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Stamas, Schmidt complete 2015 Heritage Route 23 tour

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas was joined by Sen. Wayne Schmidt on Friday for the second leg of a two-day legislative tour of Heritage Route 23 with several state and regional officials.

“My goal in leading this successful tour was to highlight Michigan’s sunrise side and engage the community with state officials about issues critical to the region,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “It is an honor to serve the people of northeastern lower Michigan. This hands-on tour offered us a unique experience to see what the sunrise side has to offer, promote tourism and help improve the economy.”

The tour traveled 200 miles along the U.S. 23 Heritage Route from Standish to Mackinaw City.

Highlights on Friday included attending the “Good Morning Alpena” breakfast at the Brown Trout Festival, visiting Port Calcite in Rogers City, touring the McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Cheboygan and enjoying some of the world’s best fudge at JoAnn’s Fudge Shop in Mackinaw City.

“It was great to join the heritage tour today to meet with residents, District 7 State Police troopers and health care providers and, of course, enjoy some delicious fudge at JoAnn’s Fudge Shop,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Cheboygan County is one of Michigan’s best, and I thank Senator Stamas for bringing his tour through the 37th Senate District.”

The first day featured touring the Wurtsmith Airport and Kalitta Air in Oscoda; visiting a local branch office with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; checking out Neiman’s Family Market, a locally owned and operated grocery store in Alpena; and stopping at the Harrisville State Park for an announcement about the Michigan Activity Pass.

Joining Stamas and Schmidt on the tour were Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle; Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare; Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon; Vice President of Travel Michigan Dave Lorenz; and officials from Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Northeast Michigan Council of Governments.

“It is clear that Heritage Route 23 is one of Michigan’s hidden gems, and I encourage everyone to come experience its spectacular views and recreational opportunities,” Stamas said. “From relaxing on the beach in East Tawas to camping at one of Michigan’s oldest state parks in Harrisville or enjoying world-class fudge in Mackinaw City, the Lake Huron shore offers something for everyone.”

Residents can discover more information on Heritage Route 23 by visiting the route’s website at: The site includes information on community events, outdoor activities and even a “Plan Your Trip” link that can help visitors learn about what best fits their interests and assist them in mapping out their vacation.

For more information, residents may also contact Stamas’ office toll-free at 1-855-347-8036.


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