Rep. VanderWall helps advance funding for regional recreation projects

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today advanced plans to add nearly $50 million to recreation projects in Michigan, including five projects in Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the regional projects total more than $13.8 million. Funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual…

Rep. VanderWall announces May coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for May coffee hours. “I have held coffee hours every month since being elected so I can keep the community informed and answer any questions they may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall…

VanderWall announces new grant opportunity for local beekeepers

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said a new grant is available to help local beekeepers prevent bears from raiding their apiaries. VanderWall, of Ludington, helped secure the grant funding during the state budget process last year after hearing from local beekeepers who were having problems with bears. “Black bears are known to wipe out apiaries….

Rep. VanderWall: There will be no kayak tax in Michigan

Legislator leads the effort in opposing annual paddle watercraft fees The House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee today approved a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Curt VanderWall opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. VanderWall, said people should…

VanderWall plan to extend ag disaster loan program signed into law

State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s plan to extend a low-interest loan program for struggling farmers after agricultural disasters was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The disaster loan program allows growers and producers to receive assistance to alleviate the financial impact of crop damage caused by natural disasters. It was created after a crop disaster…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his April coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of April. “Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall…

Rep. VanderWall encourages applicants for Fostering Futures Scholarship

State Rep. Curt VanderWall is encouraging all those eligible to apply for the Michigan Department of Treasury’s Fostering Futures Scholarship. The Fostering Futures Scholarship is a scholarship program for young adults that have experienced foster care. Eligible students enrolled at a Michigan degree granting college or university are welcome to apply for the scholarship by…

VanderWall: Grant program vital to Northern Michigan veteran services

State Rep. Curt VanderWall joined the Michigan House of Representatives last week in overwhelmingly approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the legislation VanderWall is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional…

Rep. VanderWall starts off March is Reading Month with local author

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington kicked off March is Reading Month this week with local author Johnathan Rand at the state capitol. Rand is the author of the popular Michigan Chillers and American Chillers series. March is Reading Month is a national event designed to promote reading outside the classroom and demonstrate the importance…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his March coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of March. “Hearing from residents on a regular basis helps me best serve the people of Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours and to share their ideas for improving our community.”…

Rep. VanderWall: New law will help Manistee’s Ramsdell Theatre

Manistee’s city-owned Ramsdell Theatre – and potentially many other facilities in small Michigan cities – will get a boost from a new law authored by state Rep. Curt VanderWall. Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed VanderWall’s bill that lowers the population threshold for local governments to receive special liquor licenses for a municipally owned civic…

Rep. VanderWall testifies in support of bill on electric skateboards

Legislation addresses new form of transportation  State Rep. Curt VanderWall testified on Tuesday before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to define electric skateboards and how they operate on local streets. VanderWall’s bill creates the definition of an electric skateboard, allows them on local streets, limits them to a…

Rep. VanderWall bill updating ice shanty rules signed into law

The rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways are now more flexible after legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall was signed into law today. House Bill 4787, now Public Act 25 of 2018, allows the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. “Without…

Rep. VanderWall encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

Rep. Curt VanderWall is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license. This weekend gives anglers the ability to introduce…