Sen. Schmidt to host November coffee hours

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

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 November coffee hours are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 12

8 – 9 a.m.

Cup of the Day

406 Ashmun St.

Sault Ste. Marie

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Zellar’s Village Inn

7552 State Highway M-123

Newberry

1 – 2 p.m.

White Tail Resort Restaurant

4476 U.S. 2

Moran

Wednesday, Nov. 14

11 a.m. – noon

The Thirsty Sturgeon

11900 Scott Road

Wolverine

1 – 2 p.m.

Roast & Toast

309 E. Lake St.

Petoskey

Thursday, Nov. 15

11 a.m. – noon

East Jordan City Hall

201 Main St.

East Jordan

1 – 2 p.m.

Shirley’s Cafe

528 S. Williams St.

Mancelona

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

McGee’s 72

4341 M-72

Williamsburg

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Halloween Safety

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

As the days go by, we move closer to a favorite family holiday — Halloween.

Halloween is a fun and exciting time where folks get to put their imaginations to the test. For weeks, or even months, children and parents alike have been planning and creating their costumes and coordinating trick-or-treating routes.

While Halloween provides a great deal of fun and excitement, it important to remember some basic safety tips. Following these tips will ensure that you and your family are able to celebrate to the fullest.

During the festivities, basic everyday safety can go a long way. Take a moment to remind your children of basic safety guidelines, such as not talking to or getting into a car with strangers and looking both ways before crossing a street. With that in mind, I offer some additional tips to help ensure that you are able to safely enjoy the time with friends and family.

One of the most common suggestions is to make sure your kids do not go out alone. An adult, preferably multiple adults, should always be present when a group of children is trick-or-treating.

Remember, areas that are normally quiet and safe are now filled with large numbers of strangers.

If you’re tasked with leading a convoy of anxious children, always stick to well-lit areas and walk facing traffic, staying as far off to the shoulder as possible.

It is also recommended that you attach a glow stick or reflective tape to your children’s costumes to make them more visible to drivers. Parents can exercise further precautions by making sure masks and other costume accessories do not hinder a child’s vision or movement. It is also a good practice to have at least one person in the group carrying a flashlight with fresh batteries.

For those who will be coming home from work late, or out driving Halloween evening, please use extra caution, as the movements of excited children can be unpredictable at times.

Finally, the most important and most common rule: Do not let your children eat any candy until it has been thoroughly inspected by you or another adult you know and trust.

For more suggestions, parents can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Halloween Safety page online, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Halloween Food Safety Tips for Parents, or www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.

Stay warm, stay safe and have a happy Halloween!

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 supports agreement to build multi-use tunnel to replace Line 5

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding the agreement in principle for a tunnel to replace Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac:

“I am pleased that the state and Enbridge have reached an agreement that will protect the Great Lakes and also ensure residents in Upper Peninsula have access to reliable and affordable propane to keep their families warm.

“Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world, and we must do everything we can to protect them. The tunnel being built under this agreement will help keep our Great Lakes safe for generations to come. Importantly, the construction and maintenance of the multi-use tunnel will be paid for entirely by Enbridge and not Michigan taxpayers.”

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Editor’s note: Audio comments from Schmidt will be available later at www.SenatorWayneSchmidt.com/Audio.

Sen. Schmidt to host October coffee hours

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

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 October coffee hours are as follows:

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Noon – 1 p.m.

Grand Traverse Pie Company

525 W. Front St.

Traverse City

2 – 3 p.m.

Elk Rapids District Library

300 Isle of Pines Drive

Elk Rapids

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Roast & Toast

309 E. Lake St.

Petoskey

Monday, Oct. 15

11 a.m. – noon

Bentley’s B-M-L Cafe

62 N. State St.

St. Ignace

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

McDonald’s Restaurant

13921 State Highway M-28

Newberry

4 – 5 p.m.

Cup of the Day

406 Ashmun St.

Sault Ste. Marie

Friday, Oct. 19

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

State Street Coffee Company

211 W. State St.

Cheboygan

5 – 6 p.m.

Cafe Sante

1 Water St.

Boyne City

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Pure Michigan autumn

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Senator Wayne Schmidt

Fall in northern Michigan is quite the spectacle to behold.

We are moving further and further into the autumn season. Temperatures are falling and many of the trees are beginning to drop their leaves. Despite this, there is no reason to begin preparing for winter just yet, a northern Michigan fall is about as good as it gets when it comes to traveling the state and making memories with friends and family.

Whether you’re considering a weekend getaway, or just a day out with friends and family, I encourage folks who are planning a fall trip to consider taking advantage of the numerous family-friendly activities in the 37th District.

The most popular fall activity in northern Michigan is enjoying the fall colors. There are several scenic views and tours that allow access to the beautiful colors produced in Michigan’s numerous forests. The first week of October brings the beginning of the vibrant fall colors to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, though the second week the colors will be at their peak and will make for a fantastic trip with friends and family.

Families may also want to visit a pumpkin farm and pick out a prized specimen for their children to carve and decorate the family porch with for Halloween, or attend the nearest harvest festival. The upcoming apple harvest means donuts and fresh apple cider, orchard tours and baked goods made from fresh Michigan apples.

For ideas on where to take the family, residents can visit www.michigan.org for help with planning a vacation in the state, including suggested activities, details on places to stay, local restaurants and upcoming events.

Also, my office can provide hard copies of the 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide, which features numerous articles on fall color drives, hiking adventures, family getaways and much more. If you are interested in a hard copy of this year’s fall travel guide, please contact my office 517-373-2413 or via email at SenWSchmidt@senate.michigan.gov. All you need to provide is your name and address and my staff will get a copy in the mail to you right away.

Residents can also download a free, universally accessible digital version of the guide at www.michigan.org/travel-guide. The interactive guide can be accessed from a computer or via your smartphone or tablet.

I hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy a day out in the crisp, autumn weather here in Pure Michigan.

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.

Senate adopts Buy Nearby Weekend resolution

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday adopted Senate Resolution 186 to name Oct. 5-7, 2018 as Buy Nearby Weekend in the state of Michigan.

“The Buy Nearby campaign, which is in its sixth year, is about supporting local business and keeping more dollars in our communities,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, sponsor of SR 186. “Local retailers are responsible for 877,000 jobs in Michigan, and that number could continue to rise by increasing local purchases.”

Each year, the Buy Nearby campaign brings recognition to local businesses during the first weekend in October. Supporting local businesses, and job creators in general, plays an integral part in both growing and sustaining Michigan’s recovering economy.

On Oct. 5-7, many local businesses across the state will offer special events, sales and merchandise to attract customers to their locally owned and operated places of business. The hope is to teach consumers about the impact they have on Michigan’s economy when they support their local retailers.

“I think this is a great way to remind folks just how important it is to support their local mom and pop businesses,” Schmidt said. “I encourage shoppers in my district and across the state to participate and enjoy the many made-in-Michigan products with friends and family.”

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Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting SenatorWayneSchmidt.com/photowire.

Photo Caption: Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, is joined by Buy Nearby Guy on the steps of the Michigan Capitol.

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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