Maturen Lauds Local Winner of Essay Contest

State Rep. David Maturen is joined by Natalie Lahrke and her great grandmother, Alice Pew.

Natalie Lahrke, a fifth-grade student at Indian Lake elementary, was the winner in this year’s Celebrate Elderhood Essay Contest sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging Region IIIA.

Rep. Maturen presented the framed award. “It’s always a pleasure to honor and encourage our hard-working students,” he said. “Natalie’s writing is exceptional and her love of family is admirable. I hope she continues to excel in her school work.”

Maturen sustained injuries in a recent car accident which have prevented him from attending legislative sessions since June 9. “I take my responsibilities as a legislator seriously and I have never missed a vote, so I am eager to get better so I can return to my duties serving the citizens of the 63rd House District. Until then, my office is open and I am in regular communication with my staff. Constituents will see no interruption in service.”

The single-car accident occurred in Climax Township on at about 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 9. The legislator sustained multiple broken bones that have kept him in the hospital. He was released recently to recover at home. He has a broken leg and cracked ribs. He will be undergoing rehab while using a walker, but is in a wheelchair. “I am so grateful that no one else was injured,” Maturen said.

Maturen is serving his second term as a representative. Constituents may contact the office at 517-373-1787 or via email at Cards may be sent to his home at 11911 LeeMar Dr., Vicksburg.

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