Bill would let school start before Labor Day

By SHEILA SCHIMPF
Capital News Service
LANSING – A bill that would allow school districts to choose whether school starts before or after Labor Day is in the House Tourism Committee. Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, its sponsor, said it may die there. “I honestly don’t know. The speaker’s office says tourism is more important than educational flexibility,” Schor said. Matt Blakely, chief of staff for committee chair Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, said nothing has been scheduled yet.

Schor will hold first constituent coffee at Avenue Café

By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

This Saturday, Feb. 16, 9-10 a.m. Andy Schor, state representative for District 68, will hold his first “Coffee with Andy” at The Avenue Café in Lansing. “My community coffee gatherings will provide me with the opportunity to introduce attendees to my staff and to the services my office provides to the community, and will give me a chance to talk to residents about what’s going on at the Capitol,” said Schor. Coffee with the State Representative isn’t new in the Ingham County area according to Colleen Kelley, a worker at The Avenue Café. Schor’s predecessor, Joan Bauer, had her coffee hours at The Avenue Café and Kelley is happy to see Schor continuing the tradition.

Candidates reach out to LGBT community

By Erica Zazo
Old Town Times Lansing Staff Writer

LANSING – Lansing area residents packed Tripper’s Bar on Thursday, Sept. 20, not to drink, but to hear 28 candidates outline their campaign views as they relate to the LGBT community. Lansing Association for Human Rights and the Political Action Committee, LAHR and LAHR-PAC, hosted the event, which attracted over 50 members of the Lansing and Greater Lansing area. After the doors opened, the reserved room for the event quickly became standing room only. Frank Vaca, LAHR board member and event planner, thought the event would be a great way to get the word out about each candidate’s campaign.