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Canton’s Allison Schmitt
Wins Olympic Gold in Rio

U.S Swimmer Allison Schmitt had a very successful Olympic experience in Rio, swimming her way to a gold medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay, and earning a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay. The Canton native, who graduated from Canton High School in 2008, is no stranger to the Olympic Games or success on the international stage. From competition in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics, she brought home 8 medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze).

In the recent Rio 2016 games, she served as one of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team captains and swam the lead leg for team USA as it took 1st place in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay. We thank Allison for representing our country at the 2016 Olympic Games and congratulate her on her great accomplishments.

Paula Madigan of Livonia Celebrates
100th Birthday

Paula Madigan

Paula received a congratulatory tribute signed by Sen. Patrick Colbeck, Rep. Laura Cox, and Governor Snyder

Earlier this month, Livonia resident Paula Madigan celebrated the happy occasion of her 100th birthday on August 8, surrounded by family and friends. She was born and raised in Highland Park, Michigan and has spent her entire life in the greater Detroit area. After earning her teaching degree in 1935, Paula taught in suburban public schools for close to 30 years. She married Charles Madigan in June 1946, following his service in World War II. They were then blessed with eight beautiful children, and today, the family continues to grow with 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Paula reads voraciously, writes creatively, and keeps up with the lives and adventures of all in her family. She is the central figure at all family events and is a role model for her community. It is an honor to recognize a great member of our community on this momentous occasion and we wish her many more happy years of life.

Senator Colbeck’s Initiative Leads Lotz Road Improvement Project to Near Completion


The long-awaited paving and improvement project on Lotz Road in Canton will soon be completed. The road is now open to traffic south of Ford Road; a few periodic lane closures may still occur until the job is finalized. One of main objectives of the project is to improve traffic flow by diverting some motorists off Ford and Haggerty roads, hopefully preventing the frequent traffic jams that occurred near the I-275 interchange on Canton’s east side. The traffic patterns and high volume of traffic had also contributed to Ford Road having the #1 and #2 traffic accident sites in the state.

During his first term in office, Senator Colbeck asked to serve on the Michigan Transportation Subcommittee on Appropriations to find a solution to this problem. His recommendation to split the Michigan transportation budget into maintenance and safety-driven improvement budgets resulted in the Roads & Risk fund. After years of valiant but unsuccessful attempts by others to obtain federal funding, it was this state fund that resulted in the allocation of $5 Million to relieve traffic in the vicinity of Ford Road/I-275 intersection for the Lotz Road bypass.

Bosch Celebrates Opening of Expanded Technical Center in Plymouth

On August 24, Robert Bosch LLC celebrated the grand opening of its Plymouth Township Technical Center expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The expansion, which required two years and $36 Million, doubled the size of the space and increased employment at the center from 850 employees to over 1,200. According to a Detroit News article, the center will work on driver-assist systems and autonomous car technology. It is hoped that the new expansion will contribute to the state’s economic growth and its mission to remain a leader in the fields of autonomous vehicle testing and creation.


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Michigan’s 7th Senate District

The 7th Senate District includes Canton Township, Livonia city, Northville city, Northville Township, Plymouth city, Plymouth Township, and Wayne city.

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Senator Patrick Colbeck

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