Vol. 5 Issue 6, January 2016

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s I write this letter from the comfort of home, I'm reminded of a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci: “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” And I'm thinking, of course, in terms of this magazine where we chronicle the everyday happenings around Flint and Genesee County, as well as significant events in our community. Thus it is with great excitement that we present this special edition of onthetown Magazine to you! For 42 years, our team has worked diligently to provide you with relevant, original content to highlight our community in the manner it deserves. Many in our industry are focused on reducing quality and producing digital magazines, but we have gone in a different direction to achieve a higher level of craftsmanship and design. Social media feed is overwhelmed with unread posts, disposable lists, and an overload of information, so a niche market has opened up to the contrary - to produce a palpable object with a shelf life and thick quality paper…one with a timeless approach and information that is detailed and factual. And judging from their feedback, our readers agree! This month we present an elegantly-constructed

bridal issue, focusing on unique local venues, various wedding retailers, and beauty industry professionals – all of whom prove their willingness to assist in making your wedding a unique special occasion to be shared and remembered for years to come. Please check out our Exclusive Bridal Feature Section which illuminates the superb works of seasoned wedding photographer Stela Zahaveria as we emphasize top Genesee County wedding venues such as Signature Chophouse and The Whiting, along with the ladies at Merle Norman of Flushing who showcase the art of beauty through lovely and stylish hair and makeup. And let’s not forget the exquisite dresses from Meant to be Bridal–assuring that the selection and expertise used in selecting them for our models is one that will always be exercised as astutely to help any bride find her perfect gown. And, of course, Gerych’s elegant floral displays and bouquets carried by our “brides” can always enhance and complement any ensemble. It must be said that Genesee County Area Wedding Professionals can assist brides with every detail for each moment of their wedding, making their special occasion one-of-kind and leaving

them utterly breathless. We sincerely hope our readers will enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed creating it. As we close the last issue of the year and look ahead to 2016, our first issue of next year will focus on our ever-advancing medical industry, and more! So grab a copy of our remarkable magazine, sit down, and read awhile. Finally, we all want to wish our readers a happy holiday season with the promise of a wonderful 2016…while we remind you, as ever, to be seen...be heard...be onthetown. Michelle Blaisdell EDITOR IN CHIEF

Correction: In the previous issue of onthetown (Vol 5, Issue 5), we incorrectly spelled the name of Jaime Westenbarger in the heading of his article, "Keeping Your Money." We sincerely apologize to not only Mr. Westenbarger, but to all the people who make Forest Hills Financial a resounding success.

"In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” - Leonardo da Vinci 4



from the publisher The holiday season is nearly here, and people are busy with celebrating, shopping, baking, and every other thing that makes this time of year both hectic and wonderful. But amidst all the anticipation for the holidays and into the 2016 when our new issue will be available, there are some lucky couples who have their eyes and energies focused on the future …for they may, in fact, be in the various stages of planning their weddings. So in order to aid these erstwhile brides and grooms in all their scheduling and strategizing, onthetown Magazine has produced its year-end special edition highlighting “all things wedding,” including photographs by award-winning and internationally-known Stela Zahaveria – as well as ideas for venues, floral bouquets, catering and more. In keeping with our mission to serve our readers and our community with the most pertinent and cutting edge information, onthetown offers up this signature issue on nuptials in the hope that we, at this publication, might serve you, as always, in the manner to which you’ve become accustomed from this magazine’s editors and staff. In that vein, this issue has in it one article which is very personal to me…and dear to my heart. In keeping with our wedding theme, there is a story written about my parents’ own ceremony…a tale in honor of their 65th wedding anniversary. It effects a contrast between the very intricate and sometimes complicated essence of our modern-day affairs as opposed to the more simple way my parents tied the knot. A look back in time to the way things were accomplished in the past sometimes serves to inform the future – so this article might provide an added and interesting perspective to any bride who takes the time to read it. And it provides me a way to offer my parents a special congratulations on the remarkable journey they embarked upon together 65 years ago. We at onthetown Magazine wish the best to our readers in the new year, for we value all of you…subscribers, casual readers, and advertisers alike. We want only the best for the citizenry of Flint and Genesee County and in our publication, we strive to showcase all that is good and interesting about living here. Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!

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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 6

CONTENTS

Best of Bridal 10 TOP WEDDING VENUES, GOWNS, PHOTOGRAPHY, FLORISTS & MORE 20 STEEPED IN LOCAL HISTORY, ATLAS VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB HAS QUITE THE STORY. YOUR STORY CAN BEGIN HERE TOO. 22 WARWICK WEDDING HIGHLIGHT: ADITI NAIK & CHANCE CROSNO 24 GRAND BALLROOM AT THE NORTHBANK CENTER 26 GOING TO THE CHAPEL – RSVP IN STYLE 28 CLASSES AT CHASSE STUDIOS CAN HELP WITH WEDDING DANCE WORRIES 30 SPECIAL OCCASIONS: THE SECRET OF STAYING POWER 34 HISTORICAL WEDDINGS AT APPLEWOOD ESTATE 38 A MODEST PROPOSAL: ONE SIMPLE CEREMONY, MANY HAPPY YEARS 39 HOW HE POPPED THE QUESTION

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Beauty 40 HYDRAFACIAL MD

Medical 44 GENESYS OFFERS NEW TREATMENT FOR HIGH RISK HEART PATIENTS 46 UM-FLINT NURSING DEPARTMENT IMPACTS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 48 MAKING FLINT A “VASCULAR DESTINATION” 50 YOUNG DAD CHOOSES MCLAREN AFTER OBESITY SPOILS FAMILY FUN

Community 52 MTA: YES! WE ARE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

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54 WE REMEMBER OUR HEROES 56 MISS MID-MICHIGAN PAGEANT SPARKLES, SHIMMERS AND SHINES IN DAVISON!

Business 58 AREMIA'S IMPORTED FOODS IS CLOSING

Pet Wellness 60 ANIMAL CONTROL’S PAUL WALLACE: “TREAT YOUR PETS AS FAMILY” 62 THIS VETERINARY CLINIC IS GUIDED BY “HEARTS & PAWS”

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Food & Drink 64 JANUARY: THE RACE TO BEAT THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

Be Seen 65 SUGARBUSH MANOR GRAND OPENING 66 FENTON REGIONAL CHAMBER ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER 67 THE ART OF ACHEIVEMENT AWARDS 68 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 69 GRAND BLANC CHAMBER ANNUAL LUNCHEON 70 WORLD'S GREATEST OFFICE PARTY 71 HEDDY'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 8

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NEW YEAR NEW YOU


FEATURE

Model: Anna Winkowski Photographer: Stela Zaharieva Venue: Signature Chophouse, Flushing Hair and Make Up: Merle Norman of Flushing Dress: Meant To Be Bridal, Davison


S I G N AT URECHO P H O US E One of the defining features of the theme and tone of a wedding is the reception venue. It provides a

frame in which the bride and groom can be lovingly showcased by a sensitive and creative photographer who preserves the most memorable day of their lives. These special photos will include all the important accoutrements to the celebration, such as table settings, flowers, cake, and the family and friends enjoying themselves. With that in mind, it becomes essential that a reception photographer has a proper palette to create an artist’s rendering of a time and place, furnishing, in the words of legendary photographer Alfred Stieglitz, “a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.�

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Signature Chop House in Flushing has a style, substance and elegant “feel” that could please any bride and groom ready to embrace luxury and refined décor. From the prismatic sparkle of the many chandeliers to the perfectly set tables, the banquet area of the establishment exudes charm, sophistication, and exquisitely tasteful ambience all at once. “It is first and foremost a beautiful place, capable of accommodating 360 patrons,” owner Jozef Gjonaj says. “We boast great food that fits all budgets, while providing the perfect setting for wedding receptions and other important occasions and events.” It is a space worthy of the most ambitious dreams of anyone searching for that perfect setting. For their part, both management and staff at Signature Chop House want all to know that whether you are planning a wedding, bridal shower, graduation, birthday, anniversary or any event to make a lasting impression, the Signature Chop House is the perfect place to entertain your guests. Their goal -- “to anticipate and take care of your every need” – is a promise any couple can confidently live with.

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STELA ZAHARIEVA PHOTOGRAPHY "I loved shooting at Signature. There was so much there I could do. The ambience was warm and stylish which is always wonderful. Anna's dress and look was perfect. Clean, elegant, timeless. Fit the venue and the mood!"

THE DRESS Fit and flare silhouette gown made of Devore Silk Chiffon with beaded lace appliqués on tulle overlay. Gown features sheer tank straps with a V-shaped neckline and illusion back accented with lace, sequins, and beading. Satin lining has a low back, sweetheart shaped bodice. The waist is accented with beading; Swarovski Crystals, rhinestones, silver backed sequins, and pearls. Pearl buttons with loops finish the illusion back and down the zipper. Shown in Silver/ Ivory/Blush.

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FEATURE Model: Nichole Gardner Photographer: Stela Zaharieva Venue: The Whiting Hair and Make Up: Merle Norman of Flushing Dress: Meant To Be Bridal, Davison 14


THE WHITING Imagine the stunning effect of the bride descending

circular space overlooking the main space below.

our dramatically lit, curved staircase to our elegant

The lobby can accommodate up to 200 people for

lobby. With perfect musical accompaniment, your

dinner.

guests raise their champagne flutes in a welcoming

If the outdoors is more your style, tents can be

toast and your memorable evening begins.

rented and placed along The Whiting’s landscaped

A unique formal space, The Whiting has served as

exterior, or in the tree-lined space of Durant Plaza.

a gathering place for area residents' for nearly 50

Catering is at the sole discretion of the renter.

years. Whether your memories are from attending

The Whiting is equipped with a full bar, and both

your first live performance , or walking across the

open and cash bar options are available, along

stage for a graduation ceremony, The Whiting

with certified bartenders. The elegant and unique

holds a special place in area residents hearts. Now,

backdrop of the facility makes for the grandest

you can extend and build on those memories by

of wedding pictures. Every bride hopes that her

using The Whiting as the venue for your special

wedding will be a unique experience that her

day.

guests will enjoy and remember. Choosing The

There are two spaces available for rent, the

Whiting for your wedding is a sure way to make your

spacious lobby, and the elegant setting of the

event one that your friends and family will never

stage. A combination of a ceremony space and

forget. And the staff at The Whiting is dedicated to

reception space can be accomplished with The

ensuring that the bride and groom’s experience is

Whiting’s unique layout.

one that they will cherish forever.

