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Letter From The Editor


Despite this season’s uncharacteristically harsh weather, we still have a remarkable community of people who keep things moving onthetown. And with that ardent spirit, this issue features extensive event coverage (pages 49-55) as, certainly, “our town” knows how to have a good time supporting great causes! I would like to take a moment to thank Julie Croft-Morely, owner of Top Shelf Clothing who has provided me with some amazing attire for attending recent community events. If the need for fabulous formal wear presents itself, people should make sure to check out Top Shelf Clothing at 3025 E. Grand Blanc Road in Grand Blanc.

Recently, I was given the privilege of volunteering for the Fenton Regional Chamber’s 13th Annual Girls and Business workshop on March 21st, at John’s Pizzeria in Fenton. Ninety high school junior and senior students spent the day with 11 local business women including Tracy Aubuchon, Allison Beers, Mary Ann Betlinick, Char Combs, Shelly Day, Rachel Monreal, Jennifer Sharp Scully, Jessica Skop, and Adele Temerowski. This very informative workshop was facilitated by Chelsea Mills, owner of Behind Your Design and contributing creative writer for onthetown. The main focus of this day was to get the young ladies to think about careers, how to interview appropriately, the importance of their personal brand and the effects that use of social media has on their future. In addition to Girls and Business, the Chamber also has a Boys and Business program held during the fall season for local young gentleman students.

Our talented contributor, illustrator and caricaturist, Rick Marschall dedicates our cover for this issue to featuring real estate moguls Kristy Cantleberry, Win Cooper, and Rob Moen who share their vision and passion for the business and its impact on our community (pages 18-22). Downtown Flint welcomes the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (page 16), and Mike “The Irish Monger” Donlan shares what it means to be named Grand Marshall by hosting the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, as well as detailing how his family’s business has been providing our area with the utmost of fresh seafood for over 100 years (pages 10-12). And finally, we are proud to announce Lou Lobsinger Jr. has joined the creative team of onthetown, check out his welcome letter on (page 8). Oh…and don’t forget to be seen. be heard. be onthetown…

-Michelle Blaisdell, Editor In Chief


As we all anxiously await the warm weather, we have many events in Genesee County to which we can all look forward. I am anticipating attending the Tux & Tennies gala and auction to support the Whaley Children’s Center on May 3rd. Anyone interested in attending


can contact De Andra McCain at 810600-0100. Speaking of the Whaley’s Children Center, April is child abuse prevention month. The national symbol for child abuse prevention is the blue pinwheel. People can support prevention by creating their own blue pinwheel garden or by visiting and purchasing

MANAGING EDITOR Michael G. Thodoroff DESIGNED BY The Office Place MANAGER Laura Ulman

a blue bracelet. On May 16th The 4th Annual Corkscrew for Brews will be held at the Lapeer Golf and Country Club. All proceeds from this event go to The Lapeer Child Advocacy Center. As spring has sprung, so have the Golf Outings. The Adopt A Pet’s 9th Annual golf outing, held at the Jewel in Grand Blanc, will be on May 17th. This golf outing is so much fun and has been a passion of mine for nine years. I hope to see some of our onthetown supporters there this year. As always, a thank you to everyone for the continued support of onthetown. Not only are we supported but our community is supported as well. Anyone seeing a blue pinwheel on Saginaw Street in Grand Blanc will have found onthetown’s home. May good health and happiness find everyone, - Kimberly Gray, Publisher

Corrections: Dr. Nita Kulkarni has affiliations with the three hospitals in Genesee County (Genesys, Hurley, McLaren) and not those in the Greater Detroit Area as stated in the article Our Area’s Specialist In Women’s Health which was published in the February issue of onthetown.

The cover was incorrectly listed on page 29 of the 40th Anniversary Edition and featured Dee Cramer of Dee Cramer Heating, Cooling and Sheet Metal that was originally featured in September 1992.

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10 St. Patrick’s Day 10 FLINT’S IRISH “MONGER” 13 HONOREES FOR 2014



Courage, Confidence, Character





Be Aware





Making It Happen 38 40 44 46 48 6




Be Seen 49 50 51 52 53 54 55


Be Entertained 56 CALENDAR OF EVENTS



Staff Highlight


on thetown

Welcomes New Staff Member


ven though onthetown magazine is celebrating its 40th year of circulation, it is not resting on any laurels. Backed by a progressive publisher in Global Network Publications and an energetic, charged, and creative staff, onthetown is pleased and excited to welcome

one of the true nationally recognized and prestigious talents in media circles: Mr. L.J. “Lou” Lobsinger, Jr. A Powers High School graduate, Lou brings over 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and public relations as well as, over five years’ experience in social media management. He is an accomplished writer and columnist for several automotive magazines, including National Business Media’s Performance Business magazine with his monthly column called “Talkin’ With Lou.” In addition to writing, Lou is the former National Sales Manager for performance parts manufacturer Specialty Auto Parts USA, Inc. and is the NBC TV25 automotive correspondent as “LJ the Car Guy.” Further, he was co-founder of the popular Detroit Muscle Clothing and Lifestyle line which he later sold. In January of this year, he joined the Grand Blanc office of NWA, Inc., a full service advertising agency, as vice president of business development. He is an ambassador for the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce and active in the Flint and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce as well. Lou is a member of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) and remains active with the automotive aftermarket. An accomplished musician, he has worked with the official SEMA show band Ledfoot on a new “Ledfoot Reloaded” project as well as, with his current band, Blue Devil. His first single, “Lost Bricks,” is available on iTunes. Lou and his spouse Kourtney, along with their two children, now reside in the Genesee County. “I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me to be contributing to On The Town magazine,” Lou expresses. “I grew up reading this magazine, and I look forward to carrying on the tradition of such strong and positive feature reporting here in Genesee County.” Look for Lou’s contributions in future issues of onthetown as he can be followed on Twitter at


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St. Patrick’s Day


Flint’s Irish “Monger” BY MICHAEL G. THODOROFF


t is commonly referred as the most

distinction of responsibility. Traditionally

effective prescription. It is widely




O’Sullivan Genesee County division of

only once a year and is shown to cure

the Ancient Order of Hibernians, this

all symptoms of – cabin fever! And that

year’s honor was bestowed on Michael

is… the Flint St. Patrick’s Day celebration

John (Mike) Donlan. “I have been truly



honored to be named the Grand Marshal

christened “official” in the early 80’s over

which provided me the opportunity to

casual lunchtime conversations among

speak with our community leaders about

long-time Flint area residents Terrance

the positive impact this event has had on

Sheehan, Mike Carr, Dick Daly, the late

our area,” Donlan mentions. “St. Patrick’s

Jack Goggins, Ralph Knight and (Big) Jim

Day, first and foremost, is a celebration of

O’Dea, this eagerly anticipated occasion

our religious heritage, but it also provides

brings out the jovial “Irish” in everybody

enjoyable activities for family and friends



to come together. Plus, through our

background. Each year there is one

fundraising efforts, we provide support to

person who coordinates all the revelries

various local charities.”








as a labor-of-love and who relishes this 10





Mike Donlan is no stranger to the Flint


St. Patrick’s Day

area. As a matter of fact, as proprietor and official “fish monger” of Donlan’s Fish and Seafoods market, his business is currently celebrating their 100th year of operation this year. Mike speaks in almost reverent tones when chatting about the origins of his family’s enterprise. Not only did his great grandfather inaugurate the Flint Fish Company, but he was also instrumental in establishing the parish and church of St. Matthew’s in downtown Flint. John Walter O’Donnellan (later changed to “Donlan”) came to Flint via Canada and, before that, at the turn of the century resided in Ennis, Ireland, the capital city of County Clare. He was a jeweler by trade. But when discussions started regarding the formation of a new Catholic parish and

Flint Fish Company in 1914, at 521 Brush

location at 3116 Corunna Road where

church, he turned to his relatives in the Bay

Alley, in the heart of a bustling downtown

they have been since, undergoing some

City area fishing industry to help with the

Flint. By the late 40’s Mike’s grandfather,

major renovations and updates along

funding by selling their catches in the Flint

John Mason Donlan, changed the name

the way to become the area’s renowned

area. That strategy was well received and

to Donlan Fish Company. As the business

seafood source it is today.

worked so well that John Donlan decided

continued to develop, the early 50’s

“We buy everything direct,” Donlan

to continue the momentum by opening the

saw the Donlan’s move to their current

explains. “We work with great suppliers, 11

St. Patrick’s Day


“I have been truly honored to be named the Grand Marshal which provided me the opportunity to speak with our community leaders about the positive impact this event has had on our area.”

and, through the years, I’ve gotten to know the best. And because of that, our quality stays consistently great. Most of our fresh fish comes in whole; we scale it, we fillet it, and we bone it by hand. We consider ourselves a destination specialty fish and seafood market.” As an example, they purchase crab legs directly from Alaska, cod from Iceland, and shrimp from the Gulf Coast. And taking advantage of the tremendous cost efficiencies, they distribute seafood all across Michigan, including in the Upper Peninsula. Just as Mike has remained resolute on the family business, he eagerly anticipated all of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The fun actually kicked-off on February 8th with a PreSt. Patrick’s Day party at a packed Dom Polski Hall. Besides a “genuine” leprechaun’s shenanigans and Celtic Irish dancers, the Hibernian Queen and Court were crowned along with delicious corned beef sandwiches and Irish stew - all accompanied with merriment. This set the tone for the actual celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day, commencing with the formal Mass in St. Michael’s Church at 12:02PM…because the Irish are never on time! Traditions began with a bowl of shamrocks being presented to the Mayor of Flint, Dayne Walling, while Bishop Earl Boyea from the Lansing Diocese celebrated the Mass. Afterward, the Irish Family Walk - the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade led by the Grand Marshal and traditional Irish wolfhounds - took place from the church to McFarlan Park to raise the flag o’ the Irish. Afterward the celebrations continued back at the Catholic Charities facility (old St. Michael’s fieldhouse) where Irish music and beverages were served with high spirits prevailing both during the popular Pot O’ Gold

Fund to deserving college bound students

road race which ran at 6:00PM and throughout the evening.

in conjunction with the Flint Elks Club

Michael John Donlan continued the venerable honor and traditions of a Grand Marshal


through the role he played in sustaining the legacy of Flint St. Patrick’s Day events. He

As Mike reflects, “I talk to many of our

has been, and always will be, an integral part of a community that desperately needs

customers who come in and tell me their

trusted leaders of his caliber. It will always be a special day for him as he actually met

parents and grandparents were Donlan

his spouse, Lori, at one of the St. Patrick’s Day Masses, and they eventually named their

customers. We are so grateful for the

daughter Chloe Erin in honor of their Irish lineage. He is proud of his family’s heritage

community’s support and are looking

and keeps that spirit alive by providing, for the last 25 years, the Donlan Scholarship

forward to the next 100 years!”


