Senator Jim Stamas E-Newsletter

Serving You
With deer hunting season underway and Thanksgiving just around the corner, please be careful on the roads and in the woods. Serving the constituents of the 36th Senate District is very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any state issues. You may call toll-free at 1-855-347-8036 or email senjstamas@senate.michigan.gov. Also, please check out my Facebook page. I look forward to serving you. Let me know if I can assist you in any way or if you have an idea to help move our state forward.

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I had the opportunity to participate in a Veterans Day ceremony last weekend in Midland. We can never fully thank our veterans enough for putting their country before themselves to protect and preserve our freedom and way of life. Understanding this debt to our veterans and their families, I am proud that we have made significant strides to show our deep appreciation in a meaningful way.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency provides valuable services to our state’s more than 660,000 military veterans. I encourage all Michigan veterans to contact the agency at 1-800-MICH-VET or at www.MichiganVeterans.com.

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I was recently able to sit down and express what Veterans Day means to me and my family. As a veteran and as the son and grandson of veterans, I know about the enormous sacrifices our service members and their families make to defend us.

Although veterans appreciate the gratitude for their service, it was never about that. Serving our nation is call to duty to protect their families, our freedom and liberty around the world. To me, Veterans Day is a time to say thank you to the brothers and sisters in arms who sacrifice so much for our country.

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Have a safe deer hunting season
Deer firearm season is underway, and I urge everyone to hunt safely. Most hunting-associated injuries and casualties are preventable. Please follow gun safety rules like wearing “hunter’s orange” and never mixing hunting with drinking alcohol.

The regular firearm deer season runs through Nov. 30. Hunting guides, including all current Michigan rules and regulations, can be found at www.michigan.gov/hunting. On the site, you can also learn about all other hunting seasons and how to get a license.

Hunters can visit www.michigan.gov/mihunt to search public hunting land as well as private land open to the public for hunting. The interactive map application also works on mobile devices and contains the most up-to-date information available.

Residents can buy hunting licenses from a local licensing agent or online 24 hours a day at www.mdnr-elicense.com. If you want to buy your licenses locally, click on “License Agent Locations” to find licensing agents in each county. Happy hunting! I hope everyone has a safe and successful season.

Nov. 27 office hour in Standish
Join me on Monday, Nov. 27 from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Arenac County Building, Board of Commissioners Room 201, 120 N. Grove St., Standish.

I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by. I’m excited about continuing a regular series of office hours throughout the district to hear directly from constituents about state and pocketbook issues.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a time to gather together with family and friends and give thanks for our many blessings. We have much to be thankful for as Americans. We live in the greatest nation on Earth, where everyone has the chance — through hard work and determination — to achieve the American Dream.

In a world seemingly always busy, Thanksgiving is a rare moment to cast aside the worries of our everyday life and relax with our loved ones. It is an opportunity to gather with those closest to us, give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed on us and celebrate the most cherished thing we have: one another.

I hope we will all take time to warmly express our gratitude to our family and friends for their love and friendship throughout the year.

Camping for free?
Do you love to camp? If so, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking volunteer campground hosts for 2018 in state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds.

Campground hosts enjoy waived camping fees in exchange for 30 hours of service per week, including duties such as helping campers find their campsites, answering camper questions, planning campground activities and performing light park maintenance duties.

Both individuals and couples may apply for volunteer positions that begin as early as April and last through October. Volunteer hosts must be at least 18 years of age and provide their own camping equipment, food and other personal items.

Residents can click on “Campground Host” at www.michigan.gov/dnrvolunteers to learn more about the program, download an application and waiver, and view an updated vacancy host campground report that indicates when and where hosts are needed in specific parks

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#OptOutside on Black Friday
Michigan is offering free entry to state parks on Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. Free access to state parks, trails and boating sites is just one more reason to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Our state’s great outdoors are spectacular and close to home. In fact, you’re never more than a half-hour away from a state park, recreation area, state forest campground or state trail.

As part of the free entry opportunity, residents and visitors can hike one of more than 12,500 miles of designated state trails, go fishing on world-class lakes and streams, take a bike ride on paved trails and roads, go mountain biking across rugged terrain, find a new hunting spot by exploring one of Michigan’s vast recreation areas, enjoy the peace and quiet of camping in the off season, and more.

Although the vehicle entry fee into 103 state parks, 138 state forest campgrounds, and parking for hundreds of miles of trails and boat launches will be waived on Nov. 24, camping and other permit and license fees still apply.

THE 36TH DISTRICT

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The 36th Senate District is made up of 10 counties, which includes: Presque Isle, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Oscoda, Alcona, Iosco, Arenac, Gladwin and Midland counties.

Thank you for subscribing to my electronic newsletter! I am honored to represent you in the 36th Senate District of Michigan. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in receiving the 36th District E-news. You may sign up for it also at my website or via Facebook.

Senator Jim Stamas
201 Townsend Street Suite #5200
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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