Monthly Archives: April 2012

Blossomtime is a Celebration of Southwest Michigan

The Blossomtime Festival and its Grand Floral Parade are the oldest and largest multi-community events in the state, celebrating all that Southwest Michigan has to offer.
My fellow area legislators and I were proud to recently welcome the 2012 Blossomtime pageant finalists to the state Capitol. It was a special honor to host such an outstanding group of young people, which included Miss Baroda Casey Merrill, Miss Berrien Springs Cassondra Rudlaff, Miss Buchanan Kelsie Patrick, Miss Eau-Claire/Sodus Kate Nimtz, Miss Edwardsburg Meghan Monaghan, Miss Heart of Blossomtime Demi Overley of Marcellus, Miss New Buffalo Lede Stevens, Miss Niles Maureen Craig and Miss Three Oaks Heather Rowlison. Continue reading

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Federal Disaster Declaration Would Help Local Farmers

A frost in early April destroyed an estimated 10,000 acres of Southwest Michigan grapes, approximately 95-percent of the region’s total grape crop. As a result, it is projected that grape farmers will lose more than $20 million for the 2012 season. Continue reading

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Explore Michigan Outdoors with Free DNR Mobile App

Southwest Michigan families have an additional tool to use when planning their outdoor activities this year: the “MI Camping and Recreation Locator” mobile application.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) app makes it easier for residents and out-of-state visitors to get out and enjoy our state’s wonderful natural resources. Continue reading

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Proos, Tyler Welcome 2012 Blossomtime Royalty to Michigan Capitol

Sen. John Proos and Rep. Sharon Tyler welcomed the 2012 Blossomtime Festival pageant finalists to the state Capitol on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Proos Urges Southwest Michigan Residents to Vacation Close to Home

Summer is almost here, and State Senator John proos has some advice for those about to take a vacation — why not make it a staycation? Proos this week urged everyone to look at the recreation opportunities that Michigan has to offer, noting that you’re helping the state’s economy by doing so. Continue reading

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Proos Touts Progress Made

“While the numbers are few today, the believers are many,” state Sen. John Proos told a dozen people Sunday afternoon at Cass County Tea Party’s third annual Tax Day rally beside the 1899 courthouse. “They couldn’t practice religion or live in a free society,” Proos, who was accompanied by his daughter, Elena, said. Continue reading

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Pure Michigan Campaign Produced Results

New studies show that last summer’s Pure Michigan campaign helped bring in a record number of out-of-state visitors in 2011, said Sen. John Proos. Continue reading

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