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Find a new four-legged family member at Petfest

GRAND BLANC — Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption at Petfest 2016, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m-5 p.m. at Genesys Health Park, Pollock Road entrance. This free event will provide the opportunity for on-site adoptions.

Participating organizations for Petfest 2016 include the Livingston County Animal Shelter, Paws Animal Rescue, Canine Companions Rescue Center, Lucky Day Animal Rescue, Pomeranian Club of Michigan, Inc., Kreacher Konnections Animal Rescue and Education, Adopt-A-Pet, Genesee County Animal Control and Forever Friends Rescue. The event is made possible through the generous support of local sponsors such as Loeb Charitable Trust Administered by FirstMerit Bank, Hospital Consultants, T & R Canopies, Animal Emergency Hospital, Forever Young Med-Spa,Dunckel Veterinary Hospital, The Barnhart Agency and Valley Tent Rental New Technologies Incorporated, Jack and Donna Hedrick and Kerning Advertising.

Details: Visit or call 810-629-0723. — G.G.

Battle of Shields returns

CLIO — The Salvation Army’s 2015 Battle of The Shields continues on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Clio Fire Department, Station 1 located at 3291 W. Vienna Rd. Clio, MI 48420. Genesee County Law Enforcement Police Chiefs and Officers will wash the Clio Fire Departments Ariel Fire Truck as they lost the friendly competition in the 2015 Battle of The Shields.

In 2015, a wager was made between Genesee County Fire and Law Enforcement Departments. THE WAGER: Which branch of civil service could collect the most monies during the Red Kettle Campaign. John Ringwelski, retired Flint Township Fire Department chief, and the 2015 The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Chair stated from the beginning “We do have that battle going on between police and fire in Genesee County here, of course we intend to win and collect more money, but it’s all in good spirit.” The 2015 Battle of the Shields was won by Genesee County Fire Departments. The good news is that the 2016 Battle of the Shields Challenge has been offered and accepted by both The Genesee County Fire and Law Enforcement Departments.

Funds raised during the Red Kettle Campaign each year provide assistance to residents across Genesee County through the broadest array of social services ranging from providing food for the hungry, emergency assistance, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to children, adults, families, and the elderly. — G.G.

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