Meekhof honors Unity Christian boys soccer team

LANSING—Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof on Thursday honored the Unity Christian High School boys soccer team with a special tribute at the Michigan Capitol for winning the 2012 Division II State Championship.

“It is a pleasure and a privilege to congratulate the coaches and every member of the Unity Christian team for their triumphant season,” said Meekhof, R-West Olive. “These talented student athletes worked hard and with dedication to earn a third state championship in six years. It was the direct result of the players’ commitment to each other and the team and the leadership of their head coach. Their accomplishment – and the honorable and unselfish manner in which they earned it – has brought great pride to their school and their entire community.”

Unity Christian defeated Petoskey High School 3-0 in the Division II state title game in November. The victory earned the Crusaders their third boys soccer state championship in six years. The team also claimed championships in 2007 and 2009.

The Crusaders finished with a record of 25-2, including 10 straight wins to close the season – outscoring their opponents 37-5.

Meekhof presented the special tribute to head coach Randy Heethuis at the beginning of Senate session on Thursday. It is signed by Sen. Meekhof, Reps. Joe Haveman and Roger Victory and Gov. Rick Snyder.

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Editor’s note: The above photograph of Meekhof and the Unity Christian team is available by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorArlanMeekhof.com. Click on the Photowire tab.

Sen. Meekhof to hold town hall meetings on transportation funding

LANSING—Senate Majority Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, announced today that he will hold town hall meetings in February and March to discuss transportation funding.

The Feb. 26 meeting will be held in Spring Lake with Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, and the March 19 event will be in Jenison with Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville.

“I support the idea of improving our transportation infrastructure, because the safety of our families and the health of our economy both rely on quality roads and efficient ports,” Meekhof said. “I am holding these town halls to hear directly from the people about the best way to fix and maintain our infrastructure before we commit to a long-term solution.”

The town hall meetings are open to residents of the 30th Senate District.

Date                               Time                           Location    

Tuesday, Feb. 26             7 to 8 p.m.                  Spring Lake District Library
                                                                           123 E. Exchange St., Spring Lake
                                                                            (with Rep. Price)

Tuesday, March 19          7 to 8 p.m.                  Georgetown Township Hall
                                                                            1515 Baldwin St., Jenison
                                                                             (with Rep. Victory)

For more information, residents may contact Meekhof’s office toll-free at 1-866-305-2130 or via email at: SenAMeekhof@senate.michigan.gov.  Residents unable to attend may also write Meekhof at: Sen. Arlan Meekhof; P.O. Box 30036; Lansing, MI 48909-7536.

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Meekhof supports increased funding for education

LANSING—After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s presentation of his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 state budget on Thursday, Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, issued the following statement: 

“The governor’s budget is a positive plan that builds on the accomplishments of the past two years. We now have a fiscally sound budget and an economy that is creating jobs.

“I strongly support the governor’s plan to increase funding for our schools and universities and look forward to working with him to make his proposal a reality.

“While I also support the idea of increasing access to health care and improving our transportation infrastructure, I think we must look at all options before we commit to a solution that could impact our budget for years to come.

“We have made great strides in just two years, but we still face economic and budgetary challenges. I will work to ensure that we once again pass a budget that improves both the lives of our residents and the economy of our state.”

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