2014 HONOREES //

St. Patrick’s Day

Flint St. Patrick’s Day Honorees for 2014


nce again, the steep traditions of Flint’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were carried on by the announcement of this year’s award recipients. While these Irish accolades have their own specific requirements,

the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Sullivan and O’Sullivan Flint Division gives the official notice of proclamation. The Irish Mother and Father of the Year award designates two people who

St. Patrick’s Day 2014 Honorees Irish Mother and Father of the Year Mary Elaine and William Potbury

exemplify their contributions to the community in the spirit of honoring both their Irish and family heritage. As Irish Mother of the Year, Mary Elaine (Goggins) Potbury is “honored and proud to carry on the Goggins family tradition of having a part in the Flint St. Patrick’s Day Mass and celebrating our family’s Irish heritage on this most wonderful of holidays.” Spouse William Potbury, as Irish Father of the

The Hibernian Queen and Court Queen: Taylor Bauchan Court: Caleih Gainey, Virginia Boggs

Year, adds “While my surname may be a bit English, my Irish roots run deep, all the way back to County Cork!” The Miss Hibernian Pageant is a competition among young women that evaluates their knowledge of Irish heritage, as well as their poise, personality

The Mass Award Michael Powers

and appearance, all culminating with a personal interview by the Screening Committee. This year’s Queen is Taylor Bauchan with the court consisting of Caleigh Gainey and Virginia Boggs. The Mass Award is presented to people or organizations which have set out to do good works and have demonstrated support for the Irish Community in and around Genesee County. Michael Powers, who retired from the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Department and was the former police chief of Clayton Township, is 2014’s humble recipient.


Honoring Our Heroes


Friends of McFarlan Park ‘Honoring our Heroes’ BY: YVONNE SOVA


ou may have driven past without noticing. In fact, you may drive past every day without realizing the significance. McFarlan Park,

located at the point where Saginaw Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard merge just north of downtown Flint, is dedicated as a memorial to the local members of the military who died in combat. The name of each person is engraved on a bronze plaque mounted on granite columns at one end of the park. Originally it was a City of Flint park and then was designated as a Genesee County War Memorial on Memorial Day, 1951. The “Friends of McFarlan Park, Inc.” is the driving force to ensure the park remains a beautiful, truly respectful tribute to the military people and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a community organization

Special ceremonies and programs are held on military

whose members include veterans, business people, educators,


media personnel, politicians, various civic groups, and individuals

surviving family members attending, as well as ROTC drills, 21-

who are passionate in their efforts to preserve the memorial. The

gun salutes, moments of silence and prayers all add to the dignity

recently renovated Durant is a perfect background for the north

of the day. The audience is moved to applause, smiles, cheers

side of the park, and the staff has been instrumental in helping

and tears. People can almost hear and feel the increased intensity

with maintenance.

Music, speeches, flag presentations, recognition of

of their own heartbeats. The service for Memorial Day, 2014, will be on Monday, May 26th at 9:30am. Those interested can mark their calendars and invite friends and neighbors to attend with them. It is a fitting and appropriate way to honor veterans, and it will be an inspiring experience for everyone. This year the St. Patrick’s Day Family Walk will include a visit to the park for a service to honor those who are listed on the columns. Many people stop by just to admire the displays, rest on the benches, silently remember and pray for loved ones who have served or still are doing so. Although the Friends of McFarlan Park have been active for many years, about four years ago, Don Lada and Jerry Prescott revitalized the committees, developed a more regimented structure, encouraged more people to become involved and recruited active volunteers. The

Unfortunately, overtime the elements have taken their toll.

Friends of McFarlan Park is run by a Board of Directors in a formal

In addition to regular clean-up, keeping the grass cut, pulling

and legal manner. Membership is only $20 a year - less than

weeds and planting flowers, other improvements must be made.

the cost of a night at the movies. Monthly meetings are held at

Replacing concrete and walkways, upgrading electricity and

First Presbyterian Church in downtown Flint, at 11am on the 2nd

repairing the pillars are a priority with the Friends of McFarlan

Thursday of each month, and everyone is welcome to attend to

Park. But plans have been drawn, volunteers have stepped up and

be part of honoring our heroes.

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he Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) officially opened its new Flint Service Center on Thursday, March 6, 2014. A ribbon cutting and reception was celebrated at the new service center, inside the Plaza One building at 111 E. Court

Street in Flint. “We are excited to reopen our Flint service center and give our Flint area members… a place of their own again,” says Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM. “Our service centers are where volunteers go for training. We offer programming at service centers, and families come into our shops to buy uniforms, books, and other fun merchandise. Reopening this location fills a void for a large portion of our membership.” Dalrymple was joined in officially opening GSSEM’s Flint Service Center by Monica Galloway, Member, Flint City Council and Julianne Princinsky, President of Baker College and GSSEM board member. Also attending were owners of the Plaza One Building, Ghassan M. Saab and James Tubbs. 16


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Julianne Princinsky, GSSEM board member; Representative Phil Phelps (D, Flushing); Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM; James Tubbs, Owner, Plaza Building; Monica Galloway, Flint City Councilwoman.

Julianne Princinsky, GSSEM board member; Denise Dalrymple, CEO of GSSEM.

“We are proud to welcome GSSEM and its members to the Plaza One building,” says Ghassan Saab, CEO of Sorenson Gross Construction Services. “Girl Scouts will be an excellent addition to the great tenants we already have; we look forward to a great relationship for a long time to come.” The Flint Service Center includes the Council Shop, occupying more than 1,100 square feet on the first floor of the building and the service center with more than 2,000 square feet on the second floor. Free parking is available immediately across the street.

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Team Cantleberry A True Dynamic Force RE/MAX Grande BY MARTHA HAMP

She is the dynamic head of a successful real estate team, serving as a realtor in association with Remax Grande, located in Grand Blanc, Michigan…and her business has proven itself to be a thriving and prospering concern - at least in part, due to the sheer force of Kristy Cantleberry whose character and personality inform all she accomplishes. In fact, she has the ability to infuse all she attempts with her unique version of “can-do-ism.” Petite, stylish, and energetic, she presents as a powerhouse of determination combined with a sure- footed ability to do her job and do it well. “I never like to be told I can’t do something,” she says, and therefore, she tends to give everything she undertakes “her all.” Kristy got into the real estate business when she was working in a deli and found that the job could not offer her much opportunity for advancement. But Kristy had drive and ambition so that when she came across an ad in the newspaper offering a course in obtaining a real estate license -- she took a chance and earned one, finding her niche in the business early in the game. With a philosophy based on treating people the way they should be treated, she did well at her new career, and, after six successful years in the business working for someone else’s company, she decided to strike out on her own. She then formed her own team with Remax Grande...where she is now so productive that she enjoys a record 82% of repeat business, in addition to all the new clientele she acquires. As her husband, Dave Cantleberry says, “She certainly possesses the ability to fuel the fire.” As a married couple, they form the perfect complement to each other, both on a personal and professional level – representing a kind of yin and yang in the trenchant real estate team she started. Effecting an almost perfect division of labor in the office and out, Dave acts as both Kristy’s support and her leveling agent – she calls him “my rock” – while he says she provides the business with what he terms “the Wow Factor.” And the beauty of the relationship lies in that comfortable balance they achieve in the sales and administration of the company as well as in their married life – so “in sync” are they as to finish each other’s sentences when talking. They have a 19 year-old son in college and a six year-old adopted daughter from Guatemala who keeps them as busy as their business does. And of course, they have those important members of their team, their esteemed employees, all of whom would agree that Dave and Kristy Cantleberry are a pleasure to work for. In fact, the working environment at “Team Cantleberry” most resembles an extension of what Kristy would term “family,” and she treats her employees as both colleagues and friends. She states, “I want to be that person who inspires others,” and she works at bringing out the best in people. She often “bites off more than [she] can chew,” so she requires good support from her able staff, and they don’t let her down. From the listing and buyers agents to the all-important administrative personnel, Kristy trusts her staff and rewards them in many ways with a mixture of entertaining activities as well as support and outreach of a more serious kind. For example, during 18


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the Christmas season, the staff was treated to a trip to a day spa – a welcome treat at that busy time of year. And once a month she throws what she deems a Client Mixer for her team and valued customers --

“I want to be that person who inspires others.”

providing refreshments, drinks, appetizers, some musical enjoyment, and a great

well in life can “pay it forward.” She even has a desire

time at Lucas in Grand Blanc. She often

to start some kind of foundation herself someday. And

“invests” in motivational books which

in that spirit, while she states, “I’m always about being

she passes on to her employees and gives

challenged…” she also adds that the best part of “being

each staff member a generous birthday

Kristy” is thinking outside of herself.

gift. Kristy indicates that she cares about

In closing, the Cantleberrys

recount a story of

those who work for her, saying, “Without

a recent real estate sale about which they are

my team I’d be a wreck.”

