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Craft and vendor extravaganza coming

GRAND BLANC — Grand Blanc City School presents: Craft and Vendor Extravaganza, March 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Ezra W. Perry Center, 11920 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc.

Admission is $2 for adults 18 and up, children under 18 are free. In addition to crafters and vendors, there will be door prizes, 50/50 drawings and concessions/ bake sale. — G.G.

Phelps announces MEDC grant for Capitol Theatre

LANSING — State Representative Phil Phelps (D-Flushing) said the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved an incentive for the restoration of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint.

“Restoring the Capitol Theatre property will give a huge boost to downtown Flint and encourage Flint residents and people from other communities to come downtown to take advantage of what we have to offer,” said Phelps. “The combination of newly restored beautiful theatre and more office space will also help create more jobs.”

The finished project will include a 1,800-seat community theatre and more than 21,000 square feet of office space. The theatre is expected to draw between 60,000 and 80,000 patrons per year. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $31 million resulting in a $5.5 million Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based equity investment. The project will also receive a $500,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, an expected $3.7 million federal Historic Tax Equity, and grants and donations from foundations, organizations and individuals. — G.G.

F. James Cummins as board of trustees chairman

FLINT — F. James Cummins, who retired as president and CEO of Baker College System Dec. 31, has become chairman of the college’s System Board of Trustees.

The appointment also includes membership on the board of regents for each Baker College campus, including Baker College of Flint.

Cummins has worked for Baker College for nearly 30 years, serving as president and CEO since 2002.

Prior to 2002, he was System vice president for finance, credited with setting up the organizational model of the college that now offers nine on-ground undergraduate campuses throughout Michigan and one in Pennsylvania; an online campus that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees; an online law school; and stand-alone, worldclass facilities for education in the culinary arts, transportation technology and health sciences. — G.G.


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