LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Friday visited Rogers City as part of a two-day legislative tour of Heritage Route 23 with several state and regional officials.
The tour traveled 200 miles along the U.S. 23 Heritage Route from Standish to Mackinaw City.
“This positive tour is bringing numerous legislators, department directors and local officials together to highlight what Michigan’s sunrise side has to offer and engage the community with state officials about issues critical to the region,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “As a veteran of the U.S. Army, it was great to tour the veterans office in Rogers City with Senate veterans committee chairwoman Margaret O’Brien so that we could see the good work they are doing and learn more about the challenges they face in helping our veterans.”
After seeing the veterans office, the tour stopped by the Painted Lady for coffee and continued to 40 Mile Point Lighthouse.
Since Presque Isle County took over control of the lighthouse in 1998, the county and the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Society have been working to restore and preserve the entire site.
“I was happy that Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Bill Moritz joined us on this tour, so that he could see the impact we can make in preserving pieces of Michigan history for future generations of tourists to enjoy,” Stamas said. “The 40 Mile Point Lighthouse is exactly the type of places that make the sunrise side a unique place to visit with families.”
Joining Stamas and Moritz on the tour were Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage; Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle; Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Keith Creagh; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon; Travel Michigan Vice President Dave Lorenz and numerous other officials from state and local government.
Prior to visiting Rogers City, the tour group made several stops, included attending the “Good Morning Alpena” breakfast at the Brown Trout Festival, seeing a grain elevator in Standish, checking out the MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena and kayaking on the AuSable River.
Editor’s note: The above photographs of the tour are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: www.SenatorJimStamas.com/Photowire.