From the Publisher August 2021


Dear Readers,

Remember being a kid in the summertime … having fun at a carnival without a care in the world? I feel that the cover photo (by Tim Jagielo) captures that nostalgic, childhood innocence. It was taken at the 6th Annual Flint Water Fest, which was a great success!

The word on the street is that Downtown is happening! I look forward to attending the annual events and also publishing photos of people enjoying life in Flint. If you haven’t been Downtown in a while (or ever), we have a sample of the cool things a visitor can experience, and check out our “Can’t Miss” list of happenings. On the facing page, the Genesee County Fair highlights their Youth Livestock Auction and the other great grandstand events on the week-long schedule.

It’s August and school is back! It’s an exciting time for students pursuing higher education. On many occasions, MCM has highlighted the abundant, top quality academic opportunities right here in Flint. We asked the teams at Kettering University, Mott Community College, Michigan State University Extension and University of Michigan – Flint to provide overviews of their new programs for this year. Whether or not you have someone in your life who is going to college, it’s interesting to read how curricula at these local institutions are evolving to meet the demands of emerging technology and an ever-changing world.

To complement our “School is Back!” piece, we are introducing a new feature: “7 Questions with …” We begin with a group of local education leaders who agreed to step into the spotlight and share some “personal data” with our readers – just for fun.

No stranger to the spotlight is newly-crowned Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, Rylie Dewley. Read about this Grand Blanc High School student’s journey to fulfilling her dream of pageant success. Finding success by following the talent and passion he found early in life is our “My Arts” subject, artist James Thigpen, Jr..

Rounding out the August content are food, history, happenings, our great variety of contributed columns and some “furry fun”. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading,


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