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Students raising funds for cancer at Sunday benefit

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth supporters are being invited to come out Sunday afternoon for a fundraiser by the Cancer Crushers, a girls summer softball team and community service group. The young ladies will be serving food and soft drinks at Pizza Mia, 5414 Perry Road near Belsay Road in Grand Blanc. A team leader said that the girls have raised $2,800 since June in support of the American Cancer Society. Pizza Mia is open on Sunday from 3-9 p.m. — R.S.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

GENESEE COUNTY — It is time again to look around the house and gather up all the old paint cans and other hazardous materials needing proper disposal. The next Hazardous Waste Collection day is coming Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection sites will be at Davison High School, 1250 N. Oak Road and the Flint East- Water Service Center, 3310 East Court Street. For more information including a list of accepted materials, email: or call the Genesee County Recycle Hotline: 810762- 7744 or Keep Genesee County Beautiful: 810- 767-9696. — R.S.

Saturday marks first celebration of “Buy Nearby’ for Michigan shoppers

LANSING — Only 2 days remain until Michigan shoppers and retailers celebrate the first “Get Caught Blue-Handed” Day on Oct. 5, as part of the annual Buy Nearby campaign launched earlier this year by Michigan Retailers Association (MRA).

The one-day celebration takes place in stores and communities across the state. Participating stores are planning special activities or sales as an extra incentive to Buy Nearby.

“Buy Nearby is designed to provide direct economic benefits to our local and state economies while getting everyone excited about the great places and great shops we have in Michigan,” said said Tom Ungrodt, president and CEO of Ideation in Ann Arbor and chairman of the MRA Board of Directors.

“ It’s a way to have fun and recognize the importance of businesses that have invested their dollars and hard work to create jobs and improve the quality of life in our communities.”

More than 850,000 Michigan jobs are directly dependent on retail sales, If Michigan consumers switched only one in 10 of their purchases from out-of-state merchants to buying nearby, Michigan retail sales would increase by at least $750 million annually and switching one in five purchases would drive up Michigan sales by at least $1.5 billion, the MRA reported, based on data from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Additional information is available at www.BuyNearbyMI. com, BuyNearbyMI, BuyNearbyMI and Michigan Retailers Association at 800-366-3699. — R.S.

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