The VIEW from here

Pay forward generosity all year long

A lthough the wrapping paper and ribbons are now in the wastebasket, and many are already taking down their Christmas trees and decorations, we hope the spirit of the holiday season will last into the New Year and beyond. As the world did not end on Dec. 21, those of us with imperfect lives and characters will now return to […]

Getting back to action

New dealership development center invites inspired salesmanship

FLINT TWP. — After touring a Business Development Center at a General Motors dealership in the Detroit-area, staff from Patsy Lou Automotive Group decided they did not want a formal, high-tech atmosphere that employees have to be prodded to use. Instead, the new BDC unveiled at Patsy Lou about a week ago is a relaxing, inviting place with motivational signs […]

Luxembourg hockey team plays local youth squads

FLINT — A couple of area travel teams got a taste of European-style hockey last week, when an 18U team from Luxembourg swung through Genesee and Lapeer counties. The Hiversport Huskies opened their seven-game tour of east Michigan cities at Perani Arena on Dec. 26, losing a 10- 6 decision to the Flint Phantoms. The jet-lagged visitors also lost to […]

IMA winter bridal show offers unique events

BURTON — Getting married soon or know someone who is? Then the IMA’s 15th Annual Winter Bridal Show is the place to be! Presented by IMA Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center the show will be held Jan. 5, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at IMA’s beautiful Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center in Burton. Guests will enjoy a delicious bridal buffet, chocolate […]

Fat Guy’s Corner

Lucky or unlucky?

I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year here in 2013. Please don’t let the 13 become an unlucky number for you this year. The early newspaper deadlines during the holiday season has me writing this article a lot earlier than normal. It’s Saturday morning and I want to wish the Spartans good luck tonight in […]

In brief

Farmer to address need for innovation, technology in growing healthier food BURTON — How farmers are using innovation and technology to grow healthier food while using fewer resources takes center stage Jan. 9, at the regularly scheduled Burton Chamber of Commerce meeting. Mary Kelpinski of the Michigan Pork Producers Association will address the group at 7:30 a.m. at the ELGA […]


JAN. 9The Robert J. Lytle Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society(RGS) will host a free Habitat Seminar and Meet and Greetat the Countryside Banquet Center, 596 S. Cedar (M-53),Imlay City, beginning with registration at 6:30 p.m.RGS Regional Biologist Larry Visser and RGS RegionalDirector Bruce Wojcik, will be in attendance to discuss habitat activities on a state and area level. The […]

FSPA to host musicians from area school bands

FLINT — Members of 15 local high school bands and orchestras will join the Flint Youth Wind Ensemble and Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra for the Mid-Michigan Band and Orchestra Day on Jan. 10 at the Flint Insitute of Music, 1025 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI. The event includes a full day of rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, and a “Careers in […]


The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze has introduced an industry-first driver-side air bag that uses a flexible venting technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently tested the 2013 Cruze with the new air bag technology under its New Car Assessment Program, and the Cruze received NHTSA’s maximum 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the same rating it received in 2011 and 2012 when […]

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