Flintern: August

Deanna Davis, 3, of Flint, watches as people head to their cars as the rain starts to fall during the Back to School Fair on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 in Flint. 

Deanna Davis, 3, of Flint, watches as people head to their cars as the rain starts to fall during the Back to School Fair on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 in Flint. 

Deshawn Williams, 10, of Flint, poses with a bike he received during Krystal Jo's Diner's Second Annual Bicycle Giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 in Flint. Over 150 bicycles were collected to giveaway to children in the community through a raffle.

Deshawn Williams, 10, of Flint, poses with a bike he received during Krystal Jo's Diner's Second Annual Bicycle Giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 in Flint. Over 150 bicycles were collected to giveaway to children in the community through a raffle.

From left, Aneisa Krueger, 11, and Angel Stocklell, 8, both of Davison, toss their hair while playing together during the Davison Community Schools Back to School Blast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Cardinal Stadium in Davison. 

From left, Aneisa Krueger, 11, and Angel Stocklell, 8, both of Davison, toss their hair while playing together during the Davison Community Schools Back to School Blast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Cardinal Stadium in Davison. 

Flint Police, Fire and emergency personnel respond to a water rescue after a reported claim that a woman and an infant jumped into the Flint River near the intersection of James P. Cole Boulevard and Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 in Flint. 

Flint Police, Fire and emergency personnel respond to a water rescue after a reported claim that a woman and an infant jumped into the Flint River near the intersection of James P. Cole Boulevard and Fifth Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 in Flint. 

Gerald Barrett, of Flint, give Malaika Bradley, 7, of Flint, a kiss at the annual Flint Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Flint. 

Gerald Barrett, of Flint, give Malaika Bradley, 7, of Flint, a kiss at the annual Flint Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Flint. 

Walter Johnson, an employee of Republic Waste Services, collects garbage from Maricela Gonzalez, 4, of Flint, during his rounds on Friday, August 5, 2016 in Flint. Republic Waste Services continues to collect trash on a interim basis while the city and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's administration worked out the details of the city's garbage contract.

Walter Johnson, an employee of Republic Waste Services, collects garbage from Maricela Gonzalez, 4, of Flint, during his rounds on Friday, August 5, 2016 in Flint. Republic Waste Services continues to collect trash on a interim basis while the city and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's administration worked out the details of the city's garbage contract.

Mike Langford prays over the food before the Christ Enrichment Community's Food Give Away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Flint. Every Friday morning around 9 a.m., Christ Enrichment Community and its partners distribute fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, hygiene products and other necessities to the community.

Mike Langford prays over the food before the Christ Enrichment Community's Food Give Away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Flint. Every Friday morning around 9 a.m., Christ Enrichment Community and its partners distribute fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, hygiene products and other necessities to the community.

Dakhi Burton, 2, of Flint, sits and cheers during the Community-Wide Celebration for Claressa Shields on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint. Nearly 700 people gathered to hear Flint Boxer Claressa Shields, the only American back-to-back Olympic gold medalist. 

Dakhi Burton, 2, of Flint, sits and cheers during the Community-Wide Celebration for Claressa Shields on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint. Nearly 700 people gathered to hear Flint Boxer Claressa Shields, the only American back-to-back Olympic gold medalist. 

Flint boxer Claressa Shields meets local supporters as she returns home after winning her second gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Shields is the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two gold medals.

Flint boxer Claressa Shields meets local supporters as she returns home after winning her second gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Shields is the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two gold medals.

Flint boxer Claressa Shields signs a pair of boxing gloves for local supporters as she returns home after winning her second gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Shields is the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two gold medals. 

Flint boxer Claressa Shields signs a pair of boxing gloves for local supporters as she returns home after winning her second gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Shields is the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two gold medals. 

Local supporters wait to meet Flint boxer Claressa Shields as she returns home after winning her second gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Shields is the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two gold medals. 

Local supporters wait to meet Flint boxer Claressa Shields as she returns home after winning her second gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Bishop International Airport in Flint. Shields is the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two gold medals. 

Aralya Case, 9, of Grand Blanc, sits on the lap of her grandmother Janine McBride, of Grand Blanc, while they enjoy a rainy evening listening to jazz music during the annual Flint Jazz Festival on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Flint. 

