In brief

Flood advisory

FLINT TWP. — At Monday’s township board meeting, Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, made a statement urging residents to take precautions against any flooding that might result from melting snow this week and beyond. Miller advised checking home sump pumps to make sure they are operating properly and also to clear catch basins outside homes to make sure that water is able to drain instead of pooling. Miller also provided emergency phone numbers for residents to call. The after-hours number for the county Drain Commission is 810-732-7870 and for the county Road Commission, is 810-767- 4920. — R.S.

Register now for beautification conference

GENESEE COUNTY — “Preserving Garden Produce,” “Combating Blight in Your Community” and “What Can You Do with a Vacant Lot,” are some topics of free public workshops being offered this year at the Keep Genesee County Beautiful annual Beautification Conference and Awards Program.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8 at the University of Michigan-Flint Harding Mott Center in downtown Flint.

The conference provides how-to information and hands-on projects aimed at improving the visual landscape of the community. About 400 people attend each year, organizers said.

Register online at Conference.html or for more information, call the KGCB office at 810-767-9696. — R.S.

Career Readiness prepares youth for the workforce

GENESEE COUNTY — Career Readiness, a program offered by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (FGCC) served the largest number of students during the 2013 fall semester since its inception in 2002. Career Readiness, aka the Fourth R along with Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, is a free in-school career preparation training initiative. The record-breaking fall term served 5,309 students between September and December 2013, providing 184 workshops in nine school districts throughout Genesee County, including Bendle/Carman- Ainsworth, according to a press release. Second semester programming is planned for the Swartz Creek and Fenton school districts.

On average, 10,000 to 15,000 students participate annually in Chamber no-cost workshops presented during the school day, Seven available workshop topics include Business Etiquette, Application/ Resume Preparation, Job Search Preparation, Interview Preparation, Keeping a Job Preparation, Networking/Job Search and Social Media/Networking. School districts interested in offering workshops are asked to contact Amy Watts at — R.S.

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