Senator Mike Shirkey

Honoring a Local WWII Veteran

This Veterans' Day, we invited Mr. Homer Jackson to a conversation on our regularly scheduled JTV slot. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Homer and honor all veterans like him who have shown us what true servant leadership looks like.

We are grateful for his service and humility, and for taking the time to share a few stories with us. You won't want to miss this:

Hunting Season Opens

Happy hunting season! For those who hunt, we hope you had a chance to get outside either on the rainy opening day or soon after. Hunting is a long-held family tradition in the 16th District. This photo is last year's 8 point buck harvested in Jackson.

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Elk License Plate Available Dec. 1

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Beginning Dec. 1, the specialty Michigan license plate featuring the common loon will be replaced with an elk plate to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the reintroduction of elk in Michigan.

Michigan’s native elk disappeared from the state around 1875. In 1918, seven elk were brought in from the western United States and the population grew steadily. A 2014 survey estimated the herd to number 668.

The reintroduction of elk in the state is a great success story. We have gone from no elk to a healthy, thriving population. This plate will celebrate this success and help maintain our natural resources.

Funds from the sale of the elk license plate will continue to help wildlife management. For more information on specialty license plates, visit To learn more about Michigan’s elk population, go to

Branch Co. Community Band Concert Tonight

Branch County Community Band Fall Concert is tonight, Friday, November 17 at 7:30 P.M. at the Historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater.

Under the direction of Marion Sanderson, the performance will include selections from classic concert pieces and Broadway Show tunes to Americana songs. Featured on the concert will be Connie Garn and Wendy Ridenour performing a vocal religious selection. These ladies have been singing in the Branch County area for many years with various community groups.

The community band was formed in 1979. New members are always welcome to join the group. For more information, please call the band coordinator at 517-639-4652 or 4595.

For tonight's performance, tickets for adults and seniors are $6; student tickets are $3. Tickets are available in advance at Tibbits administrative offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in Coldwater or at the box office, located inside the Tibbits Opera House, one hour prior to the show. For more information, please call the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater at 517-278-6029.

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The 16th State Senate District contains all of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties

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Serving with and for you,

Mike Shirkey


Senator Mike Shirkey
201 Townsend Street, Suite #5300
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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