Sen. Schmidt to host September coffee hours

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

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 September coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Sept. 17

9 – 10 a.m.

Grand Traverse Pie Company

525 W. Front St.

Traverse City

Noon – 1 p.m.

Shirley’s Café

528 S. Williams St.

Mancelona

 

Wednesday, Sept. 19

11 a.m. – noon

Café Santé

1 Water St.

Boyne City

1 – 2 p.m.

Roast & Toast

309 E. Lake St.

Petoskey

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Audie’s Restaurant

314 N. Nicolet St.

Mackinaw City

 

Friday, Sept. 28

Noon – 1 p.m.

Les Cheneaux Distillers

172 S. Meridian St.

Cedarville

2 – 3 p.m.

De Tour Village Inn

104 Ontario St.

De Tour Village

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Zellar’s Village Inn

7552 State Highway M-123

Newberry

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Schmidt congratulates city of Petoskey on ‘Redevelopment Ready’ certification

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Wayne Schmidt joined council members from the city of Petoskey as they accepted their official certification from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Communities program during Monday’s meeting.

The certification means the city meets best practices for transparency, predictability and efficiency for new economic development projects in the area. Redevelopment Ready Communities is a certification program that supports community revitalization projects and focuses on the attraction and retention of businesses, entrepreneurs and talent throughout Michigan.

“The community has worked hard to achieve this certification,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “They have removed barriers to new developments and worked to streamline processes to be more competitive and attractive to potential investors. This certification was a major first step in bringing big things to the area.”

For more information on the Redevelopment Ready Communities program, click here.

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350 years of history

Well before the state of Michigan was established, Sault Ste. Marie was home to various industries and was a known commercial hub for the region. With direct access to the St. Marys River and the Great Lakes, and many years later the formation of the Soo Locks, it has passed the test of time and has remained one of Michigan’s most important cities.

This year the city of Sault Ste. Marie reached a tremendous milestone. The beautiful Upper Peninsula town is the oldest in the state and 2018 marks the city’s 350th anniversary.

Since January, residents have been celebrating the town’s 350th birthday with special events. Locals and tourists alike have been able to witness yet another seasonal opening of the Soo Locks, along with numerous parades, events and other family festivities honoring the anniversary.

I recently had the pleasure of attending a number of festivities at the 350th Festival as we came together to honor this momentous occasion.

The 350th festival featured fantastic food, games, educational activities for children and teens, military appreciation, cultural festivities, parades and countless other family events. Several events and games featured a great deal of historical information about the area. It was quite refreshing to see both kids and young adults have such a strong interest in their city’s formation and the numerous historical events that have occurred over the last 350 years.

One of the most interesting events for me was the revelation of a time capsule from 1968. The time capsule was recently discovered on the current Lake Superior State University Campus and the contents were laid out on display at the opening ceremony of the festival.

It was quite interesting to get a chance to look into the past and see various items from 50 years ago and how things have changed. A new time capsule to be opened in 2068, when the Soo turns 400, will take its place. The new capsule will be kept in the city hall for safe keeping.

I was happy to see that the gloomy weather did not prevent folks from coming out and enjoying their community’s history. I look forward to continuing the celebration of Sault Ste. Marie’s contributions to our state’s fascinating history and look forward to any more anniversaries to come.

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 to host August coffee hours

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

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 August coffee hours are as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 9

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Roast & Toast

309 E. Lake St.

Petoskey

4 – 5 p.m.

State Street Coffee Company

211 W. State St.

Cheboygan

Tuesday, Aug. 14

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Café Santé

1 Water St.

Boyne City

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Toonie’s Fish and Steak House

216 N. Bridge St.

Bellaire

6 – 7 p.m.

Grand Traverse Pie Co.

525 W. Front St.

Traverse City

Friday, Aug. 17

Noon – 1 p.m.

Driftwood Restaurant and Sports Bar

590 N. State St.

St. Ignace

2 – 3 p.m.

Clyde’s Diner

5324 W. M-80

Kincheloe

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

McDonald’s Restaurant

13921 State Highway M-28

Newberry

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