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Rockford Register – February 26, 2009

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Jan. 1 – Feb. 28 Lego/K*Nex Challenge – Build a design with Lego or K*Nex pieces and display in at Krause Memorial Library. All participants will receive certificates. All ages welcome. Designs accepted from January 1 through February 28 at the library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For more information, call (616) 647-3940 or visit Thursday, February 26 Rockford Lions Club Meeting – 6 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe, Rockford. Ken Punter of Michigan Pork Producers will present “It Takes One to Know One.” Also, the 2008 Peace Poster winner, Gina Kimball, will be recognized. “Out to Lunch Bunch” at Meijer – New Rockford mayor, Chi Chi Rogers, will guide the group through the Meijer on 10 Mile Road, Rockford. Before the “behind the scenes” tour, we will have lunch in the Meijer cafeteria (on your own). For more information, bus pick-up locations/times, or to reserve your spot, please call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. Bus fee is $2 per person. Friday – Saturday February 27 – 28 White Elephant Sale – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, on Main and Church streets in Cedar Springs. Biggest indoor sale of the year! Free food and beverages for everyone, live music, thousands of new and used items, including an auction. Proceeds go to Heaven Is My Home Food Ministry. For more information, call (616) 263-9494 or (616) 205-6663. Saturday, February 28 All Kids Sale – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 102, banquet hall, hosted by the Auxiliary. Clothes, toys, furniture and more will be for sale; plenty of bargains! Mother/Son Snowball Dance – 6:30 – 8 p.m. at East Rockford Middle School, sponsored by Rockford Community Services. Age-appropriate music and refreshments provided. Keepsake photos will be available at an additional charge. To register, go to or call (616) 863-6322. CPR/First-Aid Class – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Cost is $10. Please register by Feb. 26 by calling Mary at (616) 863-9079. Backyard Habitat Workshop – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kent Conservation District Office, Grand Rapids. Cost is $20 per person, lunch included. Topics include site selection and preparation, plant selection, site design, and […]

Reader Irritated by Misinformation

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

I frequently read your paper, and happend to come across the article on Paczki. It was interesting until I got to the part where the writer states “Fat Tuesday is the day of feast before Lent, a time when Catholics give up sweets for 40 days before Easter.” This is not only incorrect, it demonstrates the laziness of the author in neglecting to research something about which they obviously know nothing. A quick search on the internet would have produced the following: Lent, in some Christian denominations, is the forty-day-long liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. [1] The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where according to the Bible he endured temptation by Satan. [2] Different churches calculate the forty days differently. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penitence, alms giving and self-denial‹for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Your author exhibited a laziness not uncommon in today’s society, and the editor exhibited extremely poor taste in printing a statement that reduces a faith practice common not only to Catholics, but to Lutherans, Episcopalians, and others, to nothing more than refusing to eat a donut. Shame on you!! Kevin Nelson Editor’s reply: Ouch! Thanks Kevin, for helping me set the record straight. I promised an article on pazcki and was confused by the information on the Internet (which I prefer not to use as a resource in any case). I was baffled on how Polish history, Catholicism and a Mardi Gras celebration day (Fat Tuesday) could be related. Frankly I’m still pretty confused, so appreciate your comments all that much more. Beth Altena Editor

