Boy Scout Troop 228 held a Court of Honor Thursday evening, Aug. 27, at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. The evening began with a pot-luck dinner, followed by the Court of Honor. The Court of Honor opened with the presentation of the flag, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Scout Master Jim Grissom conducted the meeting and was assisted by Assistant Scout Master Lonnie Herrington, recognizing both Scouts and adult leaders for their leadership and accomplishments. The following Scouts were introduced as the newly elected troop leaders: • Senior Patrol Leader, Brandon Sinclair • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Isaac Blenman • Patrol Leaders, Adam Trapp, Andrew March, Kaeleb Brown and Andrew Manning Scouts and adult leaders, inducted into Scouting’s Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow (OA), were also recognized. The OA sets out to recognize those youth and adult Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. The following individuals were “called out” this summer while at Camp Gerber: Jeff Agar, John Agar, Isaac Blenman, Nate Finneran, Brett Garchow, Britt Gauthier, Andrew Manning, Rick Manning, Brandon Sinclair, and Ryan Sinclair. The following individuals advanced to the Brotherhood level of the OA: Evan Cederquist, Jim March, Adam Trapp, and Kaeleb Brown. The following Scouts advanced in rank: • Tenderfoot—Trevor Carlson, Jacob Clapp, Ryan Yarger • 2nd Class Scout—Ryan Yarger • 1st Class Scout—William Gauthier, Nathaniel Gomez, Thomas Gomez, Austin Walters • Star—Kaeleb Brown, Gregory Clapp • Life—Andrew March, Tyler Winkles Eagle Scout Taylor Grissom received the Bronze Palm for additional achievement and his leadership. A total of 128 Merit Badges for subjects such as Citizenship in the Nation, First Aid, Camping, Space Exploration and Personal Fitness were awarded to 38 Scouts. With more than 100 Merit Badges to choose from, Scouts are encouraged to increase their skills and to learn about new areas of knowledge. The evening ended with the announcement of coming activities and the retiring of the Colors.
3rd Iona Klinger, Kimberly Smith 4th Suzanne Grover, Matthew Mawby, Nicole Renee Poddig, Linda TenBrink 5th Ellie Landheer, Marion Miller 6th Rebecca Bartlett, Shirley Gilman, Michael Kunkel Jr., Donna Mitchell, Nancy Seeley 7th Judy Raible 8th Sandra Doyle 9th Ruth Grudzinskas, Opal Hanson, Bryan Havemeier
Two business entities available when starting a business I believe it’s important to write an article or two about the various business entities that are available to a person starting a business. With the economy remaining in the doldrums, good and experienced employees are still losing jobs. Some of these people will start or buy a business, predominantly due to the fact that there are no available employee-type jobs. Some information about the various business entities available might be of use. The simplest form of business entity is called a sole proprietorship. A sole proprietor reports all of the income and expenses of the sole proprietorship on a Schedule C. This Schedule C becomes a part of the taxpayer’s Federal Form 1040. “Jerry’s Landscaping and Income Tax” would be an example of a sole proprietorship. This business registers its name at the county level and thereby protects that name. If Jerry’s Landscaping and Income Tax goes downtown Grand Rapids and registers that business name with the Kent County Clerk’s office, no one else would be able to confuse the public by operating a business in Kent County under that name. That doesn’t stop someone from operating a business in another county using that name, so the safe thing to do might be to also register the name in the surrounding counties. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, and those situations sometimes end up in the courts. The next less simple type of business entity is called a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). As the name implies, an LLC can potentially remove liability issues from the taxpayer level and encapsulate those liability issues within the LCC. If done properly, potentially only the assets within the LLC are subject to liability claims. I say “potentially” because I’m not an attorney, but my conversations with attorneys have led me in that direction. LLC registration occurs at the State of Michigan level by filing an Articles of Organization form. This gives the taxpayer the right to re-name his business to Jerry’s Landscaping and Income Tax LLC. It also protects this name at the entire state level. No one in Michigan would be able to operate under that name. It wouldn’t stop someone in another state from using […]
by BECKY ERSTE-HOLMBERG The students from Rockford’s eight elementary schools were recognized for their summer reading program on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Rockford High School’s football game against Grand Haven. Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler announced the elementary schools that participated and commended the students and their families for their commitment to the importance of reading over the summer. The schools that were represented were Meadow Ridge, Lakes, Cannonsburg, Crestwood, Belmont, Roguewood, Valley View, and Parkside. Kathy Munger, the reading specialist from Meadow Ridge, commented on “what a beautiful night it was to see how fortunate we were to see so many of our families supporting our literacy programs.” The kids were required to read a total of 10 books of their reading level during the summer and were rewarded with a party during the beginning of the school year. They were recognized before opening kickoff of the high school’s football game. It was a record crowd! And the elementary students were proud of their accomplishments. The evening was topped with an exciting nail-biter of a football game, with Rockford coming out ahead.
Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School took part in the 9/11 Remembrance Salute at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This annual event is held to honor those who lost their lives and those who gave so much love and help following the horrific acts of Sept. 11, 2001. The sun-up-to-sun-down salute conducted by Girl, Cub and Boy Scouts, law enforcement, area fire services, EMS, active military and veterans, and citizens is the only memorial held in the nation for the entire day. This year, 966 Scouts and 656 adults took part in memorial service. In addition to the salute, the Cub Scouts also had the opportunity to send their support to our active deployed military through Operation Pillow Talk. Sponsored by the West Michigan Family Military Support Group, the boys were able to decorate pillows that will be sent to our military troops to show our appreciation for the work they are doing for our country. To learn more about Operation Pillow Talk, visit their website at www.wmmfsg.com.