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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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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Genesee County Court Announces Amnesty Program

      Pay Late Court Fees Without Penalty in June The 67th District Court in Genesee County has announced an amnesty program for individuals delinquent on payments to the Court. The amnesty program is a one-time program designed to enhance collections and assist the Court in clearing a backlog of old files. The program offers waivers of late fees to individuals upon payments of fines and costs in full. All misdemeanor cases and civil infraction cases in which a late fee has been assessed are eligible for amnesty. Payment can…

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M.A.D.D. Sheds Spotlight on Deadly Impact of Impaired Driving

  Every day 29 people are killed in drunk driving crashes By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (M.A.D.D.) said it hopes to one day see an end to crashes caused by impaired driving.  Until then, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization working to protect families from drunk/drugged driving and underage drinking continues to highlight the sobering statistics and severity of the drunk driving problem. Every day, 29 people are killed in drunk driving crashes or every 50 minutes.  In 2016, 10,497 people were killed in drunk driving…

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MOTT NEXT – Summer Youth Programs at MCC

Mott Community College (MCC) will launch MOTT NEXT for the next generation this summer. The program features a variety of half-day, full-day and one-week programs for Middle School and High School-aged students to explore topics from Crime Scene Investigation, Music Technology, Cosmetology and Brain Camp (Experimental Psychobiology lab). The MOTT NEXT line-up includes: June Marketing YOU! Tools to Land a Summer Job Tues, June 19, 9am – 2pm (grades 10 and up) Lapeer Center   Youth Business Camp Thurs, June 21, 9am – 3pm (grades 6 – 8)   July…

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