As I write this letter, Flint just finished hosting another Crim Festival of Races, on the heels of a fantastic 10th Annual Back to the Bricks that had Downtown revved up for a whole week. Crim participants and spectators turned out in force and luckily, the weather cooperated (if you like humidity). The whole organization and all the volunteers do our city proud and they delivered another phenomenal event to Flint and the world. Support for these events brings such a crucial infusion of revenue to the Downtown eateries and businesses during August – can’t wait til next year!
It’s great to know that the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of the excitement in Greater Flint. As soon as Crim is over, area residents look forward to Bikes on the Bricks, roaring into Downtown on September 12-14. As a longtime bike enthusiast (and Harley Fat Boy owner), I know that the motorcycle culture in our area is robust and this event is popular, unique and another important happening for Flint.
Unique stories and events are what My City is all about! In this issue are two pieces by Mark Spezia; one about a young man on a challenging road to sports history, and the other about a man well into his golden years who still challenges himself in an amazing way. Both serve as true inspirations and our whole team is proud to bring you their stories as only My City can. Joining the writing team is J. P. Ribner, who spoke with Flushing professional Miguel Ruelan about his path to an impressive world weight-lifting record.
Flushing is in our “Small Town Spotlight” for September.
If it’s about the energy and ever-growing spirit of renewal in Greater Flint, you can bet My City is thinking about it. We’re excited to live and work in a city that is moving toward becoming more like some nearby cities that are thriving, with business growth and strong civic pride.
I was blessed to know one Flint citizen who was very proud to be one, and she had an influence on our community during her time on earth. Almeda Hunter passed away this summer, leaving a hole in the lives of many people, myself included. I’m proud to have the opportunity to publish a piece about Almeda and include the sentiments of some whose hearts and lives she touched .
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|Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief
COVER PHOTO BY MIKE NADDEO