In brief

Miss Davison pageant cancelled for second year

DAVISON — For the second year, COVID-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation of the 2021 Miss Davison Scholarship Pageant.

Pageant organizer Lori Tallman said in a press release the 2019 Miss Davison and Court will continue to reign until the pageant is able to return next year.

“We are optimistic we are reaching the end of this global health crisis and nearing a return to normalcy,” she said in the release. “However, many factors, COVID-related and otherwise, make this the best decision at this time.”

Tallman said further the pageant remains committed to a program that helps build strong, successful young women and strives to encourage involvement and service in the community.

“The best way for us to do that is to wait until our community and the world is safer,” she said. “We are dedicated to this 83-year-old community tradition returning next year on June 23, 2022.”

This is not the first time the Pageant has been affected by world events. It was also suspended from 1940-1948 due to World War II.

Details: Email at Missdavison@charter.net or visit Missdavison.org. — G.G.

Weekly car show to debut at Davison Farmers Market

DAVISON TWP. — The Harvest Collectibles at the Market will be held every Tuesday starting May 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the Davison Farmers Market, 8110 E. Court St.

A Best in Show Plaque will be awarded weekly and there will be weekly 50/50 charitable drawings. This will be a family friendly atmosphere with food and music.

Details: Visit the Harvest Collectibles Facebook page. — G.G.

Police warn of new ATM scam

DAVISON TWP. — Deputy Police Chief Gerald Harris said there is a new twist on the old scam of calling elderly people to tell them a grandchild of theirs is in police custody to get the victims to ante up money for alleged bail money and legal fees.

Harris said the newest version of this scam is a phone call to the victims indicating a grandson or daughter has been arrested and asking the grandparent to send money for bail by depositing cash in an ATM at PNC Bank in Lapeer or Clio.

He said PNC Bank has a phone app that allows anyone to create an account just for depositing cash. The perpetrators of the scam keep the victims on the phone until they are at the bank and instruct them to deposit cash for bail and legal fees using a code to one of these app-generated accounts

Victims locally have lost as much as $13,000 and $21,000 in recent incidents. When it is over, there is no trace of the money, no receipt and the money has often been sent overseas where it cannot be traced.

“We are reminding people that you’re not going to get a call from the prosecutor’s office to deposit money into a bank,” said Harris. “(Law enforcement and the courts) are not going direct and keep you on the line and tell you to put cash into an ATM machine.” — G.G.

Meetings to resume in-person at city hall

BURTON — After a year of meeting virtually, the Burton City Council will return to in-person, public meetings May 17.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city council and the city’s various committees have spent the last year meeting virtually on Webex, with the public invited to observe from home and participate by submitting comments or questions by email.

The council will hold it’s first in-person meeting May 17 at 7 p.m. at city hall, 4303 S. Center Rd. Masking and social distancing will be required. — G.G.

Council approves first readings of ordinances for department head raises

BURTON — The council voted unanimously to approve the first readings of two ordinances which establish a series of wage increases over the next year and a half for the fire chief and city treasurer at its May 3 meeting.

The first ordinance was to raise the fire chief’s salary to $73,000 effective July 1, to $75,000 on Dec. 31 and $78,000 on Dec. 31, 2022.

For the city treasurer the raises are to be set at $71,000 effective July 1, to $73,000 on Dec. 31 and $75,000 on Dec. 31, 2022.

The council must still approve a second reading of the ordinances before the wage increases will go into effect. — G.G.

Re-appointments to the DDA approved

BURTON — City council voted unanimously to approve the re-appointments of three members to the Downtown Development Authority board effective immediately.

Re-appointed for terms of May 2021 to April 2025 were DDA members Joey Richvalsky, Steven Coates and Larry Stapleton. — G.G.

Insta-Lube to raise money for Hurley Breast Navigation Program

BURTON — Insta-Lube will hold a pancake breakfast at its Burton and Flint locations May 7 with its Change Your Oil, Change a Life event. There will be sweet treats and floral gifts for mom.

For this event, Insta-Lube is donating $10.39 per oil change and Regional Medical Imaging is matching Insta-Lube’s $10.39 donation to help provide assistance to breast cancer patients in the community through the Hurley Breast Navigation Program.

Enjoy these sweet treats from their partners while supplies last at the Saginaw Street location only:

• Complimentary gift certificates from Fick Landscape

• Ice cream from Cops & Robbers Ice Cream

• Chocolate covered fruit from Edible Arrangements

The event will take place at Insta-Lube’s Burton locations: 3520 Saginaw St., 810-743- 8480; and 2156 S. Center Rd., 810-742-8676. And at the Flint locations: 3422 Flushing Rd., 810-732-2223; and 4011 N. Linden Rd., 810- 733-0653. — G.G.