Hansen to have coffee hour in Mason County

 

LANSING – If you have a concern about state government or seek to share comments about an important issue, Sen. Goeff Hansen wants to have a cup of coffee with you and talk things over.

Hansen has scheduled a “coffee hour” for Monday, May 9 in Mason County.

The 34th District lawmaker will be in Ludington from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brenda’s Harbor Café, 316 S. James St.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “My goal is to provide the best service possible for the hard-working people of west Michigan.  I am eager to hear directly from area constituents.” 

Hansen presents Fruitport students with White Pine Award for environmental excellence

LANSING – Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, today presented the White Pine Award to Fruitport Middle School for its outstanding environmental protection efforts.

Under the guidance of eighth grade science teacher Rachel Kent, students have made a positive impact by improving and maintaining the local environment.

“Rachel Kent’s innovative teaching style has allowed these students the unique opportunity to truly make a difference,” said Hansen, who chairs the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. “The Fruitport students and their project embody the true spirit of environmental stewardship and a devotion to long-term natural resource protection. Their dedication proves that this is more than just a class project; it is a commitment to community.”

After students recognized that runoff water from the school parking lot was impacting the local tributaries flowing into Spring Lake, they built a rain garden to alleviate the contaminated water flow.  Because they wanted to continue restoring the quality of the local stream, they created an ongoing action plan to study the problem, raise awareness, and monitor the effects of the cleanup.  Their strategy prompted interactions with the township supervisor, county drain commissioner, and a research scientist from the Grand Valley State University Water Resource Institute.

Some of the students involved in these activities also formed Fruitport Team Eco.  This team was one of 16 winners of the first round of the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national competition designed to inspire young people to learn about the environment and improve it.  The group was awarded $10,000 in scholarships and grants.  The students on the team are: Jillian Welch, Thomas Crotty, Bradley Chorny, Rowan Humphreys, Kylan Sherman, Nathan Kriger, Cory Bussing, Olivia Traxler, Kaitlynne Morano and Bryant Rebone.

Hansen said they are an example for others seeking to get involved.

“Let this White Pine Award serve as a reminder to future students, teachers, and other community members to continue exercising the same sound conservation practices these students have started,” Hansen concluded.

Hansen to have ‘coffee hours’ in Muskegon

LANSING – If you have a concern about state government or seek to share comments about an important issue, Sen. Goeff Hansen wants to have a cup of coffee with you and talk things over.

Hansen has scheduled two “coffee hours” for Monday, May 2 in Muskegon.

The 34th District lawmaker will be at the Tanglewood Café, 560 Seminole Rd., from 9-10:15 a.m.

He also will be available at the Hackley Public Library from 10:45 a.m.-noon.  The library is at 316 W. Webster.

“I encourage anyone who needs help or wants to express a viewpoint to stop by,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “My goal is to provide the best service possible for the hard-working people of west Michigan.  I am eager to hear directly from area constituents.”

Muskegon Students Learn Financial Skills with Senator Hansen, and First General Credit Union

 

Students at Orchard View High School in Muskegon will meet with Senator Goeff Hansen at 1:30 p.m. on April 21 as part of the Michigan Credit Union League’s Financial Literacy Legislative Challenge. This is the eighth year of the challenge, which in 2011 will connect 50 state legislators with students during Money Smart Week and Financial Literacy Month in April.

Michigan’s credit unions are national leaders in youth financial education, reaching more than 48,000 students during the 2009-2010 school year and organizing more than 366 student-run credit unions across the state – both are the most is the country.

“MCUL is proud to bring lawmakers into classrooms to encourage financial education,” says David Adams, president and CEO of the Michigan Credit Union League. “As personal debt and foreclosures are at an all-time high, we appreciate the work of our elected representatives to help pass on the critical message of personal finance to students. Credit unions are committed to encouraging financial education for their members and in their communities.”

April’s Financial Literacy Month includes a variety of local workshops and programs put on by financial institutions across the state.  First General Credit Union services the lakeshore community and beyond with financial products and personal service.  FGCU also offers classroom presentations on finance to schools in Muskegon County.

Organized in 1934, the Michigan Credit Union League is a statewide trade association representing Michigan’s 335 credit unions. Based in Lansing, the MCUL offers credit unions assistance in the areas of regulatory compliance, legislative advocacy, media advocacy and operational information.