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Rep. Price’s Third-grade Reading Proficiency Legislation Approved by House

LANSING – Landmark third-grade reading proficiency legislation to help strengthen the educational development of all Michigan children was approved by the full House recently.

House Bill 4822, written by Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, creates a proactive literacy system that is designed to help K-3 students become proficient in English Language Arts on their third grade assessment before entering fourth grade.

“The ability to read by third grade opens doors and broadens horizons more than any other academic skill,” said Rep. Price, chair of the House Committee on Education. “That’s the emphasis of this legislation – to give children and educators the tools to develop a stronger educational foundation beyond third-grade. I’m pleased to see this important bill pass with bi-partisan support.”

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Michigan currently ranks 38th in fourth grade reading and is one of six states that have seen their fourth grade reading scores decline. Currently, 15 states have similar policies aimed at improving third-grade reading proficiency.

The bill now advances to the Senate for consideration.

CHEF PRIZE EVENT WILL SUPPORT NEW OAKRIDGE TEEN HEALTH CENTER

“Come taste the flavors of West Michigan’s finest chefs.”

Hampton Green Farm will host its first Chef Prize event on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This event will support the Hackley Community Care capital campaign to establish a Teen Health Center in the Oakridge Public Schools District.

Hampton Green Farm is an internationally well-known breeding and dressage farm in Fruitport, Michigan.

If you love food, this is the event you do not want to miss. Chef Prize will bring local chefs, local food vendors, local wineries and breweries from West Michigan to this signature event. Featured chefs include Frederic Boyer, renowned French Chef and the husband of Hampton Green Farm owner, Kimberly Boyer. Chef Frederic has worked in famous kitchens all over the world including the Orient Express in Europe, as well as his signature restaurant in Wellington, Florida, Gallipette. Chef Marital Noguier is Executive Chef and owner of Bistronomic in Chicago, IL, which feature fresh and distinctive French Cuisine located at 840 N. Wabash Street. The two featured chefs will work together at Chef Prize creating some of their signature dishes, including Spanish Paella.

Chef Prize will also feature chefs from well-known West Michigan restaurants such as the Hearthstone, Smash, Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM), Holiday Inn Muskegon, Sandy Point, The Lake House, Curry Kitchen, Righteous Cuisine, Muskegon Country Club, The Harris Group, Fricanos and the Kirby Grill of the Gilmore Group. There will be food trucks from Grand Haven Islands and Electric Hero. No event is complete without dessert and guests will sample treats from The Village Baker, Blueberry Haven, Patricia’s Chocolates, Organic Valley Cheese, Specialty BonBons from Justin Raha, and chocolate creations from the Culinary Institute of Michigan. Wine and beer tasting is compliments of New Holland Brewery, Pigeon Hill, and Lemon Creek. Prizes will be based on Creativity, Most Unusual, People’s Choice and more. The event will also feature vintage cars from all over West Michigan and a Silent Auction.

For details about participation in Chef Prize or other event questions, please contact Event Coordinators Claudia Bryant at 231.206.2534 or email Joan at hamptongreenfarm@aol.com. Tickets are on sale for $50.00 per person. Table Sponsorship opportunities are also available for $750.00 with special VIP access to the event beginning at 11:00 am. Please contact Linda Juarez at 231.740.7442 or Alexis Dye at 231.733.6634 for tickets and sponsorship.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate the day of the event.

Hampton Green Farm is located at 5440 E. Farr Road in Fruitport. You can learn more about them at www.hamptongreenfarm.com . To learn more about Hackley Community Care please visit www.hackleycommunitycare.org or www.facebook.com/hackleycommunitycare

Videos Offer a Window into the Abortion Industry

The Center for Medical Progress has recently released several undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the sale of baby body parts. The videos are the culmination of what the Center says is 30 months of research, including gaining access to the secretive inner circles of the abortion industry. They promise more videos will be released in the near future.

This investigative series poses two questions for all of us. First, is this the sort of society we want? Second, will Planned Parenthood be held accountable for potentially breaking the law?

Most people—including many women who have had abortions at Planned Parenthood—had no idea Planned Parenthood was in the fetal organ harvesting business. Even some who would describe themselves as pro-choice have been disgusted at the callousness with which the dismemberment and sale of intact organs is discussed over red wine and corned beef sandwiches. The second video features the doctor joking that she needs to sell enough body parts to get herself a new Lamborghini.

Our culture should be one that places a proper value on every single human life. The practice of fetal organ harvesting sends a painfully familiar message to an entire class of people: “You can be useful to society; you just can’t be a member of it.”

The legal implications of the series are also grave, given the fact that taxpayers are forced to support Planned Parenthood with more than a half billion dollars every year. Planned Parenthood leaders suggest they aren’t in it for profits, but in the videos they specifically say clinics want to do a little better than break even and haggle with the undercover actors over price points. It’s against federal law to sell fetal tissue for profit.

In the videos the Planned Parenthood leaders indicate their willingness to change abortion procedures in order to preserve more intact “specimens.” It’s against federal law to change abortion procedures to procure organs. A full investigation is needed in order to determine what is going on. Planned Parenthood must be held accountable if laws are being broken.

Planned Parenthood’s response to these videos so far has been to attack the makers of the video, labeling the prolife movement as the extremists (a movement that does not dismember viable children and sell their remains, I’d like to add). Planned Parenthood insists the videos have been heavily edited, and the callousness of their doctors is due to selective editing. The Center for Medical Progress has in all cases released the full, unedited videos and transcripts.

Watching the unedited videos only gives a clearer and equally troubling context to the shorter videos. The Planned Parenthood leaders are casually taking hours to hammer out the details of selling baby body parts. The humanity of the unborn child or the women paying them to perform abortions is largely an afterthought. After watching both, I can only reflect on the banality of evil. This is not how we treat human beings.

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