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January 30, 2008 - Bill Speer
It used to be past winters that if you wanted the first winter thaw, let state senators Tony Stamas and Jason Allen schedule their snowmobile tour Up North. We might have had a good base of snow on the ground prior but the minute their press secretaries made the announcement, the weather would turn.
I asked Stamas to be my guest Friday, Feb. 1 in Grand Rapids at the Michigan Press Association's annual winter convention and listen to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's address to the group. He sheepishly gave me a maybe, but warned if he didn't, it would because of snowmobiling.
I figured it was as good as a done deal that Stamas would join up with me given his past track record. But, as the days drew near and I still hadn't received official word, I began worrying.
Sure enough, it wasn't until Monday that I learned Stamas was respectively declining due to "other visits in the district." Tuesday word came that Stamas and Allen would be snowmobiling Friday instead.
This year the two decided to wait until the very last minute to announce their intentions and wouldn't you know it, Mother Nature surely awarded their silence by dumping on the region Wednesday.
I wish the two well as they glide their sleds through northeast Michigan, including Presque Isle and Alpena counties.
But just in case things turn all of a sudden, I'll have a place at my table waiting for you Tony.
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