especially proud. An elderly woman who owned

But she also has her serious, charitable

a house on waterfront property needed to sell

side, and in the spirit of, as she states,

her home as her husband was already in

“trying to build a better world,” she has

assisted living, and she could not live in

contributed greatly to the growth and

the home alone. Having talked to another

success of a foundation named Forward

agent, the woman had been advised to

for West, started by one of her agents,

wait until May to put the property on

Jennifer Frescura, in loving memory of her

the market and to “stage” the place

son who died suddenly and tragically one

to sell it. Though convinced that she

July day in 2012. It has become a cause

had no other options, the woman

close to the hearts of all who work with

then talked to Kristy who told her

Jennifer, and she says of Kristy’s support,

that not only would she put the house

“I’ve been blessed to have Kristy and

on the market right away but that she

the team in my life; she has helped me

could sell it “as is” and get a proper

to honor West and realize he is making

price in the bargain. And that is exactly

me a stronger person every day. Our team

what occurred… with Kristy selling the

supports all of the Forward for West events

woman’s house for cash…and for $30,000

by sponsoring, volunteering, and, most

more than the other realtor had planned

importantly, making the people we know

on asking! It is things like this that result in

aware of West’s story and the things we are

the good reputation that Kristy Cantleberry

doing [in his name].” To this foundation

and her team cultivate and maintain.

and other causes, Kristy has devoted much

Whether supporting a foundation close to

of her time and energy…returning to the

her heart, sitting at the hospital bedside of

community at large some of the goodness

her assistant, giving rewards to staff and

and largess she has garnered. Besides the

clients, or rescuing a woman in need

work accomplished through the Forward

of good real estate advice at a difficult

for West Foundation, Kristy Cantleberry is

time, Kristy gives the best of herself…

involved in a number of other charitable

and those who are touched by her, in

ventures. A great networker, she belongs

the words of her agent Jennifer Frescura,

to 100 Women Igniting Change, as well as

are truly blessed.

supporting Whaley Children’s Center, and the Children’s Miracle Network, to name a few. She tries to live the philosophy that acts of random kindness (ARK) provide a means by which people who have done

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Win Cooper Cooper Commercial BY RICK MARSCHALL

A Quarter-Century of Putting the “Real” in Real Estate


in Cooper is only a youthful 53 years old, but when he looks at Genesee County – the real estate business in general, and properties from small retail shops to giant

industrial sites in particular – he can almost see the past, present, and future all in one glance. There is a concrete (that is, brick-and-mortar) reason for that: his father was active in real estate, various relatives were in the business, and his own major firm, Cooper Commercial of Flint, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014. “You might say it’s in my genes,” says Cooper in his office on Linden Road between Miller and Bristol Roads. His nickname “Win”, by the way, is short for Winfield (as well as a reflection, or “Win,” of his successes) – and, in fact, his full name is Winfield Lafayette Cooper III. A family interest in American history grafted references to Gen. Winfield Scott and Marquis de Lafayette to the Cooper family tree. But whether real-estate expertise was inherited or adopted, it came naturally to Win. He says,“My father had a real-estate business in Port Huron, and my Great Uncle Clint and Uncle John worked in the office. When I was 16, I got involved in learning appraisals.” Circumstances prove that he was destined to be in real estate. As a young man, he worked for Continental Bank in Chicago… until the bank failed. Win returned to Michigan, got a job with the Hurand family’s Dawn Donuts chain… and wound up as director of their properties and real estate operations. Finally, he set out on his own – “wanting to be in business, but independent,” according to him -- and opened Cooper Commercial on Jan 1, 1989. Why commercial properties exclusively? And why Flint, which was already showing signs of rust? “I like this community,” Win says, adding optimistically, that “although the times might have been a little better then than now, markets are cyclical.” He had a vision for Cooper Commercial, stating, “I wanted to be in a middle-tier position and be able to focus on four areas – from storefronts to factories.” These areas include: •

Vacant land that is zoned, or can be, for commercial use – for instance, farmland

Office space

Retail properties -- for instance, retailers who have vacated large buildings

Larger industrial complexes – for example, ones that can be occupied or transformed to suit

“Focusing our business in these areas, and – very important to us – taking care of customers – has made us a bread-and-butter brokerage firm,” Cooper indicates but in the market of Genesee County and surrounding areas, there is more than bread and butter on the plate of Cooper Commercial. With seven


COOPER COMMERCIAL REACHES A MILESTONE // full-time brokers, the firm holds approximately 50 percent market share in their field.

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sailboats annually.

Regarding the prominence of his company, especially in relation to what the world sees

After a quarter century of many

as economic challenges in Genesee County and its past as a humming auto/industrial

accomplishments and accolades in his

hub, Win says he has a passion to help bring jobs back to the area, remarking that “The

chosen profession, Win Cooper is not

biggest movement now is in industrial properties, which had been selling for 30 cents

the kind of man to look backward too

on the dollar – phenomenal opportunities. There is value in use – companies can buy

long. Besides the commercial activity

existing buildings for substantially less [cost] than erecting new ones. Companies begin

and prosperity he envisions for Genesee

operations, they hire employees, offices fill up, residents spend money…” and so on,

County, he has a very personal vision for

even to the creation of mom-and-pop stores and eateries that can thrive again around

the future and it is not at all an unlikely

industrial magnets.


It is a solid vision, not pie-in-the-sky, and Win Cooper is confident of continued

As it is never too early to begin

growth for Genesee County, and not just hand-in-hand, but in helping to lead the way,

mentoring, Win has a seven year-old

for Cooper Commercial is now a respectable robust 25 years old.

grandson, Gabriel, who recently rode

Win Cooper’s dedication to the health and future of Genesee County is reflected not

his grandpa’s shoulders all over Disney

merely in his company’s intentional focus of operations. He is also active in many areas

World, and about whom Win says, “...

of private and family life – for his roots are deep – as well as in civic life. He has served

when Gabriel visits the office, he has his

as President of the Tall Pine Boy Scouts Council of Genesee, Shiawassee, and Lapeer

own little desk where he enjoys sitting.”

counties, served on the University of Michigan/Flint Business School Advisory Board,

There surely will be more chapters written

and as president of the state Commercial Board of Realtors. At UM/Flint’s Business

in the Cooper story, and that of Cooper

School, he helped establish the Win Cooper Teaching Award… in honor of his retired


father, 77, who is as proud of his son as of the award named for himself. The feeling is mutual; Win Cooper III says of his dad, “He was a great mentor.” Win’s personal life is as “crowded,” and full of admirable pursuits, as his professional life. He is a pilot who has logged 6000 hours over 36 years flying small planes… and not all for pleasure. He is a member of “Angel Flight,” whose members are on call 24/7 to transport patients in emergency situations, as well as to deliver organs for transplants to hospitals across the region. And at home on the water as well as aloft, Win has raced sailboats 27 times – winning nine trophies – in the legendary Port Huron-toMackinac Race that attracts 200-250



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Rob Moen The Moen Group BY RENEE BOALS-PEELS

“The role of leadership is not to lead, but develop new leaders.” - Rob Moen


s he defines leadership and exemplifies character by identifying the needs of the client while building and earning trust, Rob Moen works hard at his business, The Moen Group, by providing quality consultations to clients, ones that are individualized to meet their particular needs. A 1988 graduate of Grand Blanc High School, he says,

“Helping people that I’m connected with is my business philosophy…[ as well as]… earning the right to ask for referrals.” Moen is the ultimate optimist, assisting in the growth of an organization that once had only 11 members in 2009, and now has grown to 100 members in 2014. As the current President of Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) Flint Chapter -- elected in 2012 -- he became the first male to sit on the board of an all-women’s group. With a gentle nudge from friends in real estate who identified Moen as a leader, he was eventually asked to take on the role of membership director for WCR Flint Chapter and is now currently serving as the 2014 Women’s Council of Realtors State Chapter recording secretary. The Moen Group has seen recent growth with the new addition of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, a Michigan real estate company. Assisting friends and family with moving since 1996 has helped to make Moen a member of the “Two Million Sold in One Month Club,” and as he states, his company is “Growing in…[the number of]… agents and getting everyone to be top level performers.” Furthermore, he can often be found volunteering his time at the Bobby Crim Special Olympics, Realtors Who Care Golf Outing, and the Summer Special Olympics as well. He has recently expanded his business to include his wife, Julie, of seventeen years, too. Rob Moen and The Moen Group will continue to have an impact in real estate within this community. The Moen Group is looking forward to more growth and leadership, while expanding individual strengths and also focusing on clients. Rob Moen will continue to identify what is needed within the real estate market and to develop and implement classes, as well as training programs for both realtors and their clients.

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Money Management for Kids What to teach your kids about using financial tools responsibly


College often is the first time in a child’s life when he or she becomes almost completely independent. Students living away from home have to take on new responsibilities and will need to make their own decisions regarding how they spend their time and manage their money.


o help prepare them, start their education financial




There are a number of ways parents can manage risks when obtaining a card for their child. They include credit cards with low balance limits and no annual fee. A card with


no annual fee can remain active even when not used over the span of a year. Should

they are still living at home. That way they

your child plan to travel abroad, ensure that the card has no international transaction

will have a solid foundation to build upon


when they head off to college.

Checking accounts and debit cards

Whether you have a college freshman or a high school junior looking ahead, there are several products that could be appropriate, depending on your child’s level of financial knowledge and maturity.

Credit cards Credit cards, when used properly, can help establish and build a child’s credit score, which is imperative when looking ahead to milestone purchases like a car and house after college. The purchasing power — and subsequently the debtamassing power — of credit cards must

Encouraging your child to open a checking account and obtain a debit card tied to that account is a good first step on the path to establishing sound money management skills. It is important to teach your child the fundamentals of how a checking account and debit card work. Through the convenience of online and mobile banking, depositing money, checking account balances and paying bills can be done anytime.

Prepaid cards These operate much like a debit card without being tied to a bank account. This option could be considered by parents who feel it is prudent to exercise an even greater level of control over their child’s spending and saving habits. Prepaid cards allow parents to more closely govern the amount of money to which a child has access and can serve as an intermediate step to a full-fledged bank account and/or debit card.

