News Briefs

New police dog on the way to Flint Twp.

FLINT TWP. — The newest member of the police force graduated last week from the Oakland Police Academy and is ready to report for duty. Gunner, the new police dog and his handler Officer Neal Donovan have completed a six-week training program, Police Chief George Sippert announced at the township board meeting Monday night.

“That’s the first time I’ve met our dog,” Sippert said, adding he hoped to have Donovan bring the animal to the next township board meeting for introductions. Gunner replaces Bac, the previous dog that retired in December with its handler Sgt. David Stone.

Gunner will be the fourth dog to serve the department in drugs and tracking work since it began operating a canine program in 1999. Gunner’s $10,500 training was paid for with drug forfeiture funds. — R.S.

Township close to meeting engineering costs for trail

FLINT TWP. — The township moved closer to meeting engineering costs for the 2.69-mile Genesee Valley bicycling and pedestrian trail, thanks to an $8,000 grant recently received from the DALMAC Fund, township Supervisor Karyn Miller announced a the township board meeting Monday night. The DALMAC fund has promoted and supported bicycling in Michigan since 1975. Miller said $6,000 more is needed for the $42,000 engineering costs. The trail project is funded by $1,021,643 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) federal dollars. Construction bids are being accepted for the project and Miller said she expects work to begin in late July and be completed in the fall. The recreational trail starts at the City of Flint limits at Corunna Road and Ballenger Highway and follows the abandoned CN Railroad line to the bus stop on Linden Road at the entrance to Genesee Valley shopping mall. — R.S.

Board authorizes repair of gas pump

FLINT TWP. — At its Monday night meeting, the township board authorized payment of a $9,881 bill for an emergency repair of a gas pump at the fire station. The unleaded pump “fizzled out,” said Supervisor Karyn Miller. The work was done by Oscar W. Larson Company of Clarkston and paid from the township hall and grounds new equipment budget and from the sewer, water and equipment budget. — R.S.

Flint Township uses Thetford’s road funds

FLINT TWP. — For the second year, the township has been granted permission to use $25,000 in road paving funds allocated to Thetford Township for the 2011 funding year.

The neighboring township is unable to match 50-50 funds from the Genesee County Road Commission and has passed its share on to Flint Township for use, supervisor Karyn Miller informed the township board at its Monday night meeting.

The township board also approved spending $$30,821.04 in 50-50 matching funds for 5,600 feet of ditching work on Lennon Road between Elms and Dye Roads to remedy drainage problems. The Road Commission also pays half the cost of the estimated $61,642.07 project. — R.S.

Tent sale approved for ABC Warehouse

FLINT TWP. — ABC Warehouse, 4247 Miller Road, will be holding a tent sale June 19-25, following approval of its application by the township board at its Monday night meeting. The 20 by 40–foot tent will be placed near the front lawn on the east side of the store. The board approved the request after discussion about on-site parking and egress onto busy Miller Road. — R.S.

‘Shakespeare in the Park’ comes to Flushing Park

FLUSHING — For seven years, Flint’s “Shakespeare in the Park” in Kearsley Park has drawn rave reviews and enthusiastic crowds. Now for the third year the production is going beyond Kearsley Park to parks across the city and county, including Flushing County Park. Admission to all performances is free.

This year’s production — “The Comedy of Errors” — is described as Shakespeare’s shortest and funniest play. It comes to For-Mar Nature Preserve with a performance June 18, at 7 p.m.

This performance is part of “2011 Theatre in OUR Parks”, a collaboration between the City of Flint Parks and Recreation Department and Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission. — G.G.

St. Robert Rummage Sale

FLUSHING — St. Robert Annual Rummage Sale, sponsored by the St. Robert Council of Catholic Women, will be held June 17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and June 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Robert Activity Center, 310 N. Cherry, Flushing. They offer an assortment of clean household merchandise. Clothing is sorted according to types and sizes. Something for everyone at modest prices. All proceeds benefit charities such as the Women’s Shelter of Flint and North End Soup Kitchen. — G.G.

Fraternity sponsoring ‘Take Your Dad to the Doctor’ event

FLINT TWP.— Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will present its second annual Take Your Dad to the Doctor Day Family Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The Health Fair is designed to promote and increase awareness of health issues, particularly those affecting African-American men. Special emphasis is placed on prostate cancer, heart disorders, diabetes and financial health. Free food, prizes and giveaways for the whole family will be provided. Also various vendors will distribute health information. — R.S.

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