Bring the magic you see on The Whiting’s stage

Decades of memories have been formed at The

to your ceremony and reception. The stage is the

Whiting. Fond memories is what The Whiting

perfect setting for a dance floor, DJ or band. A

is known for, add more memories by having The

professional lighting crew will make sure your event

Whiting as your wedding location.

shines and sparkles. The stage can accommodate

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up to 300 people for dinner. The Whiting’s lobby

applications for July and August 2016, as well as

is an intimate space for ceremonies or receptions.

select dates in June and September. The Whiting

Large glass windows encompass the elegant

is also available for rent for special occasions,

space. Glamorous red carpeting and the famous

meetings, and events.

“Golden Sun” sculpture add to the ambience. The

contact Ella Thorp at The Whiting (810) 237-7350 or

upper level lobby is also available for use, with the

email ethorp@thewhiting.com

Whiting

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wedding

rental

For more information

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MEANT TOBE

BRIDAL&TUX EDOSHOPPE

(right) Model: Anna Winkowski Photographer: Stela Zaharieva Venue: The Whiting Hair and Make Up: Merle Norman of Flushing Dress: Meant To Be Bridal, Davison

THE DRESS

A-line shaped gown made of soft tulle features an illusion front and back bodice that is covered with embroidery and beading, made of rhinestones, pearls, Swarovski Crystals, sequins, and silver backed sequins. The back of the skirt is adorned with embroidery and beading that cascades down the back of the skirt to the train and has a silky charmeuse lining. Gown features a modified sweetheart shaped satin neckline lining on the bodice and a large keyhole back.

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THE DRESS Sheer off the shoulder neckline design with long sleeves and scalloped eyelash fringe accents the neckline and hemline of this sheath silhouette. Elegant non-beaded stretch lace is over perfecting satin. Crystal buttons add sparkle along the length of zipper.

Meant to Be Bridal & Tuxedo Shoppe opened in October 2014 to serve soon-to-be blushing brides and grooms of Michigan. Since that special day, Meant to Be has continued to inspire the Mitten’s wedding trends and provide the most memorable bridal shopping experience for each and every bride. Owners Michelle Galvin and Alisha Bruton have dedicated themselves to helping every Meant to Be bride find the right gown to create their own unique style for their special day.

“Our promise is to please you from the moment you enter through our vibrant teal door until the groom watches you take the memorable stroll down the aisle,” the owners say. “We will listen, laugh, and love sharing this special shopping experience with you. With our exclusive bridal collections and designers, stunning bridal party fashions, and enchanting accessories, your experience will be unique, unforgettable, and definitely MEANT TO BE!”

“Details are very important to us, and we want the bride to feel the same!” Galvin and Bruton say. “We focus on making the bride feel comfortable, and to relax and enjoy this special time with her friends and family.” The timeless and spacious downtown Davison location offers brides a classy yet cozy setting for finding the perfect wedding gown.

Meant to Be is located at 921 N State Road in Davison, minutes north of I-69. You can stay current with their ongoing events by following them on Facebook and Instagram (@meant2Bemi). Contact them at 810-658-6070.

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FEATURE

BOUQUETS

The soft curve of the lines of the dress, complete with its appliqués, jewels and dramatic simplicity, are both complemented and offset by those of the bouquet’s entwining floral components. The almost arching nature of the bride’s stunning profile, along with that of the white flowers and greenery which seem to cascade from the bouquet, thereby offering a most pleasing visual – and one that could satisfy the dreams of any bride on her wedding day.

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Red roses and black feathers offset each other in this dramatic floral display to impose a strong and bold visual statement sure to underscore any bride’s flair for the dramatic statement. And the inclusion of flashing diamond-like jewels in the bouquet only serves to intensify this impression – reminiscent of the ring and what it will symbolize for this daring and self-assured bride.


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Peonies in brilliant crimson clustered with both garnetcolored roses of a similar but deeper hue, as well as with those of a peachy-pink tincture together produce a rich juxtaposition that might suggest the intense colors of an autumn wedding or the deep opulence of a winter nuptial‌effectively enhanced by the addition of a creamy hydrangea to provide definition by contrast. Set off against any venue, the flowers would mark the discriminating taste of any bride.

The stark differentiation of this white bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, and silvery-green foliage against a velvet black background plays up the very human and poignant hands of the bride gently and tentatively receiving her flowers before the wedding‌ suggesting the transformational nature of the pending ceremony and what it will signal and symbolize. The impact of this photo, combined with the simple and compact nature of the flowers in the bouquet, proves to be both subtle and intense, all at the same time.

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FEATURE

Steeped in local history,

Atlas Valley Country Club has quite the story.

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Your story can begin here too.

ow would you like to have your wedding at one of Genesee County’s most beloved historical hospitality venues? Atlas Valley Country Club has been a local light since 1911, when as the Flint Country Club it opened its doors to members who have become legendary in the Flint area. Early members were local luminaries such as J. Dallas Dort, William C. “Billy” Durant, R. Spencer Bishop, Charles Stewart Mott, and Albert Champion, the founder of A.C. Spark Plug. Over the years, the club has changed names and buildings several times. It changed for good in 1953, when the Henrickson brothers bought Atlas Valley. It has remained in the family to this day, keeping its core value of affordable quality intact. Atlas Valley Country Club can make weddings as historic and memorable as this club has been for more than 100 years. We offer beautiful golf course views and intimate elegance for your special day. We begin by giving you

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our undivided attention because this is your day, and it will never be duplicated for the rest of your life. That’s why we listen, and assist, and suggest. We work to make your day unforgettable in every way, from the delicious food served to your guests prepared by awardwinning chef, Mitch Plant, to the professional waitstaff, bartenders,


Atlas Valley Country Club

can make weddings as historic and memorable as this club has been for more than 100 years. and management at your beck and call, to our impeccable facilities and grounds that allow your imagination to go wild. Our wedding packages include everything -- setup and teardown of tables, chairs, and dance floor; buffet meals or sit-down dinners; a six-hour open bar with unlimited soft drinks and a coffee and tea station; a champagne toast for the head table and a cake-cutting service; white linens, napkins and skirting, and chair covers with your choice of sash color; and a professional staff of wedding coordinators, servers, and bartenders. Our executive chef’s talents are unsurpassed. Chef Mitch Plant has been a pillar in the restaurant and

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dining community for many years. He and our culinary team have such remarkable talent, and we are blessed to have them here. Making your wedding menu selections can be difficult with delicious choices like roast sliced beef with Bordelaise sauce, chicken Marsala, broiled salmon with lemon dill sauce, succulent prime rib, and Mitch’s famous mac and cheese! Our culinary team works hard to ensure quality and satisfaction. In addition to our existing menus, we are happy to accommodate special requests and dietary or cultural restrictions. Our stunning golf course is a hidden gem, tucked away between Grand Blanc, Goodrich and Davison. Our lush greens

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are surrounded by ancient woods, the Kearsley Creek, and beautiful wildlife. It’s the perfect location for stunning wedding photos with an abundance of choices for backdrops! The hills, woods, river, and even our old white barn look picturesque in any wedding album. If you dream of an outdoor wedding, we can accommodate you by setting your ceremony in our quaint “Grassy Knoll” area. Our Grassy Knoll is set right next to the clubhouse, and surrounded by majestic oaks and lush greenery. A social membership is required for your event to be held at Atlas Valley, but we then waive your room rental fee. Our membership rates are extremely reasonable, whether it’s a dining (social) membership, swim (pool & social) membership or a full golf membership. Let us make memories with you! Call for a tour because dates are filling up fast.

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WeddingHighlight ADITI NAIK & CHANCE CROSNO JU LY 1 1 , 2 0 1 5 WA R WIC K H IL L S GOL F & COU N TRY CL U B “The food service was great and the venue was beautiful. With the help of Carole Schultz, Director of Events and Jennifer Marchand, Food & Beverage Manager everything from the ceremony to the reception ran smoothly.” Photography by Arising Images

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The Grand Ballroom AT T H E N O R T H B A N K C E N T E R

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isted on the National Registry of Historical Places, the Grand Ballroom at the Northbank Center, in the heart of downtown Flint, is the premier location in Genesee County for couples who value character, charm, and an uncommon wedding experience. The newly-restored, neo-classical Greek ballroom on the campus of the University of Michigan has a timeless elegance that needs little additional decoration. With more than 5,000 square feet of floor space and 30-foot ceilings, the ballroom can accommodate up to 270 guests at round tables, with space for dancing. The Grand Ballroom has been the site of choice for hundreds of couples who have staged their wedding celebrations there with great success. We make a wide array of resources available to help you prepare for one of the most memorable days of your life.

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A Wedding Planning Institute-certified wedding planner will be at your disposal, making sure every detail will be addressed. You can choose from the area’s top caterers who will create delicious, unique foods for your event. Your guests will enjoy convenient parking in a structure attached to the building. Our expertise and amenities will make your wedding planning pleasant and stress-free.

TO SCHEDULE A TOUR OF THIS STUNNING, IN-DEMAND VENUE, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE OF EVENT AND BUILDING SERVICES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGANFLINT AT 810-762-3436, OR VISIT THE WEBSITE AT UMFLINT.EDU/WEDDINGS.



