Stamas begins 2016 Heritage Route 23 Legislative Tour with stops in Arenac County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Thursday began a two-day legislative tour of Heritage Route 23 with several state and regional officials with stops in Standish and Au Gres.

The tour started with a welcome breakfast at Wheeler’s Restaurant in Standish and then traveled to the Anderson Grain Elevator in Standish for a tour with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams.

“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. “Agriculture is critical to our region and economy, and it was a great experience to tour the Standish grain elevator with Director Clover Adams and see the work that goes into feeding Michigan’s livestock and our families.”

After seeing the grain elevator, the tour continued up U.S. 23 Heritage Route to Point Au Gres Park in Au Gres.

Stamas and the group toured the park, which recently had improvements made with the help of grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

“Point Au Gres Park is a great spot for families to visit and have fun on the beautiful waters of Lake Huron,” Stamas said. “In addition to outstanding recreational opportunities, this park offers cabins for rent, campsites and spectacular lake views. I am happy that so many state officials were able to come up and see the direct impact the investment in our parks can make in helping boost tourism and increase access to our national resources.”

Joining Stamas and Clover Adams on the tour were Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare; 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 — including Arenac County commissioners Robert Luce and Bobbe Burke.

After Au Gres, the tour headed up Heritage Route 23, stopping in Oscoda to kayak on the AuSable River, visiting the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse in Harrisville and checking out Butterwerth Dairy Farm in Alpena.

The second day will include attending the “Good Morning Alpena” breakfast at the Brown Trout Festival, touring a local veterans office in Rogers City and checking out the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City.