From the Publisher June 2018

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Dear Readers,

It’s hard to believe this issue begins Volume 6 of MCM! Five years ago, I realized a dream of creating a magazine to highlight all that’s good and positive about Greater Flint. The word is: we’re doing a great job! With your support, we’ll keep up the good work.

Many local people are celebrating their City’s Choice Awards – find the winners on. We appreciate the level of participation in this annual campaign. Congrats to all!

It’s great to be recognized for what you do, yet there are so many people and organizations that support their communities without much fanfare. One such group is the Junior League of Flint, recently celebrating its 90th anniversary.

We’re following all the Downtown renovation and restoration, so we have updates on two significant projects. After a lengthy restoration process following a 2015 fire, Whaley Historic House Museum will soon re-open to the public. And, the Mott Community College Culinary Institute that will occupy the former Woolworth Building will be a fantastic facility with room for more students and will certainly bring a boost to Downtown businesses.

Speaking of food, our “My Eats” features highlight local healthy options offered by natural grocers, and the recent fare served up at the Grand Blanc First Friday Food Truck Festival. I believe that the key to eating well is finding balance. Most days, I eat a vegetarian lunch at Dale’s Natural Foods, but I also enjoy some BBQ ribs once in a while.

The key to a long, healthy life just may be playing lots of golf, as you’ll see in our story about 100-year-old Burton resident, Annie Van Leuven – what an inspiring lady! The “girls rule” theme continues with the outstanding Powers Catholic Girls Varsity Soccer team (on track for a championship at this writing), and the Flint City Riveters Women’s Full-Contact Football. They wrap up their season this month, but you can catch the action next spring at Kearsley High School.

Our “My Success” feature profiles Ms. Black Michigan USA, Talisha Nicole Gilbert, who will represent her hometown of Flint next month in Washington D.C. in the Ms. Black USA pageant. We wish her all the best!

The summer is just getting started, and we have a great “What to Do in June” list – just a sample of the abundant events and activities for everyone enjoying life in Greater Flint.

As always, we were present at many early spring events to capture the faces of attendees. Maybe we snapped YOU …

Happy Summer!

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