Oakland Press: Autumn in Michigan showcases state’s stunning natural beauty

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

By Sen. Mike Kowall
15th Senate District

There’s a crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to turn brilliant colors, and you’ve retrieved your sweaters from storage.

Yes, autumn has arrived in Michigan.

The end of summer and the beginning of fall bring unique delights to Michiganders.

These include fall color tours along one of the state’s scenic byways, biking or hiking through the great outdoors, and plenty more.

Fortunately, for those looking for ways to enjoy the spectacular Michigan autumn, there are many resources to guide you.

You can visit www.michigan.org for help planning a trip to several locations in the state, from Copper Harbor at the tip of the Upper Peninsula; down to 200 miles of beach towns along Lake Michigan, starting at St. Joseph and Benton Harbor in Southwest Michigan; and plenty of locations in between.

The site includes details on places to stay, restaurants, and upcoming events, as well as a link to the 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide, a superb travel publication highlighting spectacular sights to see and exciting places to go. The guide features articles on fall color drives, hiking adventures, family getaways, golfing, top-rated mountain bike trails and the state’s apple season.

The guide also features comprehensive information on our state parks, including details on amenities, campsites and available activities at each location.

Residents can download a free, universally accessible digital version of the guide or order a printed copy at www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

Travelers can access the interactive guide from their desktop and laptop computers as well as smartphones and tablets.

Michiganders are blessed with an abundance of natural resources. From the Great Lakes and our inland lakes; to our rivers and streams and thousands of miles of shoreline; to our sand dunes, forests, and wetlands — our great outdoors offer a spectacular array of opportunities for adventure.

In the fall, our state’s stunning natural beauty is magnified. This season, get out and enjoy Pure Michigan at its best!

This column appeared in the Oakland Press. Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is the Michigan Senate majority floor leader. He serves the residents of the 15th Senate District, representing western Oakland County.

Kowall presents certificates to State Fair scholarship winners

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (center, red tie) and Rep. Jim Runestad R-White Lake (center, red-and-white tie) on Thursday presented certificates of appreciation to Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Youth Scholarship winners.

Judging for the scholarships ran during the Michigan State Fair throughout Labor Day week. The certificates of appreciation were signed by Kowall, state Rep. Kathy Crawford, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

The Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship recognizes young people who are making a difference in cities, towns and villages by clearing, planting and harvesting garden space for their families and neighborhoods. More than 60 participants received scholarships this year.

The original Michigan State Fair debuted in Detroit in 1849 and was one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the country. It moved to its permanent home at the fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905 and was staged there until 2009, when it was discontinued due to ongoing budget issues.

In 2012, Blair Bowman brought back the Michigan State Fair, this time to Novi. Ram Truck is the major sponsor.

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Spinal Column: Autumn in Michigan showcases state’s stunning natural beauty

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

By Sen. Mike Kowall
15th Senate District

There’s a crispness in the air, the leaves are starting to turn brilliant colors, and you’ve retrieved your sweaters from storage.

Yes, autumn has arrived in Michigan.

The end of summer and the beginning of fall bring unique delights to Michiganders.

These include fall color tours along one of the state’s scenic byways, biking or hiking through the great outdoors, and plenty more.

Fortunately, for those looking for ways to enjoy the spectacular Michigan autumn, there are many resources to guide you.

You can visit www.michigan.org for help planning a trip to several locations in the state, from Copper Harbor at the tip of the Upper Peninsula; down to 200 miles of beach towns along Lake Michigan, starting at St. Joseph and Benton Harbor in Southwest Michigan; and plenty of locations in between.

The site includes details on places to stay, restaurants, and upcoming events, as well as a link to the 2018 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide, a superb travel publication highlighting spectacular sights to see and exciting places to go. The guide features articles on fall color drives, hiking adventures, family getaways, golfing, top-rated mountain bike trails and the state’s apple season.

The guide also features comprehensive information on our state parks, including details on amenities, campsites and available activities at each location.

Residents can download a free, universally accessible digital version of the guide or order a printed copy at www.michigan.org/travel-guide.

Travelers can access the interactive guide from their desktop and laptop computers as well as smartphones and tablets.

Michiganders are blessed with an abundance of natural resources. From the Great Lakes and our inland lakes; to our rivers and streams and thousands of miles of shoreline; to our sand dunes, forests, and wetlands — our great outdoors offer a spectacular array of opportunities for adventure.

In the fall, our state’s stunning natural beauty is magnified. This season, get out and enjoy Pure Michigan at its best!

This column first appeared in the Spinal Column newsweekly. Senator Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, is the Michigan Senate majority floor leader. He serves the residents of the 15th Senate District, representing western Oakland County.

Statewide program helps beautify highways

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Tuesday said that Michigan’s highway roadsides are set to be spruced up beginning this weekend.

Starting this Saturday, Sept. 22 and running through Sunday, Sept. 30, volunteer groups will remove litter and trash as part of the final 2018 Adopt-A-Highway pickup.

“The Adopt-A-Highway program enlists volunteer crews to collect debris three times a year to help keep the state’s highway roadsides clean, attractive and safe,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Since 1990, these volunteers have collected more than one million bags of trash! The program has been a remarkable success.”

Adopt-A-Highway participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up for at least a two-year period. A minimum two-mile stretch of roadway is recommended.

All types of state highways may be adopted, including two-lane roads, limited access highways, boulevards and business routes.

“About 2,800 groups clean 6,300 miles of highway each year, and sections of highway are still available to adopt,” Kowall said. “This is a great opportunity for scout troops, church groups, small and large businesses, service organizations and others. I encourage everyone to consider joining.”

Kowall said those who are interested in more information about the Adopt-A-Highway program should visit www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

Kowall: School safety grant applications due this week

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall reminded school officials on Monday that applications for school safety grants are due by noon this Thursday, Sept. 13.

“With school districts across the state increasing their focus on school safety, the Legislature provided $25 million in the fiscal year 2018 budget,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This grant money can go a long way toward helping schools provide a safe and secure learning environment for their students.”

Application materials for the grants can be found on the Grants and Community Service Division website of the Michigan State Police, at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. The grants will be awarded by Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Kowall said that as part of the application, MSP requires signed certification that schools have a complete and updated emergency operations plan with signoff from the school, law enforcement, and the local emergency management coordinator.