In brief

WFBA to introduce township board electees

FLINT TWP. — After a summer hiatus, the West Flint Business Association resumes its monthly meetings today, Thursday, September 15, from 11:30-1:15 p.m. The group will introduce four new Flint Township board members elected in the August primary election. Also WFBA will announce the recipient of its Don Eve Achievement Award, presented annually in honor of its long-time past president. The award recognizes a person who has gone above and beyond to help the organization. WFBA meetings are open to the public and are held at the Valley Family Restaurant, located at the southwest corner of Miller and Linden roads. — R.S.

New Creation hosting Craft Bazaar this weekend

FLINT TWP. — The scholarship committee at New Creation Church of God, 3472 Lennon Rd., will hold a Fall Craft Bazaar, Saturday, September 17, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Vendors are needed (crafts, retail, arts, baked goods, and services). Tables are $20 each. Vendor packets can be picked up at the church office Monday through Friday 9-4. Call 810-732- 0500 for more information. The public is invited to come out and support this event as a shopper or vendor. All proceeds will support the church Scholarship fund. — R.S.

Township shredding day set

FLINT TWP. – Shredding Day, the second of two organized each year by the township clerk is set to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 1 at the township offices, 1490 S. Dye Road. The event allows township residents to bring confidential documents to be professionally shredded by a mobile shredding truck. Each resident is allowed to bring two boxes of documents per vehicle. Look for the shredding truck in the parking lot. — R.S.

Text to 9-1-1 Service launched in Genesee County

GENESEE COUNTY — Individuals anywhere in Genesee County can now send an emergency text message to 9-1-1 from a wireless device.

The Text to 9-1-1 Service launched on September 7 provides an option for those unable to speak during an emergency such as a home invasion or abusive partner but also is intended to help those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability. It may also help in areas where wireless service is limited.

“Calling and speaking with a dispatcher is still the best way of reaching emergency services but that is not always an option,” said David Ackley, Director of Genesee County Central Dispatch Authority.

“Call when you can; Text when you can’” is the rule of thumb for using the service. A few other important tips to remember when texting to 9-1-1: Send brief messages without using abbreviations or slang. Be prepared to communicate your exact location and the emergency help that is needed. Stay with your wireless device and be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 dispatcher. — R.S.

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