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Volume 8 Number 12

First Great Lakes Regional Newspaper

June 16, 2011

Leading in Diversity

Empowering Communities and Changing Lives

MyKing L. Smith p. 2

Marshall Thomas p. 3

David Hall p. 4

Rich and Pat Dudek p. 4

Steve Barker- p. 5

Kelsey Kruse p. 7

Chet Allen p. 12

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Fathers are Champions Too!

The role of fathers is one of the strongest and most important traditions in the family. Unfortunately, the growing trend is fatherlessness for children. We are too often absent as fathers in our families and communities. F.A.C.T. is determined to reverse this trend and establish a new legacy for men in the Saginaw Valley Region. American fiction writer Russell Hoban once said, If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son or daughter, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time. There is countless information that shows that children who live in fatherless homes are more likely to live in poverty, experience physical and emotional problems, be in trouble with the law, and abuse drugs and alcohol. In 2008, almost 75% of children born in the City of Saginaw were born to unwed mothers, a telling sign of the number of fatherless homes in Saginaw. MyKing L. Smith, F.A.C.T. founder, speaks about efforts to impact such statistics. When my children were attending the Head Start program, then overseen by the Saginaw County Community Action Committee (CAC), I was compelled to go to their classroom and participate in activities such as reading to the students. As a result, I was approached by staff and asked to mobilize other fathers so that they too could be more involved in their childrens learning. O v e r 8 years ago, while serving as the chair of the Head Start Program M a l e involvement Committee, MyKing formed the father support program entitled, Fathers Are Champions Too, F.A.C.T. Smith states, The groups main focus was to impress upon fathers to just be there. Sometimes as men we think that we cant buy our children the world or the latest pair of gym shoes, which sometimes cost the same, and then we are failures. Smith further expresses the clever way in which fathers were drawn in, Each year we would host a bi-annual tournament in which teams made of fathers and other males were sponsored by the Saginaw County Community Action Committee (CAC). The sponsorship was contingent upon the fathers completing volunteer hours at their childs school. According to Smith the group dismantled when his children and their classmates graduated from the Head Start program. As an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Saginaw Valley State University, Edward C. Jones, knows all too well the impact of the statistics that our children and community face. MyKing approached me with the idea of re-establishing F.A.C.T. with a broader aim of encouraging, supporting, enhancing, and educating fathers so they have the tools and resources to carry out their parental responsibilities. I witnessed how MyKing fought to remain a full-time father and to establish a relationship with his childrens mother to ensure their children are being raised in equally loving environments and in a seamless manner, states Jones, F.A.C.T. Chair. Smith concludes, It is not the governments responsibility to play mom or dad. However, situations happen and even when things go awry in our lives and it is necessary for the system to be involved, as parents we still have the responsibility to regain proper balance in our households. Though it is the mission of F.A.C.T. to support fathers in their fight to be present in their childrens lives, this is not a bail out program and we are here for the family as a whole. Consequently, we realize that sometimes that requires that we work with mothers to equip them with the proper tools to hold fathers accountable. With little financial support, F.A.C.T. has been in existence for over three years. The organization has been recognized by many as an unique entity which is effective in helping fathers maneuver through an arduous system, assisting them to gain custody and visitation agreements, as well as, be proactive in keeping the family unit intact. For more information of how F.A.C.T. can be of assistance to you or to be a support or referral agency, please call 989.992.8667 or 989.525.3905 or visit 100 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite 202, Saginaw, Michigan.


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My Father, My Hero, My Gift

My fathers middle name is visionary, overseer, provider and protector. Indeed, he is a man of keen foresight, a man who is not afraid to square his shoulders, stick out his chest and face responsibility eye to eye. He is Marshall Thomas. Having five girls he was ingenious with knowing that children are more prone to hear a parents advice but follow their examples. Numerous populaces can declare the astonishing attributes he has illustrated as a teacher, coach, counselor, athletic director and assistant principal. The community has pronounced him as an educational dignitary but I, Celeste (Thomas) Johnson, as his daughter would pronounce him a hero. He has rescued me from low self-esteem through his affirming love. In addition, Ive been rescued from arrogance through his unpretentious humility. He was my first teacher and the objective of his lesson was to obtain mastery in being humble yet confident. It was the balance of the two that kept me motivated. Tripping and falling over lifes obstacles was inevitable but it was the look in his eyes, the tone of his voice and the stride in his walk that let me know, daddys gotcha. Invariably wrapping me in his arms during the winter seasons and nurturing me to bloom in the spring. I was seeded to grow through it all. Vivid pictures in my head unveil themselves as I reflect on my dad being a father to not only his girls but to young men and women in the community as well. I can remember walking through the halls of Saginaw High School, hearing the boys shout, Hi, Coach T! His response was always Hi, son! Expressing sonship through words was only part of the blessing. He poured out his heart, leadership, encouragement and in some cases even a physical home for them to reside. My dads love for his children both in and out of the school setting was a gift. It was not charged or purchased, it was simply given. My father is a gift that God has so graciously given to many of us. He is a man of integrity and selflessness. He is my father, my hero, my gift!

