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Volunteers sought

FLINT TWP. — Volunteers are being sought to come out this Saturday morning to help the township Parks and Recreation Commission with its annual beautification project.

Using a $750 grant from Keep Genesee County Beautiful the group will start at about 8 a.m. planting perennials, mulching and landscaping a vacant lot at the northwest corner of Graham and Corunna Roads, said Jim McClung, parks & recreation commission chairman.

The targeted beautification site was moved from a grassy knoll on the west side of the northbound exit ramp of I-75 because of safety concerns, McClung said. Last year the group completed a similar project near the freeway exit ramp. But this year, parks & rec members raised concerns about having to cross over two busy freeway exit ramps to get to the beautification site.

McClung said the commission gets help from Genesee Valley Rotary Club volunteers.

Last year, about 30 people came to help. The more volunteers to show up the faster the job gets done, McClung said.— R.S. Township to participate in CDBG program

FLINT TWP. — The township board has agreed to participate in the Genesee County Community Development Block Grant Program for fiscal years 2012-2014. Its approval to extend a CDBG cooperative agreement is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and establishes requirements and procedures the county and local units of government must follow to qualify for CDBG entitlement. The agreement must be renewed every three years. — R.S. Mid-East Festival starts Friday

FLINT TWP. — The Annual Mid-East Festival returns to the Greater Flint Area, July 15-17. Admission is free. The public is invited to taste the food and experience the rich history of Middle Eastern culture during this three-day festival held on the grounds of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 4133 Calkins Road in Flint. Festival entertainment and activities include traditional dancing, live Arabic bands, belly dancers, church tours, children’s activities and a beer tent for those 21 and over. There will be lots of homemade Middle Eastern food. Some of the delicacies that will be offered include: shawarma sandwiches, kibbee balls, hummus, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, meat pies, and spinach pies. For dessert, a variety of Arabic sweets will be available. Take-out and pre-ordering is available by calling the Church at 810-733-1259 or e-mailing Festival hours are Friday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m.-midnight, July 16 from noon-midnight and July 17 from noon-6 p.m. Details: — R.S.

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