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Going to the Chapel

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RSVP IN STYLE BY LISA SZUKHENT

hile most wedding fashion revolves around the stunning bride, once that invitation arrives, a guest wrestles with the dilemma of what to wear on the big day. Although all eyes will be on the beautiful couple, there truly is a guideline for guests who don’t want to show up underdressed or outdo the bride or groom.We’ve put together some basic guidelines for keeping etiquette in check and looking fashionforward when you’re heading to the chapel. Before we dig in, let’s address the most common question about wedding attire – the perennial query, “Can you wear white to a wedding?” Some say that’s right up there with the “no white after Labor Day” rule. However, I still think it’s best to leave white to the bride. That doesn’t mean a white skirt with a colored top wouldn’t be appropriate.

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SEMI-FORMAL Ladies, go for short dresses and chic pantsuits for daytime, and think dressy casual for eveningwear. A great cocktail dress, even a black one, can work. Just stick to after five o’clock for that look. Men, break out your best suit, or pair slacks with a blazer. Color could vary depending on time of year. Lighter attire is best for warmer temps, with dark suits for cooler ones. For a daytime event you can skip the tie if the venue is a relaxed outdoor setting.

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FORMAL/ BLACK TIE Your invitation will indicate whether the event is black tie or black tie optional. With the latter, the indication is that the event is not as formal as black tie, yet dressier than one might expect. Ladies here can opt for a formal cocktail-length dress in a darker hue, a long dress, or dressy suit. For men, a tuxedo is fine but not required. Keep with the trend of the wedding and stick to a darker suit and tie. If the invite indicates black tie, then black tie it is. Men, your option here is strictly a tuxedo. Keep it classy and steer clear of the ruffles and baby blue, please. Ladies, a long evening gown or chic cocktail dress is a definite winner.

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If your invitation indicates white tie, start thinking in terms of a royal ball. The most formal of all wedding styles, white tie weddings usually take place in the evening. For you ladies, think ball gown and wow effect! Full-length is a must, and darker and neutral hues work best. Don’t forget those special pieces of jewelry you’ve been saving for the perfect occasion. Gentlemen, a long black jacket with tails or a classic tuxedo is all that will fit such a formal affair.


BEACH WEDDING

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Becoming a popular choice for the destination wedding trend, guests can truly show their “colors” at this event. Because a beach wedding is not a formal affair, ladies can lean towards flow and floral with fabrics like linen, chiffon, organza, and lightweight cotton blends in brighter colors. Dressy summer sundresses of any length will work well with the venue and vibe of the wedding. Guys, you will enjoy kicking back your style with linen shirts and pants, relaxed button-downs - with no tie required.

Now that our guidelines are in place, we must mention a fashion faux pas or two that might apply to any themed wedding. Jeans are a “no” at all weddings, unless the theme or invite dictates them. Even then, clarify. Don’t duplicate the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. Save the sequins for the evening affairs, and the clubwear for the club. Proper and classy is always in style.

Imagine your wedding in the historic Northbank Center Grand Ballroom at UM-Flint!

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And here's a little tip for the ladies. Chances are, you’re looking at a onetime wear on that dress you bought for a friend’s wedding. Add a full calendar of invites, and your bank account will hate you. So why buy when you can rent? A great little secret is Rent the Runway. Filled with a virtual closet of designer labels, one click will have you looking fabulous at a fraction of the cost to buy. Whether long, short, cocktail and gown style is required, the site has everything for every look and degree of formality the wedding season will throw your way. Now that the mystery of what to wear this wedding season has been dispelled, you’ll be RSVPing in style! Monique Lhuillier by RentTheRunway.com

Arrange a tour & meeting with our certified wedding consultant, contact Office of Event & Building Services 810-762-3436 umflint.edu/weddings

Lisa Szukhent // With a passion for fashion, Lisa created StyleEYE Midwest in 2011 to focus on the classic looks, styles and trends of the Midwest and beyond. Since then she has collaborated with retailers such as Tanger Outlets and Macy's for their local fashion events and shows throughout Michigan. She can also be seen as a guest Fashion contributor on the NBC25 Morning Show, talking red carpet awards and seasonal style.

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CAN HELP WITH WEDDING DANCE WORRIES BY KELLIE MCCARTY

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or couples planning a wedding, there is always the anticipation of the first dance as a newly-married couple. Not sure what to do with that special moment? The instructors at Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio in Fenton can help. “We see wedding couples come in being nervous about their first dance, and when it's time to dance at their wedding, they have so much more confidence. We love to be a part of that transformation and a part of their special day,” says studio manager Bethany Green. “We offer packages for the couple planning their wedding who want to wow guests with a professionally choreographed dance.” As you approach the building, your ears pick up the pounding beat of salsa and flamenco music. A quick peek through the windows reveals what looks like a dance party. But it is actually a Zumba workout class. Most weddings will not have a Zumba theme, but Chasse teaches ballroom dancing too. It’s along the same

lines as what television viewers see on Dancing with the Stars, but with a key difference, as Green explains. “We teach American Style, which is more sociallydriven. Dancing with the Stars bases their choreography off the International Style of dancing, which is more competitive and showcase-driven. We still do showcases and choreography, but most of the material is less flashy and easier for a beginning student.” With the dance and fitness craze sweeping over most of us, it is no wonder that the Chasse Ballroom in Fenton is bursting at the seams. “Our studio opened in the fall of 2007 and we are growing bigger by the week! We have outgrown our current location and are looking forward to our new location in downtown Fenton,” Green says, “Dancing with the Stars has sparked an interest in learning to dance, whether it’s date night for busy parents or a single person wanting to try something new and maybe meet new people.” They teach 17 styles of partner dancing and offer four kinds of Zumba fitness classes.

“Students can expect to learn a solid foundation of dance and build confidence as a dancer. Whether you have two left feet or no rhythm, we can meet you at your level to make you feel confident and ensure you have a good time. We offer private and group lessons, as well as weekly Friday night dance parties in a fun, upbeat environment. Our students and staff are all very warm and friendly, so everyone will feel welcome here,” Green informs. Green started at the studio nearly six years ago and is a Zumba Fitness instructor as well as DVIDA Certified Ballroom instructor. “I have the perfect career here at Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio,” she says. “Dance has always been a huge part of who I am and a great passion of mine.”

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step into the market and use their talents to bring affordable, high-end wedding design to couples in the state of Michigan. Since the sisters lived at opposite ends of the state, they opened two locations Special Occasions EAST, run by Lorrie and Lynn, and Special Occasions WEST, run by Penny. Lynn retired from Special Occasions EAST a few years ago and Special Occasions WEST was sold to another family who still carries on the customer service, tradition and vision of the original Special Occasions brand. The locations share inventory and staff and still meet every Tuesday in Lansing to exchange orders for that week.

Special Occasions began as a linen rental company and then expanded to include chair covers, sashes, Chiavari chairs, and complete event planning. In the past year, Special Occasions EAST acquired Party Time Rental, which added tables, tents, chairs, dance floors and more to Special Occasions’ current products. In addition, they have purchased, renovated and moved into a 12,000-square-foot building on Fenton Road in Grand Blanc which is owned by Lorrie. Win Cooper, president of Cooper Commercial, and vice president Karen Cape both worked on the purchase of this building for Lorrie. Win and Karen say this building


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have four other areas in which they’ve built successful year-round markets. These include the following types of events:

WEDDINGS Whether your wedding is at a local venue, your home, or is even a destination wedding, Lorrie and her team can provide you with linens, table numbers, chair covers and more for your special day. In addition to renting products, Special Occasions has a variety of packages available for every budget. From the DIY bride to a full-service bride, everyone is treated like someone special. The full-service packages are the most popular and include a custom tablescape display in the showroom. Lorrie and her team will also work out all the little details that a bride might not know about on her special day. GALAS AND FUNDRAISERS Special Occasions believes in giving back, so in their yearly planning, they budget to provide services for three nonprofit charity events...free of charge! In the past year, they have donated over $20,000 in services and products. To be considered for one of the three donated events, charities must submit a written application. If their event does not get selected, all charity and nonprofits receive 20% off as part of their package with Special Occasions. “I feel

really blessed, and I believe it’s really important to support the community that supports me, my business, my family and my employees,” Lorrie explains. “Special Occasions is my second career, and I’ve learned it’s not about the money; it’s about doing what you love, and I love to give back.”

CORPORATE A number of local businesses hire Lorrie and her team to design and plan corporate networking events, holiday parties, office picnics and board retreats. Some businesses even stop in to pick up one or two linens to change out the display in their office lobby each season. HOME Did you know you could rent just one beautiful linen for a romantic dinner at home with your spouse? Or if you are having a dinner party and want to have a special touch with luxurious linens, you can come in and choose linens, napkins and chair covers to rent for the weekend for those smaller events you host at home.

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Claire Mott and William White on their wedding day at Applewood July 1, 1961 Pictured: (l to r): Claire Mott White, William White Ruth Mott Foundation Archives, Flint, Michigan



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nervous excitement, decided to splurge with a genuine straight razor shave at a barbershop on North Street between Elizabeth and Wood Streets. He always called it “the best 50 cents I ever spent!” Robert and Eleanor exchanged vows at the esteemed Flint Federation of Women’s Clubs near downtown Flint – a beautiful, spacious two-story home with a classic winding staircase. The entire wedding party included only the maid of honor and best man, with only 40 people in attendance. After the ceremony they shared cake and punch with their guests – without the luxury of a live band or DJ! Later that evening, the newlyweds walked to the well-regarded Flint Tavern Hotel for dinner. The tavern was located on Detroit Street (now Martin Luther King Avenue) and Third Avenue (now University Avenue) adjacent from the Durant Hotel. It boasted; “400 Rooms/ Air Conditioned Restaurant.” During this period, The Durant Hotel, Cromer’s Restaurant and Flint Tavern Hotel were considered the finest restaurants in Flint. Duly noted, if a restaurant donned pristine white table cloths on their dining tables, it surely was a clear symbol of an upscale establishment. Since the couple could not afford a night at the hotel, they took their

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he announcement of a wedding certainly triggers excitement-- not just for the future bride and groom, but for their families too. However, when the reality of planning sinks in, “excitement” takes on a new meaning. Choosing a luxurious reception venue, exquisite catering source, elegant wedding party attire along with videographers and photographers can make it overwhelming. It’s hard to imagine that elaborate weddings like we have today were not always the norm. onthetown Magazine spoke with a local couple who married 65 years ago in Flint and got a look through the “wayback machine” at a time when getting married was a much simpler endeavor. Long-time area residents Robert and

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Always recognizing a good deal when he saw one, Barker purchased his future bride’s quarter-carat diamond wedding ring from a fellow employee.