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There is an old Spanish proverb that says, If you want something done right, do it yourself. You conceived the idea and executed with professionalism. As a result, today, we have a Michigan Banner Newspaper that is community oriented and growing. Congratulations on your eighth anniversary. I feel confident you will survive and thrive in spite of the decline in the economy. All the best in all of your future endeavors. David M. Hall

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Continuing to Influence the Generations

Those who show care and concern for their fellowman have more power and influence than others. David M. Hall There are those who are born to lead in many different areas, and are also caring and knowledgeable mentors. David M. Hall lived a life of the described attributes while in the military and after returning to life as a civilian. A former Air Force Brigadier General, he was born in Gary, Indiana. After graduation from Roosevelt High School, he attended Howard University, in Washington, D.C. where he received a degree in accounting. He later earned a masters degree in educational sociology from the Agricultural and Technical State University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a PhD in Business Administration, before pursuing and completing numerous other educational degrees. He enlisted in the Air Force in August 1951 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant two years later in June through the Air Force Officer Candidate School. During Halls 31 year distinguished career, he served in a variety of career fields which included supply, accounting and finance, and data processing. As he continued in his military career, he was an assistant professor of aerospace science in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the Agricultural and Technical State University of North Carolina, comptroller of the 8thTactical Fighter Wing, Chief of the Computer Operations Divisions in the Directorate of Data Automation, and Deputy Commander and then Commander of Scott Air Force Base, where he commanded a community of over 40,000. This was a unique position as he was a non-pilot serving as a Commander of a base with a flying mission. Later, he served as Deputy Comptroller and then Comptroller of Air Logistics Command. In this position, he managed over $38 billion of U.S. funds and over $16 billion of funds that belonged to foreign allies. Part of his duties also caused him to be responsible for the funds for Air Force One. His military career includes tours in Morocco, Germany, the Philippines Island and Thailand. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal. Since his retirement in 1983 from the Air Force, he has continued to make a difference in the lives of the next generation in the areas of education, his involvement with many organizations and associations that are influencing the Great Lakes Bay Region, and the world, community service, and of course in the role of a passionate mentor. A successful author, The ABCs of Leadership, is a read that is recommended for future leaders and all who have the interest of their fellowman. He is a member of Bethel AME Church, and married to Jacqueline. They had two sons, Glen (deceased) and Gary, and are the proud grandparents of three, Hayes, Haley and Julia.

Answering the Call

You never know where answering Gods call will lead you. For Rich and Pat Dudek, it began over 20 years ago when Pat became a classroom helper in Childrens Ministry. After serving as helper for some time, the teacher left leaving Pat in charge of a class of seven energetic little boys. Deciding that she needed a little help, she asked husband Rich to be her helper. As they began to work together in the ministry, he discovered that he also enjoyed working with the youngsters. As the years went by, they became congregants at a new church and began not only a Sunday Childrens Ministry, but a Wednesday night program for the kids. Today, they are the directors of the Childrens Ministry at Saginaw Valley Community Church, Pastor Richard Sayad, located at 3660 Hermansau, Saginaw. The age groups in the ministry range from nursery age to 6th grade. Being the innovative teachers they are, in September they will begin a new curriculum from Kenneth Copeland Ministries. We do this because we love children and in this world today, its so important for a child to have a good foundation because of so many things that are being taught that arent Godly.

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A Turnaround Proud Father

Fathers always stay close to your kids, because I wish I had. This is wise advice from a proud turnaround dad and grandfather. Steve Barker has been a wellknown cook in the community for some time, having worked at various restaurants including the Crown Plaza and presently First Ward Community Center. As a youngster he developed an interest in cooking while watching his mother, Ever Lee Barker, in the kitchen. He later learned from others, particularly, T.J. McMillon, another experienced cook and mentor. After graduating from high School in 1967, Steve was employed at Saginaw Steering Gear. But after a wrong turn in life, he was incarcerated for some time. While I was incarcerated, my mother died, that was actually the turnaround in my life. Given an opportunity by Shielda Braddock, President, CEO of First Ward Community Center, he is again working in a job he loves as a cook and food coordinator. A member of Christ Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Robert Davis, Jr., he is married to Shirley, and is the father of 7, 1 son is deceased, and the grandfather of 10. Steve is now passing his love of cooking and turnaround wisdom to the next generation.

