Horn welcomes Flushing High School girls basketball team to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed the players and coaching staff of the Flushing High School girls basketball team to the Michigan Capitol on Thursday to recognize their recent Class A state championship title, the first for the district since the girls golf team won in 1977.

Horn was joined on the Senate floor by players, Head Coach Larry Ford, Assistant Coach Dave Pratt, Athletic Director Paul Brieger and Junior Varsity Coach Courtney Walters, as he presented them with a special tribute honoring their accomplishment.

“We’re all proud of these young ladies and what they earned on behalf of their community,” Horn said. “State championships are a landmark accomplishment and the players and coaching staff fought hard until the end and were able to come out on top.”

Ford, who is in his 13th season as the head coach of the lady Raiders, was also named this year’s MLive-Flint Journal coach of the year.


Editor’s note: Print-quality photographs of Horn welcoming Thursday’s guests are available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorKenHorn.com. Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab. Video of Horn welcoming the lady Raiders is also available on his website by selecting “Video” under the Media Center tab.

LEFT PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands at the Senate rostrum with Coach Larry Ford (center), Athletic Director Paul Brieger (back left), Assistant Coach Dave Pratt (back center) and Junior Varsity Coach Courtney Walters (back right) as the Flushing Raiders were recognized for their recent Class A state championship on the Senate floor Thursday.

RIGHT PHOTO CAPTION: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, is joined by Rep. Joe Graves, R-Argentine Township, and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, R-Flint, for a photo on the Senate floor Thursday with the Flushing High School girls basketball team and coaching staff. The lady Raiders were at the Capitol on Thursday to honor their recent Class A state championship.

Reminder: Kowall and Horn honoring Vietnam era veterans at Linden event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Ken Horn on Tuesday reminded interested parties of a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Monday, April 24 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Horn, R-Frankenmuth, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Linden in conjunction with American Legion Family Post 119, Post Commander Jesus Lozano, and Linden Community Schools.

The ceremony will give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 24, at Linden High School, 7201 Silver Lake Road, in Linden.

RSVP to Jesus Lozano, Linden Michigan Vietnam Veterans Pinning, at 810-354-8130 or via email at LMVVP@aol.com.

Kowall and Horn will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Terry L. Groves will emcee the event and the guest speaker will be U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran Joe Caballero. The invocation will be given by Chaplain Richard Laing, American Legion Family Post 119; Veterans of Foreign Wars 3243 Fenton Color Guard will post the colors; and Marianna Ziegler-Hickey will perform the national anthem.

Other highlights include:
•    Disabled American Veterans Genesee County Chapter 3 will display POW/MIA Missing Man Table;
•    Static military vehicle display by Dan Brewer on the front lawn of Linden High School;
•    Special Guest Alida Rose Smith — Miss Poppy American Legion Auxiliary 119 Linden — will lead the Pledge of Allegiance;
•    American Legion Auxiliary 119 Linden will serve light refreshments; and
•    The “Old Timers Band” will perform a variety of patriotic and 60s era songs throughout the ceremony.

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Horn, Graves announce April office hours in Flushing Township

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, announced that April office hours are scheduled for the 32nd Senate District. Horn will be joined by state Rep. Joseph Graves of the 51st District.

Horn and Graves will be available to meet with constituents at the following date, time and location:

Monday, April 24

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Flushing Township Hall

6524 N. Seymour Road

Flushing, MI 48433

Both legislators will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the district may have. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Horn, please visit www.SenatorKenHorn.com or call 517-373-1760.