“From the Publisher” – September 2016


Dear Readers,

What a summer we’ve had!

As you peruse this huge issue, you’ll probably get the idea that Greater Flint was really “happening” in August. We’ve got almost 20 pages of highlights – Warrior Dash, Flint River Flotilla, Taste in Fenton, Jazz Fest, Back to the Bricks … maybe we snapped you enjoying your community!

In a “My Community” piece, we profile the new President/CEO of the Flint Institute of Music, Rodney Lontine. Rodney took the helm at FIM on August 1 after the retirement of Paul Torre. As Chairman of the FIM Board of Trustees, I recently chaired Rodney’s first Board meeting and was excited to hear his plans for the Institute. Also under the “Community” header is Back to the Bricks Founder/Chairman, Al Hatch. MCM caught up with him to chat about how the successful event has grown in its 12 years.

Talk about success – in the “My Success” spot is a true rags-to-riches story. George Stolzenfeld and his wife, Tiffany, are friends of mine; but that’s not why he’s featured in this issue. He came from humble beginnings and with a solid work ethic has built a huge, thriving business providing jobs for nearly 40 years. Success, in deed.

Featured in “My Hobby” is another successful local businessman, my friend, Win Cooper III (Cooper Commercial). He races a beautiful sailboat and wins … a lot! Succeeding in business and in fun – that’s what I call winning.

There are more winners in this issue: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place submissions in the My City Essay Contest. We printed their works, as well, and I think you’ll enjoy them. We’re proud to award these college-bound girls with scholarship funds from MCM! Stay tuned for more as our contest continues.

We get so many comments about our “Eats” features – we mixed it up a little this month with our “Posh Picnic” photographed in Wilson Park. We created a spread with great food from vendors at Flint Farmers’ Market. I want to thank those who donated their “eats.” I enjoyed the photo shoot with the MCM team, and yes, we then sat down and ate it all (almost). If you plan to tailgate this season, or just want a great meal, think Farmers’ Market and you’re all set.

During our “Eats” photo shoot on a beautiful, 90-degree day, we enjoyed some motivational music from an outstanding band playing in Wilson Park – check out the “My Music” piece on Reichlin Small and his big talent.

Of course, every issue takes a look at the past – so many City-zens responded to our “Flashback” to Flint Central High School! Lots of great memories on p.64-65. Our “History” piece features Kettering University and its rich, interesting heritage. And in the “Passion” spot is Max Harrison, a young man pursuing his love of local history in a very unique way.

There’s always so much to read in MCM – our content never disappoints. We’ll be at the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races and will have special coverage for you … see you there!

Thanks for reading.

vince3 Vince Lorraine, Publisher & Editor in Chief vince@mycitymag.com

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