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be respected, and that is among one of

Finance management is a lifelong skill that everyone needs. By working closely with

the most important lessons a child can

their children and giving them successively higher levels of financial freedom based

learn. However, that should not dissuade

on evidence that they are worthy of additional trust, parents can allow their children

parents from allowing their children to

to learn useful financial lessons in stages, throughout their teen and young adult years,

obtain and use credit cards. Instead, it

paving the way for better spending, saving and purchasing habits down the road.

presents an opportunity to educate them on the importance of: •

Spending within a budget

Making timely payments

Paying more than the minimum amount due


For more information about teaching financial literacy, contact Jim Brocklehurst, executive vice president, Retail Banking, for FirstMerit at 330-996-6495 or

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month BY DEB PASCOE


e are very fortunate in Michigan to have numerous Child Advocacy Centers, and the mission of these local centers is all very similar. The Child Advocacy Centers represent places of hope for sexually

and physically abused children. They provide a safe, child-friendly haven for children to make difficult but truthful disclosures one time, in one place, to one specially trained person. The Centers can and will help these children and their families. A sampling of the statistics are staggering; one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused in some way before the age of eighteen, and an average of 1,500 children die each year as a result of child abuse. Being abused or neglected as a child increases the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 53%. Being abused or neglected as a child also increases the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime as an adult by 38%. Locally, we are very priviledged in this area to have The Lapeer Child Advocacy Center. Their purpose is clear, and that is “To reduce the trauma to children during the investigation and intervention of alleged sexual or physical abuse by providing forensic interviews and forensic medical examinations in a safe and child-friendly environment while additionally providing child abuse prevention programs to help stop child abuse.� This Child Advocacy Center has one of the largest Child Abuse Prevention Programs in the state, offering specially designed programs for all children, parents/guardians, schools, churches, and community organizations as well as currently running them in every elementary, middle and high school in Lapeer County. They also provide services to facilitate and coordinate the complex investigation, prosecution and treatment of child sexual and/or severe physical abuse; this is accomplished with active involvement of people in the agencies who are mandated to investigate or intervene in child abuse cases. These individuals include law enforcement officers, child protective service workers, prosecuting attorneys, and victim rights advocates. The multi-disciplinary team approach minimizes the stress associated with the investigation in a child-sensitive, supportive, and safe environment. National statistics show an increased number of prosecutions of perpetrators of child abuse resulting from a coordinated approach to these cases. The Lapeer Center’s staff serves as advocates for both the child and his or her family throughout the entire process.


How to Keep Your Children Safe: •

First, don’t be afraid to talk with your children!

Let your children know they can talk to you if they feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.

Help them make a list of people they trust and with whom they feel safe. Let them know it’s okay to talk with anyone on their trust list if they can’t come to you. The important thing is your children will have someone safe to turn to.

Set clear family guidelines for personal privacy and behavior.

Teach your children to say “NO” to uncomfortable situations. Roll play with them. Teach them the louder

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and more insistent they are, the less likely a perpetrator will be to try something with them. •

If something has happened, give your children love and support, and remember that it’s the perpetrator’s fault not your children’s.

Parents: •

Beware of adults who show excessive attention to your children or who give money or gifts to them. These kinds of adults may seek out single parents or busy ones and spend lots of extra time and money on your children.

Beware of adults who cross personal boundaries, who may insist on hugging, kissing or tickling a child even when that child does not want physical contact.

The best advice is do not be afraid to talk with your children. Do not be afraid to talk with them about their private parts and who is and who is not allowed to touch/see them. This could be the most important information you will share with them! The 4th annual Corkscrews & Brews is coming Friday, May 16th at the Lapeer Golf and Country Club, located at 3786 Hunt Road in Lapeer. This is a benefit event where all proceeds go towards covering the Lapeer Child Advocacy Center’s operating expenses for one full year. This will be an exceptional and enjoyable experience as there will be a sampling of many Michigan craft beers and international wines along with a

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African-American Cuisine and Cultural Experience BY SHARON CAMPBELL


frican-American cuisine returned again this year to Mott Community College’s Applewood Café, accompanied by musical entertainment in celebration of Black History Month. The MCC Alumni Association collaborated with the Foundation for Mott Community College in presenting the 2014

African-American Cuisine and Cultural Experience, featuring local vocalist Gwen Pennyman-Hemphill performing a musical tribute to legendary African-American female artists. This renowned studio artist has also shared the stage and opened shows for several gospel greats. This event took place February 20 in the Applewood Café on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint, 1401 E. Court Street. This annual luncheon program prepared by the culinary arts students and staff at MCC, has become a much anticipated tradition on the Flint campus during Black History Month. “There was a festive atmosphere in Applewood Café on February 20, with fantastic food and great music for all to enjoy,” says Lennetta Coney, Executive Director, Office of College and Community Advancement/ Foundation for Mott Community College. “The African-American Cuisine and Cultural Experience has proven to be an excellent opportunity for the community to celebrate AfricanAmerican culture and Black History Month with MCC.” For information about MCC’s 2014 African-American Cuisine and Cultural Experience, please call the Foundation for Mott Community College at (810) 762-0425. 28

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Fenton’s Tour De Lacs

Foerster called the research phenomenal

Raises funds for heart condition research

and has high hopes for the future of the


research so that other families don’t have

it. “We are all doing our part to fund the to endure what Brett [my husband and

When Kim Foerster’s son Braylon passed away from a congenital heart defect in 2006,

I] had to endure… so that other babies

she decided she wanted to help other families who have dealt with the same tragedy. As

don’t have to have so many open heart

fate would have it, she met a research scientist by the name of Dr. Mark Russell during

surgeries, and there is an easier means of

her son’s multiple heart surgeries. Russell and Foerster had become fast friends while

intervention than what our son had,” she

Russell frequented the hospital because of his young son’s severe food allergies. Foerster


says family and friends were offering her money in support of her son’s condition, but

On February 25, Foerster and Russell

she wasn’t comfortable accepting it and decided to do something meaningful with the

presented the findings of the new research

money instead. One of Foerster’s friends told her Dr. Russell was a research scientist,

in a private event at Grand Blanc Motor

and so Foerster asked Russell about his work. The two decided to begin using the money

Cars, one sponsor of the Tour De Lacs.

Foerster had been given to fund research on congenial heart defects. By that twist of fate,

The event promises about 500 cyclists

the Gift of Hope Fund came into being.

of all levels. Foerster called the event

Foerster was already involved with the cycling event The Tour De Lacs of Fenton,

fun. “The event attracts people from all

Michigan, and with the okay of the board, she made the Gift of Hope the sole charity of

fitness levels. Everyone who jumps in and

the event. Since Foerster changed the charitable fund to Gift of Hope, she and her friends

participates challenges themselves,” she

and family have raised about $80,000.

says, adding, “But it’s more about the fun

Since the Gift of Hope began, Russell and his research team have made remarkable

and the camaraderie.”

progress in the science of understanding and repairing congenial heart defects. They

The 12th annual Tour De Lacs is

have been able to identify a gene that is responsible for the improper growth of the heart

scheduled for August 2, 2014 .For more

muscle. In another phase of the research, scientists are now able to “trick” skin cells into

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thinking they are muscle cells which allows for beating muscle tissue to grow in a petri dish. In theory, if the project continues to be funded, Russell and his team would be able

Names in photo left to right. Doug & Cindy Smith, owners of Smitty’s at Exit 80 in Fenton; Ron & Becky Stack, owners of CycleFit MultiSport in Fenton and

to grow a heart muscle in vitro that can be used in fixing the heart. Essentially, doctors

Saginaw; Dr Mark Russell, Associate Professor of

would be able to identify a defective fetus’ heart through an ultrasound and apply

Pediatrics and Communicable Disease University of

DNA from a healthy heart muscle into that fetus, thus growing a heart chamber. Russell acknowledges Foerster’s help. He says, “I think the research has grown quite a lot with Kim’s help. This whole project--to be able to grow heart cells--was made possible by her support.” 30

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Get Well & Stay Well



ith all the recent turmoil and controversy involving the health care system in this country, it is a real pleasure to see the comprehensive and

professional therapy services offered at Max Well Therapy, LLC. Founded and conveniently named by Jill Maxwell in 1998, Max Well Therapy offers a full range of services covering physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, sensory integration therapy, nutritional therapy, and finally massage therapy. Jill became a licensed physical therapist in 1987 and currently employs a staff of 15 between the business’ two locations – one on Linden Road near Court Street in Flint Township, and the other on Perry Road, east of Saginaw Street in Grand Blanc. Those employees include physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and nutritional and massage therapists. Max Well therapy values knowledge, patient education,

currently succeeding as a college student and



is even on staff at Max Well, teaching the game

treatments with personable care.

of chess. “With minimal offerings in public

According to Jill, “We treat patients

schools, we help parents with education and

throughout their lifetime, meeting the

therapies for their child. Currently there are

health care needs of this community.”

980 students in Genesee County who have







been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum,” Jill


indicates. The U.S. Center for Disease Control

Geriatric therapies, treating patients

and Prevention states that one in 88 children

from as young as six months old to

are diagnosed on with some form of disorder.



the oldest at age 98. Seventy per cent of their business involves

In 2012 in the state of Michigan, with the help

adults and thirty per cent is devoted to children. So even though

of current Lt. Gov. Brian Calley whose daughter is on the Autism

the “bread and butter’ of their business involves treating general

Spectrum, the legislature passed into law mandatory insurance

patients for the most common injuries of the back, neck, and

coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. Additionally,

shoulder, the fastest growing part of Max Well’s business involves

Max Well takes most insurance and is an approved provider for


the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In order to help

According to a recent press release, “Max Well Therapy, LLC,

parents with all of these issues, Max Well offers an educational

is Genesee County’s premier therapy resource for children with

component. Through many local school districts, Max Well staff

various developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum

members teach classes for parents of these children.

Disorders, speech delay, developmental delay and Cerebral

Other treatment specialties at Max Well deal with conditions

Palsy.” Having raised a child on the Autism Spectrum Disorder,

such as vertigo, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, neuropathy,

Jill knows first-hand the difficulties of diagnosis, treatment, and a

Downs Syndrome, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel, and stroke.

lack of educational offerings locally regarding autism. Her son is

Certified Parkinson’s treatment is now offered at Max Well using




the Lee Silverton Voice Treatment (LSVT) process, both Big and Loud programs. In addition, therapists work with Parkinson’s patients to help them live a more active life and participate in everyday activities. And as for women’s health, Max Well treats breast cancer survivors and lymphodema, as well as offering massage therapy for stress management. There is nothing funny about any of the above health issues, but Max Well even teaches a class in laughter therapy. So it is true what they say, that laughter is the best medicine. Besides the varied therapies at Max Well, they also test employment capabilities for a prospective employee. Some of their clients include major airlines and construction companies, such as Halliburton and Waste Management.

