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Leadership NOW seeks emerging leaders for 2018 cohort

GENESEE COUNTY — Leadership NOW – a comprehensive, professional development program for individuals who work and/or live in Genesee County – is seeking candidates for its next cohort, which will begin Jan. 26, 2018. The program, led by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Genesee County, is designed for business, nonprofit and municipal professionals, and emerging leaders. Interested applicants first must attend an information session held on October 3, 4, 6, 11 or 12 at the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, at 111 E. Court St., Flint. Times vary. Applications will be distributed during the information sessions and are due by Oct. 26. For more information, visit online at now. – R.S.

SpartanNash Foundation hunger relief drive benefits local food bank

GRAND RAPIDS – Together with its store guests and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation’s scan campaign to provide hunger relief raised $260,000 to support local food pantries and food banks. During the 12-day hunger scan, store guests at any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center in eight states had the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at checkout, with 100 percent of dollars raised going to support community food pantries and food banks. Each store personally selected the local community food partner its campaign would support, ensuring the scan to end hunger would have a significant local impact. As a result, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint will receive $4,400 on behalf of two VG’s and a Quick Stop in North Fenton and Fenton – North Leroy and Silver Parkway. A complete list of participating stores and their partner pantries can be found at – R.S.

ITC conducting aerial patrols of transmission lines in east Michigan

GENESEE COUNTY — ITC will be conducting its semi-annual aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission towers and lines in east Michigan from approximately September 25 – October 2, weather permitting. The aerial inspections will cover the eastern part of the state, including all or parts of Clinton, Genesee, Gratiot, Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, Oakland, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, and Tuscola counties. The inspection flights are often conducted at low altitudes to allow accurate visual inspection of equipment for lightning damage, wear or other potential problems. This is normal procedure, so there is no cause for alarm if a low-flying helicopter is sighted near transmission lines. These patrols are a North American Electrical Reliability Corporation (NERC) requirement. ITC is the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company operating approximately 8,700 circuit miles of transmission line serving most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For further information visit –R.S.

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