Two Provisions on the Newly Signed Bill

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JERRY COON Information is slowly trickling out, detailing how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will affect us here in Rockford. All 1,107 pages of this historic bill were signed into law by President Obama on February 17. An additional 285-page report has been issued by a joint Congressional committee that explains just the tax provisions of the bill. Needless to say, we are in the heart of the tax season and even skimming through 285 pages would be a difficult task, let alone trying to look over the full bill. For that reason, tax professionals like me belong to tax organizations such as the National Association of Tax Professionals. They have the staff to research these bills and the accompanying committee reports and give us a 20- or 30-page synopsis of what it all means to you and me. I can deal with 20 to 30 pages. I would like to pass on what we are being told about two provisions of the bill: the One-Time Emergency Payments provision and the Making Work Pay Credit. Both of these credits will put a tremendous amount of money back into people’s hands with the hope they will spend that money and thus stimulate the economy. The One-Time Emergency Payment consists of the Department of Treasury issuing a $250 check to the following taxpayers: those receiving Social Security benefits; railroad retirement benefits; veteran’s benefits; and certain taxpayers receiving supplemental security income benefits. There is quite a group of taxpayers, however, who will not qualify for the $250 payment, including those currently in prison, those currently on probation or who have violated parole, those who have committed fraud, and those currently receiving SSI while receiving Medicaid benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA), the Veterans Administration (VA), and the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) are all required to submit lists of eligible taxpayers to the Department of Treasury. The checks are required to be issued no later than 120 days after February 17. That means those $250 checks or direct deposits should show up no later than about June 17. That also means that taxpayers will not be required to file a tax return to get the benefit. We all thought that was hokey last year when […]

Learn from Shoveling Snow

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by MARCIA HUFSTADER member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist A few years ago I was having a tough time working with a particular group of people. We just weren’t seeing eye-to-eye and the communication was very poor. I turned to God, divine Mind, to see what I was supposed to learn from this. The lesson came while shoveling snow late one night. The snow was really heavy; it took a lot of strength time and time again to lift the snow off the driveway. After a while it occurred to me, if the snow melted it would fall right off the shovel and none of this would be a chore. I likened the snow to the load of concern I felt burdened with by not getting along with all these friends – it laid heavy in my thought and life. Melting the snow would be loving each of those individuals so much that the anger would melt and fall away. Just like snow melts with the warmth, anger can’t be in the same place as love. A couple nights later I was out shoveling again. This time I was using a shovel that had high edges. Not only did it hold more snow, but it stayed on the shovel longer. If this snow melted, it would stay on the shovel. Naturally, I then thought about getting rid of the edges in my thought so I wasn’t holding any hatred, frustration or bitterness within. I knew as I got rid of the “edges” in my thought, all those negative feelings would just fall off. I’m grateful to say the bad situation cleared up, first in my own thought, then with those involved. I’ve thought about this many times since while shoveling. It reminds me to love as purely and simply as Christ Jesus loved. His love was so pure and unconditional it healed (melted away) sickness and resolved off-the-mark thinking. It’s the love of God that melts the wrongs of the world and it starts at home.

What’s Cooking – Chicken Pronto

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JEANNE BRIGGS Quick cooking is a way of life for all of us these days. But that is no reason to cut corners on taste and quality. Skinless, boneless chicken breasts and thighs are the answer to the harried cook’s dilemma. Just a few years ago, if you wanted skinless, boneless chicken, you had to do the job yourself, a task that required the skill of a surgeon. These cuts of chicken cook in just a few minutes. In fact, overcooking is the most serious problem here. Now get moving – you have 30 minutes until dinner! Chicken Breasts with Apricot-Cherry Compote 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 teaspoon dried thyme 3 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots 1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries 3/4 cup chicken broth 2/3 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth Season chicken with salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the thyme. In a large frying pan, melt 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, turning once or twice, until golden and nearly cooked through, about 12 minutes. Add apricots, cherries and remaining thyme. Pour in broth and wine. Partially cover pan, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring often, until fruit is nearly tender, about 3 minutes. Uncover and simmer 1 minute. Season sauce with additional salt and pepper to taste, and serve. Serves 4. Chicken Amandine 1 pound thinly sliced chicken breast fillets 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2-1/2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/4 cup chopped shallots 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/4 cup chopped parsley Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large frying pan, melt 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, turning once or twice, until white throughout, about 6 minutes. Remove to a platter. Add remaining butter, reduce heat to medium, and cook almonds and shallots, stirring constantly, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove nuts and shallots and sprinkle over chicken. Add nutmeg, wine and broth to pan. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits clinging to the bottom. Boil, stirring occasionally, […]

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