Sen. Schmidt to host March coffee hours

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of March.

The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit SenatorWayneSchmidt.com or call 517-373-2413.

Schmidt’s March coffee hours are as follows:

Friday, March 16

11 a.m. – noon

Country Girl Diner

W11617 U.S. Highway 2

Naubinway

 

1 – 2 p.m.

Zellar’s Village Inn

7552 State Highway M-123

Newberry

 

4 – 5 p.m.

Clyde’s Diner

5324 W. M-80

Kincheloe

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Winter Free Fishing Weekend

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

For many northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula residents, being outdoors is a way of life — something that is passed down through generations. Whether it is hunting, hiking or fishing, among other hobbies, the love for the outdoors is a common denominator throughout my entire district.

As the winter months have closed in and that first layer of ice has frozen over the lake, anglers all over the state are preparing for one of Michigan’s most treasured pastimes: ice fishing.

Dedicated ice fishermen are a special breed in that they believe there is no other way to fish than through a hole in the ice. Some prefer a heated ice fishing shanty with all the bells and whistles, while the minimalist ice fisherman prefers nothing more than a rod, a hole and some bait. Despite their varying philosophies, they all agree that there is nothing better than reeling in their catch through a hole in the ice.

Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are home to some of the best ice fishing in the nation. There are countless lakes and ponds where fishermen can set up shop — and of course, there are the Great Lakes.

If you’re unsure whether ice fishing is for you, I encourage you to find out by giving it a try during the upcoming Winter Free Fishing Weekend. The state of Michigan hosts two annual Free Fishing Weekends: one during the summer and one during the winter. During the Free Fishing Weekends, all fishing license fees are waived, allowing residents and visitors a chance to fish on all rivers, ponds, inland lakes and the Great Lakes free of charge. Though licenses are not required, all fishing regulations will still apply during the Free Fishing Weekend.

For more information on Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing. This winter’s free fishing event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 17 and Sunday, Feb. 18.

While ice fishing is a great way to enjoy Michigan’s beautiful outdoors, it is important to remember that safety is paramount while out on the ice. Not only should you dress in several layers of loose clothing and wear mittens or gloves, a warm hat, and socks that will keep your feet warm and dry, there are several additional safety measures that must be taken when crossing the ice.

Be sure to always have life jackets or a flotation device on hand and be wary of dark spots, as they are a sign of thinning ice. Winter anglers should also be sure to carry an ice spud to test the ice thickness as they make their way out to their favorite spot. For additional ice fishing and safety tips, visit www.michigan.gov/dnr and click the “Fishing” tab on the left.

I hope anglers across Michigan have a chance to get out with family and friends and hit the ice next weekend. If you’re joined by someone experiencing their first time on the ice, do your best to make it enjoyable and help pass on this Michigan tradition to the next generation.

Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, represents the 37th state Senate District, which includes Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Luce and Mackinac counties.

Sen. Schmidt attends annual I-500 snowmobile race

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, joined area residents and racers from all over the United States and Canada last weekend at the annual Sault Ste. Marie International 500 snowmobile race.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the I-500.

“This annual event is a staple of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” Schmidt said. “Thousands of people travel from all over for the week-long festivities and to experience the main race on Saturday.”

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Editor’s note: Print-quality versions of the photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting SenatorWayneSchmidt.com/photowire.

Photo caption: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering and chairman and spokesman for the I-500 Ric Federau look on as Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, reads a tribute prepared by the legislators recognizing the importance of the I-500 to Northern Michigan.

Photo caption: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, stops for a photo with Lake Superior State University Interim President  Peter Mitchell and his wife Rebecca during the I-500 events leading up to the main race.

 

Sen. Schmidt to host February coffee hours

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of February.

The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Schmidt, please visit SenatorWayneSchmidt.com or call 517-373-2413.

Schmidt’s February coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 12

10 – 11 a.m.

Elk Rapids District Library

300 Isle of Pines Drive

Elk Rapids

 

Noon – 1 p.m.

East Jordan City Hall

201 Main St.

East Jordan

 

2 – 3 p.m.

Side Door Saloon

1200 N. U.S. 31

Petoskey

 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

State Street Coffee Company

211 W. State St.

Cheboygan

 

Friday, Feb. 16

11 a.m. – noon

Bentley’s B-M-L Cafe

62 N. State St.

St. Ignace

 

1 – 2 p.m.

Cup of the Day

406 Ashmun St.

Sault Ste. Marie

 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Timber Charlie’s

110 Newberry Ave.

Newberry

 

Monday, Feb. 19

9 – 10 a.m.

Loon’s Nest

115 E. State St.

Fife Lake

 

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