Healthcare organization announces major change



LANSING — It has been five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which has resulted in thousands of Michigan consumers receiving quality, affordable and necessary healthcare. The ACA has also allowed for new opportunities within healthcare advocacy and enrollment assistance. Michigan Consumers for Healthcare has been thankful to be a part of this historical process. MCH has […]

In brief



Financial Plus provides 16,452 meals for Food Bank FLINT — Financial Plus Credit Union and the Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 12th annual Whatchamacallit networking event on Dec. 4. Whatchamacallit is an early morning holiday networking event held at Financial Plus Credit Union’s main office. This event aims to raise money and donations to benefit the Food […]

We all need a little idle-time once in awhile



I remember something to the effect of “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” being said in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie — and also something about how on Sundays they had to sit and be still and not do any work. I don’t know much about the devil and what he does in his spare time, but […]

United Methodist provides gifts to Dye Elementary



FLINT TWP. — Hope United Methodist Church, 4467 Beecher Rd, recently gave a gift of warmth to all students at Dye Elementary School. Each child received a scarf, mittens and hat just in time for the colder weather. Starting in April the congregation of Hope United began knitting, crocheting and collecting sets for all 650 students. At its December 15 […]

Sloan Museum announces Water’s Extreme Journey



FLINT — Opening Jan. 23, 2016, at Sloan Museum the new traveling exhibit Water’s Extreme Journey presented by HealthPlus. Journey through an interactive maze that engages visitors in an exciting quest to stay clean, while flowing through rivers, lakes, backyards, and into homes. Through play, scientific inquiry, and art, Water’s Extreme Journey empowers visitors to take action, commit to clean […]

In brief



Career Edge’s 5 tips for starting your job search FLINT — If you’re aiming to get a job or transition into a new career in 2016, starting with a solid foundation is essential to keeping your New Year’s resolution. This is why the first workshop of the Career Edge series — which is now accepting registration for its January sessions […]

FEAT recommends closing schools, selling Cage Fieldhouse




SWARTZ CREEK –—The Facilities Evaluation and Assessment Team (FEAT) wrapped up its mission last week, surprising some committee members and residents who are wondering why they never received certain information they say they were promised. The ad-hoc panel of school officials and community members was formed in September to study and recommend solutions for excess building capacity in the context […]

‘Christmas Vacation’ still a top pick for holiday flicks



Holiday films hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and perhaps no holiday movie of the last 30 years has resonated as much as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The oft-quoted holiday favorite turned 25 years old in 2014, yet the film remains as popular as ever. Fans of “Christmas Vacation” can no doubt quote their favorite lines from the […]

Best buys for the new year



Smart shopping involves making budget friendly purchases. Never paying full price is a mantra shoppers can follow to help keep their finances in check. In addition to coupons and other discounts, shoppers can usually score deals based on which time of year they shop for particular items. Each year, various consumer resources offer advice on the best time to buy […]

A gift epiphany for Three Kings’ Day



Although many people are ready to take down their trees and pack away their holiday decorations once December 25 has come and gone, millions of people wait to remove such decorations until the Epiphany, which occurs on January 6 each year. The Epiphany, also referred to as Three Kings’ Day, celebrates the day the Three Magi visited the baby Jesus […]