Elegant Images Capture 19th Century Saginaw in New Museum Exhibit

The Castle Museum of Saginaw County History recently opened an exhibition called Saginaw Illustrated. The 12 images in this exhibition are from Saginaw Illustrated, which was published in 1888 by the International Publishing Company. The publication contained 94 views of the cities of East Saginaw and Saginaw City. It was issued in nine separate paper-bound folios and included a text by the assistant editor of the Saginaw Evening News, William F. Goldie. More than 300 copies of the publication were sold before printing. The photographs about a quarter of which were taken by the Goodridge Brothers - capture the two still reveling in their power and glory as the lumber capital of the world. While the peak years had passed, the wealth gleaned from the forest is evidenced in every view. In addition, the exhibit will include artifacts from the buildings featured in the photographs, including a rare stained glass window from the Potter Street Depot. Saginaw Illustrated is on display until September 8, 2011.

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Questions from the author ... and from a youth minister in Saginaw
By Mike Thompson For The Michigan Banner Readers: What would be your suggestions for this to be an improved newspaper? Publisher Jerome Buckley is preparing to mark The Michigan Banners eighth anniversary in July. He is asking this question, as he always has, and now I will serve as a sort of go-between on this issue. Thats why its best to start by asking you, the reader (and maybe one day a writer yourself), what types of articles would be of interest. Theres just one ground rule that goes with the question. This ground rule is that our goal is a better community. During my years at The Saginaw News, I was mostly into local government and schools and politics. Other reporters specialized in other aspects. I mostly covered the City Hall, the schools, and the state House and Senate. The readers, who were interested, especially in the local elections, were very, very interested. But to tell the truth, there were very few of them who were very interested, in particular among African Americans. In the April 1 edition of this newspaper, on the front page, young Christopher Hill posed a question, Where Did The Leaders Go? He grew up in Detroit, hes 26 years old, hes married to the former Jonisha Calhoun of Saginaw, and they have two children. Hes a youth minister at Christ Disciples Baptist Church on Lapeer Street in Buena Vista. Christopher asked readers for their opinions, similar to what Im doing, and so I called to ask what kind of response he received. He says a good number of people acknowledged his article and said these issues are relevant and offered congratulations, but he was disappointed that hardly anyone offered concrete ideas. When Christopher moved to Saginaw as a young adult, he says he was surprised at the degree of crime and violence and hopelessness. He doesnt mean to be negative, but he says folks have seemed not motivated and complacent, even compared to Detroit. How come were not attacking the major issues? he asks. Despite his feelings, Christopher says he is going to stick with his efforts for community involvement. Hes helping to organize a Community Builders conference Aug. 17-19, although a site is not yet determined. Follow the Banners pages for the location. This would be a good chance for older scolders, even those who are still trying, to answer the questions this young man asked in his April article. Im not going to criticize people for being apathetic and not voting. There are many other ways to help the community besides voting. All Ill say is that East Side voter turnout has been only from 10 percent to 15 percent in local elections during the years that The Michigan Banner has been published, and for several years before that. In the outer West Side, its been about 30 percent, which is no great shakes, but it means that Whites are outvoting Blacks by at least 2-to-1. Even when Barack Obama was elected president, I believe the stories about a huge outpouring among Black people were a myth, at least in Saginaw. I was an election worker at Saginaw High School on that historic day. There were long lines before dawn because people anticipated that the polling places would be jammed, but after about 9 a.m. in the Trojans gymnasium, things slowed to a crawl. East Side voter turnout was about 50 percent. Thats really low, when the significance of the day is considered. The only time I ever saw genuine widespread Black involvement was after 1981, after the police killed Bruce Moorer. (If younger readers are not familiar, they may ask an elder.) Subsequently Saginaw had a wellintegrated government from the landmark 1983 election through the year 2005, and Jesse Jackson generated enthusiasm both in 1984 and 1988, possibly more so than Obama. But today the City Council has only one member of color, Amos ONeal, and his meeting attendance has been spotty. True enough, Darnell Earley and Odail Thorns hold the top two spots in administration. But Black elected representation is virtually gone. I hate to say this, but when I was talking with Jerome about what it would take to spark more community involvement, the thought crossed my mind that the quickest answer might be a police incident or some other sort of racial incident, similar to the Bruce Moorer slaying. Can you blame me for having this thought, based on historys track record? Nationally, people jumped up and down for Barack Obama and then abandoned him. The man is going grayer by the day out of frustration. He cannot get much done because the public is failing to show support. There is the lack of a Black counterpunch to the White bigots who call him a Muslim terrorist, a communist, and want to see his birth certificate. These words are not meant to be cynical or negative. They are only meant to explore the truth, and to maybe find some answers. As Marvin Gaye would ask, whats going on? Should The Michigan Banner bother with in-depth coverage of local issues and elections? Or should Jerome just publish a money-making shopper paper, like others we see, filled mostly with ads? continued on page 7