Eleanor Barker celebrated their 65th anniversary on December 16th of 2015. Eleanor (née Youmans) was a graduate of Flint’s Baker College, then a school especially for secretaries (prior to the term “administrative assistant”). She worked for attorney Chester R. Schwesinger, who would later serve as prosecuting attorney for Genesee County. Eleanor would also further her career by working many years for the venerable Applegate Chevrolet dealership.

Robert Barker worked at Buick Motor Division’s engine and axle Factory 31. Always recognizing a good deal when he saw one, Barker purchased his future bride’s quarter-carat diamond wedding ring from a fellow employee. On the day of his nuptials, Robert, filled with

honeymoon to their upstairs apartment, located at the corner of Dupont and Dayton streets. Even though much has changed over the 65 years they’ve been married, the Barkers are testimony that a wedding does not require all of today’s “pomp and circumstance” to result in a happy marriage.


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I’ve fantasized about the man I adore dropping to his knees, proclaiming his love ever since I can remember, thanks to romantic movies. And now, thanks to YouTube, proposals happen in a whole new way—sometimes with flash mobs and music. But one thing is as true today as it was years ago—love never gets old. The proposals you’re about to read were simple. But after decades of marriage, the lesson is that although how you pop the question is never forgotten, your life together is what’s important.

“We were going on a trip. I thought he was going to propose because he’d been building up the trip. He “I rarely do anything on impulse, but that wasn’t the

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realized that and said, “Did you think I was going to propose? Oh my gosh, honey, I’m not.” I couldn’t believe it. Four months later he mailed a ring to my work while he was away, called me and insisted I open the box. I’ll never forget how he whispered in my ear after we were married, ‘Will you marry me?’ We still laugh about it.” – Leslie LoBue-Toldo, NBC 25 meteorologist, FOX 66, married nine years.

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n a situation all too familiar to many residents of the Greater Flint Area, Nadine Thompson had to reinvent herself after the collapse of the local automotive industry. With careful consideration and a passion for skincare—which is evident if you have the opportunity to use one of her services—over the last decade, Nadine Thompson has found her calling and become a Certified Esthetician. Nadine diligently stays up-to-date with today’s complex, everchanging beauty industry, furthering her knowledge on all things relating to skincare, and providing her clients with information to help them in their own pursuit of healthy, beautiful skin. When it comes to the beauty industry, does it really need to be so complicated? Questions like what products to use, how much to spend, what gives results, and whether extreme measures are necessary come to mind. These are just a few things to consider when thinking about your own skincare regimen. Remember, what works for one person may not work for another. Being knowledgeable will save time and money, providing you with the results you want and expect. Among the plethora of skincare options and services available, Nadine has invested her time, talent, and money into providing her clients with the latest and greatest that technology has to offer in the way of skincare. In fact, a quick Google search shows that she may be the only esthetician providing cutting-edge technology in the

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area. Technology often improves our lives daily, and the same could be said about the health of your skin. I recently caught up with Nadine and had the opportunity to try out the new HydraFacial MD and have some Q & A with her. What is the HydraFacial MD, and how does it differ from other facial services? "The HydraFacial MD is not like anything you have experienced before, I promise you that. It is all about getting the best results by merging multiple aspects of skincare treatments and medical technology, all of which can be accomplished in 30 minutes or less. Even more importantly, you will notice the results immediately. The main difference between a regular facial and HydraFacial MD, is relaxation versus results. Anytime you take into account your own personal health and wellness, it is a good thing. I still provide the experience among various other treatments, but my clients are very results-oriented, busy individuals—so I take pride in providing them with a painfree service that offers instant results." Can you tell me more about the procedure and process? "It is a simple four-step process: Step 1 -- Cleanses and exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells. Step 2 -Consists of a Peel... a gentle peel helps loosen dirt and debris from pores and softens skin. Step 3 -- Extraction, which used to be a painful process, now uses the automated and painless vortex suction to clean out pores. Step 4 -- Hydration, one of the most important aspects to healthy skin,


uses antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to replenish, nourish and protect skin. All of these steps can be adjusted for each individual client’s skincare needs and comfort level, including a variety of add-ons to address specific concerns. For example, the microdermabrasion is the newest form of the process. Compared to the typical crystal and diamond-tip microdermabrasion, DermaBuilder™ can be applied to wrinkles to soften and hydrate lines so they lessen or disappear, and retinol is used for brown spots brought on by free radicals. Another option is red

and blue light therapy—red light is used for anti-aging, redness of the skin and to accent the HydraFacial, and the blue light is for pore reduction and bacteria." Regarding results and client expectations, what does it mean when you say “instant results?” "The immediate results are the way your skin looks and feels, revealing healthy new skin, soft to the touch and with a natural glow. Consider that the environment has a negative impact on your skin, and that on a daily basis, you are exposed to pollution, toxins, wind, and sun -- all of which are

causing damage to your skin. Then add to that other factors such as aging (after the age of 20, a person produces 1% less collagen in the skin each year), tanning, and stress, further contributing to enzyme loss, reduced collagen, dehydration, a decline in skin elasticity, resilience, tone and texture...and you have a case for intervention. To remedy these and other factors, HydraFacial detoxifies, rejuvenates and protects your skin—giving you instant gratification with instant results, along with long-term benefits as well, all of which reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, increase plump and

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THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN SEEING THE DIFFERENCE I’M MAKING AND HAVING MY CLIENTS EXPERIENCE THAT DIFFERENCE. SEEING PEOPLE SMILE AND FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES IS SUCH A REWARD FOR THE WORK I DO.

firm skin, and replenish vital nutrients." "Unlike other more invasive procedures, it’s important to know that HydraFacial is pain-free, with no downtime. Some people could experience redness lasting an hour or two, but makeup may be applied right after. Plus, the entire process only takes half an hour, allowing you to easily squeeze the procedure into your schedule...even having it done on your lunch hour. It is also recommended to use sunscreen for a couple of days after, as your skin could be sensitive to UV rays—and this applies to all seasons, even Michigan winters! It is important to know that UVA rays have the same strength, every day, all year long." How often should a person receive facials? "For proactive individuals seeking healthy skin, I recommend treatment once a month. If I have a client with problem skin, we usually consult and develop a plan to get the person’s skin under control, but once a month treatment is recommended in addition to your regular beauty regimen—and it is a cost-effective way to maintain the health of your skin." Can you talk to me about how skincare changes through the natural aging process? Personally, I do the same regimen I did in my twenties, and I am definitely not in my twenties anymore. "In your twenties you still want to maintain a balance because your skin is changing, but at that age, your skin is still producing natural oils, so during that stage, it’s more about keeping your skin clean. Unless you have a specific problem like acne, you’re still pretty safe in your twenties. In your thirties is when you have

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to start getting serious about maintaining your skin by having a regular regimen. From my experience, the most natural products are the best, but everyone’s skin is so different. I advise that if you find something that works for you, stick with it." "Of course, in your forties you start dealing with hormonal changes, so dryness and wrinkles are more evident. This is where HydraFacial comes in, to help combat dryness and deeply hydrate the skin to prevent these wrinkles. The fifties and up is when the hormones decrease sharply, collagen elasticity production decreases significantly, and all your efforts to keep healthy skin count. The goal is simple: to strive to maintain healthy skin. If you have healthy skin at any age, you’ve got it made. Pimples can be taken care of, but healthy skin is what matters most. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is so critical because dryness is what causes wrinkles. You can have pretty skin, but do you have healthy skin?" What do you like most about being an Esthetician? "I love my job. There’s nothing better than seeing the difference I’m making and having my clients experience that difference. Seeing people smile and feel better about themselves is such a reward for the work I do. Women tend to bring each other down, so when we are already our own worst enemies, I get to provide them with instant beauty—like you’re going to see in a minute here – and there is nothing better. I absolutely love my job, there is nothing I would rather do, and I don’t think I will ever retire!"

After my facial, I was able to see the dirt and debris that was extracted from my skin, and that alone provided quite the “wow factor.” I immediately noticed a natural glow to my skin, and it felt so soft— although, I could imagine Nadine saying “keep your hands off of your face.” I put my makeup on following the procedure… and even that applied better and looked better. It’s been almost a week since I had the treatment, and I am still seeing the benefits in my skin tone, including an overall smoothness. I am excited for my next appointment. Tell us what your favorite skincare products are, ask any questions, or make comments related to skincare or the information provided in this article to editor@onthetownlimited. com, and onthetown will send one of our loyal readers to experience HydraFacial MD. Nadine Thompson, Licensed Esthetician offers a variety of facial combinations and treatments for all skin types. Located in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Call and ask for Nadine @ (810) 287-6103.

