Sen. Zorn to honor Vietnam era veterans at Monroe County Fair on Friday

LANSING, Mich.Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will be presenting Vietnam War era veterans with a commemorative lapel pin at the Monroe County Fair on Friday, Aug. 2.

“I am grateful to our Vietnam veterans for their service to our nation, and I wish all veterans that served during that turbulent time in history can receive the pin in recognition of their service and sacrifice,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “In commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War, I have hosted several moving events to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam veterans and their families. This week’s presentation is in response to the numerous requests for the commemorative pin we have received during the fair.”

The tribute will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Republican tent at the fair on Milan Avenue.

Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pins will be provided to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of whether they served in-country, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

“Across the nation, Americans continue uniting to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice,” Zorn said. “Through the end of last year, over 6.4 million Vietnam veterans and nine million families have been recognized during more than 15,000 ceremonies.”

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Zorn announces July coffee hours in Monroe and Adrian

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn has announced that he will conduct district coffee hours this month in Monroe on July 26 and in Adrian on July 29.

Coffee hours are open to residents to express their opinions or concerns about state government or to request assistance with a state issue. No appointment is necessary.

“I am holding these local coffee hours in order to help provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “My aim is to provide the best service possible for the hardworking people of the 17th District, and I will continue holding meetings throughout the district and hearing directly from constituents in one-on-one discussions.”

The Monroe coffee hour will be held on Friday, July 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Agua Dulce Coffee & Tea, 114 W. Front St., in Monroe.

The Adrian coffee hour will be held on Monday, July 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Adrian District Library, near the cafe, 143 E. Maumee St., in Adrian.

Residents who are unable to attend the coffee hours may contact Zorn’s office at (517) 373-3543 or via e-mail at SenDZorn@senate.michigan.gov.

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Zorn applauds appeal decision on local press box issue

LANSING, Mich. — The Madison School District in Adrian on Wednesday won its appeal to the Michigan Construction Code Commission regarding whether its new approved stadium press box needs to be heated as an “occupied” space.

“I’m happy with the decision so that Madison schools can move on with this important improvement project for its taxpayers and student athletes,” said Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida. “Our schools are the backbone of our communities, and I’m glad the construction code commissioners recognized the value they provide. It is unfortunate for the school and the contractors that they lost five weeks of building season, but I am looking forward to sitting in the new stands soon and watching a game at Madison’s improved facilities.”

The school district is putting in bleachers in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and building a new press box and team room near the football field and track. However, state building inspectors had initially interpreted the mechanical code to say that the press box would be an “occupied space” and would need permanent heating facilities capable of maintaining a minimum room temperature of 68 degrees.

By winning its appeal, the district can now proceed with the project without the additional costs.

In response to the initial ruling, Zorn sponsored Senate Bill 294, which would amend Michigan’s construction code to clarify that interior spaces, such as press boxes, that are built as viewing areas for outdoor sporting activities are exempt from the permanent heating requirements.

“I am still working on finalizing this commonsense reform to ensure that no other school in Michigan has to deal with this type of bureaucratic delay,” Zorn said.

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