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Main Street – June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

by Roger Allen, publisher   This is the Twilight Zone The Dow rose 221 points on Monday, the day General Motors filed for bankruptcy. In fact, stock markets all over the world went up. On Tuesday, GM’s new CEO, Fritz Henderson, gave a news conference in which he apologized for any shoddy products produced in the past. He promised better from the reorganized company. He also announced that GM had just sold its Hummer division. Oh, darn, I wanted to buy that one myself. Hummers are BIG. We taxpayers gave GM billions of dollars and all we get is a share of the uncertainty, although on Tuesday CFO Ray Young said, in an interview, that he hoped to pay back the money. He optimistically foresees the new GM becoming profitable in 2 or 3 years. Hope he’s right. Hope the financial industry we bailed out does well, too. We need the money. Last year the total wealth of all U.S. households declined by $11,200,000,000,000. In the old days, if you worked hard and smart you could get rich. If you screwed up badly, you lost everything. Personally, I liked that system better.   Good news The seventh grade seems to be full of poets. Aaron Rose sent me one and I reprint part of it:   SPRING Spring is the season of Not quite winter Not quite summer And not a lot of school left.   There was more, but this is the part that spoke to me.   My mother said . . .   1.  My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL          DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside.        I just finished cleaning.”  2. My mother taught me RELIGION. “You better pray          that will come out of the carpet.”  3.  My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. “If you        don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the        middle of next week!”  4. My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so,         that’s why.”   5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. “If you fall out       of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going       […]

The Tax Attic – June 4, 2009

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Why is Social Security going bankrupt? As I have written in previous articles, I enjoy going to sprint car races, particularly the winged sprint car shows put on by the World of Outlaws. It’s a traveling circus that comes to Michigan usually once a year. Sometimes they come when I’m out of state, up in Canada fishing or on vacation-darn. Sometimes they come and the show gets rained out-double darn. However, once in a while, all of the stars line up and I get to make the short drive down to Clarksville’s I-96 Speedway and see the greatest dirt show on Earth. The Indianapolis 500 lays claim to being the “greatest spectacle in racing.” That may be, but in my opinion, the World of Outlaws has no equal when it comes to racing on the short dirt tracks. The drivers are fearless, the racing is spectacular, and where else in the world of sports can you go visit with the big stars after a night’s work? All fans can go to the pits after the races and talk with many of the drivers. They are very accessible. Try that after a Tigers game, a Red Wings game, a Lions game or the Indianapolis 500-good luck. As noted in last week’s Grand Rapids Press, the World of Outlaws announcer, Johnny Gibson, has a trademark saying as the cars line up four-wide to take a parade lap before the start of the feature event. It goes like this: “You wanted the best, you got ’em, four abreast, often imitated, never duplicated, the greatest show on dirt, the World of Outlaws!” He’s not kidding either. It truly is the greatest show on dirt! There is another subject that I would like to discuss that also isn’t anything to kid about. It’s Social Security. According to a recent report by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the SSA will be totally out of money in 2037. I will be 85 in 2037 and my wife, Deb, will be less than 85. For my own well-being, I won’t get any more specific than that. To say, however, that I am interested in seeing how and if President Obama and our Congress is going to deal with this issue is an understatement. […]