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severe aortic stenosis - Jim's condition will die within an average of two years from symptom onset). Fortunately for Jim, Dr. Tilli had received extensive training in TAVR, a minimally invasive technique used to replace old, diseased aortic valves. The procedure is conducted in a new cardiac catheterization lab at Genesys, which is equipped with the latest technological advancements for heart care. Dr. Tilli, along with Mark Silver, MD, a Genesys Heart Institute cardiothoracic surgeon, teamed to perform the procedure. Using X-ray guidance, they inserted a catheter into Jim's femoral artery, and through it, they deployed a new, aortic valve that was balloon-expanded to push aside the old aortic valve. The replacement valve begins working immediately. Patients experience an almost immediate benefit in terms of improved blood circulation. "The procedure went like clockwork,"

Jim reports. "I never had any pain. The doctors did a tremendous job bringing my heart back to normal. I never felt this could happen in my life. I can't help but respect them. They're going to lead you to the place you need to be and take care of the problem," he is happy to say. On the second day after his procedure, Jim was walking up and down the hospital halls, and on the third day, he returned home. Within a few weeks, "Dr. Tilli turned me loose," Jim announces. "It is so refreshing," he adds, when describing how he feels now. "It's like getting lots of fresh air. I feel like a teenager again!" To be considered a candidate for TAVR, patients first are evaluated by a multidisciplinary physician heart team at the Genesys Heart Institute Valve Clinic to determine the best, safest and most effective treatment for each individual. For details on the TAVR procedure offered through the Genesys Heart Institute, call 810.606.7550.


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UM-Flint Nursing Department HELPING THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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he University of MichiganFlint has had a profound impact on the Dominican Republic over the last 20 years. Nursing students have been bringing medical care to those in need on the island nation, while gaining knowledge through experience. Maureen P. Tippen, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, started the program after she had the idea to help the underserved population. Tippen says the trip is not only beneficial to the people of the island, but to the students and their education as well. “The students bring back the ability to work within cultures and experience language and communication issues,” she says. “They are able to see the results of people with no health care that have exaggerated problems and get experience in dealing with different cultures.” Tippen and her students serve in a sugarcane workers’ village called a batey, where those of Haitian descent with very little medical care work harvesting the sugarcane. Tippen says UM-Flint sets up a primary care and medical clinic for children and adults. They educate

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the workers on hygiene and how to treat common ailments. The impact the trip makes can be instrumental for certain individuals. Tippen says that one year, there was a mother who carried her 80-pound child with cerebral palsy on her back. Students traveled with a wheelchair for the mother and child. “We never quite know what we are going to run into,” she says. “Sometimes it’s making a difference in one person’s life that makes the trip worth it.”

Experiences like the annual Dominican Republic trip are a much-needed experience for the nurses of tomorrow, Pettengill says. “A lot of our students have grown up in small communities near or in Flint. This trip helps them get perspective about the world in general and learn how people live in different settings and cultures. It helps the students see that we really are more similar than different. It also helps them learn to respect different cultures and value those differences.”

Rebecca Pettengill, a translator, has been an integral member of the trip for the past 17 years. Pettengill jumped on board to gain experience in translating Spanish to English. She has also witnessed success stories first-hand. She says she remembers a moment when a student helped a baby with a cleft palate. “One of the things I’ve come to appreciate is how helpful our students are,” she says. “I’m proud of our students and how professionally they handle situations… When the student picked up a baby with a cleft palate and started cleaning up around the baby’s nose and mouth, it brought tears to my eyes. The student handled the baby with such care and with dignity.”

This coming March, Tippen and Pettengill will travel once again to the Dominican Republic. Pettengill praises Tippen for her work. “Maureen is phenomenal. She has a way with bringing out the best in people. I count her as a great friend. She always challenges me to stretch myself. It’s been fun to know her in this setting and to see her leadership with the students.” For more information on the trip or to donate, call the University of MichiganFlint Nursing Department at 810-7666859.


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MAKING FLINT A

“Vascular Destination”

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ichigan Vascular Center (MVC) welcomes two new vascular surgeons while graduating the area’s first-ever class of Vascular Fellows. These two accomplishments are vitally important for maintaining local access to high quality vascular health care. What’s the hurry? According to the 2010 US census, 10,000 baby boomers a day are turning 65, a pattern that will continue for the next 14 years. At the same time, the census reported that the number of centenarians (those over 100 years old) had already grown to over 53,000. The result is that by 2030, more than 20% of the US residents are projected to be 65 or older, compared with 13% just five years ago. The 65 and over group is expected to nearly double from 40 million to 80 million over the next 20 years. In addition, with only about 2,800 active board certified vascular surgeons currently in the US, one study

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presented in The Journal of Vascular Surgery concluded that there will be a shortage of 190 vascular surgeons by 2020 and 330 by 2030. MVC is proud to introduce 2 new vascular surgeons to the group: Mark A. Mattos, M.D. and Christopher J. Goltz, M.D. Dr. Mark Mattos completed his Vascular Fellowship at Southern Illinois University. Trained in both open and endovascular surgery, he is a nationally recognized speaker and educator. Dr. Mattos has had extensive experience in surgical education throughout his career and has been at the forefront of the newly evolving area of surgical simulation-training similar to that of an airline or military pilot. Vascular simulation involves fine-tuning interventional and surgical skills on a simulator that reliably replicates the human anatomy, allowing for training under diverse circumstances with no risk to the patient. While use of vascular simulation is in its infancy, Dr. Mattos believes that within five years the American Board of Surgery will require

simulation testing for board certification. He would like to see Flint become a training and testing center for the Midwest. MVC is pleased to have such an accomplished surgeon joining the faculty. Dr. Christopher Goltz hails from Midland, Michigan and completed his Vascular Fellowship at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Trained in both open and endovascular surgery, his special interests are directed toward treating complex aortic aneurysms in a minimally invasive manner, utilizing the newly evolving “branch technology.” This is a complex endeavor requiring precise planning, designing and insertion of a tailormade graft. Dr. Goltz is certified in this technique and is one of only a handful nationally to have had this training. MVC is excited to share in this leading edge technology. The value of a vascular fellowship training program Most everyone is familiar with the proverb, “…teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Often overlooked


is an underlying message that everyone stands to benefit from this process. The teacher hones his or her skills through knowledge and repetition, the person who learns to fish becomes self-sustaining, and the surrounding community gains a productive member. Such is the case with regard to the vascular training program. The faculty must remain several steps ahead of the fellows in terms of knowledge and technical skills, the fellows develop into vascular surgeons and the community benefits by receiving leading edge quality, technology and access to specialized vascular care. The credibility of the MVC fellowship program is maintained only if the faculty remains outstanding in terms of updated knowledge and technical skills. Being on the leading edge of quality and technology contributes to the high standards this community expects and demands. From infancy to its first graduation, this project took every bit of seven years. According to Program Director Carlo A. Dall’Olmo, M.D., “The program was spearheaded by faculty member Robert G. Molnar, M.D. His passion and dedication brought this vision to fruition.” Congratulations and a special thank you goes out to McLaren-Flint and Michigan State University for their

collaborative efforts. Recognition also goes to Hurley Medical Center and Genesys Regional Medical Center for providing additional training sites and to all of the area physicians who entrust their patients to the Michigan Vascular Center. The first graduating class of the MSU/ MVC Vascular Fellowship Program Sherry L. Cavanagh, M.D. Vascular Fellow 2013-2015 Program years: Dr. Cavanagh received her medical degree from the University of California. She completed two years of General Surgery training at the University of California, and then finished her training at Cedars-Sanai Medical Center. She received her Board Certification in General Surgery in April 2013. Mohammad Sarhan, M.D. Vascular Fellow 2013-2015 Program years: Dr. Sarhan received his medical degree at Damascus University in Syria and completed his general surgery training at Columbia University in New York. He received his Board Certification in General Surgery in March 2013. Dr. Sarhan also completed a one-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard in Boston before entering the vascular surgery program.

(left to right) Carlo A. Dall’Olmo, M.D., Program Director / Sherry L. Cavanagh, M.D., Fellowship Graduate / Joan M. Brown, Program Coordinator / Mohammad Sarhan, M.D., Fellowship Graduate / Robert G. Molnar, M.D., Faculty

Both Fellows have successfully completed the written portion of their Vascular Specialty Certification. Making the Flint area a vascular destination Given the increasing number of patients, the current and projected shortages of vascular surgeons, and the pressure to control costs while increasing quality, it follows that vascular centers of excellence will not be able to flourish in every city and town. Three years ago MVC was selected by the Residency Review Committee and certified by the Accrediting Council on Graduate Medical Education to provide post-graduate vascular surgical training. This was a distinct honor both for MVC and for the city of Flint, as this program is but one of 106 such training programs in the entire country. Joining this fellowship program with a research center, hemodialysis access center, amputee mobility center, diagnostic ultrasound center, VeinSolutions center and arterial surgery center, confirms Michigan Vascular Center as a nationally recognized destination site for state of the art, certified vascular care for all vascular conditions.

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Gastric bypass surgery patient, William Daniels, shown before surgery and again 155 pounds lighter several months after surgery.

Bypass surgery, as he and Dr. Kia felt this was the treatment that would provide him with the best results for improving his diabetes. William has found that the post-surgery care education sessions at McLaren have helped to reinforce his healthy behaviors. In addition, the people he sees at these sessions provide encouragement and help him understand what to expect as he continues with his weight loss journey. The discussions prepare him for when times are tough or challenging. William is also active on social media sites and message boards, and he finds the information helpful and encouraging.

