Christmas traditions around the globe

Families across the globe cherish their Christmas traditions. Customs may be unique to every family, but many countries boast their own unique traditions as well. • Australia: Many Australians celebrate Christmas by coming together at night to sing carols outside. That’s not as chilly as it might sound, as Christmas in Australia actually falls during summer vacation. In fact, many […]

The VIEW from here

My Christmas tastes are a little offbeat

I love a good, down home Christmas as much as the next guy. Holiday traditions like giving gifts, getting together with family and enjoying classic Christmas songs and movies are all part of the season. But as much as I cling to these old traditions, I have also found over the years I have a perchance for embracing some not-so […]


Group on a mission to place Christmas wreaths on every veteran’s grave

FLINT TWP. —Making sure no one is forgotten for Christmas is a common goal at this time of year, as various groups work to provide toys, food and other necessities in the spirit of holiday sharing . But the volunteers of Wreaths Across America are on a mission to bestow a special gift of remembrance. Since 1992, the national organization […]

Genesys Physician Hospital Organization to participate in new partnership with Medicare

FLINT — The Genesys Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) — a collaboration between Genesys Health System and Genesys Physicians Group Practice – today announced it has been selected as one of only 32 in the nation to participate in the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, a transformative new initiative sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation […]

Area business school celebrates triple-digit milestone

BURTON — A few miles from their Saginaw Street origins, Baker College staff, alumni and students marked the school’s 100th year anniversary last Tuesday with a centennial celebration. “It’s been one heck of a unique story,” said Baker College of Flint President Julianne Princinsky. “One hundred [years] attests to the fact that we must be doing something right.” In 1911, […]

In brief

HealthPlus now offers MIChild health insurance GENESEE COUNTY — MIChild, a health insurance program for uninsured children (ages 0-19) of Michigan’s working families, is now available through HealthPlus of Michigan in 18 Michigan counties. HealthPlus recently added 11 counties — Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Iosco, Livingston, Macomb, Midland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne — to its MIChild product service area. […]

WFBA hosts annual scholarship fundraiser

FLINT TWP. —Gold, silver and even diamonds were among gifts given away last week as the West Flint Business Association went about the business of spreading a bit of holiday cheer while raising money for its scholarship fund. Instead of its usual monthly guest speaker, the WFBA hosted its 12th annual fundraiser as a fun, festive way to benefit its […]

Fire truck purchase scrapped

FLINT TWP. — Citing the uncertain economy, the Board of Trustees decided against buying a multipurpose fire truck that was let out for bids back in August. At that time the board discussed the inability of the truck’s 75-foot ladder to reach the roofs of the tallest buildings weighed against the unreliability of having to request aerial ladder trucks, when […]


Township precincts undergo ‘dramatic’ changes

FLINT TWP. — The township’s 24,677 registered voters can expect some changes at the polls next year, as a result of redrawn precinct boundary lines. At its Monday night meeting, the township board unanimously approved a resolution adopting precinct boundary changes to go with reapportioned County Commissioner District Boundary lines, effective in the August 2012 election. “ The changes are […]