Golden R welcomes class of ’59 into its ranks

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Golden R luncheon will be held Saturday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Rockford High School. The group will welcome the Class of ’59 into its ranks of Rockford graduates of 50 years or more. For information, call Dan VanDyke at (616) 942-0208 or for reservations, call Trish Armstrong at (616) 889-0416.     ROCKFORD HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ’59–(Pictured from left to right): Row 1: Helen Reed, Tony Homminga, Mona Gillikin (D), Andy Pogee, Marilyn Jackson (D), Chuck Polonowski, Maureen Murphy, Bernard Brosink, Lorraine Schemerhorn, Clarence Matthews, Jerry Neer, Charles Fiers, Carol VanderMolen, Reginald Craft (D). Row 2: Gene Sawyer, Louise Lilley, Tom Krause (D), Ricki Minion, Allen Brownell, Betty Blakeskee (D), Ed Brodowski (D), Bill Critchell, Don Hunt, JoAnne Waid, David Kendall, Agnew Veenstra, Paul Seely (D), Carol Noxon. Row 3: Terry Stoiker, Charles Haling, Joanne VanDriel, Ralph Wilson, Superintendent E. J. Kleinert, Principal Gerald Fox, Sheldon Christianson (D), Pat Streeter, Don Stinson, Alma Stuthard (D). Row 4: John Cutler, Sandy Liefbroer, Arnold Hammer, Alice Beckett, Class Advisor Stanley McBride, Assistant Class Advisor Mildred Hackett, Barb Paas, Mel Hoekstra (D), Wendell Saladin, Willy Young. Row 5: Pat Nelson, Joel Jannenga, Nadine Frances, June Fonger, John VanNoord, Judy Lichnowsky, Vicki Nelson, Lee Blayden, Phyllis Parter, Kay Wooden (D), Don Rusk, Karen Bellamy, Gary Barnes, MaraLeigh Sowerby. Row 6: Lois Ellens, Gwen Mason, Tony Graves, Pat Bloomfield, Ruth Lanning, Lynn Bird, Gail Hanthorn, Milton Barry, Annette Burrows, Everett Ryan, Virginia Weller, Jim Adams, Rosalie Tompkins, Ken Duncan (D). Row 7: Janet Winquist, Marilyn Foster, Charlene Fisk, Darlene Ashley, Ron Wilson (D), Jerry Carlson, Rowland Schreiber (D), Doug Wozniak, Barb Neumann, Jim Sheehan (D), John Shevock, Don DeWald, Jack Briggs, Mary Alice Haight. Row 8: Ron Peterson, Diane Cassone, Ann Pratt, Sarah Sullivan, Gordon Tucker, Linda Pinckney, Janet Barker, Judy Dolan, Gary Boltinghouse, Mike Woven, Mel VanDriel, Dale Tyrell, Dorothy Parks, Todd Sloan.                                                                         (D) = deceased

Rockford Register – June 4, 2009

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Thur.-Fri., June 4-5 Boaters Safety Class-6 to 9 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Rd., Rockford. To pre-register, call (616) 866-1583.   Saturday, June 6 Rockford Farm Market-8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants.   “Love Your Home Again” Seminar-10:00-11:30 a.m. at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, 4658 West River Dr., Comstock Park. Along with Matisse & Marguerite Interior Design, we will give simple, sensible solutions for the home along with tips on organizing, creating a serene environment, using color to create moods, and a light brunch is included. Participants may bring a photo of a room in their home that needs help. Seating is limited; reservations required. Call (616) 632-2284.   Monday, June 8 Blood Drive-1:00-6:45 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Road.   Tuesday, June 9 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series-7 to 9 p.m. at the Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, every Tuesday through August 11. This week features Weezil Malone Band.   Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.   Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin, to include speaker Jordon Spencer of the Rotary Board. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian.   American Sewing Guild Meeting-6:30 p.m. at Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Mary Dykstra will present “Clearing the Clutter” to help you learn how to organize your sewing room. Cost is $2 for non-members, and $1 for members. Refreshments will be served, and Sew and Show presented. For more information, call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669. Visit the club’s website at   Fri.-Sun., June 12-14 Rockford Start of Summer Celebration-Fun, food, music and fireworks. Watch next week’s Squire for a schedule of events and special in-store promotions!   Friday, June 12 […]

Church Message – June 4, 2009

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Learn to be content by LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church of Rockford   Recently, I was shocked and a bit gleeful to see that the warning “Service Engine Soon” was no longer shining out at me from the control panel of my car. Nearly two years ago, this message lit up in red and I panicked at what ill had befallen my car. It was simply my car’s way of telling me it was tired, no longer up to the manufacturers’ par and would begin to experience more difficulties as time progressed. As long as there is no presenting problem, I have learned to relax and drive with that message shining out at me. But this past week I looked down and there was no message of warning! How could this be? Had something fallen into the right place? Or was it just a good day for my 10-year-old vehicle? This year, I will hit the half-century mark. No big parties; just a pensive approach to this significant reminder that I’m no spring chick. Certainly I have noticed over the decades that I can expect less out of my body than I once did. Not enough sleep on Saturday night leads to difficulties in leading worship on Sunday morning. Sledding can be perilous to my skeletal system, which has become less forgiving over time. Clearly I have physically peaked, and from now on my “Service Engine Soon” light will be on. Even as some of our physical capacities recede in strength, God grants us heightened senses for appreciating life in new ways. Our engine may not rev as steadily, but we sure know what a blessing our family is. We may not have a mountaintop view, but the regular pace to our daily lives is certainly a gift. I may not be able to do an “all-nighter” anymore, but I love my work and it doesn’t require term papers! The “Service Engine Soon” light was off only briefly that day. But driving the car with the light off wasn’t any different than driving it with the warning flashing. It’s all in the attitude. When you feel like you’ve “peaked,” invite God to highlight the simple blessings in your life that you missed when you were […]

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