Young Dad Chooses McLaren AFTER OBESITY SPOILS FAMILY FUN

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fter climbing to the top of the stairs at a water park with his 5-year-old daughter, William Daniels learned he exceeded the park’s weight limit to safely ride the slide. Having to turn around and walk back down the stairs was the turning point for him. William was ready to take charge of his health and move forward with gastric bypass surgery. At almost 40 years old, his diabetes was “out of control” and he was “maxed out” on his oral medications to treat his diabetes. He admits to needing insulin, but wanted to avoid daily injections. William had weighed over 300 lbs. for the last 20 years and, like most bariatric surgery patients, had tried to diet and exercise only to see limited success and to eventually regain the weight. William chose McLaren Bariatric & Metabolic Institute and surgeon Michael Kia, DO, based on his own research, as well as the recommendations of his physician, friends and family. After consulting with Dr. Kia, William elected the Roux-en-Y Gastric 50

Since his surgery on October 6, 2014, William has experienced many positive changes. He has lost 155 pounds and takes just one medication to manage his diabetes (along with healthy eating and exercise). With so much energy now, he doesn’t like staying still. You’ll usually find him at the gym four to five days a week. He enjoys bicycling, walking and working out with weights. William, who is a teacher at Flushing High School, says his coworkers and students have been very supportive of him. Past students barely recognize him and he has been mistaken as a substitute teacher for his class. His family continues to be his biggest support system. He and his daughter enjoying playing outdoors, and he was able to help her learn how to ride a bike this summer. William is very proud of his wife, who through healthy changes to her diet and an increase in her physical activity has lost 80 pounds alongside her husband. This summer, William and his family visited Disney World. He happily reports that he was able to ride every waterslide that interested him and he was able to fit into every ride the park had to offer, making for a very enjoyable vacation with his family.


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Yes! We Are in Your Neighborhood! BY MICHAEL G. THODOROFF

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ongtime resident Edgar H. (Ed) Benning can vividly recall when there was a bona fide rush hour in Flint’s downtown where Saginaw St. was lined with city buses in both directions. Little did he realize that one day he would become the general manager/CEO of the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA). MTA was incorporated in 1971 and since then has operated as a countywide authority. The MTA has become a fullservice transportation system under Benning’s leadership and is continually developing its transportation strategies.

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Over and above its local routes and services, it also provides regional service to destinations in Lapeer, Livingston, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw counties, resulting in annual ridership over six million passengers. Appointed to this position in 2010, Benning started with MTA back in 1980 as their assistant superintendent of bus operations after a five year career with Heinz Prechter’s American Sunroof Corporation (ASC), legendary aftermarket supplier of highly-engineered specialty vehicle systems. In the late 90’s he was asked to head the MTA’s new customer service group which included marketing

and public relations. “Initially I was concerned with not much work to do,” he says, with a grin covering an admission of total surprise. He diligently worked this position during a transitional time of the transit system. By 2001 he was appointed to the assistant general manager position, leading to his current assignment. Things have certainly changed, or developed as Benning prefers, since the MTA of the 1980’s. With a “Your Ride” fleet of five vehicles at that time, Benning eventually introduced an outcounty service with the assistance of a demonstration grant through the state of Michigan. “The idea was to move people in selected corridors with the intention for these communities to buy in with financial support,” he explains. Unfortunately,


and Innovation department. Benning assures that this type of technology will continue to grow.

things simply did not work as well as anticipated. That led to a request to the county for a millage proposal in 1996 which was approved by a 76% favorable vote. Benning notes this move allowed them to develop an extensive service in out counties using small vehicles allowing for the addressing special needs under a “Your Ride” program expansion. It was so well-received that MTA’s Board of Directors requested a second millage proposal which was approved by a 68% vote in 2000. While Benning lauds the great employees as the heart and soul of the MTA, it is the vehicles that obviously keep things going. To that end, a Bus Fleet Management Plan (BFMP) was established in 2012 to devise a schedule of bus/vehicle replacement and replenishment through 2018. Recently, MTA unveiled some of its new, next-generation alternative fuel vehicles. The organization continues to add these environmentally-friendly vehicles to the fleet with the addition of compressed natural gas (CNG) commuter coaches, propane mini-buses, propane powered service trucks and a new eighthgeneration hydrogen fuel cell bus made entirely in America. “It moves us a step closer to the next phase in our effort to

reduce our dependency on fossil fuel,” Benning says with conviction. He also makes a thought-provoking observation when he points out that we have the greatest medical services available in this country - and yet, cannot readily get to them. This is one reason MTA introduced their new “Your Ride Plus” program. This service offers both a driver and attendant who will assist a person “from door to vehicle.” Currently working with groups and health care organizations, they will soon roll out to the general public. Another program titled PACE is operating out of the former International Institute, where MTA is providing non-emergency medical transportation for up to 225 seniors daily. Ed emphasizes they are a full-service transit system, serving all people. With growth of the educational sector in our area, MTA partnered with campuses and worked with the respective student government groups to develop a smartphone app. “Let’s face it,” he says, “people don’t use paper bus schedules anymore. We have trackers on the buses so the students can see when the bus will arrive and where. It’s working very well!” The MTA Mobile app was developed by Jenifer Neal from the Urban Planning

Another strategy MTA is looking into is an in-depth needs assessment, alternatives analysis, and feasibility study of transit options on I-75 from Saginaw to Detroit. “We have a lot on our radar!” Ed says. And all of MTA’s activity is being recognized on both a state and national level. Benning has been nominated for 2015’s White House Transportation Champions of Change Award in the category of "Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation." The White House Champions of Change Program highlights citizens across the nation who are leading projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. Additionally, Benning was nominated by the Michigan Department of Transportation for the nationally based American Public Transit Association’s Transit Manager of the Year. "It's an honor just to be nominated, and I am very humbled," he says. "However, it is not just about me. I have the opportunity daily to work with a great team. They are so focused on making this a great community, and we are collectively doing everything we can to make sure that people have a great transportation system.” As the MTA continues to move forward under Ed Benning’s leadership, the MTA will undoubtedly continue to face significant changes in demographics and revenue sources. Make no mistake, MTA services remain strong with demand increasing. In an ironic sense, transit can be counter-cyclical in that as economic conditions become more limited, transit becomes a more attractive transportation choice. “Even though we exist for the purpose of meeting and exceeding expectations, it’s all about the service and our people,” Benning philosophizes. “This community has been good and very supportive of MTA. We are going to do everything possible to provide the best transportation system, period!”

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We Remember Our Heroes BY RICH REED

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ords can't begin to convey the true feelings when our community lost two of its heroes: Roger “Chuey” Luna and Ryan Martus. On November 15, 2002, in northern Lapeer County, both Flint police officers died while on a deer hunting trip. They were asphyxiated while sleeping in their deer blind, apparently because of a faulty propane heater. Recently I interviewed Chuey’s widow, Niki Luna, along with his uncle, Art Luna. I learned that Chuey was a happy, wellloved, family-oriented patrol officer who died at the age of 32, after 12 years on the police force. Chuey and Niki met at Mott Community College in Cy Leder's English class. He graduated and moved on to The Flint Police Academy, finished, and was hired as an officer at the age of 21. Retired Flint police officer Drew Gauthier trained Chuey and says of him, "He was a great kid, listened to directions and got along well with everyone. That set the tone for his career." Niki and Chuey were married for just six and a half years and had two children, Gianna, now 17, and Nico, now 15. “Chuey was really fair,” Niki says. “He loved his job, especially the "helping people" part. He was always kind and was a really good dad. I have met many people who were arrested by Chuey, and they all had good things to say, even when they had done something wrong." 54

Mitch Brown, retired from the Flint force, had this to say about his patrol partner, Chuey: "He was always upbeat, had a great sense of humor and was a super partner, especially when things got tough. My kids loved him and called him 'Uncle Chuey.'" Speaking of family, Chuey loved spending time with his entire family, parents included. When he died he was in the process of building a new home on Loon Lake in Fenton Township. Niki and the two children live now in that completed home. Roger Luna met Ryan Martus when they both joined the Flint Police Force. After serving our country in the U.S. Navy, Ryan graduated from The Flint Police Academy and joined the force at age 25, serving only six years on patrol. The two officers became fast friends, with Ryan, the avid hunter, introducing Chuey to deer hunting. At the time of his death, Ryan was married to Tonya, according to Ryan's aunt, Yvonne "Vonnie" Doner, who provided most of the information about Ryan. She added, "Ryan didn't have anyone who disliked him. He was a people-person who stood up for abused women and children." How can you help preserve the memory of these two heroes? In 2003, the Martus/ Luna Memorial Association was begun by Paul Boyer and Brian Garvey, both currently still serving on the association board, along with Art Luna as President. Being a 501c3 charitable organization, its purpose is to honor the memory

of the two officers by offering college scholarships to the children of Flint police officers. To date, the Martus/ Luna Memorial Association has funded 60 scholarships with amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000. It also helps with medical or funeral expenses, hardship needs, and food for people in need. The Martus/Luna Food Pantry operates out of the Hispanic Technology and Community Center on Lewis St. near Broadway, on Flint's east side. It provides food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as every Wednesday until the food is gone. At the first food giveaway, they fed 985 people, and every week they give away 70-100 boxes to needy families. They are proud to say that no ID is required; they ask only the number of people in the family being fed. The food is provided by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. In addition, the association donates money to Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots. Money is raised through donations, an August golf outing that gathers 40 foursomes, and a "Dinner for the Poor" at the Food Pantry in February. Vonnie says that the Martus/ Luna Memorial Association has raised $100,000.00 to date with a high gross of $17,000.00 at the 2014 golf outing. To honor the memory of Roger “Chuey” Luna and Ryan Martus, and their dedication to the Flint community, call Art Luna at 810-348-5636 to volunteer, donate money, or arrange a foursome for a fun day of golf.



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Miss Mid-Michigan Pageant SPARKLES, SHIMMERS AND SHINES IN DAVISON! the most recent executive director’s ties to the city and familiarity with past Miss Davison competitions. Being a former competitor herself, Shelby Hastings took the reins of the event last year with valued assistance from Lori Tallman, the event’s producer.

