Consumers Energy Issues ‘Safety First’ Message

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Consumers Energy is advising outdoor enthusiasts to practice extreme caution when taking part in activities on or near open water surrounding its generating and hydroelectric plants. “During the winter months we want outdoor enthusiasts to be aware that ice is very unpredictable, particularly near generating plants where water temperatures and current can create thin ice,” said Kate Leese, emergency management coordinator for Consumers Energy. “Ice conditions near hydro plants can also change rapidly due to unpredictable weather, making ice very thin and dangerous.” Snowmobilers, ice anglers and other winter outdoor enthusiasts are cautioned to stay clear of ice surrounding these plants. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers the following ice safety tips that could save a life: Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Ice thickness can vary greatly. Never go out on the ice alone and without having a plan of what to do if you break through the ice. Carry rope, ice picks and a flotation device that could help save your life or that of a companion. Call 911 immediately for help if you see someone fall through the ice. If you do fall through the ice: Try to remain calm. Do not remove winter clothing. Heavy clothing can actually trap air to provide warmth and flotation. Turn toward the direction you came – this is probably the strongest ice. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface. Kick your feet and use ice picks if you have them to get back onto solid ice by vigorously kicking your feet. Roll away from the area of weak ice. Rolling helps distribute your weight to avoid breaking through again. Get to a warm, dry, sheltered area and re-warm yourself immediately. Seek medical attention if you feel disoriented, have uncontrollable shivering, or have any other ill effects that may be symptoms of hypothermia (the life-threatening drop in the body’s core temperature). Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  

Do I Need a Corporation, a Partnership or an LLC for my business?

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Prior to starting a new business it is important to select the proper legal structure.   It is possible to start a business by yourself without creating any separate structure; this type of structure is commonly called a “Sole Proprietorship”. In a Sole Proprietorship all income and expenses are recognized by you on your income tax return, and the business tax ID number would be your social security number. The Sole Proprietorship is the simplest form of business structure, and would work well if the business had little likelihood of incurring liability, or costs, as the result of something going awry. The owner is liable for all debts and obligations of the business, and therefore the owner’s property is subject to claims of business creditors. A husband and wife filing jointly can be a Sole Proprietorship. A name for the business can be adopted by the sole proprietor and an assumed name certificate is filed with the County Clerk ’s office. Every form of business structure other than the Sole Proprietorship is formed by making application to the State of Michigan , because every other form of business must receive approval from the State before operating. Also, every other form must receive a tax ID number from the Federal Internal Revenue Service in order to file documents with the IRS. A second form of business structure is a general “Partnership” which is formed by two or more people who will own and operate the business together. The Partnership is controlled by a formal partnership agreement stating a partner’s contribution, control, management and the sharing of losses and profits. The agreement should also attempt to spellout what happens when a conflict arises, such as death of a partner or disagreement between the partners. A Partnership continues by agreement of the partners, unless it is ended by certain acts, such as the death of a partner, as provided by State law. All partners in a general Partnership are liable and responsible for all obligations of the Partnership. A name for the business can be filed as an assumed name with the County Clerk ’s office. A third form of business structure is a Limited Partnership which simply means that one or more of the partners operate the […]

Hospice of Michigan Institute Offers Review Course for Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse Certification

February 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Detroit, February, 2, 2015 The Hospice of Michigan Institute will offer a review course for Generalist Hospice and Palliative Nurse certification in five cities across the state. The course dubbed a power study session will be led by Sheria Robinson, a certified Hospice and palliative care nurse, and shown via video teleconference at the Hospice of Michigan offices in Big Rapids, Detroit, Gaylord, Grand Rapids and Saginaw. The course is open to nurses outside of HOM. Participants will receive testing tips for the RN Hospice and Palliative Certification Exam, among other valuable information, and earn seven credits toward continuing education. The review course will be held 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The cost is $35 for HOM employees and students, or $85 for non-HOM staff. As part of its effort to provide the highest quality of care, Hospice of Michigan expects its registered nurses and aides to pass national certification exams. The Hospice of Michigan Institute conducts review courses on an ongoing basis to prepare eligible staff for these exams. Many of its training and educational programs also are offered for professionals affiliated with other organizations. These courses present opportunities for attendees to fulfill contact hour requirements as part of their licensure. To register for the course, visit www.hom.org. For more information, please call Maureen Rock at 313.578.6289. About Hospice of Michigan A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan is the original and largest hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for more than 1,700 patients each day, raising more than $4 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including At Home Support, our advanced illness management program, community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Hospice of Michigan Institute. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org

Members of Boy Scout Troop 282

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Members of Boy Scout Troop 282 and Cub Scout Pack 3282 celebrated Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) 105th anniversary on February 8, 2015 with their charter organization North Kent Presbyterian Church (NKPC) on Boy Scout Sunday.   Each year Boy Scouts across the nation gather to celebrate Scout Sunday as they live out their oath: “to do my duty to God and my county and to obey the Scout Law”.   The 12th point of the Scout law calls for a Scout to “reverent”. Scouting’s founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, knew that faith provides young people a road map for life, and that is a wise guide for thoughts and actions. Boy Scout Sunday is a reminder to ground ourselves in this faith and reverence, both in our personal lives and in Boy Scouts of America’s daily mission to make the world a better place. For their service for the Lord’s Day, the Scouts served as greeters and ushers for the congregation. Following the service, they were honored by the members of NKPC with a cake reception. February 8, 1910 marks that day that BSA was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia by founder William D. Boyce. By 1912, Scouting had spread to every state in the union and continues to be a strong foundation.

Monroe condo plan approved by City Council

February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA   Rockford City Council deliberated before a packed meeting room on a proposed condominium project on Monday, February 9 before voting 4 to 1 to approve the 51-unit project on Monroe Street in the former Burch Body Works property. Contamination on the land was one of the compelling reasons council gave regarding their approval of the project. The only no vote was councilwoman Tammy Bergstrom, who also voted against the project in January in her capacity as Rockford Planning Commission member. At that time she said she was a former 20-year resident of the street, and the concerns she heard regarding traffic and character of the neighborhood were the same concerns she would have as a resident. Opponents of the project, mostly nearby neighbors, stated they believed traffic would become a concern on Monroe Street, especially given the volume of visitors to Pederson Funeral Home on one end and the Community Cabin on the other end. They also stated they felt the 51 units were too much for the size of the property. The proposed Planned Unit Development will be built on 4.5 of the entire 7.3 acre property because of wetlands. Contamination from former manufacturing on the acreage was discussed, as well as the proximity to Rum Creek which borders the site on the north. As part of the deal, the City of Rockford will sell the developer a small parcel of land which will be dedicated to amenities and improvements on the former mill pond which serves as a skating pond in the winter. The following information is available on the City of Rockford’s website and is part of the developer’s proposal for Tamarack Run Condominium’s application:   Describe the objectives of the PUD and how it relates to the Intent of the PUD District, as described in Section 13.1. The intent of the City of Rockford Planned Unit Development District, as stated in Section 13.1 is to provide for flexibility in development, encourage innovation in land use and variety in design, layout and type of structure, to achieve efficiency in land, to encourage useful open space and create better environments. The proposed Tamarack Run PUD utilizes these provisions in providing new homesites in a compact and desirable setting close […]

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