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Representative Bill Huizenga meets with public

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Tensions were high at Saturday's town hall forum with Representative Bill Huizenga. More than 300 people were in attendance at the town hall to question the congressman on issues such as healthcare, climate change, education, and jobs. The town hall started with some disagreement about the reference of religion, with crowd members citing separation of church and state.IMG 5960

Representative Huizenga stayed more than 4 hours answering questions from the crowd. Many focused on healthcare, desiring to keep the Affordable Care act, with some personally affected by chronic illness, others who work in the healthcare field stood up to ask about the plans for healthcare. Huizenga responded to their concerns by offering the republican alternative to health care, and disagreeing with the current healthcare policy by saying, “I believe and I think most people who have been involved in healthcare, believe that Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act as it's currently constructed is not workable.”  

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Others focused on international affairs, requesting an independent review of Russia's involvement of the administration, to which Huizenga felt an independent review is not necessary at this point. Congressman Huizenga responded to questions regarding his involvement in the Stop Overreach Act, (HR 637) a bill that removes greenhouse gases as a pollutant, by saying, that there needs to be a balance within the EPA, desiring a  “workable common sense EPA that allows businesses to grow and develop and succeed.” Congressman Huizenga also responded to the controversial Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, citing what he called a “failing education system” and spoke of Ms. DeVos dedication to making a difference in education.

West Michigan leads expansion of AP Computer sciences

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Ludington, Pentwater and Baldwin Public schools are among the schools participating in a partnership with Code.org and the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers network to bring AP computer Science courses to their school districts. 72 teachers in Michigan will receive professional training to teach the newest advanced placement Computer Science Principles at no-cost as a result of the partnership.

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The AP Computer Science Principles is designed to engage students traditionally underrepresented in computer science, such as women, minorities and rural students, but introducing them to the field's foundational concepts through creative problem solving and real-world applications of technology. According to code.org, 66% of all new jobs will be related to computer science.

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Senator Goeff Hansen said, “It is important that we continue to invest in Math and Science Centers and their programming so that Michigan can become a premier STEM education state."  Ludington Area School District Superintendent Andrea Large spoke about the impact it will have on Ludington students, “We’ve already seen benefits from our coding clubs through code.org, so adding the AP computer sciences opportunity at the high school will allow that continuum of learning to go from elementary through middle school right on up through high school.”

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Pentwater library prepares for renovation

 

The pentwater library will be getting renovated during the months of March through May. Some features of the Library Refresh Project include a remodel of the public restroom, upgrades to Wi-Fi, new furnishings, carpeting, and paint and a reconfiguration of the library layout. Books, DVDs, Audio Books, Magazines can be checked out until March 10.  After March 10, all items are to be kept until the June 6 due date.  Drop box will not be available. Zinio and Overdrive E-materials will still be available during the remodel. The Library will close to the public on March 10th and will remain closed until work is completed on May 31st.

Representatve Huizenga hosts town hall in Lake County

Congressman Huizenga announced he will be holding a stop on his listening tour for residents of the Second District. This event is to take the place of the snowmobile tour which has been cancelled due to lack of snow. The stop will occur in Lake County on Saturday, February 25th at noon. The town hall style listening session will be held in the cafeteria of Baldwin Senior High School.

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A Hunting accident in Oceana County

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On Saturday February 18th at approximately 3:52pm, Police were called to the scene of a hunting accident on East Cleveland Rd near 192nd Ave. While small game hunting, A 13 year old Wyoming Michigan boy had been shot in the head.  He was with two other hunters. The victim was transported to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon where he was later pronounced dead.  The incident is still under investigation.

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