In brief

Store closing update

FLINT TWP.— In continued good news, no local Sears or Kmart stores are on a new list of closing stores released Feb. 23 by Ill.-based Sears Holdings. An additional 15 stores added to the list of 81 closings announced in late December do not include any Michigan stores. Sears said in December that it would close 100 to 120 stores as parts of its financial restructuring. Sears Holdings operates one Sears store and one Kmart in Flint Township and three other Kmart stores elsewhere in Genesee County. — R.S.

Genesee Valley offers flu shots this weekend

FLINT TWP.— It’s not too late to get your flu vaccination. Genesee Valley Center is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer flu vaccinations to residents who have not had one yet. The effort will take place at Center Court on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m..

The goal of this partnership effort in shopping malls across the U.S. is to reduce the risk of serious illness or death from influenza during the peak flu season. According to reports issued by the CDC Influenza Division, influenza peaked nationally during the 2010 – 2011 influenza season in February 2011. In addition, during the same time period, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza exceeded epidemic numbers through April 2011.

CVS Caremark Pharmacy will provide licensed staff to administer the immunizations at Genesee Valley Center. CVS accepts all insurance with no-copay; the cost is $21 per vaccination for people without coverage.

According to the CDC, it is important that the following groups get vaccinated:

• Pregnant women

• Children younger than five years old , but especially children younger than two years old

• People 50 years of age and older

• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

• People who live in nursing homes and other longterm care facilities

• People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications for the flu; and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than six months of age, since these children are too young to be vaccinated. For more information about the flu immunization program visit; for influenza guidelines visit htm — R.S.

Chief offers monthly report

FLINT TWP.— In his monthly crime report to the township board last week. Police Chief George Sipper said that in the first 20 days of February, the police department handled 1776 incidents including 123 accidents and 14 involving injuries; 86 domestic disturbances,; 33 burglaries, 129 false burglary alarms and 118 9-11 hang-up calls which are a big drain on the department. — R.S.

CA enrollment declines again

FLINT TWP.— In its first student count of the year on Feb. 8, Carman Ainsworth Schools tentatively reported 4,321 students, when adjusted for students who were absent on count day but expected to return to school within 30 days. That is a decrease of 48 students from a year ago and 194 fewer students than counted last October, assistant superintendent Russ Parks said in a report to the school board last week. — R.S.

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