Evan grew up in western Massachusetts discovering his desire for music, theater and performing at a young age. “I’ve had a passion for theatre and performance for as long as I can remember,” Pinsonnault said. Performing on the stage in plays, he knew he wanted to be in the spotlight. Pinsonnault took his desire to a new level when went to college at George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in theater. How are theater and politics related?
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero cited the city’s achievements and laid out his plan for the upcoming year during his State of the City address at the General Motors Grand River Assembly Plant. Bernero began his address with M.C. Hammer’s song “2 Legit 2 Quit” blaring through the speakers near a pair of General Motors’ vehicles, signifying the resurgence of Lansing’s automobile industry. The hit song from the 1990’s coincided with Bernero’s message of perseverance. “The city of Lansing is roaring back,” Bernero said. “We’re a cool, proud, resilient city… When we get knocked back, we get up and come out swinging for the fences because that’s how we roll.”
Bernero stressed partnership as he talked from his podium, where he was flanked by local business members and the Lansing City Council.
At the annual State of the City address, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero focused on the good news about new jobs in the auto industry and also the need to improve the Board of Water and Light’s response to the recent ice storm. He stood elevated between two brand new Cadillacs, failing to mention the destroyed roads that these cars will soon drive on. Bernero addresses the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s perceived shortcomings in dealing with the prolong
ed power outages after the pre-Christmas ice storm. “The municipal utility did not live up to our expectations, He said.” “This will be fixed. When the reviews are complete and recommendations implemented, our hometown power company will be ready for anything.” After the ice storm hit, citizens and local business owners were displeased with the response from the Board of Water and Light.
Emergency Management Specialist Ronda Oberlin educated members of the Averill Woods community on how to be better prepared on the local level for disasters like the ice storm in December. “An emergency is an unexpected event that overwhelms the resources of a family or individual,” said Oberlin, who has been working with the city of Lansing emergency management for 15 years. By Oberlin’s definition, the ice storm in December was definitely an emergency. According to WLNS-TV, more than 20,000 families and businesses in Lansing were without power from Saturday night to Sunday morning. “I was without power for five days and went to a couple of stores trying to find a generator,” said Averill Woods resident Margaret Kingsbury.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said he wants to boost the local economy through creating business partnerships outside of the area. Bernero addressed a full house of more than 100 city officials, local citizens and reporters on Jan. 30 at the Lansing General Motors Grand River Plant where he delivered his annual State of the City speech. “The power of partnership will be a recurring theme in my remarks tonight,” said Bernero, who was making his ninth State of the City address. “…