Senator Mike Shirkey

Our Counties’ Hidden Gems

Branch County: Capri Drive-In Theater
Opened in 1964, the Capri Drive-In Theater was recently named one of the country’s must-visit drive-in theaters. Capri has no trouble continuing the tradition of watching a film from the comfort of your car. Make sure to bring cash for admission and the snack bar as the Drive-In Theater only accepts cash.
- Where: 119 W. Chicago Road, Coldwater
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Hillsdale County: Antique capital of Michigan
Referred to as the antique capital of the world is the Village of Allen right in Hillsdale County. It’s one of the most antique-concentrated areas in the state. Head down US-12 and you’ll spot plenty of unique antique shops.
- Where: Allen, MI
- Numerous shops

Jackson County: Cell Block 7 Prison Museum
While prisoners are no longer housed in Cell Block 7, it was used as a functional prison from 1930’s until 2007. When you take a tour, you can walk through real prison cells and common areas where inmates spent their time. Visit the museum’s website to find pricing and times for self-guided tours or schedule a group tour.
- Where: 3455 Cooper St., Jackson
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Christmas in July!

The search is underway to find the 2017 state Christmas Tree! The tree will be displayed in front of the Michigan Capitol building and featured as part of Lansing’s holiday festivities.

In the last 30 years, trees have come from locations across the state — from private yards to public land near highways and forests. To be considered, a tree must be a spruce or fir, at least 55 feet tall, within easy access of a road with no interference from wires and available at no cost.
Nominations are requested by July 30, 2017. Anyone nominating a tree should send their name, phone number, a photo of the tree and information about its size and location to

There is no reason that the tree couldn’t come from a resident of Branch, Hillsdale, or Jackson County. Let the search begin!

M-124 Update – Thank You Local Leaders

Thanks to the hard work of your local leaders and Jackson transportation office, M-124 improvement planning has begun in Jackson County.

Officials in Columbia Township, Norvell Township, and Brooklyn Village have been coordinating with our office and the local MDOT service center to improve a large section of M-124.

At a recent meeting it was stated that the short‐term goal for M‐124 is to install additional delineators, chevrons, and bike lane signs.

In the future the goal would be for a further fix to this stretch of road the next time there’s opportunity to affect that portion of the budget or combine it with another project.

Listening to the input of residents has been a valuable part of this process.

THANK YOU to the local officials, Jackson and state MDOT teams, and residents who have worked together selflessly towards an improvement for this road.

District Update: Tommy’s Hot Dogs
Re-opens in Jackson

Tommy's Hot Dogs is back in business in Jackson!

The treasured location at 510 Detroit St., Jackson that's been called "Jackson's most widely unknown local landmark" reopened Monday, July 24, after a two-year hiatus. But instead of Tommy Boadgieff's hot dog cart under a green tarp, customers now will find a new kitchen building with a walk-up window. Tommy's Hot Dogs has been around since 1989 and we are happy to see it back. His menu includes the Taco Dog, Nancy Dog, Tiger Dog and the Diane Special.

Currently, Tommy's is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Welcome back to the community!

Upcoming Activities Near You!

Jackson County Fair: Over the years, the Jackson County Fair has become a vital mainstay of the Jackson Community and 16th District. Last year, over 150,000 visitors enjoyed the sounds, tastes and entertainment of the Fair! For more information, please visit
- Date: August 6th - 12th
- Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 200 W Ganson St, Jackson, MI

Branch County Fair: The Branch County Fair invites your cooperation in making this fair a worthwhile celebration of the rural life of Branch County. For more information, please visit
- Date: August 6th - 12th
- Location: Branch County Fairgrounds, 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater

Reading Festival Days (Hillsdale County): Join us for a weekend of Family Friendly fun and events. For more information, please visit
- Date: August 3rd – August 6th
- Location: Reading, MI

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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