August 25, 2014photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe recent summer storms have blanketed the desert landscape with sprouting green all around Arcosanti. This timely gift from heaven gives our dedicated groundskeepers much needed relief from their daily watering routines.[photo & text by Tee]
Categories: LaFave News,News 07Nov House approves Rep. LaFave’s bill to increase retirement funding for thousands of teachers The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Beau LaFave’s bill that will help more than 4,000 teachers and other school employees with their retirement savings.The bill would ensure that all Michigan public school employees who switched from a pension to a 401(k)-style plan are eligible for an improved savings option approved by the Legislature earlier this year. LaFave’s bill would open up the enhanced option to school employees who originally chose to switch to a 401(k) plan in 2012, freezing their pension benefits.“I’m honored to fight for boosting the retirement savings of thousands of hard-working Michigan teachers,” LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said after his bill was approved by the House. “What we’re doing here is simply an issue of fairness. If public school employees are in the 401(k) plan, they should have the same savings options available to their state senators and representatives.”The switch allows the affected employees to receive an additional employer match of up to 3 percent of their compensation for their 401(k) savings plans. The extra match comes on top of an automatic employer contribution equal to 4 percent of compensation.It’s the same 401(k) plan available to state employees.The 4,000-plus school employees affected by this change were not included in employee retirement reforms signed into law in September.The bill advances to the Senate for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 5093.
14May Rep. Markkanen announces Outstanding Educator Award recipients Categories: Markkanen News State Rep. Greg Markkanen announced today the 2018-2019 Outstanding Educator Award recipients.The award winners are Luke Theisen of Horizons Alternative High School, Laura Augustine of L’Anse Area Schools, and Heather French of Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools.Luke Theisen has been vital in the creation of Horizon’s “Student First Initiative,” a program that aims to strengthen the student body by decreasing stressful factors, promoting attendance and reducing discipline referrals. Theisen has taught English for the past 10 years.Heather French has gone above and beyond the call of a typical teacher. French has been known to help with assisting students with tough life events, helping out with scholarship applications, and even helping prepare students for prom. She teaches English in grades 7-9.Laura Augustine has been involved in the L’Anse community in multiple ways. Augustine has organized the annual Variety of Music Show, led students on numerous trips oversees, and organized the L’Anse Literacy Club. She has also been the choir director at L’Anse United Methodist Church for over 25 years. Augustine has received awards including Outstanding Education Employee from the Copper Country Association of School Boards and the Distinguished Educator Award. She has taught English and study skills for over 20 years.
Cable operator Numericable is to absorb Valvision, a local cable operator with networks in Dole and Audincourt in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France.Numericable already supplies services on the Valvision network and the fusion of the two, which will see Valvision’s ownership transferred to Numericable, will be retroactively dated to January 1 2013.Numericable said the reorganization was in response to a need to simplify the company’s legal and accounting status and that the integration would deliver synergies to the group.