In brief

Weather report

FLINT TWP. — Besides several reports of downed trees or arcing wires, township properties and residents suffered no major damage from Sunday’s violent windstorm. Fire Chief John Ringwelski reported that firefighters responded to 17 calls for assistance between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 a.m. Monday. Most calls were about arcing wires and a few trees blocking the road. He issued a public advisory to be careful about going outside at night during storms. Downed wires can be difficult to see and are considered a hazard zone from 20 feet away, he said.

Police Chief George Sippert said that due to a power outage, the police department provided classroom space on Monday for the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) based at the Mott Community College Southern Lakes Campus on Thompson Road.

Also power outages closed Baker College- Flint on Monday and Tuesday and Carman- Ainsworth Fenton Lawn Early Childhood Center on Scottwood on Monday. — R.S.

C-A Blue Brigade Band earns highest score of year

FLINT TWP. —The Carman-Ainsworth Blue Brigade Marching Band finished the 2013 competitive season at the Michigan Competing Band Association (MCBA) State Championships held at Ford Field in Detroit. The Blue Brigade earned it’s highest score of the year (73.20) and finished 10th place in Flight II.—R.S.

Keeping Flint Twp. beautiful

FLINT TWP. — Jim McClung, chairman of the township parks and recreation board, said final accounting reports have been submitted to Keep Genesee County Beautiful for the annual beautification grant. This year, the parks and rec group spent the money to spruce up the grounds at the township hall. McClung said that 302 volunteer work hours went into the project, $745 was spent to buy items such as perennial plants and landscape timbers and donations valued at about $2819 included cash, mulch and refreshments for the workers. — R.S.

McLaren Proton therapy testing exceeds expectations

FLINT TWP. — Initial acceptance test results of ProTom International, Inc.’s (“ProTom”) Proton Therapy System are exceeding the expectations of medical physicists charged with clinical commissioning at the McLaren Proton Therapy Center in Flint, Michigan, according to a press release.

The McLaren team tested key characteristics of the scanned beam treatment which targets cancer tumors without damaging normal surrounding tissue.

The raw data is extremely clean and smooth, according to Alfred R. Smith, McLaren’s principal consulting physicist.

All necessary data has been collected to validate the treatment planning system and beam modeling is underway.

The team is looking forward to commissioning its first patient treatment room. An early 2014 opening of the PTC is anticipated. A Hospitality House where cancer patients will stay while receiving treatment opened in July. — R.S.

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