In brief

New police sergeant selected

FLINT TWP: — A swearing in ceremony to promote Officer Russell Fries to police sergeant was scheduled for Sept. 21. Fries’ name was selected as the next on the list for promotion from the Civil Service Commission, said Police Chief George Sippert. Fries will continue as a road supervisor, Sippert said . The township board of trustees unanimously approved Fries promotion. — R.S.

Parade route approved

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth’s annual Homecoming Parade will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on Oct. 14. The township Board of Trustees have approved a parade route from Van Slyke Road to Maple Road beginning at South Baptist Church and ending at C-A Middle School. — R.S

2012 budget hearing set

FLINT TWP.— The Board of Trustees has set a public hearing for its 2012 budget to be during the next regular board meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the township hall. — R.S.

Halloween hours set

FLINT TWP.—Hours for Trick or Treating in the township have been set for 5:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 31, as approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting this week. — R.S.

Car wash raising funds for trip

FLINT TWP.— Carman-Ainsworth’s School Chorale is holding a car wash Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kan Rock Tire, 4420 Corunna Rd. Proceeds will help fund the group’s trip to Mackinaw Island. Donations also are welcomed. — R.S.

Appraisal needed to settle Target tax dispute

FLINT TWP. —To help settle an ongoing property tax assessment dispute with Target Corp., 3515 Miller Rd., the Board of Trustees has approved spending $12,500 for an MAI appraisal. Facing time constraints before an upcoming Michigan Tax Tribunal hearing, the board agreed to hire David Heinowski of Heinowski Appraisal and Consulting of Plymouth. Supervisor Karyn Miller said Heinowski fee was about half of the next closest cost estimate of $25,000. —R.S.

Old-fashioned family picnic to benefit Old Newsboys

FLINT TWP.— Kickin’ Catering, in partnership with the Old Newsboys of Flint, is hosting its first annual Old Fashioned Family Picnic on Sept. 24 at the UAW Local 598 Baseball Recreation Center. Activities include free kids games, face painting, and more. Advance registration is required for the cookie decorating contest, pizza making contest, chili cook off, and the Bocce Ball and Croquet tournaments. For more information or to sign up, visit and click the link to the Genesee County Family Picnic. “The picnic is a community event,” says Julie Blalock of Kickin’ Catering, “and we expect a great turn-out. This is going to be as much fun-raising as fundraising, with all proceeds to benefit the Old Newsboys for their Holiday Box Program.” The Old Newsboys’ Holiday Box provides warm clothing, two pairs of socks and underwear, gloves and a stocking cap, dental hygiene products, and a toy to children who need it. — R.S.

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