Rockford City management doesn’t waste a thing! Notice the old fire hydrant mounted at the rear of a city truck as it flushes the many fire hydrants throughout the city during the next two weeks. Ingenious use of the old hydrant prevents lawn damage and high pressure water release across heavily trafficked roadways.
Koster Mr. Richard “Rich” Koster, age 70, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord Jesus on Sunday morning, September 13, 2009. Rich was member of Sunshine Community Church and the owner of the Auto Spa Car Washes. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ruth “Stob”; his children, Kimberly and Fred Barnard and James and Jennifer Koster; his grandchildren, Benjamin Barnard, Emily Barnard, and Kayleigh Koster; his brothers and sisters, Bill and Marlene Koster, Mary Jane and Al Walburg, Thomas and Beth Koster, David and Beth Koster, and Bob and Karen Koster; his brother-in-law, Robert Joldersma; nieces and nephews. His parents, Cornelius and Johanna (Schuitema) Koster and his sister, Barbara Joldersma, preceded Rich in death. The service for Rich was held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor David Huizenga officiating. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Sunshine Community Church or Bethany Christian Services. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Plainfield Township Clerk Scott Harvey is now processing passport and voter registration forms at the township’s Thursday farm market on Plainfield Avenue. “It is difficult for some customers to be able to visit Town Hall during business hours,” Harvey said. “With the success of the farm market, the clerk and staff have been present at the market every week until 7 p.m. As official United States Passport Acceptance Agents, they will be able to begin processing this week and continue until the market ends October 15. Requirements are available on the U.S. Department of State web site or at plainfieldchartertwp.org. You may also call the clerk’s office at (616) 364-8466. There will also be a special Passport Sunday at the township offices, 6464 Belmont Road, Sunday, October 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Plainfield farm market is from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the front parking lot of Frontline Church at the intersection of Plainfield and Five Mile Road.
How are tax bills formed? As I said last week, I’m not really a superstitious person. However, when it comes to sporting venues, I do have one or two rituals that I do observe. For example, I have played either fast-pitch softball or slow-pitch softball most of my adult life. I have a set manner of getting ready to bat that has served me quite well for almost 40 years now. When it’s my turn to bat, I make sure time is called and acknowledge and engage the umpire and the catcher with some small talk. The pitcher patiently waits while I go through my routine because he sees I’m talking to the umpire and his catcher. I then smooth out the batter’s box so I’m able to efficiently get out of the box when I hit the ball. Next, I survey the fielders to see where they are playing me. As the old saying goes, “Hitting is the science of hitting it where the fielders ain’t,” but in order to do that you have to know where they are. I have already watched the pitcher as he warmed up or pitched to the batter in front of me, so I have a good feeling of how and where he is trying to put the ball. Now I’m ready to bat. If I don’t go through that sequence, I don’t feel like I’m ready to bat and the odds of me hitting the ball hard and hitting it where I want it to go are slim. I have given the pitcher an advantage over me. If something interrupts me, I try to start over. Did you ever see Tiger Woods set up and then stop as he was ready to swing and then start his sequence over? It’s no different than me. Except, of course, he is playing for millions and I’m playing for fun. Congress also observes rituals when it comes to making tax law. They have an exact sequence they follow when creating a law. Unfortunately, they know that sequence all too well. Just exactly how does a law like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 come into existence? Initially, the Senate or the House survey the field or political landscape […]
The first week of clues lead to a family search for the Cannon Coin on Thursday, September 17. Hunting for the third year are Luke and Leslie LeDoux (center), joined by family members Bob and Lisa Zabavski (left) and Bob and Kathy Abplanalp (right), holding 14-month-old Zoe. Luke LeDoux said it took him three hours on his day off to track down the completed clues in participating Cannon businesses. He appreciates the added challenge for the hunt. “People who are willing to really work at it have an advantage,” he said. See this week’s partial clues on the front page of the Squire, as well as last week’s complete clues.