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Volunteers can help protect southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas

Posted July 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources invites Michigan residents to get out and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in southwest Michigan and help protect habitat. DNR recreation officials have announced the schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of August at southwest Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Volunteering for these workdays is a […]

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Results in from 40th annual International Cherry Pit Spit in Eau Claire

Posted July 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The just-concluded Independence Day holiday weekend included the latest edition of a Southwest Michigan tradition. For the  results of the 40th annual International Cherry Pit Spit in Eau Claire, click on the following link to access the report from John Eby of Leader Publications:  A new Krause wins windy 40th Pit Spit.

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More jobseekers in May push unemployment rates up in Southwest Michigan

Posted June 29, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A significant number of individuals entered the job market seeking summer employment in May. The resulting rise in the labor force more than offset the gains in employment, leading to a broad increase in jobless rates throughout the Southwest region. Unemployment rates rose over the month in almost all Southwest Michigan counties, with rate gains […]

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Enjoy state parks and protect natural areas by volunteering for stewardship days

Posted June 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

State recreation officials encourage area residents to get out and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in southwestern Michigan and help protect habitat this summer. The schedule of volunteer stewardship activities for the month of July throughout southwestern Michigan state parks and recreation areas was recently announced. Volunteering for these workdays is a great way […]

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Learn the art of sand sculpting at state parks in southwest Michigan this summer

Posted May 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Professional sand artist Janet Schrader, also known as “the Sand Pirate,” will be touring the state parks in southwest Michigan this summer to teach park guests how to make fantastic sand castles, complete with windows, doors, towers and stairs. The classes are offered as a part of the Department of Natural Resources’ Recreation 101 program, […]

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February unemployment rates stable throughout Southwest Michigan region

Posted April 5, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Labor market conditions remained essentially unchanged in regional metro areas in February. Unemployment rates were similar to the prior month’s levels, and private sector job levels in most metro areas were little changed. Over the past year, regional jobless rates have edged down and payroll job gains have occurred. Labor Force Was Up Over the […]

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Seasonal job cuts in January resulted in higher unemployment rates throughout the Southwest Michigan region

Posted March 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Seasonal job cuts in January resulted in higher unemployment rates throughout the Southwest Michigan region.  Seasonal job reductions were recorded in construction and leisure and hospitality in January.  According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, temporary holiday-related retail job levels also fell in January. Furthermore, seasonal layoffs of support staff in education […]

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Proos: Growth in the housing market is a good sign for SW Michigan economy

Posted March 23, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING—Sen. John Proos met with area realtors on Friday to discuss the status of the real estate industry in Southwest Michigan. Proos took part in a legislative panel during the meeting, which was hosted by the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center. “Home sales and property values are important to our […]

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Proos holding SW Michigan school spirit tournament

Posted March 15, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Sen. John Proos announced on Thursday (March 14) that he is hosting a social networking bracket tournament in which 32 high schools from throughout Southwest Michigan will compete for who has the most school spirit. The first round of the competition begins on Monday, March 18 at noon and will go through noon […]

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Senate OKs Natural Resources Trust Fund projects in South Haven, St. Joseph and Niles

Posted March 9, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – The Senate on Thursday (March 7) approved legislation allocating more than $23 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF) to natural resources improvement projects across the state, said Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph. The NRTF is supported by annual revenues from the development of state-owned mineral resources, largely oil and gas, […]

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Southwest Michigan harbors scheduled for $1.5 million in emergency dredging

Posted February 21, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – State Rep. Al Pscholka and state Sen. John Proos are pleased that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Emergency Dredging Plan includes a proposed $105,000 for the St. Joseph West Basin Marina harbor, $1 million for the New Buffalo Municipal Marina and $436,050 for the South Haven Municipal Marina. The DNR 2013 […]

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December jobless rates increase seasonally in all of Michigan’s regional labor markets

Posted January 25, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates rose in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in December, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment levels decreased in most regions over the month, while labor force levels increased in the majority of areas. “December labor market activity throughout the state […]

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November jobless rates edge downward in majority of Michigan’s regional labor markets

Posted January 3, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates declined slightly in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in November, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and labor force levels decreased in all regions over the month. “Unemployment rates declined over the month throughout Michigan mostly due to a reduction […]

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September jobless rates drop with job gains in education and fewer seasonal jobseekers

Posted October 26, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The Southwest Michigan labor market analysis from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget reports that typical seasonal employment changes were observed in September. Employment rose in the education sector (public and private), while jobs declined in leisure and hospitality services. At the same time, students and other seasonal workers continued to leave the […]

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World War II POW work camps in SW Michigan to be focus of St. Joseph County Historical Society meeting

Posted October 12, 2012 by Bruce Snook

World War II prisoner of war (POW) work camps in Southwest Michigan will be in the spotlight during a meeting of the St. Joseph County Historical Society on Sunday, October 21 at the organization’s museum in downtown Centreville. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. by Silver Spoons Catering ($7.50). The program – presented by […]

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Help remove invasive plants and gather native seeds at state parks and recreation areas in Southwest Michigan

Posted September 27, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The Department of Natural Resources invites residents to “Go-Get Outdoors” and enjoy state parks and recreation areas in Southwest Michigan while helping to protect their natural habitat. Volunteering for these October workdays is a great way for park visitors and area residents to get outside, have fun, and enjoy the fresh air and fall colors. […]

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July unemployment rates advance seasonally in all of Michigan’s regional labor markets

Posted August 24, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in July, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and labor force levels declined in the majority of regions over the month. “July jobless rate increases are typical in Michigan’s local labor markets,” said […]

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June jobless rates increase seasonally in all of Michigan’s regional labor markets

Posted July 26, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Lansing – Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in all of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in June, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and labor force levels rose in most regions in June. “Workforce and employment levels in most Michigan regions expanded in June as summer and seasonal […]

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Upton welcomes disaster designation to help local farmers

Posted July 2, 2012 by Bruce Snook

ST. JOSEPH, MI – Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) applauded Sunday’s (July 1) disaster declaration by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for southwest Michigan fruit farmers who are facing one of the worst crop losses in decades.  A mild winter followed by unseasonably warm temperatures in March caused Michigan fruit trees to bud […]

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Michigan guide available to help farmers promote products

Posted June 30, 2012 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Southwest Michigan farmers or specialty food business owners who are looking to grow their business or find new markets for their produce should download a free guide full on valuable tips and information, said Sen. John Proos. “Southwest Michigan’s thriving agricultural community provides countless opportunities for small businesses and supports thousands of families […]

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