Schmidt announces community meeting in Cheboygan to discuss U.S. 23 speed limit

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt announced on Thursday he will join representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan State Police to discuss the recent speed limit change from 55 mph to 65 mph on U.S. 23 in Cheboygan.

Who:

Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City;

Officials from the Michigan State Police; and

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

What:

A community discussion regarding the speed limit increase on U.S. 23.

When:

Monday, April 9 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:

Cheboygan Public Library

100 S. Bailey St.

Cheboygan

Brief:

Schmidt will join representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan State Police, along with residents of the community, to discuss the speed limit increase from 55 mph to 65 mph on U.S. 23 in Cheboygan.

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Legislation granting Michigan tribes access to child protective records signed into law

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Sens. Judy Emmons and Wayne Schmidt welcomed representatives from Michigan’s Native American tribes to Lansing on Tuesday as Senate Bill 616 was signed into law.

The bill, now Public Act 56 of 2018, amends the Child Protection Law to update the list of individuals who have access to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) records — specifically those related to child abuse.

Previous law stated that any report, document, or photograph filed with DHHS is a confidential record available only to certain individuals and entities, such as a law enforcement agency investigating a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect. PA 56 would update that list to include social service representatives from one of the federally recognized tribes within the state of Michigan if the alleged abuse involved a Native American child.

“Documents related to a Native American child should be available to a tribal entity or tribal representative, especially when there is suspected abuse or neglect,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Tribes are sovereign governments with their own laws and the state should not limit their ability to investigate.”

Emmons agreed.

“By allowing tribal representatives access to certain records regarding child abuse within their tribe, we are creating a coordinated effort between the state of Michigan and each individual tribe with the goal of further curbing child abuse and neglect,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan.

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Photo caption: State Sens. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, stand for a photo with representatives from Michigan’s Native American tribes as Gov. Rick Snyder signs Senate Bill 616 into law. The bill is now Public Act 56 of 2018.

Sen. Schmidt to host April coffee hours

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

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 April coffee hours are as follows:

Tuesday, April 3

Noon – 1 p.m.

Les Cheneaux Distillers

172 S. Meridian St.

Cedarville

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Studebaker’s Restaurant and Lounge

3583 I-75 Business Spur

Sault Ste. Marie

5 – 6 p.m.

Timber Charlie’s

110 Newberry Ave.

Newberry

 

Wednesday, April 4

8 – 9 a.m.

Grand Traverse Pie Co.

525 W. Front St.

Traverse City

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Torch Lake Café

4990 U.S. 31

Central Lake

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Charlevoix City Hall

210 State St.

Charlevoix

 

Monday, April 9

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The Side Door Saloon

1200 U.S. 31

Petoskey

4 – 5 p.m.

State Street Coffee Company

211 W. State St.

Cheboygan

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Schmidt welcomes Michigan cherry queen to Capitol

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed Ashley Schichtel to the state Capitol on Tuesday.

Schichtel, who was named Michigan cherry queen last year, made the trip to Lansing for Michigan Agriculture Day at the Capitol.

“I am pleased that Ashley was able to make the trip to Lansing this morning,” Schmidt said. “The cherry industry is of the utmost importance to Michigan, specifically my district. The cherry queen serves as the ambassador of the National Cherry Festival, the cherry industry and the Grand Traverse region as a whole. I am incredibly proud of the job Ashley has done in filling that role.”

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Photo caption: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, stops for a photo on the Senate floor with Michigan Cherry Queen Ashley Schichtel during her visit to Lansing on Tuesday.

March is Reading Month

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Literacy is one of the most fundamental skills necessary for a successful future. Reading plays a critical role in a child’s cognitive growth and development. Data has shown that learning to read at a young age can increase a student’s ability to remember facts, comprehend information and be successful in both school and a career.

Now that the month of March has finally arrived, the annual March is Reading Month celebrations have formally begun in northern Michigan. While reading and language skills are important year-round, every March, teachers, students, parents and community leaders across the U.S. place extra focus on creating strong reading habits in our children.

Studies have shown that students who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade often struggle to graduate from high school on time and have decreased opportunities for success as adults.

It is important to add that teaching our children how to read is only part of the equation — encouraging students to read on their own, and to enjoy doing it, is also critically important. When students read only because a teacher or assignment requires it, they naturally are less likely to enjoy it. We need to reach our kids at a young age and teach them how important reading is and just how much they can learn by getting into a good book.

I encourage parents to get involved and take part in the March is Reading Month activities at their children’s schools as well. Parents can check with their local schools and libraries about activities and programs or ask about ways they can take part in reading activities along with their kids. By teaching your child to read proficiently on their own, you are setting them up for a successful future.

Since being elected to state office, I have made it a point to travel to communities both above and below the bridge to read to students during March is Reading Month. I look forward to visiting young students every year. Their eager faces bring me a great deal of joy and remind me just how important this type of interaction with young children can be.

I look forward to visiting students throughout northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula again this year. I hope parents and teachers across my district will join me in celebrating March is Reading Month.

If you are unable to participate in this March’s activities at your child’s school, just remember that good books can be found anytime and anywhere. So stop at the local library or book store and take some time to share a good story with your family. The Michigan Department of Education also has resources available, such as suggested reading material for children, at its website, Michigan.gov/MDE.

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.

Schmidt, area lawmakers welcome Michigan author to Capitol

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, joined other northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula lawmakers at the Capitol Tuesday to welcome Johnathan Rand, author of the Michigan Chillers and American Chillers series.

Rand, a Michigan native, joined the group of legislators to kick off an early start to the 2018 March is Reading Month activities and promote literacy across the state of Michigan.

“I am pleased that Johnathan was able to make the trip into Lansing this morning to promote March is Reading Month and share with us his love of the written word,” Schmidt said. “His stories, many of which take place here in our state, are a great way for Michigan students to begin exploring the world of literature.”

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Sen. Schmidt to host March coffee hours

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:

Saturday, March 3

11 a.m. – noon

McGee’s 72

4341 M-72

Williamsburg

 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Moka

102 N. Bridge St.

Bellaire

 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Café Santé

1 Water St.

Boyne City

 

Saturday, March 10

1 – 2 p.m.

The Thirsty Sturgeon

11900 Scott Road

Wolverine

 

3 – 4 p.m.

North Perk Coffee

308 Howard St.

Petoskey

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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