Dear Editor: Last year, dogs were banned from the Farmer’s Market and the parks. I’m guessing that this was because some dogs are not trained to act politely and some owners don’t take care of dog waste or other messes. In spite of these difficulties, I missed having canine friends at the parks and markets. My thought is that dogs should be allowed at parks and markets. Let the ones that are polite and friendly come. Let owners who know that dogs in this setting need to be on a leash and cleaned up after bring their dogs. I really feel that the well behaved and responsible are being penalized for difficult and irresponsible. I encourage the city council to overturn the “no dogs” ruling. Sally Warren Rockford Dear Editor: This is a long over-due note of thanks to the Courtland Township Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance. Our first need of their services came the day after Thanksgiving when a chimney fire erupted into a full-blown fire. Upon arrival the volunteer firemen moved furniture, clocks, pictures, etc. to a three-season porch so that many treasured possessions were spared. Thanks to their professionalism the home was salvageable and by the end of February the Dunns could move back into a refurbished home. Then on May 7 the Rockford Ambulance answered a distress call to the same address when Vernon was found in his barn. Though the ending was not as good this time, their efforts were just as valiant. We as a community should be proud of our well-trained, compassionate volunteers and professional ambulance staffers. We are equally proud of our community. They surrounded the family with the same care and concern thus they deserve accolades as well. Thank you all, The Vernon Dunn Family
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Green thumbs The Rockford Garden Club had its plant sale last Saturday. It was a cool, rainy morning, and early, too. It started at 9:00 a.m., with the line outside the Rotary Pavilion forming before that. I only had time for one cup of coffee before I went. I was astonished at the number of people furiously buying. To me, the plants looked like stuff I see all over in yards or even vacant lots. The Pavilion was jammed with people obviously enthused about this stuff. I understood there were some choice items, and they were cheap compared with a garden shop. More power to the gardeners of the world! They help keep the place looking nice and they get a lot of enjoyment from it. I looked at my thumb and it still didn’t have a tinge of green so I went home to get more coffee. Donation Some people are kind to me. They send me stuff for this column. I guess they notice I need help. Several poems came in from a school class, all very nice. This one was sent by seventh-grader Will Zimmerman. On a warm summer day All the children laugh and play, Basketballs and footballs flying to and fro. They were happy to be freed from the terrible snow. And when winter came And when the winter winds blew, They had their mothers brew Nice hot soup. No more shooting basketballs at a hoop. As winter tightens its hold, Children find entertainment growing mold. But when spring comes around What they thought was lost now is found, The nice warm sun. I sure share Will’s feelings about winter and summer. First choice An elderly patient needed a heart transplant and discussed his options with his doctor. The doctor said, “We have three possible donors. The first is a young, healthy athlete who died in an automobile accident. The second is a middle-aged businessman who never drank or smoked and who died flying his private jet. And the third is an attorney who died after practicing law for 30 years. Which would you prefer?” After some thought, the patient replied, “I’ll take the lawyer’s heart.” The transplant was a success. Afterward, the doctor asked […]
Two provisions of ARRA take immediate affec I attended a tax conference last Thursday and Friday in Grand Rapids. One of the instructors was Marilyn Meredith, an Enrolled Agent from Port Huron. I have known Marilyn since I started in the tax business 30 years ago. Marilyn is one of those rare really smart tax people who also have the ability to teach. I know many really smart tax people, but most of them don’t function well in front of crowds. Two-day tax conferences seem to be especially hard on the instructors for a couple of reasons. According to the National Association of Tax Professionals, the average age of all tax professionals in Michigan is 57 years of age. That means the average tax professional in Michigan is very experienced. It’s a veteran crowd that prepares lots of returns. They aren’t looking for an instructor to go over the basics of tax law. They want some meat on the bone, so to speak, and they tend to ask tough questions. Two days in the same place gives them a chance to come up with lots of tough questions. Rookie instructors tend to get flustered and over-whelmed. Instructors like Marilyn have well-written material, have the knowledge to back up the material, and tend to roll with the questions. If they don’t know the answer right off, they either get some help to research the question immediately or tell the person to talk to them later. It’s quite a highly prized skill. I think it’s kind of like being able to hit a curve ball. Either you can or you can’t and, even though practice might allow you to hit a poor or regular curve ball, no amount of practice will get you hitting a good curve ball. You just have to have the natural talent of hitting a curve ball. Marilyn is one of those natural curve-ball hitters, and the seminar attendees love and appreciate her work. One of the tough subjects she covered was evaluating how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is going to affect many of our clients right now. She pointed out that two provisions in particular are going to be of immediate effect. First, a one-time $250 payment […]
Amon Mr. Richard Amon, age 81, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. While attending high school at St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin, Dick played football. He graduated in 1946 and entered in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. Dick attended Michigan State University and was called back to serve in the Korean War. In 1948 he met Esther Jorgensen. While he was in the service, they wrote to one another. Dick came home from Korea in November, and he and Esther were married on January 5, 1952. For a long time, Dick was the controller at Westing Company and then became the business manager for the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons for the state of Michigan. He was a member of the Doric Lodge #352 and served as past master. Dick was honored by his fellow Masons as a 33rd Degree Mason with the Meritus Service Award. Dick and Esther enjoyed being together and liked cruises and traveling. They especially loved being by the lake. Family was very important to Dick. His children endearingly remember their dad as always promoting punctuality and one who held on to those old-fashion ideas. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Esther; son, Martin Amon of Holland; daughter, Carol Berenbrock and husband Gary; grandchildren, Eric (Andrea) Beckett, Jeffrey Beckett, Mark Beckett, Julia Amon, Thomas Amon, Christine Amon, Shanda Berenbrock, Casey Berenbrock; great-grandchild, Ashton Beckett; sister-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Amon; nieces, Jan, Peg and Sue; and many friends. The service for Dick was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Rockford with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rest Lawn Memorial Park. The Masonic Memorial Service was held on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the DeVos Children’s Hospital. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.