Aralya Case, 9, of Grand Blanc, sits on the lap of her grandmother Janine McBride, of Grand Blanc, while they enjoy a rainy evening listening to jazz music during the annual Flint Jazz Festival on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 in Flint. 

Tyrone Carroll, of Flint, wipes down his 1977 Dodge Custom Van after a light rain at the Mount Morris Tune Up event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. The final tune up event offered an opportunity for the community to view a variety of classic cars on display before Back to the Bricks week. 

Tyrone Carroll, of Flint, wipes down his 1977 Dodge Custom Van after a light rain at the Mount Morris Tune Up event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. The final tune up event offered an opportunity for the community to view a variety of classic cars on display before Back to the Bricks week. 

People walk around to look at vehicles during the kickoff Back to the Bricks Drive-In Movie event on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at US-23 Drive-In Theater in Flint.

People walk around to look at vehicles during the kickoff Back to the Bricks Drive-In Movie event on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at US-23 Drive-In Theater in Flint.

A miniature 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air sits in the window of Denny Vowell's 1955 Custom Chevrolet Bel Air during the Mount Morris Tune Up event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. The final tune up event offered an opportunity for the community to view a variety of classic cars on display before Back to the Bricks week.

A miniature 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air sits in the window of Denny Vowell's 1955 Custom Chevrolet Bel Air during the Mount Morris Tune Up event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. The final tune up event offered an opportunity for the community to view a variety of classic cars on display before Back to the Bricks week.

From left, Brenda Day, of Flint, Marvin Baty, of Flint, and John Hardy, of Flint, prepare for voters to arrive to the Berston Field House polling location on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Flint.

From left, Brenda Day, of Flint, Marvin Baty, of Flint, and John Hardy, of Flint, prepare for voters to arrive to the Berston Field House polling location on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in Flint.

Trinity Jackson, 5, of Flint, looks down the rows of bicycles in the back parking lot of Krystal Jo's Diner for the business's Second Annual Bicycle Giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 in Flint. Over 150 bicycles were collected to giveaway to children in the community through a raffle.

Trinity Jackson, 5, of Flint, looks down the rows of bicycles in the back parking lot of Krystal Jo's Diner for the business's Second Annual Bicycle Giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 in Flint. Over 150 bicycles were collected to giveaway to children in the community through a raffle.

From left, Izzy Verellen, 4, of Columbiaville, plays in a box of corn with Isabella Evans, 8, of Flushing, at the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mount Morris. The fair featured a youth horse show, pie eating contest, a truck and tractor pull,  carnival rides and other activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

From left, Izzy Verellen, 4, of Columbiaville, plays in a box of corn with Isabella Evans, 8, of Flushing, at the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mount Morris. The fair featured a youth horse show, pie eating contest, a truck and tractor pull,  carnival rides and other activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Maharyi Thompson, 3, of Beecher, eats a slice of pizza with her brother Dwayne Thompson, 7, of Beecher, at the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris.

Maharyi Thompson, 3, of Beecher, eats a slice of pizza with her brother Dwayne Thompson, 7, of Beecher, at the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris.

Jecoyah Wright, 19, of Flint, sits in a giant red chair while listening to Maurice Davis and band at the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. 

Jecoyah Wright, 19, of Flint, sits in a giant red chair while listening to Maurice Davis and band at the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. 

A car flipped after a collision on Saginaw Road near the Hill Road intersection on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 in Grand Blanc Township. No major injuries were sustained by the passengers of the vehicles from the collision.

A car flipped after a collision on Saginaw Road near the Hill Road intersection on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 in Grand Blanc Township. No major injuries were sustained by the passengers of the vehicles from the collision.

Atari Richardson, 6, of Flint, tries on a firefighter helmet during the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris.

Atari Richardson, 6, of Flint, tries on a firefighter helmet during the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris.

Thousands of athletes prepare to run in the 40th Annual HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 in Flint.

Thousands of athletes prepare to run in the 40th Annual HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 in Flint.

From left, Doug Kurtis, 64, of Livonia, talks to Megan Jankowski, 32, of Northville, before running in the 40th Annual HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 in Flint. 

From left, Doug Kurtis, 64, of Livonia, talks to Megan Jankowski, 32, of Northville, before running in the 40th Annual HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 in Flint. 