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Loving Life as a Cancer Survivor

Six years ago, an energetic and happy high school senior visited The Michigan Banner Office, and during that first interview she talked about her upcoming graduation and all of the things that go along with graduation. However, Kelsey was not only excited about graduation she was pleased that her doctors who had been a part of her life would also be attending her graduation. Kelsey is still enjoying life and loves to talk about being a cancer survivor. We know that she will be an inspiration to you! Since graduating from Swan Valley High School six years ago, I attended Delta College for three years and transferred to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, where I received my Psychology Degree. Thinking that I wanted to get my doctorate in psychology, I changed my mind after realizing how much time went into being successful in this. I realized that all that I have ever wanted in life was to be a mom and be able to work and have time with my family. After I graduated from Central, I moved to East Lansing to attend Douglas J. Cosmetology Institute. Before starting school there, you have to go through an interviewing process. The one question that I was asked that hit home was what made you want to go into cosmetology? My response was that ever since I was younger and growing up without having hair, because of chemotherapy, I have always wanted to do hair and have big hair! So I did it! My days consisted of working full time from 8 to 4:30 pm and school from 5 to 10 pm or later every night. With my immune system, I had gotten very sick over the course of being in school with cellulitis in my left leg, where I had cancer. Cellulitis is an infection in your tissues that spreads throughout your body. I was hospitalized multiple times but finally graduated after eighteen months of school, which was originally only supposed to take fourteen months. Now, I am currently a licensed Cosmetologist in Michigan, but because they do not offer health insurance in most salons, I currently work at The Club at Chandler Crossings as the Leasing and Marketing Director. The best advice that I could give anyone is that someone else in the world is always overcoming something more difficult that you. Everything happens for a reason and you just have to realize that God is having you go through what you are going through to make you stronger. Some people will ask me sometimes, arent you scared of getting cancer again? I just smile and say no not at all, if it happens again, it happens. Im ready to deal with it! You always have to have hope. My future plans involve being a mom someday and being happy! My number one fear in life is that I will not be able to have children of my own. This is where I will have to wait and take my own advice into my own hands. I want to start volunteering for American Cancer Society more and more. I tell people who have fought cancer or know someone who has, spread the love and knowledge! Too many people keep their stories pent up inside them which then creates animosity towards God and others. In order for you to get over or deal with a situation that you are going through, you must talk about it. Make yourself okay with what has happened to you and be proud of yourself! I have seen one too many cancer survivors who are so angry with God. Remember you are the ones that are still alive.

Questions from the author ... and from a youth minister in Saginaw
continued from page 6 For that matter, should young Christopher Hill bother with the upcoming Community Builders event and other activities? In summary, I guess I really am sort of old and frustrated nowadays at the neighborhood conditions and the community problems that sometimes seem impossible to truly resolve. Therefore I am open to suggestions. How do YOU believe The Banner could have a greater impact? What are your ideas? My email is and my phone is 401-4698. I will definitely share responses with Jerome Buckley and Christopher Hill. If any reader wishes to contribute a letter or even an article to the Banner but lacks the confidence to do so, you may contact me and Ill help out.

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By Charles H. Coleman For The Michigan Banner

It is time to get up and get to work

Today, we are in a period of reevaluation of the goods and services that are offered by government to the citizens not just of our state, but to the citizens of this entire country. As we look at how to best to provide for the less fortunate, it is necessary to examine proverbs such as this one to ascertain if we are doing what is best for our country. As we look to the future, this proverb must be a part of all of our thoughts and plans. We cannot expect government to provide for our families and children, we cannot expect government to be altruistic, we cannot expect for big business to look at its employees as an asset to be treasured as they were in the past. We should only expect for them to provide for basic necessities, and to pay a wage and provide benefits as management sees fit. We have to make ourselves and our youths more valuable so that they dont need government to care for them, and business will place a high value on them. We cannot be lone rangers in working toward this goal. We will have to become in the part of larger networks that bring all of the tools to the table to provide the training, mentoring, and leadership that our communities need. We have to look outside of ourselves and ask others to assist us in moving our communities forward. We should never abrogate our responsibilities as leaders. We should not blame others on the problems that we have. We should not look for a knight in shining armor to come in and save us. We should be looking for someone to partner with us as we reclaim our community. Brother Buckley was absolutely correct. When we look at David in the book of 1st Chronicles, the 11 chapter, we find that as King, he surrounded himself with mighty men. These were men who thought as he thought, who agreed with him on the direction that the kingdom should take, and were willing to fight to protect and rebuild the kingdom. Only by us, as mighty men and women, who believe in our community, can we rebuild it. I am reminded of several passages in the Bible of what happens when men and women work together to make things happen. Probably the most significant, in my mind, is found in the book of Genesis. In the 11th chapter of the beginning book of the Bible, we find the story of the tower of Babel. This story is significant, in my opinion, because the people working together got the attention of God. It was God who said: And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Gen 11: 6 KJV) The Bible in Basic English makes it even clearer: And the Lord said, See, they are all one people and have all one language; and this is only the start of what they may do: and now it will not be possible to keep them from any purpose of theirs. (Gen 11: 6 BBE) If we start working together, there is nothing that we cannot do. Let us start working on a plan to turn our community around. Let us start working together to make Saginaw an All American City again. Let us agree to set aside our petty differences, and decide that what is important is the entire community and not what is good for me and my friends. It has to be all about the community.