In closing, Jill

Maxwell adds, “As an independent, small-business owner, we

Max Well Locations: FLINT 1397 S. LINDEN RD. SUITE B 810-230-9750

must be good at what we do and rely on word-of-mouth. At Max


Well, you matter.”


For information on services at Max Weil Therapy, LLC,


please view their very extensive and informative website at or contact them at one of their locations.



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Small Device Could be Life Changing For Cardiac and Stroke Patients at McLaren BY SHERRY FARNEY

than its larger predecessor, and it can monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years. “This device is indicated for patients who experience symptoms such as dizziness, palpitation, fainting and chest pain that may suggest an irregular heartbeat,” states Dr. Hassan. “Once the incision heals it is so much more discreet and comfortable for patients than the external monitoring devices we have for them to wear. Advantages of the technology are that it allows for continuous and wireless monitoring of patients and, unlike some ICMs, it allows patients to undergo an MRI if needed.” Until a cause for Kelly’s fainting and palpitations is found, he is also doing his part to take better control of his health. He


has lost a considerable amount of weight

n implantable cardiac monitoring (ICM) system, approximately one-third the

and is focused on his diet to keep his Type

width of a AAA battery, is now available for use in monitoring the health

2 diabetes in check as well as his high

of patients who have had recurrent fainting, heart palpitations, unexplained

blood pressure.

stroke or an irregular heartbeat. This technology may be life changing for identifying

As a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

heart conditions, including in the nearly 30% of all patients who have had a stroke

Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

in the United States each year and who are categorized as cryptogenic, meaning the

and a Certified Primary Stroke Center,

underlying cause of their strokes cannot be identified. These are patients who have

McLaren Flint continuously strives to

not been on medications or have not had known physical conditions like an irregular

provide the latest treatment options for

heartbeat that put them at risk previously for a heart attack or stroke.

heart and stroke patients. The Medical

Kelly Jones, age 38 of Flint, is one of those patients. On February 27 at McLaren Flint,

Center is pleased to be the first in the

he was the first patient in the region, and only the third in Michigan, to receive the

region to bring patients this new heart

device. Fortunately for Kelly, the device, the Reveal LINQ by Medtronic, received FDA

monitoring technology.

approval on February 17, making it available for use in patients. Now that Kelly has had two episodes of fainting and palpitations, he is at increased risk for having a heart attack or stroke and not knowing why. Not knowing why is troubling to him. “It does make me feel better that I’m being monitored because I do worry about what’s wrong with me,” states Kelly. “I’m hoping this technology will help my heart doctor figure out what is going on with me so I can get better.” Mustafa Mahmoud Hassan, M.D., a cardiologist who specializes in irregular heart rhythms, placed the device just beneath Kelly’s skin through a small incision of less than 1 centimeter in the upper left side of his chest. This ICM has 20 percent more data memory 36

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Solomon and Son A Legacy of Solid Ethics


n January of 1993 onthetown sat down with Morris and

genius when it came to fabricating sheet metal by hand.

Don Solomon to talk about the Flint area’s premier

Fortunately, Abraham Solomon always had work and could

sheet metal and roofing company, and shortly thereafter,

provide for his family, primarily due to his many inventive and

Morris Solomon graced that month’s cover. In the spirit of

natural abilities. He was, for example, well-versed in all aspects

commemorating onthetown’s 40th year of publication, we take

of roofing, gutters, downspouts, and general sheet metal forming,

a fresh look at the venerable 103 year-old business through the

as well as plumbing and glass cutting. But during Prohibition,

perspective of third generation proprietor, Don Solomon.

he held the distinction of being Flint’s only builder of custom

It all began back in 1905 when Abraham Solomon immigrated

stills for the area’s bootleggers. And in the Depression

to Flint from Ukraine via Canada and later established his

Years, Abraham even sustained his business by

business Solomon Sheet Metal Company in 1911. The first

accepting chickens and garden produce

location was at 3207 Industrial Avenue, directly across the street

from customers in exchange for his

from the fledgling Buick factory. The principal work for Abraham


involved setting up and installing coal furnaces for many of the

As early as nine years of age,

new houses sprouting up around the prospering, massive Buick

son Morris Solomon learned

complex. Automation in the early years of the sheet metal trades

the trade under his father’s

was virtually non-existent. As a result, “Sal-a-mone,” as he was


affectionately known, found a way to fabricate sheet metal by

materials to the job

hand. His trade was to work with steel, but he was considered a

sites in their “modern”





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Northwest Optimist Club, and a longtime member of the Flint Elks Club. To this day, people still ask about Morris and speak of the love they had for him, often referring to him by his childhood nickname of “Mushy.” In 1993 Solomon and Son presented a sponsorship to the Flint College and Cultural Development in memory of Morris’ parents and in thanks for the sincere benefits they had enjoyed as life-long residents of the community. While Morris and his wife Deana passed on in 2002 and 2009, respectively, the current president of the business, their son, Don Solomon, says they are thought of each day and dearly missed. Don Solomon is a product of the Flint school system, having graduated from Northwestern High School. He started working for his father during summers, at the age of 12, and went through a high school co-op program until his graduation when he continued to work in the business on a fulltime basis. By applying a “cold coat” roof coating to carports and taking on small roof repairs when requested, Don incorporated these services as an integral part of the business. And as orders for larger jobs steadily came in, the roofing department grew. Today the business has completed many challenging work assignments such as the Hall Steel Company, the Flint Institute of Arts, Hank Graff Chevrolet, and the Prime Outlets of Birch Run, Ford Model A truck.

along with many of the community’s schools, churches, funeral homes,

Morris’ wages were

and, of course, residential homes.

based on the junkyard

work at Solomon and Son includes

resale of old cast iron furnaces

specialization in seamless gutters, shingles,

that he helped remove from houses. In

cedar shakes, copper work, various coatings,

addition to molding his ethics into each

roof cables, gutter cleaning and snow and ice

and every job, Abraham invested aspects


of his own character in hopes that his son

Don Solomon is proud of the fact that the

would continue his father’s legacy in the

company has employed many young people

business. Unfortunately, in 1958 at the

over the years while teaching them the skills

age of 77, he left work one night only to

of the trade along with proper work ethics

pass away the following day. But, having

-- all of which allows them to internalize

been taught well how to run the business,


Morris continued in earnest to carry on his

throughout their working careers. Many of

father’s staunch traditions. He worked 12

the employees have been with Solomon

hours a day, seven days a week, and since

and Son for 10, 20 and even 30 years. “We

he did not have any serious competition,

hope we have made a positive impact on

he would work on almost 400 houses in

their lives to help them succeed in life,”

some capacity per year.

Don says with conviction.

Morris Solomon became quite the

The expertise of those who





As Solomon and Son is well on its way

promoter during his tenure. He grew

into the next 100 years, Don reflects that he is most proud of his

the business to be the largest gutter and

daughters, Courtney and Whitney (both in their 30’s), as well as son-

downspout company and general sheet

in-law Michael Pratt and three wonderful grandchildren –- 3year-old

metal contractor in Genesee County

Isabella, 1 year-old Olivia, and 4 month-old Natalina. As his family pride

and was credited as the first in the area

shines, so does his appreciation for Flint and the surrounding area. “It

to purchase a seamless gutter machine.

has been 103 years! We truly thank the Flint Community for their loyal

Furthermore, as the oldest subcontractor

support,” he states.

member of the Home Builders Association

Don Solomon was awarded the Business Man of the Year in 2003,

of Metropolitan Flint for over 63 years,

while in 2004 was the recipient of the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal Award

Morris Solomon held the status of

signifying his leadership in the business community. Solomon additionally

Eminence. He was also a past member

served as honorary chairperson of the Business Advisory Council as

of the National Roofing Contractors

honored by U.S. House of Representative Thomas M. Reynolds (R, NY).

Association, a charter member of the Flint

Visit for more information.


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Rex Todd Rogers Design Studio: Coastal style with a modern sensibility BY CHELSEA MILLS


ou may not have ever heard of Rex Todd Rogers, and

His style has definitely not gone

I can guarantee he has never “heard” you, but once

unnoticed by the big design houses,

you read about his uncanny ability to communicate

and recently Rogers was one of two

with his clients and turn their living spaces into functional, serene works of art, you will

contenders remaining out of the original

not want to miss the opportunity to get to know him.

30 for a high profile design job in New

Designer Rex Todd Rogers is a pioneer in the design world because of his heightened

York City. Although Rogers did not get the

sense of vision. Rogers was born deaf and an only child. He is the first deaf interior

job, the company loved his work so much

designer in the entire world, a feat which has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year,

that there may be another opportunity for

Rex was contacted by Deaf Professional Arts Network which just finished filming a

him to expand his work to there in the

documentary about him to be aired later this year.


Though this May marks the second anniversary of his retail design studio, Rex has

Rogers has very contemporary instincts

actually been designing since the young age of 14 when he was paid $100 for his first

tempered by a flair for historical allusion.

job which consisted of helping a frustrated neighbor design and organize her living

This is evident in the building which


he renovated on Shiawassee in the

After he graduated as salutatorian from Michigan School for the Deaf, Rogers attended

Dibbleville district, downtown Fenton.

University of Michigan to pursue becoming an attorney and an advocate for Deaf Rights.

The building was originally the residence

This career path took him to Washington DC for several years where he eventually

of Judge Leroy, and over the years, many

changed paths and honed in on his coastal design style, realizing he wanted to pursue

businesses have called it home, such

a career in design instead.

as a tavern and a doctor’s practice. He

Rogers has a knack for creating functional spaces with genuine purpose and eye-

was able to save the original floor, plus

catching design. He is just as interested in fabrics and textures as he is in mass and

old doors and trim. “I absolutely love

shape. This skill allows him to combine a variety of furniture styles from different eras

history,” says Rogers. “It’s so important.

along with sleek, white modern picture frames, large pillars, and simple plants... all into

The people before us are to be cherished

a serene and relaxing atmosphere.

and treasured.”



