Senator Mike Shirkey

Jackson, Branch & Hillsdale
Independence Day Fireworks

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July!

Jackson County:
- Lake Columbia – July 1 ~ Dusk ~ Lake Columbia
- Pleasant Lake – July 1 ~ Dusk ~ Pleasant Lake
- Jackson – July 3 ~ Dusk ~ Cascade Falls Park
- Brooklyn – July 4 ~ Dusk ~ Middle School football field
- Hanover-Horton – July 4 ~ Dusk ~ Village of Hanover

Branch County:
- Coldwater Lake – July 1 ~ Dusk ~ Coldwater Lake
- Marble Lake – July 2 ~ Dusk ~ Marble Lake

Hillsdale County:
- Hillsdale – July 3 ~ Dusk ~ Hillsdale County Fairgrounds
- Somerset – July 3 ~ Dusk ~ McCourtie Park

How to Fly the American Flag

With Independence Day around the corner, here are tips from the US Flag Code about flying the stars and stripes.

• The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
• The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or floor.
• The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.
• When used on a speaker’s platform, the flag should be displayed above and behind the speaker. If mounted on a staff, it should be on the speaker’s right.
• The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
• The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds but always allowed to fall free.
• The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff.
• Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger.
• The flag should not be flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.
• The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.

The Flag Code (Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code) provides uniform guidelines for the display of the flag.

Thank you for attending

Thank you again for attending our coffee hour Friday, June 16 in Coldwater. We had an excellent turnout and I was happy to spend the morning in Coldwater.

We had what I would characterize as a 'perfect' coffee hour/mini town hall. I continue to be both impressed and feeling blessed to represent the people of Branch, Hillsdale, and Jackson counties. They are informed. Passionate. And place the value of republican governance above their own interests.

Keep leading, boldly and without fear.

How our counties got their names

Branch County – Branch is a cabinet county, named after North Carolinian John Branch, who was secretary of the Navy under Jackson. Ten Michigan counties are called “cabinet counties” for being named after someone who served in President Jackson’s cabinet.

Hillsdale County – There’s nothing complicated or mysterious about Hillsdale County’s name – it was named for its rolling terrain, full of “hills” and “dales.”

Jackson County – Considered another cabinet county, Jackson County was named after President Jackson. It’s believed this was a political move in the hopes of winning a few points with the Jackson administration to help seal the deal for statehood and “win” the dispute over the Toledo Strip.

Source: MLive story on county naming in Michigan.

July 8th is Explore College Day at Jackson College

See what Jackson College has to offer at this free event!

Explore a personal interest or learn about college programs at this community event. Free classes will be taught by College faculty and staff. Pick out something from the schedule of sessions, with a variety of activities to interest all.

Register for those that interest you. Families are welcome; children are welcome with an adult. Some sessions do have age restrictions.

For more information and to register, please visit

Upcoming Activities Near You!

Hot Air Jubilee (Jackson County): In 1983 a group of Hot Air Balloon enthusiasts who lived in and around Jackson came up with the dream of a family friendly event for the Jackson Community. The Hot Air Jubilee was born. Since then the Jubilee has grown to an event that thousands of people attend every summer. 25-30 Balloons come in from around the country to participate in the friendly rivalry of the contests. For more information click here
- Date: July 14, 15, and 16
- Location: Ella Sharp Park

Entertainment Under the Stars (Branch County): Bring your lawn chair and relax in the park listening to local artists perform their music.  This weekly event will run Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., July 1st through the 31st in the 4-Corner Park in Downtown Coldwater.  For information call  (517) 279-6902 or visit
- Date: Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (July 1st through the 31st)
- Location: 4-Corner Park in Downtown Coldwater

26th Annual Summerfest (Hillsdale County): Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at the Hillsdale Fairgrounds starting at 8:00a.m. There will be activities for ALL ages. Enter your classic car into our Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, will have food vendors, Corn Hole Tournament, bounce house and more activities, with free admission! For more information contact the Chamber office at 439-4341. Click here for more information:
- Date: July 15: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Location: Hillsdale Fairgrounds

Your 16th State Senate District Map

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

16th Senate District Map

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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