2011. A native of Battle Creek, he began his working life as an accountant and later became executive vice president of Gateway Computers. He won election in 2010 and later, reelection in 2014. PHONE: (517) 373-3400 or CONSTITUENT SERVICES, (517) 335-7858 FAX: (517) 335-6863

MAILING ADDRESS: Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, Michigan 48909 NORTHERN MICHIGAN OFFICE 234 West Baraga Ave. Marquette, MI 49855 (906) 228-2850

State Senator Darwin Booher Darwin Booher, Republican, 35th District state senator, serves Lake County in addition to Benzie, Crawford, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford. Booher is an outdoors enthusiast and a member of the National Rifle Association. He is a former president of the Evart Jaycees and a current life member of the Evart Historical Society and Evart Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Evart High School, Sen. Booher completed his education at the University of Madison, Bank School and Michigan Assessor’s School. He previously served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. PHONE: (517) 373-1725 EMAIL: SenDBooher@senate.michigan.gov OFFICE ADDRESS: 720 Farnum Building, 123 W. Allegan St., Lansing MAILING ADDRESS: Senator Darwin Booher P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909-7536

State Rep. Scott VanSingel Scott VanSingel, Republican, was elected in November of 2016. VanSingel serves Lake, Oceana, and Newaygo counties in the Michigan House of Representatives. VanSingel is a proud graduate of Grant High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University with majors in Finance and Accounting. In 2011, he earned his Master’s in Business from Cornerstone University. PHONE: (517) 373-7317 TOLL-FREE: (877) 999-0995 EMAIL: ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov LANSING OFFICE: Anderson House Office Building, S-1289 House Office Building, 124 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, 48933 MAILING ADDRESS: Representative Scott VanSingel S-1289 House Office Building P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909


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A place to enjoy nature Whether it’s black bear, whitetail deer, wild turkeys or scenic rivers, Lake County has much to offer the person seeking nature.


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Customer Care Community Support

The biggest reason people choose a community bank is for the personalized customer service. At LOSB, we care about our customers. They're the people we see when we're not doing business — on the lake, at summer festivals, or at Community Volunteer Projects.

Lake-Osceola State Bank Offices at Baldwin • Big Rapids • Irons • Luther • Reed City Tustin • Wellston • Walkerville

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Lake County Fact Book 2017  

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