January 16, 2008 Foundry Manager, Jim Hornberger puts the finishing touches on a Special Assembly bronze chandelier. The piece, prepared for a client based in Los Angeles, originates from the foundry at Cosanti, where it was likely poured and assembled in the late 1960s. For the restoration, Hornberger gave the chandelier a modern twist by using bells created at Arcosanti, effectively including more recent foundry artists in the new version. [Photos: sa & text: Amber Klatt] The piece, when it arrived in August, with the majority of the chain links attached and the electrical components in … sad disarray. [Photos: sa & text: Amber Klatt] Here it hangs. Amidst another day’s work by two foundry staff, Gabriel Hendrix (l) and Nile Fahmy (r). At present the piece waits for departure from beneath the canopies of the Arcosanti Foundry. [Photos: sa & text: Amber Klatt]
Categories: Rendon News 16Jan Rendon gets gavel for House tourism committee State Rep. Bruce Rendon will chair the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, as well as be vice chair for the Natural Resources Committee, in the 2015-16 Michigan Legislature.“Northern Michigan’s unbeatable natural resources are the heart of our state’s recreation and tourism opportunities and pushing the Pure Michigan experience at home and abroad will make the Great Lakes State even greater,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I thank Speaker Cotter and my colleagues for entrusting me with this awesome responsibility and I look forward to working on these issues that are so important to our area and the entire state of Michigan.”Rendon’s other assignments include the House Agriculture Committee and the committee for Commerce and Trade.House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether the full House should take up the bills. Committee chairs decide when bills are heard, run the committee meetings and organize informational hearings to help lawmakers and the public understand important issues.
Categories: VanderWall News 27Feb Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his March coffee hours No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or CurtVanderWall@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of March.“Hearing from residents on a regular basis helps me best serve the people of Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours and to share their ideas for improving our community.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 168 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;10 to 11 a.m. in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;1 to 2 p.m. in the Benzie County Board of Commissioners Room, 448 Court Place in Beulah; and3 to 4 p.m. in the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners Room, 8527 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay.
21Jun Rep. Maturen: New state budget saves taxpayers money while improving roads, public safety Categories: News Governor signs one of two main budget billsState Rep. David Maturen joins Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues for a bill-signing ceremony today.State Rep. David Maturen today said the newly signed state budget plan reins in government spending while investing in top priorities such as road repairs, public safety and health care.“I’m pleased we were able to come up with a spending plan that respects Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers,” Maturen said after attending a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative colleagues. “The new budget increases investments in the programs that matter most while making our state government more efficient, effective and accountable and spending less money than the previously enacted budget.”The governor today signed Senate Bill 848, a budget bill covering multiple state departments and agencies. A separate bill that provides funding for K-12 schools and higher education remains under consideration.Highlights of the legislation signed today include:Savings for taxpayers and smart financial planning. Spending from a fund that covers multiple state departments and agencies – called the general fund – is projected to be less next budget year than during the current year. A prison will be closed and budgets for several state departments will decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Maturen noted the new budget pays down debt and puts more money into the state’s main savings account, key steps that will continue to reduce the burden on Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers in the future.Road repairs. The state continues to accelerate its timeline for reconstructing roads and bridges with a record-high $4 billion investment. State-level funding will be $1 billion higher than just a few years ago, with more measures to make sure projects are done on time and on budget with strengthened warranties.Public safety. The bill signed today includes grants to make school buildings safer across the state and also expands Michigan’s OK2SAY confidential tip reporting program. The plan funds training for 155 new Michigan State Police troopers.Health care. More resources will fight the opioid abuse crisis and boost community mental health services.Maturen, of Vicksburg, played a key role in retaining funding for the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program after its previous funding source was eliminated. The program supports volunteers who monitor water quality in local lakes and document changes in lake quality. A number of local lakes, including Gull Lake, Indian Lake, Little Long Lake, Barton Lake, West Lake and Duck Lake, participate in the program.“The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program plays a vital role in training and assisting volunteers to ensure that reliable water quality data is available,” Maturen said. “The information they provide helps shape management plans that protect our lakes and ensure our kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy Michigan’s natural resources long into the future.”###
Thomson Video Networks has announced a strategic partnership with Jünger Audio that will bring Jünger’s audio loudness technology to Thomson’s ViBE encoding platform.Jünger Audio’s audio leveling technology delivers broadcast audio that complies with current loudness regulations. The company’s Level Magic algorithm provides a series of level controls that address issues broadcasters face, particularly with audio coming from a wide variety of sources.“We have chosen Jünger from the key players in this arena because the Level Magic algorithm is very highly regarded by broadcast sound engineers for the outstanding results it delivers,” said Claude Perron, chief technology officer of Thomson Video Networks. “Audio quality is a key criterion for our customers and an important part of the viewer experience, and with this collaboration we can combine the leading loudness solution with the leading encoding technology.”Thomson Video Networks and Jünger will work jointly to integrate Level Magic into the ViBE platform, and the technology will be incorporated into new ViBE products from Q3 2012.