**Media Advisory** Stamas announces 2015 Heritage Route 23 Legislative Tour

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas has announced that he will lead a two-day tour of Heritage Route 23 with numerous state officials in an effort to help raise the visibility of northeastern lower Michigan and engage the community with state officials about issues critical to the region.

Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland; Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City; Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle; Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare; Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Secretary of State Ruth Johnson; Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams; and officials from Travel Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Northeast Michigan Council of Governments.

A two-day tour of the U.S. 23 heritage route from Standish to Mackinaw City to highlight the region.

Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17.

The tour begins at the Saganing Eagles Landing Casino at 2690 Worth Road in Standish and travels 200 miles along the Lake Huron shore up to JoAnn’s Fudge Shop at 303 East Central Ave. in Mackinaw City.

See the schedule below for more information on planned stops along the tour.

Beginning in Standish, the legislative tour will travel up the scenic shoreline of Lake Huron to Mackinaw City, with stops along the way including: touring the Wurtsmith Airport and Kalitta Air in Oscoda, visiting a local branch office with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and highlighting numerous state parks and local businesses.

Photos and video will be available online following the tour. For more information, please feel free to call the office of Senator Stamas toll-free at 1-855-347-8036.


Thursday, July 16
8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome breakfast and introductions
Saganing Eagles Landing Casino
2690 Worth Road

Au Gres
9:50 – 10:20 a.m.
Sample 20+ wines while learning the modern process
Modern Craft Winery
211 East Huron Road

East Tawas
11 – 11:15 a.m.
Visit East Tawas Park and State Dock
113 Newman St.

1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
Tour of aircraft hangers and 747s
Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority and Kalitta Air
3961 East Airport Dr.

2:55 – 3:10 p.m.
Visit Harrisville State Park
248 State Park Road

3:35 – 4 p.m.
Tour a local branch office with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
Secretary of State office
2666 U.S. 23 South

4:10 – 4:30 p.m.
Visit a locally owned and operated grocery store
Neiman’s Family Market
2205 U.S. 23 South

5 – 5:05 p.m.
See construction of the new Holiday Inn
225 River St.

5:10 – 5:15 p.m.
View a joint MEDC/MSHDA downtown project
Alpena Furniture Building
325 North 2nd Ave.

Friday, July 17
7 – 7:45 a.m.
Enjoy “Good Morning Alpena” breakfast at Brown Trout Festival
City of Alpena Marina in the big tent
400 E. Chisholm St.

8 – 9 a.m.
Tour the largest diversified supplier of constructions materials in the U.S. and Canada
LaFarge North American Headquarters
1435 Ford Ave.

Rogers City
10 – 10:30 a.m.
See the world’s largest open-pit limestone quarry and shipping port in the Great Lakes
Port Calcite Collaborative
1020 Calcite Road

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Meet state troopers, K-9 SWAT team and water recovery unit
Michigan State Police Post
1206 South Main St.

1:40 – 2:15 p.m.
Tour of a northern Michigan hospital
McLaren Northern Michigan-Cheboygan Campus
748 South Main St.

Mackinaw City
2:40 – 3 p.m.
Enjoy some of the world’s best fudge.
JoAnn’s Fudge Shop
303 East Central Ave.