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Representative Vanderwall's bill passes

Rep. Curt VanderWall’s FOIA Bill, requiring more transparency in government passed 108 to 0 yesterday. The Bill opens the Michigan Legislature and the executive office to the new Legislative Open Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

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 Representative Vanderwall spoke about the purpose of the bill, saying, “We were elected to work for them and this is just an opportunity for them to double check to make sure that we’re doing exactly what we’re saying we’re doing.” Public response to the bill has been positive according to Representative Vanderwall, “Folk are saying, we’re proud that you’re bringing some legislation together to allow us to actually see what’s actually happening with our legislators in lansing and I feel it’s their right as citizens and constituents of the State of Michigan to be able to know what we’re doing.’ The bill passed as a part of a multi-bill package.

Manistee wastewater treatment talks continue

Three public meetings will be held on the sewer project in Manistee County. The purpose of the meetings will be to share information, answer questions and encourage public education and involvement in a project that would connect portions of each local government with the wastewater treatment plant operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Participating areas include Onekama Township, Pleasanton Township, Arcadia Township, Village of Bear Lake and Bear Lake Township.

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The first public meetings will occur on on Friday March 17, at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m, at the Bear Lake School Library in Bear Lake.   On Saturday March 18, a public meeting will be held in the gymnasium at the Pleasant Valley Community Center at 10 a.m. in Arcadia. Anyone interested may attend.  Another set of public meetings will be held later this year to provide an update about the status of the project.  Questions about the project may also be submitted at any time by Emailing them to the Alliance for Economic Success at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Huizenga responds to health care changes

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Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) released a statement regarding the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the American Health Care Act saying, "The analysis from the Congressional Budget Office confirms that the American Health Care Act will reduce the deficit by $337 billion, cut taxes by $883 billion, and lower premiums by 10%, No longer will Washington force hardworking Americans to purchase insurance they don't want or fails to meet their needs. The American Health Care Act is step one of a multi-prong approach that will restore choice and put patients back in charge of their own health decisions.” According to the Congressional Budget Office the largest savings would come from reductions in outlays for Medicaid and from the elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) subsidies for nongroup health insurance.

All Michigan Academic Team honors West Shore Student

West Shore Community College student Rayma Burgett has been named to the All Michigan Academic Team, an award for students engaged in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) academic honors program. She will receive her award in Lansing on (Wednesday) March 15. Students are selected based on academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishments. Burgett was born and raised in Jamaica. She moved to the United States in 2007.  In 2016, she earned a certificate from the college in medical billing and coding and is currently pursuing an associate of applied arts and sciences degree in medical office information systems. She is married to a Scottville native and shares a ten-year-old son who she says, “propels her to achieve her goals and helps her to accomplish her dreams.”

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Burgett is the president WSCC’s PTK chapter and has worked in both the nursing and admissions departments. She is also a member of the Future Business Leaders Club. Burgett intends to attend Ferris State University this fall.

West Shore celebrates 50 years with new inductees

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“I can say it was absolutely fun, exciting, and what an opportunity to be a part of West Shore because it is our community college.” Said James Pinkerton, one of the nine inducted into the Mentor society on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of West Shore Community College’s founding.  

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The Mentor Society was created to recognize people for their leadership in the founding and development of West Shore Community College. Inductees also included Sharon Bluhm, Darwin Booher, Ruth Gustafson, Chrissie and David Hall, Jack and Shirley Rasmussen and Gerald Svendor.

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This years founder's celebration included the creation of the new Cornerstone Society, designed to honor businesses, organizations, and foundations that provided financial resources to move the college forward. The first group of Cornerstone Society inductees included West Shore Bank, the Delta Foundation and the Paine Family Foundation.

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