In the June 1, 2011 issue of the Banner, our publisher, Jerome asked us a very interesting question. His question was, are you a lone ranger. In his article, he outlined some of the aspects of leadership, and what it takes to be a good leader. I am often reminded, as I take leadership classes today of a saying of my father, Dr. H. J. Coleman, Sr. that stated: If you are a leader with no one following you, you are not a leader, but just a person taking a walk alone. Well said, Brother Buckley. That is a good lead in for a follow up from my last article, where do we go from here. That question should be on all of our minds. Brother Buckley reminded us that we cannot be Lone Rangers if we intend to succeed. If we intend to turn our community around, we need to be a coalition of men and women, of like mind, with a common goal. That goal must be to reclaim our community. It cannot be with personal agendas in mind, nor can it be with a plan to put my people in place for the future. When we are looking toward the future, the people that we should put in place should be those who think that our community has value and want to see it takes it rightful place in the line of good places to live not just in the state of Michigan, but in the United States. There is a Chinese proverb that teaches us give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

Organizations are no longer built on force. They are increasingly built on trustthis presupposes that people understand one another. Taking relationship responsibility is therefore an absolute necessity. It is a duty. Peter Drucker The Michigan Banner Saginaw, Michigan (989) 753-3475 Email:

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By Chet Allen For The Michigan Banner

Obama; Chess vs. Something that is not Chess

felt threatened and we were losing on average about 500,000 jobs per month. These major problems, and others, are part of the reason Obama was elected President. The American people were aware how serious our problems were and did not have faith that McCain-Palin were up to the challenge. The American people knew that this time was critical to our history in terms of our future, and that we needed an intelligent leader to navigate those turbulent waters. The biggest concern of some voters was a perceived lack of executive experience. Considering the extreme opposition by the Republican Party to any and all policies proposed by the Obama administration, which was made clear early by Republican leaders who stated on the record they hoped the Obama administration would fail, it is again remarkable that the President has caused significant legislation to be passed that has caused a stabilization of the economy. Jobloss has been stopped and the Nation has been adding jobs for many months, significant reform was accomplished in Health Care and Wall Street, and let us not forget that the President decided to invest in saving the auto Industry when many in Washington were against that idea. I would say Obama seems to me to be a very skillful executive. And for good measure he took out the #1 terrorist in the world, OBL. The Republican opposition appears to have some effect on Obama policies at times. Many progressives were very upset when the Health Care public option was removed from the Bill. The Bill became less-progressive by nature and more to the right. Much talk began about the perception that the President was not as progressive as he represents himself to be. My personal theory is that the Presidents perspective of his responsibility is deeply embedded in the oath he took upon becoming President. As he has stated on many occasions he is the President of all the people. Radical change often has radical consequences. America is big, complex, and many different sectors are interwoven and interdependent. Radical consequences can have ripple effects that can be devastating and must be avoided. So, by allowing himself to be pulled to the right he ends up where he really wants to be. He needs to govern as primarily a Centrist. Creating change, and most importantly, positive change.

