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Sterling Heights, Michigan Sunflower Contest

Sterling Heights, Michigan is holding a sunflower growing contest this summer. The competition was launched during the Memorial Day Parade, where beautification commission members passed out seeds to spectators.

Participants are asked to grow their sunflowers over the summer and take a photograph when the plant reaches its peak. Judges will award a small cash prize to the winner during an awards night in October.

Details: Community Relations Department at (810) 446-CITY

Library Recruits Summer Readers

The Queens Borough Public Library and the New York Mets are inviting children to join the summer reading clubs at all 63 library branch locations. The Mets have promoted summer reading throughout New York's five boroughs for several years. With 17.5 million items in circulation last fiscal year, the library has the highest circulation of any library system in the country.

The library, which serves the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, recently accepted the donation of 1,000 Korean-language children's books from Han Yang Supermarket/Morning Glory Stationery. Han Yang is one of the largest Korean-owned businesses in Queens. The firm also co-sponsors the library's arts and crafts events for children.

Details: www.queenslibrary. org or (718) 990-0704

Flint, Michigan Welcomes Basketball Players Home

Flint, Michigan Mayor Woodrow Stanley congratulates the Flintstones--Michigan State University basketball players Charlie Bell, Mateen Cleaves and Morris Peterson--who led their team to the NCAA Division 1 men's championship. Following the city hall ceremony, the three Flint natives were welcomed home by 2,500 screaming fans at the IMA Sports Arena.

Details: Sharon Campbell at (810) 766-7346

GASB Publishes Guide

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued an Implementation Guide (No. GQA34) to help preparers and auditors of state and local government financial statements understand and apply the provisions of GASB Statement 34, Basic Financial Statements--and Management's Discussion and Analysis--for State and Local Governments.

The implementation guide is the centerpiece of GASB's extensive efforts to assist governments with the preparation of the new financial statements required by Statement 34. The statement, issued in June, 1999, is one of the most comprehensive standards in the history of governmental accounting.

Details: Deborah Harrington at (203) 847-0700, x268. The guide may be obtained from the GASB Order Department, 401 Merritt 7, P.O. Box 5116, Norwalk, CT 06856-5116; (800) 748-0659;
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Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
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Date:Jul 17, 2000
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