Mayor Karen Weaver Bids Farewell to Communication Director, Kristin Moore, and Welcomes Candice Mushatt

Mayor Karen Weaver has announced the appointment of Candice Mushatt as the new Communications/Public Information Officer for the City of Flint.  In a statement, Mayor Weaver said she wishes Kristin Moore well as she leaves the job and advances her career. “I would like to thank Kristin Moore for her service to the City and residents of Flint and I wish her well in her new endeavors.  We are so grateful to have Candice Mushatt, formerly the Public Health Coordinator, who is well capable and prepared to step in and…

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Genesee District Library Launches Summer Reading Challenge

The Genesee District Library (GDL) Summer Reading Challenge is underway.  Patrons may visit one of GDL’s 19 branches to pick up their reading logs and sign-up prize. “If kids read during the summer they can avoid the summer slump,” said Katie Badgley, Genesee District Library Children’s Librarian. “They get so much vocabulary out of books, and if they like the story, they don’t even realize how much they’re learning.” Until August 4 participants can earn prizes for hitting reading benchmarks. At the end of the challenge children will earn a…

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Cut Melons Linked to Foodborne Illness in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and local health departments are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health and regulatory officials in several states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide linked to consumption of cut melons. Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut…

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Science Day at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad – June 16

If you’re fascinated by unusual inventions, engineering and science come to Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, June 16.  They will feature inventors and inventions from the 19th century to now. Learn about steam power and how it is used in many different forms throughout the Village then and now. See demonstrations, and listen to some of the great history from our Village interpreters. On this special day in the Village, several organizations, groups and schools will be on hand to encourage and inspire your interest in science and technology. FIRST…

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Flint Community Schools Graduates 223 Students During Ceremony at The Whiting

Two hundred and twenty-three students from Flint Community Schools were recognized at The Whiting on Tuesday, June 5 in the culminating event for the 2018 graduating class. Graduates from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy, Flint Northwestern and the Accelerated Learning Academy were recognized by FCS staff, their families and community members. “The 2018 graduating class is filled with bright, creative and ambitious students that are destined for success in the next chapter of their academic and personal journey,” said Kelly Fields, Flint Northwestern and Accelerated Learning Academy principal. “Graduation is always…

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City Opens New Blight Hearings Bureau

Mayor Karen Weaver has announced the addition of a Blight Hearings Bureau at Flint City Hall. “We have secured grant funding to create a Blight Hearings Bureau to help address the abundance of abandoned, unoccupied, and poorly maintained properties in Flint,” said Mayor Weaver. “We want our city to thrive and be a nice and safe place to live, work and play. My hope is that the addition of this Blight Hearings Bureau will be a vehicle to help us build on the progress we’ve been making in this area.”…

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Mayor Weaver Scolds City Council Over Budget Add-Ons

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Mayor Karen Weaver said she was not happy with the Flint City Council’s budget plan for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins July 1. The Council’s plan calls for add-ons to the mayor’s proposed $54 million budget that include a $20,000 pay raise for the city clerk; creation of a deputy clerk and parliamentarian position; and the addition of health benefits for part-time employees.  Council members would be eligible for the health benefits. In response, Mayor Weaver issued a terse warning during a special…

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Arcell Simmons Named Judge Marable Student of The Year

FLINT—67th District Judge Herman Marable, Jr. and his Citizens Advisory Committee announced that Marcell Simmons of Flint has been selected as the Judge Marable Student of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. Marcell, 17, is currently a junior in the Gateway to College program at Mott Community College. He was a 10th grade student at Flint Northwestern High School when he was selected as a Judge Marable Student of the Month. He was honored in a ceremony in Judge Marable’s Courtroom in Flint last month where he received a $500 award, trophy, and certificate. His name has been engraved on a plaque on permanent display and was unveiled during the ceremony.…

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Genesee District Library Presents Grammy-Nominated Jazz Group, Straight Ahead

FLINT – Nothing says “summer” like the annual Straight Ahead concert at Genesee District Library’s Headquarters branch. The Grammy-nominated, Michigan-based jazz group will perform on Tuesday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. Straight Ahead is known for strong, inventive instrumentals and vocals, and is widely recognized for an eclectic and soulful approach to creating music. The group features the “Rhythm Sister” Marion Hayden on bass, Eileen Orr on piano, Gayelynn McKinney on drums and the dynamic Kymberli Wright on vocals. “This is a lively show,” said Community Relations Manager Kelly Flynn.…

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YouthQuest Enrichment Program Combats Summer Learning Loss

Enrollment is underway for YouthQuest, an enrichment program that helps area students beat summer boredom while preparing them for the next school year. “Many students experience learning loss during the summer, especially when it comes to reading and math,” said Cheryl Adkins, program director of YouthQuest, which is administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. “One way to mitigate this ‘summer slide’ is to engage…

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