In brief

MADD holding vigil for crash victims

GENESEE COUNTY— MADD Genesee County will host its annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Grand Blanc, 6106 Saginaw Road, Grand Blanc Township. The service was postponed from its original date of Dec. 10 because of bad weather. Family members and others affected by alcohol-related crashes are invited to light a candle in honor of a loved one killed or injured in an alcohol-related vehicular crash. A brief video honoring victims will be shown. If weather is an issue again, call (810) 953-9854 to learn if the event will take place. — R.S.

Church concert

FLINT TWP. — The Isaacs will be performing in a concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Central Church of the Nazarene. 1261 W. Bristol Road. An offering will be received. Based in Hendersonville, TN, The Isaacs are a multiaward winning family group who began singing 35 years ago. The vocalists are mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel. — R.S.

Name change public hearing set for Jan. 12

FLINT TWP. — The next meeting of the Suggestion Committee which is exploring the idea of changing the township’s name will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the township hall, 1490 S. Dye Road. The Committee is midway a fact-finding process and is seeking public opinion on the suggestions to change the township name and/or convert to a city. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend the open meeting. — R.S.

Gov. Snyder appoints budget director

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of former state Representative and House Appropriations Chairman Al Pscholka as the state’s Budget Director. Pscholka, who was term-limited out of office at the end of 2016, will take over the position when John Roberts leaves in mid-February for a private-sector position. Until then, Pscholka will be working closely with Roberts as the Budget Office prepares to present the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget. Pscholka was the district director for Congressman Fred Upton from 2003 to 2010. Prior to that position, he was in charge of marketing and communications for Cornerstone Alliance. — L.R.

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