Reagan Persails, 7, of Otter Lake, holds a puppy while at the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mount Morris. 

Reagan Persails, 7, of Otter Lake, holds a puppy while at the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mount Morris. 

Romiel Williams, 11, of Flint, cheers during the Community-Wide Celebration for Claressa Shields on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint. Nearly 700 people gathered to hear Flint Boxer Claressa  Shields, the only American back-to-back Olympic gold medalist.

Romiel Williams, 11, of Flint, cheers during the Community-Wide Celebration for Claressa Shields on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint. Nearly 700 people gathered to hear Flint Boxer Claressa  Shields, the only American back-to-back Olympic gold medalist.

Pie eating champion Analiese Armbrust, 12, of Millington, left, devours her apple pie while runner-up Kierstynn Hutchinson, 11, of Mt. Morris, center, and Lilly Cain, 12, of Mt. Morris, watch during the youth pie eating contest at the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mount Morris. 

Pie eating champion Analiese Armbrust, 12, of Millington, left, devours her apple pie while runner-up Kierstynn Hutchinson, 11, of Mt. Morris, center, and Lilly Cain, 12, of Mt. Morris, watch during the youth pie eating contest at the Genesee County Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at the E.A. Cummings Center in Mount Morris. 

Heidi McCauley, 15, of Cedar Springs, serves popcorn while working at the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. 

Heidi McCauley, 15, of Cedar Springs, serves popcorn while working at the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. 

Despite scattered showers, crowds turned out for the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris.

Despite scattered showers, crowds turned out for the Beecher Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris.

From left, Paige Clark, 7, and Lalah Chandners, 5, practice during Team Audition Camp at Terry Matlock Dance on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Flint. 

From left, Paige Clark, 7, and Lalah Chandners, 5, practice during Team Audition Camp at Terry Matlock Dance on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 in Flint. 

Kaylyn Bishop, 6, of Flint, and Jacob Kilpela, 7, of Clio, stand in line to get their faces painted during the End of Summer Celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum in Burton. 

Kaylyn Bishop, 6, of Flint, and Jacob Kilpela, 7, of Clio, stand in line to get their faces painted during the End of Summer Celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum in Burton. 

Nana Dompreh, of Flint, dances with the girls of De La Danse during the Davison Community Schools Back to School Blast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Cardinal Stadium in Davison.

Nana Dompreh, of Flint, dances with the girls of De La Danse during the Davison Community Schools Back to School Blast on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Cardinal Stadium in Davison.

Xavier Weiss, 4, of Fenton, sits behind the steering wheel of his Uncle Stan's 1930 Model A Hot Rod during the Back to the Bricks Tune Up event on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in downtown Fenton. 

Xavier Weiss, 4, of Fenton, sits behind the steering wheel of his Uncle Stan's 1930 Model A Hot Rod during the Back to the Bricks Tune Up event on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in downtown Fenton. 

A car is covered by a plastic tarp to protect it from the rain while on display at the Mount Morris Tune Up event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. The final tune up event offered an opportunity for the community to view a variety of classic cars on display before Back to the Bricks week. 

A car is covered by a plastic tarp to protect it from the rain while on display at the Mount Morris Tune Up event on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Mount Morris. The final tune up event offered an opportunity for the community to view a variety of classic cars on display before Back to the Bricks week. 

Jim Littlejohn, of Ontario, watches his son Ryan Littlejohn practice on the ice rink while the Flint Firebirds officially start training camp for their 2016-17 season on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at the Flint Iceland Arenas in Flint. 

Jim Littlejohn, of Ontario, watches his son Ryan Littlejohn practice on the ice rink while the Flint Firebirds officially start training camp for their 2016-17 season on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at the Flint Iceland Arenas in Flint. 

Flint police officers padlock Liquor Plus Mini Mart after a temporary restraining order was granted by Genesee Circuit Judge Judith Fullerton against the business and its owner on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 in Flint's north side. Three shootings have occurred outside the Liquor Plus Mini Mart since July 29, including the death of 27-year-old Corandis Jenkins, a teenager shot at a vigil for Jenkins and a 10-year-old who was shot inside a vehicle. The restraining order is valid for seven days, in which time Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton will try to have the business closed for an extended period of time.

