The event is hosted by Highway 69 Chamber of Commerce.FEATURED BANDS: Traditional Bluegrass Reunion • Potato Patch Band Back Porch Bluegrass Bandits • Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band • James Reams & the Barnstormers • Greenwood Sidee • Sound System by Old Blue SoundFREE INSTRUMENT WORKSHOP: Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass will host a free full day workshop with guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, and wash-tub bass for children and adults. (Free with admission)Admission: $10 advance / $12 at the gate(Children 7-12: Half price / 6 and under: Free)For more information and tickets, please contact: (928) 632-4355 or highway69chamber [at] gmail [dot] com May 3, 2013The crew is preparing for the third ANNUAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, tomorrow, Saturday May 4, 2013. It will start at 10 am – 6 pm.The wind has finally calmed down and a large parachute was installed this morning over the audience area in the Colly Soleri amphitheater. Covers for the stage will be installed this afternoon.This is a wonderful event and we look forward to great music and fun for the whole family. You don’t want to miss this.[photo by Young Soo Kim in 2011]
Categories: LaSata News,News,Pagel News ###The legislation: House Bills 4335-6. 05Oct LaSata, Pagel bills closing tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners signed into law A new law – sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata and Dave Pagel — will prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan.The bills signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder address a key issue affecting school funding in the southwest part of the state near Lake Michigan, including the regions represented by LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Pagel of Berrien Springs.“This change in state law will close a costly tax loophole that was potentially costing our local school districts millions of dollars,” LaSata said. “I am proud to sponsor this legislation that will aid school funding in southwest Michigan, and likely other areas of the state as well.”Pagel agreed.“We are fixing a problem that existed for far too long in Michigan,” Pagel said. “This new law prevents an improper practice that was taking money away from our schools for years.”The legislation was introduced because some property owners intentionally declare a homestead property tax exemption on their second home in Michigan, while at the same time claiming a similar exemption on their primary residence in another state. The new Michigan law will crack down on that practice and make sure the 18-mill non-homestead levy is collected on a second home.That money is allocated to local K-12 schools, meaning that when people exploited this loophole, schools lost potential tax revenue.The new law makes it clear that if a property owner has claimed a principal residence exemption in Michigan while claiming a similar exemption in another state, the Michigan exemption would be rescinded. A claim for a Michigan homestead tax exemption could be denied and enforced retroactively if it is discovered the property owner had claimed a similar exemption in another state.Intentional violators could face a misdemeanor criminal charge.The measure is the first public act – a bill signed into law – for LaSata, who is in her first term in the Michigan House.Pagel is in his third term in the Michigan House.
Google has appointed former Time Warner Cable chief operating officer, Dinni Jain, as CEO of Google Access – its internet service provider division that runs Google Fiber and Webpass.Dinni JainJain replaces former Google Access boss, Gregory McCray, who reportedly left Google last year after less six months in the job.He will lead the California-headquartered Access team, which has employees in nearly 20 markets across the US where Google Fiber and Webpass have ongoing operations.“We’re excited to announce that Access has a new leader to move the Google Fiber and Webpass businesses forward,” said Google in a statement.The latest hire follows a period of upheaval at Google Access, which announced in October 2016 that it would halt the rollout of fibre internet in most of its ‘potential Fiber cities’ and will cut staff in these markets.Google said that work would continue in its existing Google Fiber footprint – in the cities where it had launched or its fibre rollout was under construction.With that announcement, McCray’s predecessor Craig Barret announced he would step down, meaning that Jain’s hire marks the third Google Access chief in less than 18 moths.Google’s decision to cut back on new Fiber deployments came just weeks after it closed its buyout of San Francisco-based internet service provider, Webpass.At the time of the deal Webpass served “tens of thousands” of customers in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Miami and Boston using point-to-point, over-the-air signal transmission technology.Jain is a veteran of the US and European cable and telecoms industries. He worked at Time Warner Cable between 2014 and mid-2016. Prior to this he was president and COO of Insight Communications, which Time Warner Cable acquired in 2012.Earlier in his career he was group managing director of strategy for NTL Europe and he also held positions at Cellular Communications, Barclays De Zoete Wedd, and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.