Special Senate Memorial Day Service
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the family of two fallen soldiers to the Michigan Capitol for the annual Senate Memorial Day service on Thursday.
Brothers Daniel and Thomas Weber, originally from Frankenmuth Township, both died in motorcycle accidents. Daniel Webber died in 2011 due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident in El Paso, Texas after his time in the service. Thomas Webber died less than one year later when a truck collided into his motorcycle in Saucier, Mississippi where he was living at the time. Thomas was active duty at the time of his death.
Daniel was a 25-year-old Purple Heart veteran. He had served in Iraq and became a peer-to-peer counselor for veterans in El Paso. Thomas joined the Armed Forces in 2005 and served tours in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and spent time in Haiti after the 2010 earthquakes. Weber was also part of a Special Forces unit.
Thomas and Daniel's older brother, Chris, is currently active duty and his wife Kimmie has previously served as well.
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, (left) stands on the Senate floor with the mother of Daniel and Thomas Weber, Heidi Weber, and their stepfather, John Sych during the 21st Annual Senate Memorial Day Service.
Horn stands for a photo on the Senate floor with father of Daniel and Thomas Weber, Keith Weber, and their stepmother, Michelle during Thursday's ceremony. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) was launched two years ago to improve customer service to the state's more than 660,000 veterans so they can receive the benefits they've earned.
The agency works with the federal Veterans Administration, state and county agencies along with more than 1,000 community and veterans service organizations. Programs and services involve health care, disability compensation, education, employment and more.
Please call 1-800-MICH-VET or visit www.MichiganVeterans.com
for free assistance. Horn kicks off 'Hometown Tours' with community of Linden
I recently began my "Hometown Tours" visits with a stop in the community of Linden. Linden is a perfect example of the quaint, historic towns in my district that I want to focus these tours on. From the Linden Mill Museum to the walk through the historic buildings downtown, it was a truly enjoyable experience. The goal of these tours is to build relationships and learn more about the unique characteristics of each community I represent.
The tour of the city began downtown by visiting various landmarks of significance. I made stops at the fire station, city hall and the site of the former Union Block that was lost to a fire in 2007.
The tour of downtown was followed by a presentation and tour of the Linden Mill Museum given by David and Barbara Kincaid, the museum curator. After the museum tour, I attended a dinner reception for volunteers and employees of the city of Linden.
There are so many people I want to thank for helping me make my first `Hometown Tour' a success. I want to personally thank the Kincaid family for their time and for giving me a fantastic tour of the community and the museum. I also want to thank Mayor David Lossing, who has been incredibly generous inviting me to events in the community. I've learned a great deal about the residents and history of Linden and will most certainly be visiting again.
Michigan job growth recognized
An analysis released by the Pew Charitable Trusts organization ranked Michigan as a top performer in job growth since the Great Recession. Michigan has added 417,900 jobs since March 2010, leading to an employment growth rate of nearly 11 percent, better than any other Great Lakes state.
The study called Michigan the "biggest success story," noting the state fell further than any other state and had a bigger hill to climb coming out of the recession. For more information on the study, you can click here
In other great news, Michigan's unemployment rate for April lowered to 5.4 percent. It's the 20th consecutive month that the jobless rate has dropped and, for the first time since 2000, now equals the national rate. Helpful weather tips
As we all know, Michigan weather has been known to rapidly change. Storms can strike quickly, causing serious damage to your home, property and your family - even after the storms have come and gone. I encourage everyone to take steps today to be prepared for any storm.
I found the following tips from Consumers Energy to be helpful and wanted to share them with all you as well.
Keep these items on hand:
- A three-day supply of food, water and medication for your family and pets
- First aid kits for your home and car
- Flashlights, a portable radio and extra batteries
- Fully charged electronic devices and cell phones that can be used to report an emergency
- Cash in case ATMs and credit card machines are not working
More tips to be prepared:
- Develop a plan so you can stay in touch with your family in a disaster. Be sure each family member has a copy of your communication plan.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers near your phone. Most land-line phones should still work.
- If you have electrically powered medical equipment, before a power outage occurs ask your physician, nurse or equipment supplier about an emergency plan.
- If you have a generator, have a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician to protect first responders and our workers.
Mark your calendar!
Michigan's annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is right around the corner. All fishing license fees are waived for two days on June 13 and 14, 2015. All fishing regulations still apply. Find more information, including sponsored and state park events at www.michigan.gov/freefishing
If you're taking the kids with you, check out the DNR's Family Friendly Fishing Waters website. The site identifies locations that are easy to access and have a high likelihood of catching fish, along with amenities such as picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Visit www.michigan.gov/fishing
and click on Fishing in Michigan
on the left sidebar.