2017-07-20 E-Edition

Economic round table July 22

Do robotics teams and skill programs have an economic effect on an area? This topic will be discussed at 12:30 p.m. July 22, during the Robo-Con festival at the Lapeer Center for Innovation. The discussion is open to the public. Audience members will hear from Ken Morris, vice president of Global Product Integrity at General Motors; Tony Diodato, founder and […]

Robo-Con set for this Saturday

Free family fun with a focus on robotics and STEM

LAPEER — The fourth annual Robo-Con is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 22 at the Lapeer Center for Innovation (formerly Lapeer West High School). Started by the FIRST Robotics Lapeer Chimeras Team 1684, last year Robo- Con brought on a number of community partners, including View Newspaper Group, to help grow the popular event. Those […]

Summer fun? Think again

Perhaps you are under the impression that summers are fun and carefree, especially for kids. Perhaps you are incorrect. As a longtime connoisseur of scare journalism (“Next on News 4: What you don’t know about suntan lotion can kill you”), I feel it’s my duty to alert you to a heretofore undiscovered hazard of summer, which I read about in […]

The 36th annual Jazz Festival starts Aug. 11

FLINT — The Greater Flint Arts Council wants you to have plenty of advance notice to clear your calendar, so you can make plans now to blast off to the finest weekend of jazz on the planet next month. Starting on Aug. 11 and swinging through Aug. 13, the 36th Annual Flint Jazz Festival will feature three days of solid […]

Township credit card, purchasing spending limits rise to meet costs

FLINT TWP. — The township board has approved policy changes that increase limits to $2000 on credit card spending and other department-head approved purchases. The old limit was $1,000. “Recently, several board members and staff have been faced with reaching the limit on their Township credit card while on Township business,” said Treasurer Lisa Anderson in her request to the […]

In brief

It’s tee time FLINT TWP. — “On the Green,” the inaugural Carman-Ainsworth Education Foundation Gold Scramble will take place at the Flint Golf Club on Monday, July 24. Donations and sponsorships are sought. For details and registration visit online at www.carmanainsworthhappenings.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CA_ Golf- Outing-2017-email.pdf — R.S. Flint Folk Music Society announces New Festival Location, format, artists FLINT TWP. — The 18th […]

Township hears audit highlights

FLINT TWP. — Auditors from Plante Moran presented the township board with highlights from its 2016 audit that was deemed “unmodified” which is the highest level of assurance. Auditors spent 300 to 400 hours going over numbers provided by the township, said Pam Hill, one of the audit presenters. The annual report offers an opinion on township financial activities for […]

Twp. man wins Governor’s Service Award

FLINT TWP. — Samuel Wells of Flint Township will be among the 49 winners of the 2017 Governor’s Service Awards to be presented during a special ceremony, hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission, at 7 p.m. on Monday, August. 21, at the Detroit Opera House. Since 1994, Michigan’s Governor and spouse have hosted the awards to pay tribute to […]

Mall manager says Genesee Valley Center ‘is here to stay’

FLINT TWP. — From an economic development standpoint, Genesee Valley Center shopping mall is holding its own, despite widely reported downturns in the national retail climate. That was the gist of a broad message about retail health locally and nationally from Miles McFee, mall general manager, who was a guest speaker at the July meeting of the township’s Economic Development […]