While his design studio definitely

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blessed to have had the upbringing and life

project of having been hired as the lead


he has had, wanting to help other children

designer on a home being built this year

Coast style, it is surprising to see how

who haven’t had that same opportunity

on Pine Lake. As Rogers pulled out the

eclectic, yet classic his unique finds are.

to live in a beautiful place. Additionally,

blueprints for the home, he went on to

The lofty studio space mixes pieces he

Rogers and four of his friends participate

explain the level of integration he has

has handpicked during his travels all over

and are active in the Big Brothers/Big

had with the whole building process,

Michigan as well as up the East Coast.

Sisters of Genesee County.

“I’ve chosen everything, from the floors,





paint, lighting, siding, including the roof,

of beautifully restored, 1930’s metal and

somewhat of an underground following

and am designing the landscaping to help

white leather chairs, a 1950’s midcentury

in the circle of those who know him.

maximize the view of the water from the



However, he is on the verge of breaking

home and the yard.” Thus, although his

couch. All of these pieces he has found,

out, and his talent will no longer be a

favorite style is “coastal,” Rogers prides

refurbished and restored to a new life.

coveted secret to those who love him for

himself on his ability to design in any style.

The light- filled living room has a pair




Rex Todd



Walking through the studio, people can

his work. My advice to you would be to

see beautiful lamps, restored and rewired,

go see him now, so you can say you knew

and an old wooden trunk repurposed

him “ when.”

The Rex Todd Rogers Design Studio is open for walk in and retail business

to become a coffee table, one which

With an outgoing, warm personality

Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10

was recently sold to a grandmother who

and an ability to create a welcoming

AM - 5 PM, but prospective clients can

bought it because it had the perfect setup

partnership with clients, Rex is able to

call and schedule a consultation at (810)

for her grandchildren to store their art

understand and emulate what his client’s

814-0587. Furthermore, Mark Coleman,

supplies in.

needs are without actually hearing them.

who has deep Fenton roots, assists Rogers


He is able to read lips well and works

in his studio and has over 25 years of

“superhero,” Rogers uses his design

with clients through visual presentation or

experience in furniture and design. So

powers to give back to the community in

with an interpreter if needed. “You have

pick up a coffee at The Laundry, stroll

a variety of different ways. Just recently,

a voice, but I have my eyes, my taste, my

across the street, and stop in to pick up

he has worked with the Whaley Children’s

passion for my work,” he says.

a couple one-of-a kind design finds and





Center in Flint to help reinvigorate and

His clients range from those needing

redesign living spaces. He feels very

help framing a photograph to his current

accessories, all handpicked by the Rex Todd Rogers. 41

Taste of the Town




hen walking into the Beef and Barley American Kitchen restaurant, people may want to remind themselves this is not one of those trendy bistros in Oakland County. As the Flint area’s newest eatery, located on

the corner of Linden and Corunna Roads on the site of the former Ruggerio’s building, customers should prepare for a truly unique dining experience to which, interestingly, this area simply is not accustomed. Its co-owners Najib (pronounced na-jheeb) and

operational experience, I had a firm grasp

cousin Ghassan Saab, distinctively talented in their own right, offer a potent and

of the big picture such as market studies

energetic combination for a successful venture that ultimately translates to their guests’

and price points - the macro level of

delight. “We wanted to create a concept specifically for the Flint area,” Najib explains.

restaurant operation.” And going into

“We saw a lack of anything ‘true’, meaning an organic, real life human touch made

this venture, they committed never to cut

right here in Flint by locals. So we started a well-made, homemade scratch kitchen

corners. Because of that, they are driven

and introduced that approach to the population.” While waiting to be seated, a glance

towards top-tiered quality in everything

around the interior suggests a calm and welcoming setting as there is a noticeable lack

they do for the restaurant. Ghassan notes

of “clutter” adorning the walls. Only three distinctive pieces of artwork “steer” toward

the restaurant had many local hands

some serious beef here! Even the lighting is strategically focused on the center of the

involved in its creation. For example, the

tables. “We really wanted that effect,” Najib expresses with enthusiasm. “Once you sit

tabletops were created by a neighborhood

down and we dim the house lights, it places all the energy to the center of table so when

company that refurbished all of the wood,

the food arrives it becomes all about the dining experience. It’s the intimacy, the dining

while they order their meat from the

experience, the scratch kitchen - these are the real things that separate us from others.”

long-time Flint based Abbots Meat, as

Najib developed his extensive culinary and restaurant management repertoire from

well as other food products from Gordon

the West Coast while Ghassan established his expertise in local residential real estate,

Food Service and various local produce

along with commercial business property management and development. “I made

vendors. Najib goes on to add, “For us

connections with local restaurants and actually worked with them, helping them expand

it’s about community. We have been

and grow their business,” Ghassan expounds. “Even though I didn’t have so much the

involved in our community and we want



Taste of the Town, the list of which is constantly updated. As with any restaurant, it is the food that defines its purpose and keeps the guests coming back. In Beef and Barley’s case, customers should plan on a return visit. And that’s because their menu was skillfully and strategically created. Because they have such a strong connection with their staff of 30, the Saabs sat down with them and meticulously discussed what they thought the local community would respond to. “We listened to what they thought, and then we prepped and tested,” Ghassan mentions. “We really enjoy that aspect and will continue this kind of program where we constantly develop our menu and introduce real home-cooked food according to what the community is asking.” As a signature example, they take their steaks, burgers, pizzas, and pastas to show that we are not a big chain. We

and prepare them exclusively using interesting fresh ingredients presented in

are hoping people take note of that.”

a total captivating way. Ghassan points out “It is never anything so outlandish

They also emphasize the fact this new

that people will never try, but just different enough to be intriguing.” The

American cuisine is neither pretentious

humanity that Najib speaks about comes through in the way they prepare the

nor intimidating - consider it upscale

food. Their soups are made every morning, their special beer batter is made

casual, offering a fine dining experience

with local craft beer, and the bread is baked on-site daily as is the pizza dough.

while keeping it approachable to anybody

Furthermore, they prep their own steaks from the tenderloin by cutting the

and everybody. The Saab cousins have

filets per order while slicing individual potatoes for French fries.

created an atmosphere where people

Najib and Ghassan Saab’s Beef and Barley American Kitchen restaurant

can feel comfortable ordering a nice

has arrived on the scene at a time when the Flint community is primed and

bottle of wine with a juicy filet or can

ready to acknowledge their exclusive style of cuisine. They have established a

come with the “boys” for a cheeseburger

business culture where culinary passion is expected and flourishes throughout

and a beer. Adding to that the feature of

their entire staff, ultimately to the benefit of their guests – and the community.

offering 16 taps of an all-Michigan craft

Those interested can visit the Beef and Barley’s American Kitchen website

beer selection, along with premium ones,

at to make reservations online and browse their

captures the humanity that is blended into

menu as well. The restaurant also can accommodate parties or meetings

every aspect of this restaurant experience.

in a private room for up to 60 people while working within any budget in

All of their taps are listed on the website

confirming a custom menu for any occasion.


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Landcare Business Has Flint Roots BY TARA MORENO

“I grew up in this market. It gave me everything I have. I’m where I am today because of where I live. I am willing to give back by hiring people from the community, providing jobs to working class people and volunteering or donating to non-profit organizations,”


he owner of Great Lakes Landcare, Anthony Best, knows

beneficial for the trees, but it also eliminates unnecessary

the business of lawn care. He started his business in

exposure of the environment to pesticides. When asked what sets

2003 and, over the last ten years, has watched a once

him apart from his competition, Best says that it is personalized

minimal customer base grow to one in excess of 3,200 clients.

service. “We are all using the same products,” he notes, adding,

What is his secret? Best says he tries to stay diversified. Landcare’s

“but we offer a personalized service for our customers based on

services began with weed control and fertilizer application but

what they need as individuals.”

have since expanded into the business of pest and mosquito control over the past few years.

While branching out in terms of service, Great Lakes Landcare is also giving back to the community. Best says that when those in

Recently, Best wanted to keep up with the current trends in

competitive companies are driving foreign cars, he and his team

marketing and brought on Kenzie Herman as his new Strategic

drive Chevys that were bought locally. He also uses gas from

Marketing Manager. To help diversify his company even more,

Meijers, a Michigan-based company. “I grew up in this market.

Best is now focusing on providing pest/mosquito control for

It gave me everything I have. I’m where I am today because of

weddings, graduations and any other outdoor event. “We are

where I live. I am willing to give back by hiring people from

hitting on those niche markets, really looking to expand,” notes

the community, providing jobs to working class people and

Herman. “We had to stay diversified. We are reaching out to

volunteering or donating to non-profit organizations,” states Best,

wedding events for our mosquito control services.”

enthusiastically. Currently, he has 27 full-time employees on his

Greatlakes Landcare prides itself on being environmentallyfriendly. Best says he has saved thousands of trees by way of injection rather than spraying for disease. Not only is this


team. For more information on Great Lakes Landcare, visit or call 810-232-1133.

