In brief

McLaren welcomes ER specialist to staff FLINT — Katherine Eckstein, M.D., an emergency medicine physician, has joined the medical staff of McLaren Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Eckstein completed her residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. She received her medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. — G.G. UM-Flint Rotary Club host economic forum FLINT […]

Clio Cast & Crew to hold holiday musical

CLIO — Clio Cast & Crew’s “Show to Go Singers” will present their annual Holiday Musical on Dec. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 10-11 at 2 p.m. at Clio Cast & Crew’s THEATRE 57, 2220 W. Vienna Rd. (east of downtown Clio), next to the school district’s bus garage. This delightful, fun filled musical is a perfect way to […]

Business owners protest sign ordinance restrictions

FLINT TWP. — A group of business owners appealed to the township board Monday night to reconsider a sign ordinance amendment passed in June that limits how often their outdoor computerized digital signs can change its display. Group spokesman, Bill Lafay, owner of Karen’s Carpetmax, 3106 Linden Rd., pleaded financial hardship for business owners who have invested thousands of dollars […]

Whaley House open for tours

FLINT — The Whaley House, 624 E. Kearsley St., is open for tours Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Visit www.whaleyhouse.com for a full calendar of events. Details: Call 810-471-4714. — G.G.

The VIEW from here

Making the naughty list

Recently I was alone in the office waiting on walk-in traffic when I was paid a visit by the Big Guy himself. You know who I’m talking about — Father Christmas, Old St. Nick, Santa Claus, in the flesh. He came in leisurely dressed in a red outfit, not his typical white fur lined get-up, white hair, round spectacles and […]

Swing and ballroom dancing at the Jewel

GRAND BLANC — There is swing and ballroom dancing at The Jewel in Grand Blanc every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. — G.G.

McCain’s cousin to speak at MCC’s Citywide Tribute

FLINT — Dr. Lillie McCain, MCC instructor and cousin to Sen. John McCain, will keynote the 33rd annual Citywide Tribute, “Dream Keepers Encouraging Future Leaders,” honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The dinner celebration will be held Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sarvis Center. Corporate sponsorships are available and include a round dinner table for […]

Concerts coming up at The Machine Shop

FLINT — The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint, will present Banana 101.5’s Binge Before Christmas featuring Evans Blue, with special guests Shaman’s Harvest, Nanus and Mic Lordz and Sauce Funky, Dec. 9. Tickets are $15 in advance. Jackyl, with special guests Tripp N Dixie and Superlast (from Tru TV), will perform Dec. 10. Tickets are $15 in advance. […]

‘Dividing the Estate’ at the Flint Youth Theatre

FLINT — The staged reading of Dividing The Estate will be performed on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Flint Youth Theatre. The final play by Pulitzer Prize winner, Horton Foote is a sharp satire about a Southern family dynasty in crisis. Dividing The Estate is the third staged reading in FYT’s 2011-12 Off the Press Series. This play […]

Heavy competition in lighter weights for Cavs

FLINT TWP. — It’s going to be tough just making the starting lineup on the Carman- Ainsworth wrestling team this year. Especially in the lower weights, the Cavaliers are overflowing with talent, which means some very good wrestlers are going to be sitting out matches this season. But that’s a good problem to have for coach Tom Weissend. “We have […]