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Shirkey Urges “Yes” Vote on Proposal 1

65th District State Representative Mike Shirkey urged a "yes" vote on Michigan Proposal 1 on Tuesday's election ballot.  According to Shirkey, Proposal 1 eliminates the personal property tax for many businesses without a tax increase on Michigan residents, and guarantees that municipalities will have a revenue source to replace that tax.   The ballot proposal authorizes a new statewide authority to receive a share of the existing state use tax, which is primarily a business tax paid on out-of-state purchases and things like hotel and motel rooms, cars and telecommunication services. This change, which must be approved by voters, would not increase taxes.  Shirkey concedes the ballot language is confusing and voters should take the time to understand the proposal.  Other guests:  Candidate for 65th District State Representative Robert Sutherby;  Monica Moser, CEO and President, Jackson Community Foundation;   BuilderWalk with Andy Woell, General Materials;  John Wilson, Candidate for County Commission;  Leslie Youngdahl, Consumers Energy & Anchor Initiative;  Amy Thomson, Marketing Director, McDonald's;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company, Drawings of the Month.  

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Department Recognizes Retiring Officer

Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins joined retiring JPD Officer Shane LaPorte on today's show.  LaPorte will retire next month after 25 years of service.  Starting as a parking checker, he joined the department right after high school and is currently running for Jackson County Commission.  Other guests:  Jenn Shumaker, Sylvan Learning Center Director;  Kelli Hoover and Andrew Sargeant, Jackson Recreation Department;  Linda Sisco and Nicki Vance, Village of Spring Meadows;  Scott Farley, Jackson High Varsity Head Football Coach, Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society.

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Wendy’s Charity Challenge Announces Field

The 8th annual Wendy's Charity Challenge will feature two newcomers, two Hall of Famers and six returning past champions. Trish Johnson of England  will make her debut appearance in the event; the other "rookie" is Wendy Doolan of Australia. Donna Caponi and Pat Bradley of LPGA Hall of Fame will make the trip to Jackson; Bradley has appeared in the field since the event's inception in 2007.  Elaine Crosby, event host and sponsor Mark Behm, Stanton and Associates promoted this years event, August 10-11 at the Country Club of Jackson.  Other guests:  64th District State Representative Earl Poleski;  Larry Martin, "In Their Own Words" series with WWII Veteran Jim Lewis;  Noah Nagy and Ben Gilpin, Thought 1 Scholarship Fund Dinner (August 7th);  Jackson Vice-Mayor Derek Dobies;  Catina Lowe, Sue Stevens, Lindsay Wyble and Monica Hommerding, American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

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Pedal & Whine Among Many Weekend Events

The Cascades Cycling Club is presenting a food, wine and bicycle tour of Jackson County this Saturday.  Organizers of "Pedal & Whine" Cindy Acker and John Riedeman invited viewers to sign up by Wednesday for a discounted fee.  Adult, Family and Children rates are available as are a variety of route lengths.  The tours end at Sandhill Crane Vineyards with a gourmet lunch.  Details available here.   Other guests:   Denise Owens, Jackson County Fair Manager with Dave Welihan, Director of Jackson County Veterans Affairs.  AT&T is sponsoring Veterans Day at the Jackson County Fair with free admission for veterans and active duty personnel, Thursday, August 7.  Candidate for State Senate Kevin Commet; Mindy Bradish-Orta, President of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce;  Janine McGill, Allegiance Hospice Golf Benefit;  Vocal Performance student Shannon Watts.

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Guest Host Phil Wrzesinski

GUEST HOST: PHIL WRZESINSKI, The Toy House with guests:Al Hooper & Leslie Youngdahl, Consumers Energy and the Anchor InitiativeStephen Osmond & David Schultz, Jackson Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops (Sat., July 26)Cassandra Spicer, Beads to Live By & How Bazaar ‘Taste of Jackson’Sean Moran, Singer/GuitaristMark Smith, Jackson Community Food PantryNic Pangborn, How Bazaar Kids Area, and ‘Amazing Race’ Today's show replays Friday, July 25.

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Guest Host Rod Malloy

Guest Host Rod Malloy, Executive Director, Dahlem with guests:  Scott Robbins, Jackson Co Parks Director, with Kelli Hoover, Jackson Recreation Department;  over 100 years of service clubs in Jackson….with  Glenn Pascoe, Kiwanis Club and Jim Egan, Rotary Club, Steve Conley, Exchange Club, with Dr. Ed Mathein, representing Lions Club;  Singer/Guitarist, performing in Folkgalore Weekend Festival, John Louis Good;  Gary Siegrist, Naturalist, Dahlem;  Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society’s Pet of the Week. Today's show replays on Wednesday, July 23.

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