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Two Ladies and a Blog


hat’s a gal to do (especially as spring rolls around) when she considers herself fashion-

forward, craves upscale merchandise, but just loves – in fact, needs – a deal? Well, perhaps she might avail herself of the opportunity that two creative women in Genesee County have established by logging on to their blog, which provides links to their own preferred shopping websites, all of which offer sales, coupon

Whether this comfortable cooperation stems from their longtime

codes and exclusive discounts on just the types of high-end goods

friendship or rather from the basic like-mindedness that led to

the two of them relish. Nicole Barrett and Mary Kang, of Linden

their copasetic partnership, the end result is a handy blog for the

and Fenton, respectively, work diligently at maintaining this kind

budget-conscious fashion lover on which can be found helpful

of information on their site they dub The Sale Rack, proffering

shopping information almost daily with each deal offered.

visitors and fashion devotees the very “deals” they themselves

The site is attractive and easy to navigate, user-friendly in the

adore on a range of merchandise. This array includes women’s

extreme. Further, the two fashion mavens also have a Facebook

and men’s wear, baby and children’s apparel, home goods, beauty

page as well on which visitors can access more discounts that

and skin care products, and, of course, accessories, to name a

may not be posted on the blog because they have a shorter

few. So whether an online shopper is looking for a special sale

time frame in which a user must act – as with a flash or one

from a department store such as Nordstrom or something unique

to two day sale. In addition, both Nicole and Mary maintain

and exclusive with a coupon code from a trendy boutique, The

Twitter accounts so those interested can follow @TheSaleRack

Sale Rack is a great cyberspace shopping destination because,

and @MaryTheSaleRack for more up-to-the-minute deals and

as both women say, “Our thing is online shopping and saving.”

exclusives. And for those who want to have deals delivered

Nicole Barrett began the blog in April 2008, asking her longtime

right to their inboxes, The Sale Rack offers a newsletter detailing

friend Mary Kang to help in October of the same year, and thus

this kind of information too. Thus with those sources and their

was a partnership born. Initially conceived as a means by which

blog available, both women agree that there is no reason for

both women could indulge their love of certain brands, Mary

a person to pay full price for something in vogue that she (or

confirms that “It was originally begun as a way for us to save

he, for that matter) might want. As Mary states, “If you really

money on clothes we liked when we had little time to go to the

want something, be patient, keep up to date with us, and use

mall and go shopping. We would call each other when there was

coupon codes.” Asked what their goal is in having created and

a good offer on something, and, eventually, Nicole thought that

now maintaining their blog, the entrepreneurs say that they are

others might be interested too.” She adds that now they share

considering a brick and mortar designer boutique, but for now,

shopping alerts to online sales, coupon codes, and their own

they just want to provide resources for finding the best online

exclusive discounts with those such as themselves who discover

deals – for themselves and others. They delight in discovering new

and then revisit their site. They originally divided responsibilities

stores, brands, and especially in locating websites, heretofore

for postings – one handling areas such as children’s and men’s

unknown to them, all the while sharing these with their readers.

wear, home décor and gift sites while the other covered women’s

And besides new and unique finds, they see themselves as agents

wear, accessories, and beauty, for example – but conditions

of efficiency for shoppers, especially in the realm of timesaving.

changed and now each writes about whatever current sale or

Nicole notes that “It takes too long sometimes to drive down to

discount has peaked her interest. The two women work well

Somerset or Twelve Oaks, and Genesee Valley Mall doesn’t really

as a team and operate very much “in tune” with each other.

speak to my style. We want to expose people to more [trends]



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and fashion than places in Genesee County have to offer and

board of Fashion Group International Detroit as the social media

help them find good bargains at the same time.” Neither woman

chair, an association that fosters a valuable connection with the

is a stranger to this time crunch that so many others experience

very world to which she and Mary Kang seek to provide links. It

because each works a “day job” five days a week and runs a

seems, in fact, that their contribution to the fascinating milieu of

household with small children -- in addition to keeping the blog

fashion and shopping in the form of their blog has the makings of

current on an almost daily basis.

becoming a solid winner.

The style aficianados have earned their bone fides in some most

As with any enterprise, Nicole and Mary are always looking for

important ways -- ones that are helpful, instructive and just plain

ways to refine and revise what they do to stay in step with that

fun, while lending both a philanthropic and experiencial aspect

which their followers may want or need. The future of online

to their business. Nicole Barrett mentions that both she and Mary

shopping represents something that remains ever-evolving, and

have attended events for charitable causes on behalf of The Sale

the women are continually mindful of the need to analyze ways

Rack, providing gift bags for Swan For Life Cancer Foundation’s

in which their service might transform itself, the better to serve

“Styles, Smiles & Grace” Fundraiser… bags which included such

both their readers and themselves. Nicole states, “While our

things as cosmetic samples, exclusive coupons from Stella & Dot

readership is international, we’d love to grow right here in our

and some local boutiques, and, finally, a gift certificate from

hometown of Flint, and we invite readers to come shop the spring

Pontiac Eye Clinic . In addition, the women attended BlogHer `12

deals we’re lining up at The Sale Rack…like…psst... a Nordstrom

in New York City in August 2012, a conference that brings together

Half Yearly Sale. Let us know the stores you love – we’d love to

3,000 or more influential bloggers for a weekend of learning,

help you save money while shopping for your favorite brands.”

networking, and fun. The two of them went to a champagne

Log on and shop till you drop at, follow

breakfast Meet & Greet with fashion icons Badgley and Mischka,

on Twitter @TheSaleRack or @MaryTheSaleRack or like them on

having a photo taken with the designers… a picture that captured

Facebook at The Sale Rack.

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Making It Happen



shooting for the stars BY TARA MORENO


lashy colors, shimmering sequins, and soft black lace adorn clothing pieces in Flint native Shay Oliver’s closet, but they aren’t just for her. Oliver is a local fashion designer who is set on living the dream. Oliver

launched The Dress House in 2011, a clothing line she says is dedicated to mature, family-oriented women who dare to have fun. Oliver describes herself as a sophisticate, vixen, and socialite. Embracing her womanhood is an integral part of Oliver’s identity. She says, “A woman who is a vixen is confident and not afraid to exude who she feels she is as a woman.” Oliver’s self-confidence has something to do with her strong family support system. Oliver’s mother Florenda Lee-Hall, who helps with the sewing process, has been an integral part of Oliver’s inspiration. Lee-Hall has inspired the young fashion designer ever since Oliver can remember. Growing up, Lee-Hall would make Oliver’s dance recital costumes as well as her prom and homecoming dresses. Lee-Hall says, “From the time she was a little girl, I made most of her clothes for special occasions, but she always wanted to do the design part of it…I admire Shay. When she sets her mind to do something, she does it.” When Oliver launched The Dress House, she knew it would not be an easy task to make a go of it, but it is something she was very passionate about. While building her business, she also juggles the role of wife and full-time working mom. “I have days when I think maybe it won’t work, but God gave me the vision to do it, [and so] I can achieve it,” she says. In the short time The Dress House has been around, it has grown a great deal for the young Fashionista. Recently she was contacted by signed Ford model Bianca Golden, who was also on the T.V. show American Top Model, to host one of her events. Oliver’s last event, the second annual Trend Volume Fashion Show in Flint, was a hit featuring Oliver’s African-American inspired designs. She had such a great response that she is now considering having a summer fashion show, but at the moment, Oliver is busy gearing up for Detroit’s Walk fashion show. She landed the gig after submitting designs at Lee-Hall’s urging and recently found out she was selected as a designer. “I am super excited! To have my brand in this show will definitely allow me to network with experienced professionals in the fashion industry… [as well as]… the opportunity to showcase my designs to a larger market,” she notes. Currently she is in the beginning stages of designing but says she wants the designs she features to be “fresh and innovative.” She adds, “The Dress House is all about originality so I plan to design around how I want potential consumers to view my brand. You only get one opportunity to make a good impression, and I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.” For the near future, Oliver plans on growing online sales along with having a storefront. She says when she thinks of The Dress House, she thinks of classy and elegant. ‘I’d love to have antique furniture and chandeliers in a storefront here in Flint and other areas. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but right now, I’m going to continue perfecting my craft,” she states. For designs,

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Be Seen


Jerry & Karen Herbers, Brent & Carrie Wheeler

Bob McMahan,Karen McMahan, Laurie Prochazka, Pattie Kooy

McLaren’s Annual Club 401 Gala “Fire & Ice Club 401 Presents Fire & Ice, January 25, 2014–a charity event to fund the Child Evaluation Clinic, where forensic Don Kooy, Walt Griffin, Ginny MacDonald, Brian MacDonald

medical examinations of child sexual abuse victims occur.  All proceeds from

Mona Sahouri, Roxanne Cain

the Club 401 Benefit Gala are used to fund services at the Child Evaluation Clinic. Additional proceeds fund related efforts in child abuse prevention, education and child advocacy. Kathy Abbott, Erin Abbott, Kari Prochazka

Dr. Raymond Rudoni, Michelle Blaisdell

Patti Ballentine, David Dixner

Anne Cummings, Gloria & Erick Van Duyne

Ghassan & Menel Saab


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Albert Deloney,Celestia Bell,Cynthia & Alvin Edwards

Chief Alvern Lock,Chief Theresa Lock,Craig & Lennetta Coney

FIA Celebrates the 7th Annual Community Gala Saturday, January 25, 2014—featured lecturer





Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. Along with allowing guests to meet Elliot and Kimberly Perry, view the

Jason & Kelly Lorenz

collection, this exhibition featured some of the biggest names in contemporary African American art including Chakaia Booker, Michael Ray Charles, Lyle Ashton Harris, Rashid Johnson, Kehinde Wiley, and Kara Walker.

Gerry & Shelly Masters

Mr. Elliot Perry

Sheila & Kendrick Jones Nate & Lou Bruce

Erica James, Juanita Moore


Dr. Irma Hamilton, Mr. Albert Berry

Be Seen

Chelsay Keskes,Kylie North


Leslie & Dr. John Cote

Jim & Amy Almer,Bob Shegos & Kathy Hansen

Flint Institute of Music Seeing Stars! Benefit January 31, 2014 -- The benefit is the tuition assistance program for the Flint School of Performing Arts. It has provided thousands of Rosanne & Steve Heddy

low income students the chance to realize their dreams of making music or dancing. Participation at this special event provides students

Paul & Davin Torre

who need financial assistance the chance to study at the Flint School of Performing Arts– an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise have. Kay & Michael Kelly,Davin Torre,Vicki Collins

Diane Simpson,Reid Baxter

Sheila Zorn,Betty Anderson, Christa & Ken Duetsch II

Kay & Tom Lillie


Be Seen

Betsy Aderholdt,Ron Sears


Thomas Vanhecke,Mathew Ebinger,Karl Ilis,Abed Osman,Frank Tilli,Sunil Rao,Karsten Fliegner,Marc Silver

Genesys Third Annual Affair of the Heart

Mark & Donna Guzzardo

February 7th, 2014—proceeds are invested into smart technologies advancing patient information from EMS providers to communicate directly with the emergency room. The expedited patient care is aimed at saving lives of heart attack victims.

