As I write this letter, I realize that this year’s high school football season is nearly over. It seems like yesterday that I was resolving myself to the fact that summer was ending too soon … fall seems to have come and gone even more quickly.
With each new season comes a fresh opportunity for us to bring you great stories about our communities and the people who stand out and make a difference. I think this issue is one of our best! In the “My Giving” slot is a story about blueberries … not the fruit we enjoy on our cereal, but a group of community ambassadors led by a man with a vision: local businessman and good friend, Phil Shaltz. He’s encouraging young people to make their world a better place – and it’s working! Check out “Blueberry Ambassadors: Changing DNA”.
Helping people is all in a day’s work for Flint City Police Officer, Randy Matteson. MCM writer Cheryl Dennison and photographer Mike Naddeo were granted a ride-along with Officer Matteson for our “My Day” story. In a companion piece, Lisa Briggs offers thoughts from Flint City Police Chief James Tolbert about the relationship between the police and the citizens they serve; this is a must-read.
Our “My Success” profiles are very popular, and November’s subject is another Flint native who has gone on to make an impact on many lives. Check out the Q & A with Central Michigan University President, Dr. George Ross. Also popular are “My Eats,” and after our inaugural City’s Choice Awards, we decided to feature the winners in their respective categories. I know this piece about local favorite Sagano Japanese Bistro & Steakhouse will make you hungry for sushi!
As MCM publisher, I read every story before it is printed, and I can honestly say that I love them all. I’m particularly fond of our “My Sport” feature on Fenton High School graduate, Kenny Allen, now the first-string kicker for the U of M Wolverines. We look for stories about extraordinary talent and have featured several local musicians; this month’s “My Music” celebrates Flint’s “Local 432.” The folks who run The Local have provided a great venue for music and arts for 30 years – congrats!
I know many loyal readers love our “My Haps” section; we’re covering many fall events including Pink Night for Breast Cancer, the FSO Season-Opening Gala, the Humane Society’s “Ties & Tails” fundraiser and a Community Salute to Drs. Bobby Mukkamala and Nita Kulkarni. There’s never a shortage of “haps” in Greater Flint.
Last month, MCM subscribers received the inaugural issue of My City Wellness – our new, quarterly magazine dedicated to wellness info and presented with typical My City substance and flair! We were thrilled to have so many respected contributors in our first issue. Look for the next My City Wellness in January 2016.
November is the month of giving thanks, and I don’t have to tell you that many in Greater Flint are having hard times. Make this a season of giving on any level that you can; someone will be thankful for it.
|Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief firstname.lastname@example.org|