Our 44th President of these United States, Barack Obama, is, without a doubt, the most remarkable person I have been aware of in my lifetime. What obviously makes him so remarkable are his remarkable accomplishments, achieved under less than ideal circumstances. I see him as a person of huge intellect coated with a strong sense of global compassion. His agenda is simple; make the world a better place. Something he has already done, to a large degree. After reaching the pinnacle of academic achievement Obama shunned the big Wall Street money and settled in Chicago. He gave his time to improving the city where he would teach at the University level, and begin to raise a family with his also remarkable wife, Michelle. Barack Obama entered politics which led to the Presidency at a time that one might also call less than ideal circumstances. People, whose business it is to know, were openly talking about a worldwide financial collapse beginning in the banking industry either here in America or Europe. We witnessed huge finance-related companies go under while the entire national economy

A fancy 45-foot bus with a $1 million price tag pulls into Saginaw on Wednesday, June 22, in the hopes of luring political wonks to come pay it a visit. The C-SPAN Digital Bus, equipped with interactive television monitors, computer kiosks and social media applications, is open free to the public from noon to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Saginaw Club, 219 N. Washington, in connection with the weekly meeting there of the Rotary Club of Saginaw. The average stay for a visitor to the bus can range from a minute or two -- just enough time to see what its about -- to 20 minutes for people who have questions or use our kiosks to explore C-SPANs resources, says Jenny Marland, a marketing representative for the Washington, D.C.-based C-SPAN. Since it made its debut last summer, she said, the blue-hued bus with familiar federal buildings painted on its exterior has visited cities in 32 states from coast to coast. Junes visit is its first to Michigan. The Michigan Banner Saginaw, Michigan (989) 753-3475 Email:

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Owe Back Taxes? All Excuses Welcome!

Tax Amnesty Available Until June 30, 2011
For a 45-day period this spring, the Michigan Department of Treasury will offer an opportunity for delinquent taxpayers to pay their state taxes and have penalty charges waived through Tax Amnesty. Regardless of the reason a taxpayer has fallen behind, All Excuses Welcome, through Michigans Tax Amnesty program. The Department of Treasury recently kicked off the public awareness effort for Tax Amnesty under the theme All Excuses Welcome. The Amnesty period runs from May 15 until June 30, 2011. Any individual or business that has a state tax debt, or has not filed a tax return for a qualifying tax year, can avoid penalties and possible prosecution through Tax Amnesty. The process of filing for Amnesty is a relatively easy one, said State Treasurer Andy Dillon. Once a taxpayer determines if they have taxes that qualify, they can download a one-page Amnesty application from our Web site, fill in the appropriate information, and send it into the department, with full payment of the tax and interest due. The Tax Amnesty site, located at www.mitaxamnesty. org, includes an interest calculator to help taxpayers determine the interest due as well as the penalties that have been avoided. A list of frequently asked questions is also available, as well as Webcasts that provide a program overview and assistance in filling out the Amnesty application. Treasury staff, from several bureaus and work areas, has spent the last several months developing forms and instructions, Web sites, and aligning IT systems for the Amnesty program, said Chief Deputy Treasurer Donna Donovan. It has been a tight timeframe but through our staffs efforts and with excellent cooperation from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, we are ready to begin accepting Tax Amnesty applications. For more information on Michigans Tax Amnesty program, visit

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M emories
Mr. Marsh served Saginaw Habitat for Humanity in many ways, including two years as its first Honorary Blitz Chairperson in 20002001. In memory of his recent passing donations can be made to Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity 1st Honorary Blitz Chairman Henry Marsh and Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

From Right - Habitat for Humanity Honorary Blitz Chairman Henry Marsh, Founder of Bronners of Frankenmuth, Wally Bronner, and Ruth Marsh

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Bay City
Second Baptist Church Pastor Seth Doyle 1770 W. Youngs Ditch Rd. Bay City, MI (989) 893-3937

Church of Christ Bro. Matt Jordan, Pastor 1325 N Center Road Saginaw, MI 48638 (989) 790-2707 World Outreach Campus of Greater Coleman Temple Ministries Supt. H.J. Coleman Jr. 2405 Bay Rd. Saginaw, MI 48602 (989) 752-7957 Corinthian Baptist Church Pastor Roy L. Manning 104 S. 10th St. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 754-1820 Faith Harvest Church Bishop Ronald E. Chipp Faith Harvest Church 1734 N. Mason Saginaw, MI 48602 (989) 799-4200 Website: E-mail: Greater Williams Temple Bishop H.J. Williams 608 Remington Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 755-5291 Jacobs Ladder Pastor Dempsey Allen 1400 W. Genesee Saginaw, MI 48602 (989) 777-0560 Messiah Missionary Baptist Church 2615 Williamson Road Saginaw, MI 48601 Pastor Otis Washington Phone: 989-777-2636 Fax: 989-777-2640 Email: Website:

Antioch Baptist Church Pastor Lewis Randolph 1083 E. Stewart Ave. Flint, MI 48505 (810) 789-2931 Deliverance Church of God in Christ Elder Zack Smith, Sr. 3311 Mildred Street Flint, Michigan (810) 785-0094 Lansing St. Stephens Community Church Reverend Herman Haller 1007 Kimberly Drive Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 484-2180

Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Reverend Johnie F. Edwards Sr. 130 North 11th Street Saginaw, MI 48601 Church (989) 754-6371 Fax (989) 754-5670 E-mail: Mt. Nebo Baptist Pastor Willie R. Hill, Jr. 1111 N. 29th St. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 753-5777 Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Marvin T. Smith 1114 N. 6th Street Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 752-8064 New Beginnings Life Changing Ministries Pastor Otis Dickens 2312 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 755-3650 New Birth Missionary Baptist Pastor Larry D. Camel 1418 S. Warren Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 755-6604 New Christ Community Pastor Dr. Eugene Seals 3302 Grant St. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 755-3357 New Covenant Christian Center Pastor Ron Frierson 523 Hayden Saginaw, MI 752-8485 New Faith Temple COGIC Elder Charles H. Coleman 2118 Burt Street Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 752-3880

New Life Baptist Church Pastor Rufus Bradley 1401 Janes St. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 753-1151 New Life Full Gospel Church Elder Zachary Williamson 1200 East Genesee Ave. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 746-0764 New Mt. Calvary Baptist Pastor Robert Donald 3610 Russell Street Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 754-0801 St. Paul Baptist Pastor Vincent D. McMillon 120 N. 15th St. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 752-5023 Saginaw Valley Community Pastor Richard Sayad 3660 Hermansau Saginaw, MI 48603 (989) 752-4769 St. Lukes CME Pastor Charles Braddock 1121 Tuscola Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-0351 Tabernacle Baptist Church Rev. Thomas J.London 810 Cathay Street Saginaw, MI. 48601 (989) 753-5282 Zion Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Rodrick Smith 721 Johnson Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 754-9621

Bethel AME Church Pastor P. David Saunders 535 Cathay St. Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 755-7011 Bread of Life Harvest Center Senior Pastor Rodney J. McTaggart 3726 Fortune Blvd. Saginaw, MI 48603 (989) 790-7933 Christ Disciples Baptist Pastor Eddie Benson 3317 Lapeer Street Saginaw, MI 48601 (989) 754-2444


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Attorneys John D. L. Humphreys Humphreys, Campbell, Dust & Humphreys, P.C. Building A , Suite One, 5090 State Street Saginaw, MI 48603 (989) 792-2522 Fax (989) 792-3881 E-Mail Authors W. James Richardson 1356 Woodside Street Saginaw, MI 988-753-0233 Auto McDonald Pontiac-GMC, Inc. 5155 State Street Saginaw, MI 48603 Leon V. Washington Sales & Leasing Professional Saginaw Valley Ford Lincoln Mercury 4201 Bay Road Saginaw, MI 989-792-2453 Bakeries Lighthouse Bakery 285 S. Outer Drive Saginaw, MI 989-754-7088 Fax 989-754-7099 Banquet Facilities Andersen Enrichment Center Lisa Hall 120 Ezra Rust Drive Saginaw, Michigan 989-759-1362 Rowan - West Facility 1400 W. Genesee Saginaw, Michigan 989-753-3475 Beauty Illusions Beauty Salon Valerie King Owner/Operator 1400 W. Genesee Street Saginaw, Michigan 989-755-2666/989-755-3883 Reflection of U Too 2103 Sheridan Ave. Saginaw, Michigan 989-753-4600 Shea Galleria Dee Holloway Barber/Stylist 1703 E. Genesee Saginaw, MI 48601 989-245-5479 Shea Galleria Monicas 1703 E. Genesee Saginaw, MI 48601 989-484-0259

