Rep. Pettalia named ‘Legislator of Year’

State Rep. Peter Pettalia has been selected “2015 Legislator of the Year” by The Michigan Association of Timbermen (MAT). “The Michigan Association of Timbermen is proud to recognize State Representative Peter Pettalia for his continued support of the logging industry and his unyielding integrity and leadership,” said Judy Augustine, MAT legislative consultant. “Representative Pettalia can…

Dark sky bill focus of ceremonial signing

Pettalia legislation for local state parks gets governor’s signature State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, was joined March 22 by his wife Karen and their granddaughters Mia and Isabell, Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora for Gov. Rick Snyder’s ceremonial signing of Rep. Pettalia’s House Bill 5023. The legislation designates Thompson’s Harbor…

Rep. Pettalia applauds governor’s annual address

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, right, welcomed his wife Karen and brother Joseph Pettalia to the House chamber on Tuesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address. “I applaud the governor’s foresight to make sure that Michigan remains the leader in transportation,” said the Presque Isle lawmaker, who chairs the House Committee…

Pettalia invites local pastor, family to deliver House invocation

Rep. Peter Pettalia, second from left, welcomes the Rev. Ernest Ruemenapp and his family to the floor of the state House of Representatives. Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, invited Ruemenapp, pastor of Family Heritage Baptist Church in Harrisville, to the Michigan Capitol to deliver the invocation before the legislative session on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Rep. Pettalia attends ceremony honoring Frank Kelley with state complex walkway

Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley (center), who served from 1961 to 1998, was honored this week at a ceremony that named the state government complex walkway east of the Hall of Justice building after him. The legislation for the recognition was approved unanimously by the Legislature, and House and Senate lawmakers attended the Oct. 23…

Alpena fire chief joins Pettalia for 9/11 ceremony

Alpena Fire Chief Bill Forbush was the guest of state Rep. Peter Pettalia for the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual memorial for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and recognition of all first responders in the state. “I was honored to have Chief Forbush with me today to help pay tribute to…

Pettalia testifies in support of STARBASE

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, gave testimony today before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of STARBASE, a U.S. Department of Defense youth program which assists fifth grade and middle school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The program is offered through the Alpena Combat…

State lawmakers recognize regional robotics team champs

  Pettalia, Moolenaar host Thunder Bay students to Capitol visit State Rep. Peter Pettalia and Sen. John Moolenaar welcomed the Thunder Bay Junior High students on the UR2 Underwater Robotics Engineering Team to the state Capitol this week to recognize their accomplishment on a Great Lakes Regional first place win. The team also garnered two…

Moran Iron Works awarded state grant

A $2 million grant to help boost economic development and job creation in the region was awarded to Moran Iron Works today, following a hearing at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This is one of the most important things that has happened to Moran Iron Works in 35 years of business,” said Tom Moran, founder…

Pettalia welcome East Tawas mayor for governor’s speech

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, welcomed Bruce Bolen, mayor of East Tawas and Iosco County Road Commission manager, and his wife, Chris Bolen, to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.  Pettalia said he was happy to hear the governor’s third speech include vocational education training…

Pettalia takes oath at Capitol ceremony

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, at right, today took the ceremonial oath of office as state representative for the 106th House District in the 97th Michigan Legislature.  Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the state Capitol in Lansing. He serves the people of Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Presque Isle and most of Cheboygan counties….