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Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

State legislators meet with local officials

State legislators meet with local officials

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.-- State Representatives Rob VerHeulen and Pete McGregor met with township, city and public safety officials Tuesday morning to receive public input on recently proposed state legislation that would increase or establish new fees for the licensing of emergency medical services operations and education providers... Read More

Funding a trip to the U.S. Capitol with phone books

Funding a trip to the U.S. Capitol with phone books

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Used phone books will pave the way to Washington D.C. for students of Kenowa Hills Middle School.

Phone book and newsprint donations can be dropped off at the trailer in the Sam’s Club gas station parking lot, located on Alpine Avenue NW behind Applebee’s.

Proceeds from the paper trailer will be used to cover administrative costs and essentials for the seventh and eight graders’ trip, which will take place in November 2014.  

No Place like Home in Alpine Township's Blog

No Place like Home in Alpine Township's Blog

In February of 2009 the Alpine Township Blog was launched and the first article to appear was titled "No Place Like Home", a story about Alpine Township artist Sheryl Budnik and her paintings of scenery around the "Apple Ridge" http://alpinetwp.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html  Sheryl's artwork was featured at the Keeler Gallery at Fountain Street Church and after the exhibition Sheryl allowed some of her work to be displayed at Alpine Township Hall. 

More than 4 years have passed, Alpine Township still has its blog, and Sheryl Budnik is still painting.  This month, her work has been on display at the Terryberry Gallery at the St. Cecelia Music Center.  Sheryl's interests have expanded from scenes from the Ridge  to water and Lake Michigan... Read More

Business Talk with Rep. Rob VerHeulen - April 15

Business Talk with Rep. Rob VerHeulen - April 15

74th District State Representative Rob VerHeulen will be part of a roundtable discussion in Sparta on April 15. The Sparta Business Roundtable is an opportunity to have important corporations and industry in the area discuss matters that affect business & economic development on a local level. This meeting will also be an opportunity to meet other businesses & industry leaders. Continue Reading →... Read More

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

It was a cold February day when MI House Representative Lisa Poshumus Lyons took a flying leap into a freezing pool for charity. It was the Legislative Polar Plunge at the Capitol Building in Lansing for Special Olympics Michigan Athletes. About 20 Michigan Legislators, plus Lt. Governor Brian Calley lined up to show their support for Special Olympics Michigan. The second annual Legislative Polar Plunge raised more than $30,000 to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This Polar Plunge was one of 28 Polar Plunges throughout Michigan from January through this month to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

One of Our Own Art Prizes in Comstock Park

One of Our  Own Art Prizes in Comstock Park

 A few years ago,following an estate sale, we came across an old framed and unsigned painting that was about to be trashed.  It had been a gift from one person to a neighbor, who had given it to her mother who had tucked it in her basement for the next thirty years.  The painting turned out to be a local landscape and was hung for display at the township offices. 

As  local resident Elsa Skeins came in the office one day to pay her taxes, she was surprised to see her old "masterpiece" on the wall, a work she completed when she first took up painting as a hobby. Elsa still paints.  She is one of half a dozen local women artists who get together every Monday afternoon at Zion Lutheran Church. ... Read More