We are nearing the end of the 99th Legislature. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and let each of you know how much of an honor and privilege it has been to serve the 32nd Senate District these past four years. As we look forward to spending time with family and friends during the holiday season, I wanted to share my Christmas message and a few winter resources with you.
32nd District Merry Christmas to the 32nd District
I recently had the pleasure of spending the afternoon outdoors with my son Kevin and grandson Liam looking for the perfect family Christmas tree.
It has become a Horn tradition to seek out the perfect tree, and this year, with the help of Liam, I think we found the best tree yet. Within an hour of arrival, we found a seven-footer that will be perfect for bringing in the holiday.
Our annual trip to a local Christmas tree farm was a success once again and we hurried home to unpack it and begin with the decorations while enjoying some warm hot cocoa and munching on popcorn balls.
I hope you too have an opportunity to enjoy your blessings this holiday season.
Prepare for hazardous winter weather
With winter weather upon us, the Michigan State Police (MSP) advises Michigan residents to plan for hazardous conditions. Severe weather can mean freezing pipes, power outages and stranded vehicles. Safety planning tips include:
• Installing carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas;
• Having your fireplace and furnace cleaned and inspected; and
• Preparing an emergency kit for both your house and your car.
Find more information, including the publication How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
, at www.michigan.gov/miready
. Home heating help
With the winter heating season in full swing, some households may need help with their heating bills. Energy assistance programs to help prevent shut-offs include:
• Winter protection plans for senior citizens and low-income customers;
• State emergency relief;
• Medical emergency shut-off protection; and
• Shut-off protection for active duty military personnel.
Find more information at www.michigan.gov/bewinterwise
. Pure Michigan Travel Guide now online
The Pure Michigan Winter Travel Guide
highlights cold weather fun and adventure, including snowmobiling, skiing and Houghton’s lively winter carnival. There’s even a feature on capturing Michigan’s scenic beauty in great outdoor photos!
The travel guide also contains shopping and culinary destinations and memorable spots for indoor and outdoor family activities. Check the digital magazine at www.michigan.org
and start planning your trip.