Julia Ceglowski, of Rockford, MI, (49341) a member of the Colgate Class of 2016, has earned the Dean’s Award for academic excellence for the Spring 2015 semester. This recognition is awarded to students with a 3.30 or higher term average. Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution that offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience. Colgate is committed to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Squirrels are pretty friendly in the parking lot of the Squire Newspaper. Our staff gives them treats pretty regularly and when the treats were forgotten at home, the squirrels became a little pushy. We figured out how to make them happy by putting peanut butter on a spoon and sticking it in our fence. When they couldn’t wait for us to put the spoon in the fence, they ate the peanut butter while we held the spoon. Pictuered are Samantha Mack, our billing specialist and Hailey Huffman, graphic designer.
I learned something new this past week that didn’t have anything to do with taxes. In the world of income tax, I am continually and totally amazed how often I am asked a question with a situation that I had not been asked before that moment in time. Over the years, I have become very good at answering those questions with a comment like, “That’s a great question.” as I reach for a reference book. I might also say, “You know, I have preparing taxes since 1978 and that’s the first time I have heard that question.” again, as I reach for the appropriate book on the shelf behind me. I might also say, “I contract with a reference service in Wisconsin and I can see that I’m going to have to call them with this question. It’s special and they specialize in these special questions.” as I reach for the telephone. I’m not talking about being asked a question concerning the standard deduction in 2013. That’s just a figure that I choose not to try to remember. I might actually surprise myself and it will jump off my tongue but I’m not going out of my way to remember it. Today, there are so many of those figures that we use through-out the year that one could use up all available IQ just trying to remember this year’s figures let alone last year’s or the year before that. For the regular person, it’s darned near impossible to keep them available. No, I’m talking about legitimate tax situation questions. Here are two of those special situations I have encountered over the past year. First, a taxpayer owns a home in, let’s say, the greater Lansing area. He moves in with a female who owns a home in, let’s say, the greater Rockford area. He decides to keep his Lansing area home and turns it into a rental. They aren’t married so he files his return and reports the income and expenses on a Schedule E. Subsequently, they get married. Now, they elect to file a joint return. The rental in that first year is just in his name but it is still reported on their joint Schedule E. In the second year, they visit an […]
Dear Rockford Community: I hope you and your family had a relaxing summer, and are now looking forward to an exciting 2015-16 school year. The RPS’ Board of Education and staff are looking forward to providing all of our students with an exemplary education, supported by the active involvement of our students, staff, parents and community. Recently the Detroit Free Press identified Rockford as one of the top ten (out of 100) communities in Michigan to raise a family. RPS played an important role in that ranking! We are proud of what we have collectively accomplished, and we also know there is much more work that needs to be done. We continue to thank you for supporting the May, 2014 bond issue, which generated $76 million for a multitude of capital improvement and construction projects. They include $11 million for school safety initiatives, $15 million for instructional technology improvements, and the remaining $50 million for building construction and renovations. As we begin the 2015-16 school year, you will be pleased to know that our promise to create a safer school environment for our students has been initiated. This fall, our schools’ entryways will have new vestibules, which will add another layer of protection for students, staff, and community. In addition, a road has been constructed between the high school and the freshman center, which will reduce school bus traffic on Kroes Rd. Extensive planning will continue this school year as staff pilots new technologies for teaching, learning, and information management. The purchase of new technology is a challenging task, simply because innovations occur so rapidly, requiring that we purchase the most reliable technology that will be relevant into the foreseeable future. In conclusion, while the projects included in the $76 million bond issue are very important, and should be concluded by the 2017-18 school year, our number one priority will always be the education of our 8,000 students. We are proud of the educational and cocurricular opportunities available to our students and community, but we also know that we can do better. The RPS’ Board of Education and staff are committed to an educational model of continuous improvement, defined by RAMS IX (Rockford Action Model for Success). I encourage you to contact me at 863-6557 or email@example.com with your […]
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) held their first board meeting for our 2015-16 year. Because we do not meet in June and July, there was a lot of catching up to do. At every board meeting one of the agenda items is “museum news”. Several museum items were covered with emphasis on our new website and also on the purchase of a new microfilm reader-printer for museum use. The reader-printer is set up and ready to go and should be a major asset to those looking for items in our newspaper films. The museum also purchased two new computers which are a big improvement. Museum staff have been trained on using the new acquisitions. A major portion of our meeting covered the fundraising raffle, silent auction and Grandma’s Attic sale taking place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Donations of items has been happening and ticket sales are ongoing. Our museum storage area has been carefully organized and some things have been put aside for auction or sale. Readers are still encouraged to contact us with items that could be used during this important event. Simply call me at 616-866-0530, Dick Johnston at 292-5091 or the museum at 866-2235. Also discussed at our board meeting were the programs for our regular meetings which begin on Thursday, September 3 at the Community Cabin. Mike Cuneo, Rockford school’s assistant superintendent, is our first speaker and will bring us up to date on all the construction projects and future plans for our school buildings. The meeting will start at 7:00 P.M. with everyone welcome. The board spent some time talking about a project to honor Rockford’s only Medal of Honor recipient, John Shogren. Readers have probably seen the news release from the city on this endeavor. More information will be available in the next couple of months. The board went over having a booth at the “Farmer’s Market” on September 5. A final exciting discussion covered the positive opportunity given to the RAHS to obtain some important memorabilia from Blakeslee’s Shoe Store. All board members expressed their appreciation to the Blakeslee family for thinking about the museum. It is now time for the “Nugget of Rockford History” questions. Two weeks ago I asked […]