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mma Martin will proudly carry on the elegant legacy as 2016’s Miss Mid-Michigan. The Ludington resident competed with eleven other contestants in a sensational pageant hosted at Davison High School. Emma, a recent Grand Valley State University graduate, will go on to compete in the Miss Michigan Pageant in June of 2016. The Miss MidMichigan event is an official preliminary to the Miss Michigan and Miss America Scholarship Pageants. These two premier events are under the auspices of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and one of the world’s largest providers of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization gave millions in cash and scholarship assistance to a variety of young female scholars. Ms. Martin’s upcoming schedule is full of appearances across the state. She recently attend the notable Miss Michigan Fall Forum, a protocol briefing for all 32 pageant winners throughout the state to prepare for the upcoming Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. This was the first year the Miss MidMichigan Pageant was conducted in Davison. The change was due, in part, to

According to Tallman, this event relies on the local pageant’s nine-member board, along with many volunteers and requires year-round organization for total success. Both Hastings and Tallman hold “day jobs” - Hastings as the director of client relations for the financial planning Burzynski Group, and Tallman as a local attorney. Both truly believe in the excellence that the Miss America Scholarship Pageants stands for. Shelby Hastings, who was court finalist in a past Miss Davison Pageant, won two local titles and twice participated in the Miss Michigan Pageant. Lori Tallman also competed in the Miss Davison program and won. “I know what it did for me as a person,” she says. “It prepared me for my professional career, and it also gave me the poise and confidence to do public speaking. It all stays with me to this day.”

CONTESTANT ELIGIBILITY • A single female between the ages of 17-24 • A high school graduate at the time of competing at the state level • A senior entering high school in the fall of the current pageant year. • A permanent resident for six months, full-time student for at least one semester, or a full-time employee for at least six months in the State of Michigan. • A single female who has never been married. • A single female who has never been pregnant or parent of an adoptive child. • A single female who meets the character requirements of the Miss America Organization.

Both women truly believe the Miss Mid-Michigan Pageant is a great program for young women to gain life skills and benefits to their careers, all while earning scholarship money to get them there. Not only that, it’s a lot of fun. “I really enjoy the production side of the pageant too!” Lori offers. Email for more information: missmidmichiganmao@gmail. com.

Left to Right: Kayla Pingel (3rd runner up), Alexandra Strother (1st runner up), Emma Martin, Miss Mid Michigan 2016, Emily Birgy (2nd runner up) and Mollie Smith (4th runner up)

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AREMIA'S IMPORTED FOODS IS CLOSING BY RICH REED

Yes, you read that correctly. After a lifetime in the imported foods and beverage business, Frank Aremia is closing the doors of his Saginaw Street store in Grand Blanc as of December 31, 2015. J.P. Jonna Properties bought the plaza from Frank and is planning a Dollar Tree store among other businesses, according to the recent sign posted in front of Aremia's. But relax; there's good news about Frank Aremia. Just read on.

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n this community, a common retirement expression is "30 and out." Well, Frank has worked in the imported food business for almost his entire life, 60-plus years; I would say he deserves to retire. I know that Frank is 69 years old, since we both graduated from St. Michael's in 1965 and both attended Flint Junior College. His father, John D. Aremia, came to America from Aleppo, Syria and opened the family's first store in 1932 on Industrial Ave., then known as Flint's melting pot neighborhood. In the early 1940s, the store moved to N. Saginaw and McClellan Streets, where the family lived above the store. Frank joked that his first toy was a real cash register, noting that he truly grew up in the family food business. His father spoke fluent English, Arabic, and French. Besides a strong work ethic and personal integrity, Frank says he learned from his father that “a man's honor, integrity and a handshake were all that was needed. I still believe in that." When Frank's father passed away in 1971, he took over the store full-time and moved it to Grand Blanc. Frank bought the entire plaza where his store is currently located in 1979. Aremia's business specializes in imported foods, liquor, and a collection of fine wines. Most of his customers are regulars, with four or five in their nineties who

remember shopping at his dad's store. He sources most of his products from local or Michigan-based suppliers, many located at the Eastern Market in Detroit. In fact, Frank's godfather and namesake is Frank Germack from the well-known Germack Pistachio Co., located at the Eastern Market. Frank will not miss the emotional stress of running a business. "I've never been a slave to my store. I always closed for the holidays for my employees, " he says. " My success is only partially because of me, but mostly because of dedicated employees, many working at least 10 years - as well as good customers." In an emotional moment, Frank says that there are not many places he can go where he doesn’t know somebody and that many people were customers who became friends. "Thank you Grand Blanc and even the people of Genesee County,” Frank says. “God Bless America." Now, the good news. As of February first, Frank Aremia will be working with the new owners of the Warwick Party Store at the corner of S. Saginaw Street and Baldwin Road in Grand Blanc. The addition of Frank’s custom subs, fine wines, and liquor will add new flair to the specialty foods from the Warwick Party Store.


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Animal Control’s Paul Wallace:

“Treat your pets as family” BY PAUL ROZYCKI

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fter retiring from a law enforcement career serving as a Clio police officer, Genesee County Sheriff traffic division commander, paramedic, marine patrol officer and lieutenant with the antinarcotics group FANG, Paul Wallace did not expect to be working with Genesee County’s dogs and cats. However, when a series of crises and controversies erupted at Genesee County Animal Control, he felt the need to respond. “This is my county, and I wanted to make a difference,” Wallace says.

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And he did. When he first took the director’s position, the department was facing rising criticism about the treatment of both the animals and the volunteers who provide much of the support for the organization. In less than a year at the helm, Wallace and his staff have introduced a series of new initiatives that have improved life for the animals and those who work with them. Perhaps most significant is the dramatic reduction in the euthanasia rate of dogs and cats. In the past, nearly 50% were put down. That rate has dropped to less than 10%. The hope is to make Animal Control a no-kill shelter. “Today we only put down those animals who are too ill to save or too aggressive to adopt,” Wallace says. “In addition to our own adoption program, we work with the Humane Society and other private groups to adopt as many of our animals as possible. We give every animal a full

medical evaluation and a basic series of shots to make sure it stays healthy. Before any animal is adopted it is spayed or neutered.” Wallace doesn’t claim all the credit for the new initiatives for himself. Much of the day-to-day operation of the department rests with Deputy Director Renea Kennedy, who brings organizational and leadership skills from a diverse background of military training and fine arts education. She first arrived as a volunteer coordinator, and later joined the staff as Wallace’s “best partner” to lead the way to develop a new image for the organization. “My first job was to calm the waters,” she says. “Then the key was to open lines of communication and build trust with the staff, the public and the county commissioners.” Both Kennedy and Wallace emphasize the critical role of volunteers. At any given time, there are between 50 to 70 active volunteers. Some of them come only every few weeks. In addition, an active


core group of about fifteen people go there every day to work with the animals. Today, volunteers are available to walk the dogs daily, among many other tasks. Recently, the hours at the West Pasadena Road facility have been expanded to include weekends and evenings. Periodically, pets can be adopted at reduced rates. One big plus has been a grant from the Pedigree Dog Food Company, who agreed to provide free dog food for the shelter. Wallace says that when the dogs go through 400 pounds of food a day, that is a great help, especially in a time of tight budgets. The Pedigree program is sponsored by country music star Miranda Lambert and her MuttNation Foundation. In the future, there are plans to renovate the shelter building. Working with Creekwood Architecture of Burton, the goal is to make the shelter more efficient and

comfortable for both the animals and the workers. They plan to minimize cages and make greater use of kennels. Wallace wanted to address some misconceptions about Animal Control. He pointed out that Animal Control isn’t the same as the Humane Society, though they work with them in many ways. Animal Control was authorized by a 1919

“IN ADDITION TO OUR OWN ADOPTION PROGRAM, WE WORK WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY AND OTHER PRIVATE GROUPS TO ADOPT AS MANY OF OUR ANIMALS AS POSSIBLE." dog law, as a public safety measure, giving counties the power to control rabid and feral dogs. Over time, it picked up other functions, but many people still confuse it with anti-cruelty and pet adoption organizations. “We’re not really the Dog Police,” he says. “While we can pick up lost dogs and try to find their owners, we can’t enforce township dog laws, and we can’t investigate animal cruelty. That’s the job of law enforcement.” While most of the animals brought to

Animal Control are dogs and cats (about 2000 of each in 2014) sometimes other wildlife end up at the shelter as well. Recently a 6-foot alligator was brought in, as well as guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, cockatiels, a fawn and three pigs. (No, they weren’t the Three Little Pigs, and none of them were Giggles the Pig, Flint’s recent mayoral candidate.) The key principle is the welfare of the animals and the wise use of tax dollars to accomplish that goal. They have followed the best practices put forward by shelter veterinarians and have passed every test from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. In giving advice to pet owners, Wallace offers three rules. • First, spay and neuter all animals. Overpopulation is the major cause of abandoned and abused animals. One unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in just seven years. One unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in just six years. • Second, provide decent housing for your pets. If it’s cold, wet, and windy for you, it will be just as uncomfortable for your pet. • Third, “Treat your pets as family. They are part of our families, and they deserve to be treated the same.” Wallace’s three dogs and cat would certainly approve, as would the cats, dogs, rabbits, rats, fawns, pigs, and cockatiels at Animal Control. Even the alligator might agree. At least, it looks like he’s smiling.

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PET WELLNESS

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“HEARTS & PAWS” BY KRISTEN AGUIRRE

taught in med school, but something absorbed over time. He admits that in the early days of his practice, talking to people and clients every day was exhausting. Now it has developed into the part of the job he enjoys most. One relationship that has also grown over the years is the relationship with his “Mrs. Right,” spouse Ione. The couple has two sons and three dogs, including Crouton. Ione and Ian can affectionately be described as a dynamic duo. He runs the vet appointments, and she runs the business office. Ione admits some days are a whirlwind, and she may not even see him on a given day. “We’ve increased our staff for the clients’ needs, and it’s amazing that we can keep up the level of care needed by the community,” she says.