Anitha Reo,Liz Tilli,Elizabeth Vanhecke,Kamala Ilg

Kristin Longley, Marjory Raymer, Dan Killdeee, Phil Shaltz, Sarah Schuch Kevin & Dianna Zettek


Be Seen

Ruth & Jeff Wade


Marcie Kopko,Tim Look

Gordan & Deana Wallace

Old Newsboys of Flint Annual President’s Valentines Gala February 8, 2014—funds go directly to helping needy children in Genesee County. “Let No Child Be Forgotten” is the  goal of the Old Newsboys, Inc. Ryan & Sarah Ames

Joyce & Chris Hamilton,Karen Toler

JoeAnn & Gene-o Carrigan, Joe Florida

Ronald & Olga Long,Rachel & Cory Mouser

Josh Brehm,Holly Beck

Gerald & Shelly Masters

Marsh Family


Be Seen


Todd Dennis,Donna Anderson, Jan & Gene Dennis

Linda & Dan Cheek, Anne & Fritz Cheek

YMCA of Greater Flint Annual Partner with Youth Fundraising Party “Shipwrecked!” March 1, 2014—proceeds benefit families and youth in our community so that they

Gabe & Chad Brizendine

may experience the YMCA. Mike Thodoroff, Nick Hamp

Kurtis & Lanhnna McMahan

Shelly McArthur, Shelly Hilton


Paul & Jan Wenstrom

Kimberly Gray, Dawnell Binder

Be Seen


Christine & Bob Landaal, Kelly & Matt Landall

Rick Warmbold, Jacquinne Reynolds, Mike & Karin Burnett

33rd Annual Hurley Benefit Ball March 8, 2014—The “Enchanted Forest” theme focused on the importance of health, wellness and disease prevention services Hurley provides

Melany & Andrew Gavulic

continuously for the greater Genesee County Pam & Chris Flores

community. Hurley Wellness Services is a vital link between our community and wellness programs, such as Community Asthma Education, National Diabetes Prevention, and Safe Kids of Greater Flint. Through Hurley Wellness Services, the community

Elizabeth & Steve Hall

Phil & Ardele Shaltz

can access educational materials and request services such as screenings, speakers and health fair representatives. By building this bridge, Hurley hopes to increase and grow its longstanding positive impact on our community.

Rick & Corinne Warmbold

Neil & Ilene Cantor

Dr. Lawrence & Mrs. Jacquinne Reynolds

Drs. Bobby Mukkamala & Nita Kulkarni

Tom & Pat Reynolds, Hope & John Hansen


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Color for the Kids 5K - Old Newsboys APRIL 5, 2014 IMA BROOKWOOD GOLF CLUB - 9:00 AM ONBFLINT.ORG

Enjoy a vibrant morning of fitness, fun, and friends at the Color for the Kids 5K fun run. This non-competitive race routes you across the rolling hills of the IMA Brookwood golf course and is the perfect event for everyone from the seasoned runner to gaggles of friends. So walk, run, or stroll, we only require you have fun. Tag your friends and hook everyone up with the coolest color blastoff in town. This is one amazing run you won’t want to miss! Proceeds will benefit the Old Newsboys of Flint and Double

Golfing Enjoy two separate 18 hole courses and our completely renovated Pro-Shop!

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Banquets & Outings

Our newly renovated banquet room can facilitate all your party needs. We are here to help you plan your next event, wedding or business gathering.

(810) 694-5960, ext. 5

Food & Fun


Paddy Mcgee’s, our Irish pub, servies a full breakfast all day, lunch, dinner and drink specials. Enjoy music and fun at our Wild Spurs club and our own L.O.L comedy club.

Full service menu available for your next event. Business and private functions. Minimum 25 people.

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Dragon Tang Soo Do.


(Free-compliments of Charles Stewart Mott Foundation) Head inside the dome and journey to the skies above in a star show. After the show, if the sky is clear, we will take our telescopes outside the planetarium to look at amazing objects in the sky. Check out planets, the Moon, and star clusters. If you would like to bring your own telescope, you may set it up.


Organized by the Greater Flint Arts Council Public Relations Committee, this program is a collaboration between a dozen businesses and cultural organizations in downtown Flint. We

family owned and operated for three generations Join us for "Cinco De Mayo" Drink Specials!

coordinate open house receptions, free to the public to promote the diversity of gallery offerings in our downtown. Locations vary seasonally.


Theaterworks USA brings us their adapted version of J.M. Bartie’s classical tale Peter Pan, created by John Caird and Trevor Nunn. Join us on the journey of a group of children who live in turn of the century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. Recommended for children in grades one-five.

Earth Day Celebration APRIL 12, 2014 UM-FLINT - 10:00 AM-3:00 PM WEBSERV.MCC.EDU/EARTHDAY

This is Genesee County’s largest community-wide Earth Day

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event, and it is open and free to the public! More than 50 earthfriendly exhibitors will be present, along with local music, live

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animals, healthy food demos, and children’s activities. There will

Bring back totally awesome memories by celebrating the

also be a variety of keynote speakers and presentors. A Recycled

music, trends and events of the 1980’s. So peg your stonewashed

Art Contest is being held for Flint community children, as well

jeans, tease your hair, and grab your friends because this is your

as, a Green Craft fair featuring local artisans. The winners of the

chance to relive the 80’s at the 9th Annual Bringin’ Back the 80s

Flint College Recycling Challenge will also be announced at the

Festival! Outrageous Live Cover Bands, 80s Look-A-Like Contest,

event. The Earth Day event is a great way to get out of the house!

80s Retro Rec Room, Breakdancing Shows and much more.

“West Side Story”

“Live SNL Alumni”



Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography

Join in on an evening of stand-up with hilarious former Saturday

or the score that pulsates throughout this dance-driven musical.

Night Live alumni that includes Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows and

West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time, from

more. The years these comedians spent on SNL propelled them

the first note to the final breath. Recommended for ages 13 and

to fame, landing them on many roles on both the big and small



“The Giver”

March for Babies - Genesee Co 2014



Newly adapted by American Place Theatre’s Associate Artist

We’re getting ready to walk in March for Babies! It promises to

Director Elise Thoron, this piece features sixty minutes of solo-

be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving

performance focusing on the relationship between the young

the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams

Jonas and his mentor, The Giver. As Jonas trains to become the

and people walking with friends - it’s a great feeling knowing

Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he

we’re all helping real families. Join our event and walk with us to

was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the

raise money for babies right here in our community!

audience. Enhanced by interactive discussion, this performance allows the audience to explore themes including individuality, ethics and social constructs. The evening includes a 15 minute pre-show interactive discussion, one hour performance and a 15 minute post-show discussion.

Bringing Back the 80’s Festival APRIL 25-26, 2014 HERITAGE PARK FRANKENMUTH - 6:00 PM-12:00 AM 80SFEST.ORG

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS // Dancing with the Local Stars MAY 1, 2014 THE JEWEL OF GRAND BLANC - 6:00 PM

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Come to this FREE fun-filled event for kids and their families that encourages kindness, responsibility and respect for their community. You will become a certified “Animal Ambassador”

Dancing with the Local Stars is coming back to Grand Blanc

for your school and the community after attending four fun and

May 1st. All proceeds benefit the Teddy Bear Patrol, a program

educational workshops. Medals and certificates of achievement

where police officers provide teddy bears for children in traumatic

will be awarded to all children who participate in the workshops.

or crisis situations. One of our own will be competing this year!

Exhibition - Walk On The Wild Side MAY 1, 2014 FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS - 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM FLINTARTS.ORG


The 2014 Tux and Tennies Gala and Auction will be a night

In addition to providing intriguing interpretations of animals,

to remember! With all of the exciting entertainment, delicious

Walk on the Wild Side explores the relationship between humans

dining and fantastic fundraising the Whaley team has planned for

and creatures both real and fantastical, through a variety of media

this year, this will be an event you will not want to miss!

including textile, ceramic, glass, and precious stone. These works show the changing role of animals as symbols, teachers of moral lessons, aesthetic musings, and companions.



Though trying to stay “respectable,” Huckleberry Finn, runs into trouble when his father, Pap, returns to town. Huck is forced to fake his own death to escape and joins up with another on the

A Longway Planetarium Original. For hundreds of years people

run - Jim, a slave in the search for freedom. As they head down

have looked to the stars and wondered if we are alone. Today

the river, they get sucked into scams involving two “aristocrats,”

we live in an unprecedented age of exploration of the Universe.

one of which lands Jim in chains once again and Huck and Tom

Robots explore Mars, giant telescopes look for worlds around

Sawyer join together to free him.

other stars, radio telescopes listen for tell-tale signs of life out there. Is there life on Mars? Is there life on one of the exo-planets? Are we alone? We are getting closer to the answer. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

FSO May Classical Concert MAY 3, 2014 THE WHITING - 8:00 PM THEWHITING.COM


Spend an evening with outstanding art, gifted artists, superb food and terrific live music. Best of all, it’s free & open to the public in beautiful downtown Flint. Won’t you bring a friend to the next 2nd Friday Art Walk?

Conductor: Enrique Diemecke Guest Artist: Pepe Romero, Guitar* Ginastera, Panambi: Suite, op. 1a The Latin American composer presents a rhythmic and elemental work that evokes the indigenous spirit of Argentina.

Spring Craft Market MAY 3, 2014 THE MASONIC TEMPLE - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM FLINTHANDMADE.ORG

Local handmade economy and environment in Flint by organizing and promoting craft markets, offering opportunities for social crafting and creative expression, and educating the public about the personal and commercial value of handcrafting.


. . . I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in . . .

– Matthew 25 – Carriage Town is a Christian rescue mission providing food

· shelter · clothing · basic

health services to men, women, and children who are homeless and hurting

A pathway out of poverty for those who desire a mentored program grounded in the Christian faith

· education · training.

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onthetown Magazine Volume 4 Issue 2  

This issue features extensive event coverage (pages 49-55) as, certainly, “our town” knows how to have a good time supporting great causes!

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