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Bird watching brings back fond memories

Growing up, my father was in poor health. Years of smoking, back in the days before people knew the long-term effects of tobacco products, took its toll on his lungs and he was diagnosed with emphysema in his late 40s. As a result of his poor health, my father wasn’t able to do a lot of the things other dads […]

Bone-dry conditions in state urge safe burning

LAPEER COUNTY — Michigan has barely seen about 1.5-inches of rain since June 2, so the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources is asking residents to use caution with fires this summer, as some regions of the state face dangerously dry conditions that are not expected to see any relief in the coming week. “Warm temperatures and a lack of moisture […]

Mid-East Festival draws a big crowd

FLINT TWP. — Organizers of the Our Lady of Lebanon Mid-East Festival wrapped up another wellattended event on Sunday and have announced plans to do it again next year. Crowds gathered last weekend on the church grounds for the three-day outdoor cultural celebration at 4133 Calkins Roads were treated to a fireworks display, socializing, dancing, refreshments from beer and food […]

Auto Insider Newsbriefs

2013 SRT Viper GTS-R to Race In Ohio The 2013 SRT Viper GTS-R will make its first on-track race appearance Aug. 4 at the Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio) Sports Car Course, SRT Motorsports officials announced last week. “We’re thrilled to return to the world-class competition in the American Le Mans Series with our flagship American supercar,” said Ralph Gilles, President and […]

In brief

Flint Children’s Museum offers Magical Mid-Summer Saturdays FLINT — Families looking for fun activities for the kids this summer should visit the Flint Children’s Museum on July 28 for its first ever Magical Mid-Summer Saturday. The one-time event includes live magic shows by popular performers including Nickelodeon’s Michigan Entertainer of the Year, Mark Rosenthal with Animal Magic, and children’s magician, […]

CALENDAR of events

ART/THEATRE TUESDAYSMessy Art Tuesdays at the Flint Children’sMuseum, 1602 W. University Ave., Flint from 1-3p.m. Details: Call Kimberly Roddy at 810-767-5437. THURSDAYSMusic Makers Thursdays at the Flint Children’sMuseum, 1602 W. University Ave., Flint from 1-3p.m. Details: Call Kimberly Roddy at 810-767-5437. FRIDAYSFavorite Fridays with Mother Goose at the Flintchildren’s Museum, 1602 W. University Ave.,Flint from 1-3 p.m. Details: Call Kimberly […]

All Mott Community College facilities to go smoke-free

GENESEE COUNTY — In an effort to promote a healthier environment, Mott Community College is following a growing college trend by implementing a smoke-free and tobacco-free policy throughout the entire college system. All Mott Community College locations, including the main campus, will be completely smoke-free and tobacco free as of the start of the Fall Semester, Sept. 4. All of […]

Salvation Army to hold third annual Christmas in July

GENESEE COUNTY — For the third time in just as many years, Genesee County Salvation Army volunteers prepare to hit the streets to ring bells at the familiar red kettles for Christmas in July. “As donations continue to dwindle and the need continues to grow, it has become necessary to pursue creative ways to secure funds to support our activities […]

Hot Tickets

Concerts coming up at The Machine Shop FLINT — The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint, will present The Moments and Memories Tour, featuring It Lies Within and Myths and Legends, with special guests Givensix, Shogun, Above the Abyss and Until Solace, on July 19. Tickets are $10 in advance. Saving Abel, with special guests Fall From Grace, will […]


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