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Heating bill help available

GENESEE COUNTY — Michigan homeowners may still receive help paying their heating bills if they file by Sept. 30 for a State of Michigan Home Heating Credit. Residents can qualify for the assistance if their homestead is in Michigan, they own or rent their home, apartment or mobile home, and meet income guidelines (table at right).

“Consumers Energy encourages all residents who qualify to apply for a Home Heating Credit by Sept. 30, because it is one of the few funding resources still available to help pay last winter’s heating bills,” said Whitney Skeans, customer assistance manager.

Since January, more than 79,000 Consumers Energy customers have received a credit averaging about $141 per household.

The Home Heating Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR-7) is generally available wherever other tax forms are provided. Forms can also be obtained from the Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4486, at, at Consumers Energy bill payment offices, at or by calling the utility at 800-477-5050. — G.G.

Mid-Michigan SAE meeting notice for Sept. 15

FLINT — The Mid-Michigan Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers – SAE International, will kick off their 2014 – 2015 program season on Monday evening, Sept. 15, at the Holiday Inn, 5353 Gateway Center.

The program topic will be “Advanced Propulsion and First Responder Needs.” Electrified vehicles involved in unplanned events such as mechanical breakdown, collision, and vehicle fire scenarios can present new hazards associated with the stored energy in the vehicle’s Rechargeable Energy Storage System.

These hazards include potential for chemical, electrical, and thermal exposure and injury for members of the emergency responder community. Other incidents such as garage structure fires and flooding/ water submersion may also present risks to these responders as well when a Hybrid Electric Vehicle or Electric Vehicle is involved.

This program is a must for the First Responder community.

The speaker for the evening will be Todd Mackintosh, Technical Specialist, General Motors Company. Mackintosh chairs the SAE task force “Hybrid and EV Recommendations for First and Second Responders”.

Social hour is at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 7 p.m. The program begins at 8 p.m.

The cost is $30 for SAE and SVEC members, $25 for First Responders and SAE retirees, and $35 for non-members. The student price is $20. This event is open to the public. There is no charge for the program only.

Details: Call 810-635-7948 or — G.G.

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