Fair play

In brief

Kidney cancer support group FLINT — The next meeting of the Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group will take place Sept. 13, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington Ave., Flint. (off Robert T. Longway Blvd.-Between I-475 & Dort Hwy). Speaker: Simona Seiderman, social worker. Topic: “The Emotional Rollercoaster of RCC for the Patient and Family.” Meeting is […]

Township board OKs fire truck purchase

FLINT TWP. — In a 5-2 vote, the Flint Township Board of Trustees gave approval to solicit sealed bids for a new multipurpose fire truck. Fire Chief John Ringwelski asked the board at its meeting last week to authorize taking bids to buy a new Quint pump and ladder truck costing approximately $733,000. The proposed truck’s 75-foot ladder generated a […]

Church sows community garden, reaps plentiful harvest

FLINT TWP. — Could be that it’s hallowed ground or maybe just super fertile soil, judging by the bountiful harvest coming from the community garden of the Resurrection Reformed Church on Calkins Road. It’s a first-time effort for most of the 10 to 12 church members involved in the garden whose previous experience was limited to growing a few tomatoes […]

Are we raising a generation of poor communicators?

Editor’s note: Gary Gould is on vacation. This is a reprint of a column which ran April 8, 2010. New columns by Gould will resume next week.

I recently had a conversation with a friend who said she believes kids today are becoming less and less capable of communicating properly because of the advent of technologies like email and text messaging. People in general, but teenagers specifically, have become dependent on texting and e-mail to talk with friends and family and they are less willing to carry […]

Citizens Bank tops HealthPlus in 2nd ‘healthy competition’

GENESEE COUNTY — For the second straight year two Flint-based companies — Citizens Bank and HealthPlus of Michigan — engaged in a friendly physical activity competition against one another. The eight-week “Commit to Get Fit 2.0” culminated in a finale event held Aug. 16 at the Citizens Bank headquarters in Flint. Citizens Bank and HealthPlus employees reported their minutes of […]

In brief

McLaren Health Plan CEO recognized at conference FLINT — Michigan Association of Health Plan’s most prestigious award, the Ellis J. Bonner Outstanding Achievement Award, was given to Kathy Kendall, president and CEO of McLaren Health Plan, with headquarters in Flint. Murdock told the award presentation audience that the award recognizes a MAHP member who has been nominated by colleagues based […]

Harris Brothers new location houses several businesses

FLINT TWP. — Harris Brothers Auctions has brought new life to a long-derelict building at 4150 Van Slyke Road that formerly housed a state unemployment office and a bingo hall. Variety, excitement, opportunities to win and employment all converge under one roof in the 16,000 square-foot building since Harris Brothers moved in last year. The family-owned business needed more room […]

Gus Macker won’t be back for 2012

BURTON — The Courtland Center parking lot will be devoid of four-man basketball teams next year following the Burton City Council’s unanimous decision not to bring the Gus Macker tournament back in 2012. A letter from the mayor is on its way to Macker Basketball, LLC terminating the Gus Macker contracts in 2012 and 2013. “The Macker is truly a […]

GISD teacher Sirignano receives national honor

GENESEE COUNTY — The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) selected Kenneth Sirignano, teacher at Genesee Intermediate School District’s Marian D. Crouse Instructional Center, as one of its 2011 Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award recipients. This award is bestowed on special education teachers who have demonstrated truly exceptional achievement in the field of special education. It recognizes and rewards […]