In brief

5th annual Winterfest celebration supports charities

FLINT TWP. — The public is invited to celebrate the season of giving at the 5th annual Winterfest, from 2-6 p.m. on Dec. 1, held in the Carman-Ainsworth Middle School cafeteria. 1409 S. Maple Road.

Admission is free but each guest is asked to donate one of the following: a nonperishable food item, a gently used coat, an unwrapped toy or a monetary contribution. Proceeds will go to support the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, the Salvation Army, U.S. Marines Toys for Tots and the Old Newsboys.

Every child attending will receive a toy from Santa. Free doughnuts and hot chocolate will be served. This annual event is organized by Men at W.O.R. K. — a group that supports opportunities for fathers to be actively engaged in their child’s education.

In support of Winterfest, the Salvation Army also sought assistance for its Coats for Kids program from C-A high school. They will be accepting gently used or new children’s coats through Nov. 30 in a collection box placed at the front of the school. — R.S.

Township discontinues dog license sales

FLINT TWP. — Supervisor Karyn Miller announced at the board meeting last week that the township will no longer sell dog licenses. In the future, they can by obtained at your vet or from the county offices. — R.S.

Time to pay the Vets bill

FLINT TWP. — Winter tax bills coming out Dec. 1 will include a .1 mill levy, as a result passage of the Veterans Millage in the Nov. 6 election, Supervisor Karyn Miller said at last week’s board meeting. She said the assessment will amount to about $10 for every $100,000 of a homes valuation. — R.S.

Congratulations to Rankin’s Robotics Team, Da’ Peeps!

FLINT TWP. — Mo’Peeps (aka Da’Peeps) at Rankin Elementary placed 6th overall in a qualifying tournament on November 17th in Grandville and will move on to the State Finals on Dec. 8. They also placed 2nd in Robot Performance and 2nd in Innovative Project Solution. — R.S.

Help to brighten the holidays for a Bendle or Carman-Ainsworth family

FLINT TWP. — Donations are being sought for the annual Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Toy Giveaway. It differs from most holiday drives in that it asks families to bring in gently used items to give to others. These items are being collected at every C-A elementary school building. They will be cleaned and repaired before being given away on Thursday, December 6th, at the Learning Community from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Families who live outside of the two districts are invited to participate from 5-6 p.m. Details: Call 810-594-7208. — R.S.

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