Comcast launches $10 broadband program for low-income families

FLINT TWP. — Comcast has launched a new program for the 2011-12 school year that offers budget internet service and affordable netbook computers to many eligible Carman-Ainsworth families. Dave Swierpel, director of professional learning & community services, shared details of the program with the school board at last week’s meeting and said he would be working on a variety of […]

Randels hoping to become YouthQuest afterschool site

FLINT TWP. — Randels Elementary is applying to become a YouthQuest site, hoping to join three other Carman-Ainsworth elementaries in the afterschool enrichment program for underserved youth. “If they are selected, Randels, Dye, Woodland and Rankin would all be YouthQuest sites,’’ said Dave Swierpel, director of professional learning & community services, in a report at last week’s school board meeting. […]

Slezak to run for Congress as Republican

DAVISON — Former representative and Democrat Jim Slezak announced his representative bid last week; this time as a Republican in the U.S. Congress. Slezak’s sudden shift over to the GOP side of things comes as a criticism of today’s Democratic Party. According to Slezak, national Democratic leaders along with President Barack Obama “have failed our community.” Slezak began his campaign […]

Senior Citizens Center Board reorganized

FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth Senior Center on Graham Road has a new lease, governing board and by-laws in place after a recent reorganization to improve accountability. The Center had been a source of controversy in recent months because of delays signing a lease agreement with Flint Township and confusion about the roles of its administrative and advisory boards. […]

Big crowd turned out for 40-mile bike ride

FLINT TWP. — An estimated 1,000 bikers joined police on the 40-mile Bikes on the Bricks fifth annual ride on Saturday. As early as 3 p.m., the parking lot at Vehicle City Harley-Davidson, the ride sponsor, was clogged with bikes raring to go. The threat of rain from cloudy skies never materialized and the ride took off promptly at 4 […]

In brief

Trail ribbon-cutting Oct. 21 FLINT TWP. — A ribbon-cutting dedication for the new Genesee Valley Trail is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 21 near MTA bus structure and Macy’s parking lot, Supervisor Karyn Miller announced last week at the West Flint Business Association Meeting. Miller said work is being completed on the 2.69-mile trail that begins on Corunna Road […]

Going Green

West Flint Business Association learns about biogas benefits

FLINT TWP. — Picture a green swath of vibrant grass replacing the weed-choked industrial lot that once held Buick City. Brownfield recovery is one of many potential benefits that can be derived from biogas by-products, said Chad Antle, chief of operations for the Swedish Biogas plant located at the Flint Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)) near Beecher and Linden Roads. Speaking […]

In brief

Breast Cancer Fundraising Blitz FLINT —Financial Plus Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team, the “Supporter’s”, will present the 4th Annual Pink Night on Oct. 6 from 6 -11 p.m. at Blackstone’s Pub & Grill, located at 531 South Saginaw St. in downtown Flint. This Pink carpet event will showcase a tasteful brassiere fashion show featuring one-of-a-kind brassieres designed by over […]

Pastor retires from parishes

BURTON — In mid-summer, former pastor Bruce Billings retired from leading two separate congregations at two Burton churches — simultaneously. Billings, 60, had presided over Atherton United Methodist Church and Phoenix United Methodist Church for 18 years and 10 years respectively. “It was hard to leave the people that we’ve grown to know and love but at the same time […]