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Sports Barbershop 1400 W. Genesee Saginaw, Michigan 989-992-2600 Unique Cuts & Massage 1502 Court Street Saginaw, MI 48602 989-327-2338 Unique Cuts II 3125 E. Holland Saginaw, MI 48601 989-327-2338 Carrollton Public Schools Craig C. Douglas Superintendent P.O. Box 517 Carrollton, MI 48724 (989) 754-1475 Fax (989) 754-1470 Direct Dial (989) 399-8860 Community Centers and Services First Ward Community Services Sheilda Braddock President/CEO Human Services 1410 N. 12th Street Saginaw, Michigan 989-753-0411 Computers Creative Computers Lathan Wilson (Buddy) 817 East Genesee Saginaw, MI 48607 989-755-9290 Dentists Jack Weston Nash DDS Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry 1320 S. Washington Avenue Saginaw, Michigan 48601 989-752-1200 Finance Financial Advisors AXA Advisors, LLC 4800 Fashion Square Blvd.,Suite 220 Saginaw, Michigan 48604 (989)797-3281 Food & Dining Spencers Route 46 Spence Dambro Proprietor 5530 Gratiot 989-793-3400 Saginaw, MI 48638 Graphics/Digital TBF Graphics Digital 803 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw, Michigan 989-752-5540 TBFGRAPHICS.COM TBFDIGITAL.COM Housing Agency Circle of Love Housing Counseling Agency Pamelia D. Brazil 1809 Durand Street Saginaw, Michigan 989-921-0569 Heating and Cooling HORIZON Azola Williams 989-755-8650 Business 989-233-3295 Cell Publications David Hall Crimiel Publications LLC POB 20061 Saginaw, Michigan 48602 Realtors Century 21 Atonya F. Patterson, Realtor 5580 State St., Suite 4 Saginaw, Michigan 48603 989.921.7000 office 989.284.1465 cell Restaurants Brother Arthurs Fish & More 2522 E. Genesee Saginaw, MI 989-752-0200 Kings Fish-N-More Eddie King Owner & Chef 1202 N. Washington Ave Saginaw, Michigan 48601 (989) 252-4304 2 way# 131*433*10322 Catering Available Upon Request Rite Spot 1205 Lapeer Saginaw, MI 48601 989-754-6001 Retailers GREEKS R US 2203 E. Genesee Saginaw, MI 48601 989-755-3925 Kennys Clothes 310 Johnson St. Saginaw, MI 989-753-4552 Cell 989-239-2732 Tailors Executive Tailoring Christopher E. Eddington Master Tailor 418 Court Street Saginaw, MI 48602 989-791-0037 24 hour service Tax Services Robert McDuffy Tax & Accounting Service/ERO e-file 2127 Ledyard Saginaw, MI 48601 Business - 989-443-0115 Fax 989-752-1467 Transportation McFadden Charter Service, LLC Howard McFadden 1200 E. Moore Rd. Saginaw, Michigan 989-777-7038 / 989-751-1461 Howard

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A.Philip Randolph Institute POB 1107 Saginaw, MI 48606 American Red Cross 1232 N. Michigan Saginaw, MI 48602 989-754-8181 Antique Toy & Firehouse Museum 3456 Patterson Rd. Bay City, MI 48706 1-888-888-1270 Boys & Girls Club of Bay County 300 Lafayette Ave. Bay City, MI 48706 989-892-6723 Circle of Love 1809 Durand Ave. Saginaw, MI 48602 989-754-2377 Emmaus House of Saginaw 733 S. 15th Street Saginaw, MI 48601 989-755-7538 Faith, Hope, & charity Mission POB 5546 Saginaw, MI 48603 989-792-8121 Family & Children Services 2806 Davenport Saginaw, MI 48602 989-790-7500 CAN Council Saginaw County 1311 N. Michigan Avenue Saginaw, MI 48602 (989) 752-7226 / fax (989) 752-2777 First Ward Community Center 1410 N. 12th Street Saginaw, MI 48601 989-753-0411 Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan 5470 Davis Rd. Saginaw, MI 48604 989-799-8565 Good Neighbors Mission 1318 Cherry Street Saginaw, MI 48601 989-399-9918 Houghton-Jones Task Force 1708 Johnson Street Saginaw, MI 989-752-1660 Michigan Banner Outreach 1400 W. Genesee Saginaw, MI 48602 989-714-2240 Nathan Weidner Childrens Advocacy Ctr. 715 N. Euclid Bay City, MI 989-671-1345 The Salvation Army 2030 N. Carolina Saginaw, MI 48602 989-793-8371 The Saginaw Community Foundation 100 S. Jefferson Ste. 201 Saginaw, MI 48607 989-755-0545 Women of Colors POB 5525 Saginaw, MI 48603

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Pastor Larry Camel and Monica Reyes were recently awarded the Bridge Center for Racial Harmony 2011 Spirit of the River Award for outstanding service in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Monica Reyes is the Associate Director of Center for Business and Economic Development and Director of Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Saginaw Valley State University. Ms. Reyes has served on numerous committees, and organizations including the Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) for 14 years, Valley Society of Human Resource Managers (VSHRM) for 2 years, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Member National Certified Public Managers Association, Immediate Past President of the Council of Continuing Higher Education, 2011 Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership program, Leadership Saginaw Alumni, National Association of Hispanic MBAs, and Director of the Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute. She also volunteers hundreds of hours each year to various non-profit organizations, boards and committees. Pastor Camel is the Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Saginaw, and Co-founder of Parishioners on Patrol, a faith based organization that works together with the police and the community to combat crime and violence. The organization has been recognized locally and nationally for the continuing success of the organization. He is involved with numerous community development and enrichment activities, and is a leader in the community involvement to feed those in need through the regularly scheduled food mega giveaways.

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