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r. Ian Wright has been a veterinarian for more than a decade. After going through eight years of school, he worked at multiple humane societies and now owns his own practice in Davison - the Dunckel Veterinary Hospital. Through it all, his dog Crouton has been by his side. Crouton crossed paths with Dr. Wright during his time in veterinary school at Michigan State University. He got the tiny pup when he was just a few days old, a two-pound poodle mix missing hair on his ears and about to be euthanized. Dr. Wright’s class saved him, performing heart surgery on the pup. Crouton has been with Dr. Wright ever since and accompanies him to work every day. “He’s been a good little companion,” says the doctor with a smile.

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Crouton has never eaten solid food or taken straight water because of esophageal issues, so Dr. Wright puts together a special mix for the little guy. The task may seem daunting to some, but for Dr. Wright, who says he has wanted to be a veterinarian since childhood, it’s all part of the job. On a typical day, Dr. Wright will see anywhere from 150 to 200 cats, dogs or “pocket pets,” but that is certainly not all. He also specializes in reptiles such as bearded dragons, snakes and geckos. He sees every day as an adventure that brings something new. Dr. Wright started buying into his practice in 2010, and officially took over two years ago. He says he has gotten to know people over the past 10 years just by talking about their pets. He believes the bond built with people is not something

That level of care is based in the doctor’s passion for his work. “I truly love what I do,” he says. “I look forward to every day. This feels like a home to me.”


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he race is on -- to be the first person who fails at his or her diet, or to let the gym membership lapse. Despite the New Year’s resolution tradition, the beginning of the year marks a time for promises of better health to be broken by holiday treats and cheeseburgers snuck on the way home. It may sound negative, but it’s the truth. And sometimes the truth, unlike tempting eggnog and goodies, is hard to swallow. So how do you beat the winter blahs and keep up with that promise of a healthy diet and regular exercise? Well, don’t start in the first place, especially if you’re contemplating a diet that’s named after a beach, turns you into a watcher, or forces you to give up a whole food group. Instead of “dieting,” make a commitment to begin eating healthy. But what does “healthy” mean? • Celebrate the wonders of color! Strive to include lots of colorful, flavorful vegetables in each meal. For breakfast, that might mean mixing a medley of peppers and spinach into your normal omelet or scrambled eggs. • Walk to your next meal. Make a point of walking during your lunch hour. Even if you work in an office, take the stairs or walk around the warehouse for 10 minutes before or after lunch. •

Shop on the outside. Keep to the perimeter of your supermarket, where all the fresh produce, meats and dairy

are sold. The more you turn to “whole” foods in your diet, the better your chance of success will be in battling the bulge. In the kitchen, you can make simple tweaks to your daily routine that will pay big dividends. Replacing refined sugars with small amounts of honey, agave syrup or maple syrup cuts calories and increases flavor. When sautéing vegetables and meats, use small amounts of extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil to cut cholesterol and saturated fat. Winter preparations of meats and vegetables can include long, slow braises in natural broths to heighten the flavor of dishes while keeping them low-fat. Roasting a whole chicken on Sunday afternoon, and then using small amounts of it in lunch and dinner for the next few days, is a great way to make sure you always have a lean meat on hand to turn into a great meal, rather than turning to the pizza joint in the middle of the week. There are many ways to keep your commitment to live healthier in the new year. Key to any of them is the effort you make to take small steps. Don’t overcommit to a fad diet or completely remove a whole classification of food from your diet in hopes of losing weight. Just concentrate on some of the small steps mentioned above. And remember, you don’t have to live up to the full terms of your New Year’s resolution; you just need to last longer than your co-workers so you can gloat.


be seen Sugarbush Manor Grand Opening O CTO BE R 29, 2015

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be seen Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner H O L I DAY I NN GATE WAY CE NTE R N O V E M BE R 6, 2015

The Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce presented six prestigious awards at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner. Five awards were given to individuals, and one was awarded to an area business.

Top left to bottom right: Name: Gail & Dennis Schaefer | Keith & Heather Green, Michelle Blaisdell, Chelsea & Matt Mills | Kevin O'Connor, Ron Justice | Deb & Rick Aro | Kristy & Douglas Fairbanks | Mark & Jody Maddock | Jon Tibaudo, Rachel Fillmore | Andrew Baranuk, Kristen Barancik, Linda Kelly, Tracy Aubuchon | Will Stiverson on the Piano | Kimberlee Trainor, Robin Scrace, Diane Sokolowski

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be seen The Art of Acheivement Awards R I V E R FR O NT BANQ UE T CE NTE R NO V E M BE R 12, 2015

Presented by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 Art of Acheivement Awards celebrates excellence in business and the hospitality industry. About 350 people gathered at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint to hear Robert Rummel, Senior Vice President of Chase and Chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors present 13 Art of Achievement Awards to outstanding businesses, community supporters and hospitality industry professionals. Top left to bottom right: Name: Food Bank of Eastern MI- Nonprofit Impact Award | Heather Kale, Waneita & Marc Bovan - Waneita Bovan was awarded the "Claire M. White" Award | Chelsie Cantin, Dave Cantin | Kasey & Michael Seay | Jonathan Schlinker, Jennifer Acree | Steve & Virginia Landaal | ElectraMed Corporation was awarded the "Small Business Contractor of the Year" Award | Applewood CafÊ at Mott Community Collegen was awarded the "Restaurant of the Year"Award

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be seen "Night at the Museum" SLO AN M USE UM

NO V E M BE R 14, 2015 "A smashing, successful party� said one of the partygoers. A Night at the Museum, SloanLongway’s inaugural fundraiser event, was a huge success thanks to the guests who attended, and the sponsors, including title sponsor Brown and Brown. This fundraiser will make a difference in our community. Together we are all helping educate our leaders of tomorrow, as the funds raised will go directly to supporting programs and exhibits that benefit over 60,000 school age children. Mark your calendars for next year's event, Saturday, October 1, 2016! Top left to bottom right: Name: Tonya Lane ,Victoria Leonard | Cathy Tremaine, Kimberly Gray, Lauren Vandeberghe | John Tremaine, Erin & Ghassan Saab | Ann Saab, Mary Coe Ryan | Debbe Campbell, Cindi Shaftner | Cory & Rachel Mouser | Kristine Janke-Stefanko, Stacey Peariso | Olivia Kushuba-Mooring, Joe Delgado | Guy & Linda Moxam, Valerie Harrison, Todd Slisher | Steve & Rosanne Heddy, Stephanie Conifer, Gary L. Jones

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be seen Grand Blanc Chamber Annual Luncheon

WA R WI CK H I LLS GO LF & CO UNTRY CLUB D E CE M BE R 1, 2015

The Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Meeting on December 1st at the Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club. With Security Credit Union serving as the title sponsor for the event, Mr. Nick Evans of the Genesys Health System was the evening's keynote speaker. Look for the Chamber's 2016 Membership and Buyers Guide available in February and remember, "Business is Better With the Chamber!"

Top left to bottom right: Name: Melanie Cieslinski, Jamie Weasel | Kim Turner, Sarah Wittbrodt, Linda Gibbs, Kristin Kocis Molzon | Armando Hernandez, Rosalie Hallwood | Bonnie Kelley, Jet Kilmer | Nick Evans | Cathy Lane | Debbie Cabadas, Rick Barnett | Bob Brundle, Dave Donahue, Richard Whallon | Loren Crandell, Debbie King

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be seen World's Greatest Office Party H O L I DAY I NN GATE WAY CE NTE R D E CE M BE R 3, 2015 On Thursday, December 3, Whaley Children’s Center held the World's Greatest Office Party, "Live from the Red Carpet", presented by Rebecca Bartley with Icon Mortgage Lending, at the Holiday Inn Gateway. This event featured live entertainment, DJs, photo booths, VIP lounge, a silent auction and variety of games and raffles. Thank you to our many sponsors who made this event possible. The World's Greatest Office Party benefits the children at Whaley Children’s Center, ages 5-17, who have suffered extreme abuse and neglect. The proceeds from this event help to bridge the gap between state funding and the actual cost to run the center. For more information about Whaley Children’s Center, please visit www.whaleychildren.org. Top left to bottom right: Name: Duane Elling, Woody Holt, Jennifer Hazel, Rebecca Bartley, Wade Pyles | Jen Verscheure, Margie Shard | Paulla Schemm, Chad Anson | Casey & Jonathan Schlinker | Sarah Schuch, Steven Elkins | Nicole & Charlie Goetz | Josh & Dawn Wisner, Ashley Sanders, Darci Culhane | Jeanette Anderson, Danyelle Harrington

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be seen Heddy's Annual Holiday Open House D E CE M BE R 6, 2015

Heddy’s Annual Holiday Open House was held on Sunday, December 6th at the home of Steve & Rosanne Heddy. This year’s reception was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Child Welfare Society of Flint. The Child Welfare Society is a private foundation that provides grants to benefit the children and youth of Genesee County. Grants are awarded twice a year. This year grants have been awarded to The YWCA, Flint Youth Theater, Old Newsboys, Boys & Girls Club, Crossover, The Crim Fitness Foundation, The Diaper Bank, Shelter of Flint and many more organizations that serve our youth. Top left to bottom right: Name: Ted & Jacque Valley, Kathleen Gazall, Ed Fletcher | Steve & Rosanne Heddy, Ginny & Michael J. Thorp | Matt Franklin, Angie & Steve Hendershot | Richard, John & Corrine Warmbold | Sherry & Matt Schlinker | Jim & Dee Schoenfield | Mary Ann & Spring Tremaine | Kimberly Brown, Rebecca Callen Freifeld, Charlene Kowalski | Tim & Sandy Bograkos, Lois Mengel | David Rowe, Marietta Hutcheson, Lynne & Judge Ransom

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