National Guard to Test ASVs, Humvees at The Mounds

interior13What better way to test the capabilities of a military vehicle than by taking a spin around The Mounds Off Road Vehicle Park in Mt. Morris?

On Saturday, June 6, National Guardsmen from the 1776th Military Police Company in Taylor will take advantage of the park’s vast and varied landscape by bringing in an LMTV Wrecker and a handful of ASVs and Humvees for the day.

“You don’t usually see armored vehicles going over the rocks here,” says Garry Pringle, Operations Manager of Genesee County Parks, with a laugh.

The off-road terrain will remain open to general public during the day, and visitors are welcome to take photos of an ASV that will be on display from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The military visit follows a busy few weeks for the park, which reopened to all ORVs on May 15. Each spring, the park closes the property — with the exception of an eight-acre scramble area for motorcycles and ATVs — for two months, when the land is especially wet. For the other 10 months, ORVs all of shapes and sizes come through to take on the crawling courses, scramble areas, trails and mud pits.

On the off-chance a vehicle gets stuck, it’s not uncommon for another visitor – armed with towing straps and related accessories – to help out.

“They take care of each other,” Pringle says. “It’s like a brotherhood and sisterhood. There’s such a diverse range of people who come out here: young, old, male and female.”

Nevertheless, the park’s busiest day continues to be Thanksgiving Day, with past counts going as a high as 500 vehicles. “It’s like the Lions game,” Pringle says. “It’s a tradition for some people.”

For more information about The Mounds ORV Park, at 6145 E. Mt. Morris Road, call 810-736-7100 or visit www.themounds.org.

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Geocaching Event to Premiere Newest Caches in Genesee County Parks

Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes. Photo courtesy of www.geocaching.com.

Geocaches come in all shapes and sizes. Photo courtesy of http://www.geocaching.com.

Forty new geocaches have been hidden throughout the Genesee County Parks system, bringing the parks’ total number of concealed caches to more than 100. But before the new caches are listed publically on www.geocaching.com, area explorers are encouraged to find them first during the 2015 Genesee County Parks Geocaching Event.

The two-day event will kick off Saturday morning at the Everett A. Cummings Event Center in Mt. Morris, where event officials will pre-load the coordinates of the unpublished geocaches onto participants’ GPS devices. Starting at 9 a.m., participants can begin their quest to find as many caches as possible.

Most of the new geocaches will be located in the northeast part of Genesee County.

To date, there are more than 2.5 million geocaches is more than 180 countries. Each cache varies in size and contents. Some contain small trinkets that the finder can take as long as they provide a replacement of equal or greater value. At the very least, they include a logbook for finders to sign.

Geocaching  is free. Camping is $21 per night for Genesee County residents and $23 for non-residents.

To learn more about the event or geocaching in general, click here.  For more information about the  Auto City Cachers, who are co-hosting the event with the county parks system, click here.

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Flint & Genesee Chamber to Debut Art of Achievement Awards; Nominations Open

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Do you know of a business that is committed to making a difference in the community, a person who provides exemplary customer service or an establishment that deserves recognition? Then consider nominating the business or person for a Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Art of Achievement Award.  The inaugural 2014 Art of Achievement Award nominations are currently being accepted.  The gala event in celebration of excellence throughout Flint & Genesee will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

The Art of Achievement Awards are the evolution of previous celebrations of business excellence hosted by the Chamber as part of the biennial Business Awards and Athena Awards programs combined with the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau’s celebration of service excellence hosted through the annual Hospitality Awards program.  As a comprehensive recognition of achievement in the region, the new program will honor businesses and individuals in 12 categories covering business and hospitality.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, says businesses and individuals in the region should be celebrated for continuing to play a role in building a strong regional brand.  He says hosting a gala to celebrate achievement at all levels makes sense for Flint & Genesee.

“There is an art to achieving success,” said Herman.  “A successful region is comprised of a community that goes above and beyond to have a positive impact on the community. We want to shine a light on those among us who have made great strides and set a standard of excellence.  This is our way of letting the community know who is making a difference in Flint & Genesee.”

Learn more about Art of Achievement and submit your nominations here.

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Spooky Spectacular: It’s Haunted House Time in Flint & Genesee

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It’s time for all things ghouls and goblins as haunted houses are up and running in Flint & Genesee. Two of the biggest and most popular this year are Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and Exit 13 Haunted House.

Rated Flint’s top haunted house, St. Lucifer’s for the mentally insane was boarded up and left for dead in 1974. Be one of the bravest to enter and discover the meaning of fear as the brutal past of the abused patients come alive, including many that have disappeared into the 5 miles of underground tunnels. Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under”is located at Playland Fun Center, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc. Learn more here.

At Exit 13 Haunted House in Mt. Morris, get up-close and personal with some of the scariest Halloween creatures, featuring live actors and state of the art effects with vampires, werewolves, clowns, monsters, the pig man, chainsaw man and more. Exit 13 Haunted House is located at 6069 N. Saginaw Street, Mt. Morris, (1/4 mile south off of I-475). Learn more here.

Color Vibe 5K Blasts its Way into Flint & Genesee on Sept. 27

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courseMore color than your happy levels can handle? Well, sign us up! That’s the vow from organizers of the Color Vibe 5K, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at E.A. Cummings Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd., Mt. Morris.

Walk. Run. Just do it … in color! Color Vibe is a color blast 5K that is all about having fun and getting covered from top to toe with splashes of color pandemonium. All color is 100% safe, edible, biodegradable and beautiful. It is D&C approved and non-toxic.

You’ll get color blasted with blue, yellow, pink, purple and green as you run (or walk) through the Color Vibe zones — and you’ll feel like you’re floating in a cloud of double rainbow happiness while you’re doing it, the website says.

Are you ready? Register here. And good luck!

Orange (barrel) Alert: Mt. Morris Road over I-75 to be closed for three weeks

From the Genesee County Road Commission:

The Michigan Department of Transportation reports that they will be closing Mt. Morris Road over I-75 tomorrow, Tuesday July 19th. They expect the closure to be for about three weeks. They have message boards informing motorists of the upcoming closure.

The detour route is:

Eastbound Mt Morris Road traffic shall be detoured onto southbound Linden Road to eastbound Coldwater Road to northbound Clio Road, and westbound Mt Morris Road traffic will be detoured to southbound Clio Road to westbound Coldwater Road to northbound Linden Road.

As construction season kicks into high gear motorists are reminded that the majority of serious and fatal injuries in road work zones are to drivers and their passengers. So please slow down and be extra vigilant in and near all road work zones.

While GCRC monitors its roads closely, it welcomes calls from the public regarding dangerous conditions such as large potholes or flooding. Motorists can report road issues to GCRC by calling (810) 767-4920, sending an email to [email protected] or clicking on the “Pothole Report” icon on its website, gcrc.org.

Books for Bikes: Mason’s Lodge using bikes to promote reading

ABC 12 has a nice video report on a program designed to get kids doing two good things: reading more books and playing outside more.

The Mt. Morris Mason’s Lodge passed out 18 bikes to students as part of their ‘Books for Bikes’ program. The mission of the program is a simple one:

The Masons hope their contest will help develop life-long readers.

“Reading is a very important part of a child’s education, and the earlier they start reading, the more apt they are to continue,” Stevens said.

The bikes were passed out at Montague, Moore and Pinehurst elementary schools.

Patrick Hayes will be guest blogging at Flint on Full in place of Jared Field through June 23. E-mail him at phayes(at)kettering.edu or follow him on Twitter.