Hydrant flushing to begin soon The City of Rockford will be conducting the annual fall hydrant flushing and maintenance program beginning September 20, 2010. This process will be completed by October 1, 2010. During this time you may notice an occasional decrease in water pressure and possibly some slight cloudiness in the water. Most residents will see no change in their water supply. If you should notice a change in the appearance of your water, merely let the water run until it clears, usually within several minutes. There is no cause for concern with respect to the safety of your water supply. The City performs this service twice a year to maintain a safe, reliable and abundant supply of water for residents. This program also ensures that the fire hydrants in the City are operating correctly and available for use in an emergency. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Brinks at the City of Rockford at (616) 866-0560. Bishop Hills thanks Rep. Tom Pierce at annual pig roast Jim and Sue Bodenner took the opportunity at their annual Bishop Hills Pig Roast to thank Rep. Tom Pearce for his service to the 73rd District. He was presented with a Rotary 4-Way Test Plaque and a ceramic cookie jar. “He has been so easy to contact whenever we have had a question or a need from his office,” stated Sue. Pearce was not able to rerun for the office because of term limitations. “Tom knows the community so well and really welcomed input from everyone in order to be more thoughtful and collaborative in the legislative process, and we just wanted to thank him for the way he served.”
Burning Question Anybody want to burn a book? Pick just the right one, get some publicity, and you may hear from the President himself. Book-burning is such old stuff. It’s been going on since at least the days of the ancient Greeks. The Chinese were at it as early as 213 B.C. The Big Three (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have been bonfiring each other’s scrolls and books for a couple of thousand years. Starting in the thirteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition lit up a lot of them. Setters of book fires didn’t always have religious motives. In the thirteenth century, a Roman emperor set fire to Egyptian books on alchemy. In the 1930s and ‘40s, Germany’s Hitler burned books deemed “degenerate” (translate: anti-Nazi). Those included, of course, many written by and about Jews. The Nazis, however, also put the heat on books by Ernest Hemingway, H.G. Wells, and Helen Keller. People of a certain age may remember that comic books were once suspected of corrupting America’s youth. In 1948, priests, teachers and parents handed matches to the kids, who set light to several hundred comic books in both Spencer, West Virginia, and Binghamton, New York. Word got around, and other cities had their own comic book-burnings. Poor Orphan Annie! Poor Superman! Book-burning’s history of stupidity notwithstanding, if the latest plan had come off it certainly would have annoyed Muslims. Most Muslims aren’t terrorists. If we’re smart, we’ll concentrate on the bad guys and not light fires that would just cause more trouble. A question of right and wrong It was 1965. An elderly Italian went to his parish priest and asked if he would hear his confession. “Of course, my son,” said the priest. “Well, Father, in the 1940s, near the beginning of World War Two, a beautiful woman knocked on my door and pleaded for me to hide her from the Germans. I hid her in my attic, and they never found her.” “That’s a wonderful thing, my son, and nothing you need to confess,” said the priest. “Oh, it’s worse, Father. I was weak and told her she had to be my girlfriend,” continued the old man. “It was a very difficult time,” said the priest, “and you took a large risk. You would have […]
Tax school begins I may end up buying my salmon this fall at Meijer or D&W. In past years, I could depend on going fishing a few times throughout the summer and catching a few fish each time. Then, to finish off the summer, over Labor Day, my brother-in-law Don and I could always count on coming home with some nice salmon fillets. We are far from experts, but we have good equipment and we are persistent. That strategy got off to a slow start this summer. Every time I had plans to go Lake Michigan fishing, it was either raining or there were small-craft warnings on the big lake. I did convince Deb to go once, but there were two-to-three-footers with white caps and, under those conditions, it’s tough fishing. The boat can take the waves, but it’s tough to steer a boat when it’s rocking and rolling that much. It also takes about twice as much time to get the lines into the water. We stuck it out for a while and did catch one small one, but that’s not exactly what I envisioned when we left Rockford. As of Friday morning on Labor Day weekend, I still had great hopes for catching our self-calculated quota—after all, we had never failed on Labor Day. Those hopes went by the wayside when we drove into Muskegon State Park and took one look at Lake Michigan. You have all seen the pictures; seeing those huge waves in person was truly impressive. Fishing in Lake Michigan was out of the question and would remain out of the question for the entire weekend. We still had the channel and Muskegon Lake. Being an optimist, in my mind success was still possible. I was wrong. There were white caps on the channel off and on, gale warnings much of the time, and white caps on Muskegon Lake most of the weekend. We fished for about two hours the whole weekend and caught no fish. The weather was so bad we went bowling on Saturday. We had fun bowling, but pulling in a 15-pound salmon would have been fun, too. We always have a great time camping and, despite the lack of fish, this Labor Day was no different. […]
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Whitaker–Garlets John and Amy Garlets of Rockford announce the engagement of their son Benjamin Garlets to Jeanne Marie Whitaker of Rockford. Jeanne Marie is the daughter of William and Merrily Whitaker of Webster, New York. The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Cornerstone University with a masters in education. She is employed by Starbucks. Benjamin is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School and is currently attending Grand Valley State University. He is also employed at Starbucks. The couple are planning an October 10, 2010 wedding at Nutt Farms in Ravenna, Mich. Maid-of-honor will be Kristin Whitaker, sister of the bride. Best man will be John Garlets, father of the groom. The couple will honeymoon in northern Michigan and reside in Grand Rapids.