Local hair salon giving free services

November 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Envy Hair Studio, located on West River Drive in Belmont, is giving away free hair services to the needy. Envy is taking nominations during the month of November for that someone special who needs a beauty boost this season. Services can be anything from a haircut to highlights, perms to pedicures, men or women. During the month of December, four nominations will be selected each week for services to be provided starting in January 2011. Just send a brief note why your special someone needs this pick-me-up this season. E-mail nominations to keri_shaffer49781@yahoo.com, call Keri at (616) 447-0405, or via Facebook at “Envy Hair Studio.”

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — November 4, 2010

November 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

Health care provisions reviewed The two national health care bills—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, as signed into law by President Obama last March—sure have been widely discussed in the election battle that ended this Tuesday. The point of both of these laws, in the end, is to require all Americans to be covered by some type of health care. Employers and individuals will be penalized if they choose not to participate. Of course, over 20 states have sued the federal government for overstepping their bounds. Does the federal government really have the right to force people to participate in the health care system or pay a penalty to not participate? If they do, does this also mean that they can penalize people in order to get them to not participate or participate in some other activity? This could be a rather unique way to balance the budget! It also could be viewed as a way to encourage or discourage certain behavior patterns. Americans can do certain things or not do certain things if they are willing to pay for the privilege. The ramifications are endless. If you thought Roe v. Wade was a big case, the experts can hardly wait for the Supreme Court to weigh in on these cases. The Republicans and especially the Tea Party candidates are looking to fully repeal both of these acts. Democrats are not going to go along with this without a fight. That means there will be a big battle that I am sure we will all get very tired of seeing and reading about before things are settled. In any event, there are many provisions that went into effect immediately or are set to go into effect on January 1, 2011. It’s hard to imagine those provisions will be repealed. Most provisions, however, go into effect in 2012 and beyond. In my thinking, those are the prime candidates for being repealed or at the very least being revised. Let’s go over those provisions in effect now or on January 1, 2011 that most likely will remain in effect. First, employers must provide employees with the option of covering adult children under the age of 27. This provision […]

Rogue chosen among nation for restoration

November 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Fish ladder may be in Rockford’s future by Beth Altena  “If you have a business in Rockford, this will make a difference to your business,” said Glenn Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing, a Rockford business. Blackwood spoke before Rockford Rotary, telling members that the Rogue River has been selected as one of only twelve rivers across the United States for a multi-year restoration project organized by Trout Unlimited (TU). Blackwood spoke in terms of business for Rotary, but might well have said if you live in Rockford, this will affect you positively. Selection process began over two years ago when TU researchers considered three Michigan rivers for restoration and protection. Because of strong support in the area by environmental groups, donations by local business and non-profit partners and the extreme value of the Rogue as a fishery, the Rogue was chosen over the Rifle and Pigeon/Black rivers. The project is a far-reaching effort that will encompass the entire Rogue River watershed from its beginning in the former Rice Lake headlands in Newaygo County on through the waterway to its influx into the Grand River. Efforts will include working with cities and municipalities along the way to the very riverbed under the Rogue’s cold waters, said Nicol De Mol, who has been hired by Trout Unlimited to head the project for the Rogue. “As a major cold water tributary to the Grand River and its close proximity to a large population center, the Rogue River is an extremely important resource in southern Michigan,” said De Mol. “The lower portion of the river, below the dam in Rockford, is fabled for its excellent steelhead runs in the late winter and early spring. The eastern tributaries, particularly Cedar, Stegman, and Duke Creeks, host significant brook, brown and rainbow trout fisheries. The scenic and fishery values of the Rogue have resulted in more than 90 miles the main stem and tributaries being granted “Natural Rivers” status under Michigan’s Natural Rivers Act.” Blackwood noted that, although the river is famous as a fishery, it has nonetheless gained 7 to 8 degrees in temperatures from earlier years. A restoration of a river in “pretty good shape but with significant room for improvement” will result in more fish, bigger fish and […]

RHS marching band takes top honors

November 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School marching band captured first place in Flight I competition at the Jenison Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 23 with a score of 85.31 and swept top honors for music, marching and general effect. Brian Phillips, Rockford marching band director, commented, “The students are truly working hard and pulling together an exciting show. Every week, we’ve been able to add more to an already complex presentation.” The grand champion honor for the evening was awarded to Reeths-Puffer, who posted a score of 87.02 in Flight II performance. Other top winners included Stevensville Lakeshore with 79.39 in Flight III, and Newaygo with 74.17 in Flight IV. Schools are ranked by MCBA in one of four flights according to school enrollment figures the previous spring. In order to qualify for state finals at Ford Field on November 6, bands must compete in at least two MCBA-sanctioned contests and place among the 11 highest scoring bands in its flight. Rockford has made the state finals every year since joining the association. Under MCBA contest rules, bands are judged by seven adjudicators in four general areas: music performance, visual performance, general music effect, and general visual effect. Under both music and visual performances, the band is rated on individual and ensemble performances and involves judges both on and off the field during the performance. Rockford’s band has one remaining MCBA event—the Reeths-Puffer West Shore Invitational on October 30, which was held in the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium at Rockford High School—before the state championship at Ford Field. For more information visit www.rockfordbands.org.

North Stars shine brightly

November 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Five North Rockford Middle School choir students have been selected to perform in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association’s Junior High/Middle School State Honors Choirs this coming January in Grand Rapids. The auditions were held on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Mt. Pleasant High School. Aleigha Kely, Eve Hillman and Emily Gordon, all eighth-graders, were selected to perform in the 7th-/8th-/9th-Grade SSA Honors Choir. Michaela Jones (eighth grade) and Betsy Hoekstra (seventh grade) were selected to perform in the 6th-/7th-/8th-Grade SA Honors Choir. They are among the top 100 students in the state selected for each choir. The girls had to prepare a required audition piece and perform it from memory for the audition. They also had to learn a second piece that they performed along with the audition piece on a mini-concert later in the day. These girls will now attend three all-day Saturday rehearsals at various sites across the state. Their performance will be on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m. on stage at DeVos Place as part of the statewide annual Michigan Music Conference held in Grand Rapids.

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