Flint police officers padlock Liquor Plus Mini Mart after a temporary restraining order was granted by Genesee Circuit Judge Judith Fullerton against the business and its owner on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 in Flint's north side. Three shootings have occurred outside the Liquor Plus Mini Mart since July 29, including the death of 27-year-old Corandis Jenkins, a teenager shot at a vigil for Jenkins and a 10-year-old who was shot inside a vehicle. The restraining order is valid for seven days, in which time Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton will try to have the business closed for an extended period of time.

Flintern: July

April 20 became one of my happiest moments this year as I discovered I was going to be a Flintern.

In the joy I felt then, I could have never anticipated the respect and appreciation that I would developed for this community of Flint, Michigan.  

After being here for almost a month, I have observed their love and strength. There are so many bold, vibrant individuals who are working to bring their community together. 

These people have suffered more than most, but amidst their hurt, they continue to take a stand for their dreams. 

Every day, this place and the people here challenge me and teach me new things. They are my inspiration, and I'm excited to see what I'll learn from them in these upcoming months. 

The community of Flint gathers with law enforcement officers outside the Genesee County Jail during a protest organized by Ebenezer Ministries on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in downtown Flint. The protest promoted unity and respect between the community and law enforcement officers after the Baton Rouge shooting that left three police officers dead.

The community of Flint gathers with law enforcement officers outside the Genesee County Jail during a protest organized by Ebenezer Ministries on Sunday, July 17, 2016 in downtown Flint. The protest promoted unity and respect between the community and law enforcement officers after the Baton Rouge shooting that left three police officers dead.

Dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It is hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change. Dreams are like hope; we need both of them in order to see a different tomorrow.
— Bishop Urundi Knox of Ebenezer Ministries in Burton
Due to the circumstances, there will be no trash pick-up in the city starting this Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Until a new agreement is officially in place, we ask the residents not set their trash out at the curb to prevent animals from disturbing it and making the situation worse.
— Statement sent by Flint spokeswoman Kristin Moore.
Julia Brown, 8, carries bags of groceries to be distributed while volunteering with her Girl Scout Troop 74022 during the Mobile Nutrition Pantry on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at West Court Street Church of God in West Flint. The Mobile Nutrition Pantry provides a variety of lead-mitigating foods to communities in need of good nutrition and that have limited access to grocery stores.  Check out the story: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/07/mobile_food_pantry_offers_lead.html

Julia Brown, 8, carries bags of groceries to be distributed while volunteering with her Girl Scout Troop 74022 during the Mobile Nutrition Pantry on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at West Court Street Church of God in West Flint. The Mobile Nutrition Pantry provides a variety of lead-mitigating foods to communities in need of good nutrition and that have limited access to grocery stores. 

Check out the story: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/07/mobile_food_pantry_offers_lead.html

 "They came in and they checked everything and I thought the guy said everything was all right," Harris said. "Next thing I know, these people are coming in and telling me they were going to replace my pipes. I [still] have to stop and think, can I use the water for this? Can I use the water for that? I still take my showers, I guess it's safe, and I still wash my dishes, but I'm afraid as far as food is concerned - cooking and preparing food with that water - I still can't use it. They told me to wait until they notified me. I just wonder what was the point of replacing it if I still can't use [the water]...I'm still getting the water tested." City Spokeswoman Kristin Moore said the service line was replaced at the request of Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, who is working with the city. 

Check out story: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/07/council_votes_to_move_forward.html

Officers investigate a crime screen after a shooting at Grand Oak Apartments in Grand Blanc on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Officers investigate a crime screen after a shooting at Grand Oak Apartments in Grand Blanc on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

A court case involving nearly $1,800 in unpaid rent is part of the investigation into a shooting that left two women dead and forced doctors to deliver a baby several weeks early.
— Dominic Adams, of The Flint Journal
We want the kids to run toward us rather than away from us.
— Michigan State Trooper Amy Belanger
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It gives (the community) a time to feel safe because sometime not everyone always does feel safe to come out.
— Jay Rowland, project coordinator for the Neighborhood Art Parade
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We are really connecting with the land and each other.
— Deb Hamilton, Edible Flint Garden Starter Coordinator
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We all have the same goals and commonalities.
— Muralist Ariel Sammone, of Flint