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…

Leonard volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County

State Rep. Tom Leonard recently joined other local volunteers in working with Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County on its latest home in St. Johns. “It was an honor to work with Habitat for Humanity and help build a home for a local family in need,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt Township. “The work that Habitat is…

Franz visits vets during local open house

Benzie County military veterans and their families received information and updates on state and federal programs during a recent veterans open house at the John A. Mortenson American Legion Post 221 in Frankfort. State Rep. Ray Franz provided a legislative update as part of the presentation. “Military veterans deserve our thanks for their service to…

United Way receives donation

State Rep. Joel Johnson and Gavin Goetz, AT&T executive director external affairs, today presented a donation for the 2013 United Way campaign to Sandina Hages, United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties executive director.

Governor signs Pagel bill into law

Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, looks on as Gov. Rick Snyder signs Public Act 52 into law. The legislation is Pagel’s first bill to become a Michigan statute.

Rep. O’Brien lauds success of local mental health courts

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien has been busy at work on one of her core legislative issues this spring: mental health courts.  She had the opportunity this week to testify on the matter before her colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, and was joined by a local resident with a wealth of experience on the issue,…

Potvin testifies before Senate Education Committee

This week state Rep. Phil Potvin (left) testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of SB 374 introduced by Sen. Judy Emmons. Potvin testified with (from left to right) Cadillac Area Public Schools Superintendent Jo Spry, Mike Outman, a principal in the Cadillac school district and Rep. Rick Outman. SB 374 establishes a new student…

Qualified Forest Program bills signed into law

Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical…