April 14 2011

Ric’s Food Center to host Salvation Army collection truck

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Tax-deductible donation makes real differences in lives of real people This Saturday, April 16, Rockford area residents will have the opportunity to help others and put a little tax deduction into their finances. A manned Salvation Army truck will be at Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. According to Diane Tabor, who schedules truck pick-ups, spring is a good time for donating, as people clean out closets and do other spring cleaning activities. Donations are also tax deductible and go to a very good cause. Forms for tax deductions will be provided at the time of donation. “The Salvation Army helps those whose lives have fallen apart due to various reasons such as addictions,” Tabor said. Currently there are about 100 beneficiaries whose full-time job while tending to recovery is to sort donations. The sale of donations at Salvation Army’s area stores is responsible for funding this and the international humanitarian aid Salvation Army provides. Dave Brickner, store manager at Ric’s, said the hosting of the truck is typical for the family-owned grocery. The store also donates to a food pantry on a daily basis, and has a Mel Trotter donation box on-site every day. Giving back to the community that supports the store is not only Brickner’s philosophy but also that of the family that owns the several Ric’s Food Centers in Michigan. “We try to give back to the community whenever we can,” Brickner said. Tabor said clothing that is in good condition—no stains or tears—appliances that work, household goods and furniture are all among the items that are typically donated and are available for sale. The truck at Ric’s will have people there to help unload items, and trucks make regular pick-ups in the Rockford area for those who don’t have the means to transport large items. The Salvation Army has a guide online to estimate the value of donated items and the tax refunds available may be a surprise. A child’s snowsuit may be worth up to $19, a bed may be valued at $170, and a complete dining room set may be worth up to $900. See donation values at www.satruck.com/donation-value-guide. To find out more or to schedule a pick-up at your home or […]

MAIN STREET — by Roger Allen, publisher

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Real Housewives I’ve been wanting to write a TV show. I think “Real Housewives of Newaygo County” might be the right title. I hope Hollywood doesn’t get there first. George Washington The conflict in Libya reminds me a bit of the American Revolution. A rag-tag bunch of dissidents is up against the established government and military. It’s much like the Colonies against Great Britain. What they really need right now is Washington to lead the troops. And the French Fleet! Jig Saw Maybe Libya will end up split into two countries. A lot of that going around. We have North and South Korea; North and South Viet Nam; a dozen little countries in Africa. The Soviet Union scattered. We had Ireland and Great Britain. And even the United States and Canada. I wonder if China will ever split up? Adult Supervision Sam: Dad, would you do my math homework for me? Dad: No, son, it wouldn’t be right. Sam: Well, at least you could try. Vocabulary A mother carefully explained to her young daughter how children were created. She used the expression “carrying a child” instead of “pregnant,” but the girl seemed satisfied. Sometime later, a terrible fire broke out in the neighborhood, and the girl stood by watching. Here is how she described the scene to her parents: “There was this big fire, and a fireman ran into the house, and when he came out, he was pregnant.” Grand Theft Auto A blonde dials 911 to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher. “They’ve stolen the dashboard, the steering wheel, the brake pedal, and even the accelerator!” she cries. The 911 dispatcher says, “Stay calm. An officer is on the way. He will be there in two minutes.” Before the police get to the crime scene, however, the 911 dispatcher’s telephone rings a second time, and the same blonde is on the line again. “Never mind,” giggles the blonde, “I got in the back seat by mistake.” Last words Two husbands were discussing their married lives. Although happily married, they admitted that there were arguments sometimes. Chad said, “I’ve made one great discovery. I know how to always have the last word.” […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Filing an extension? This is the last tax article I will be writing before the end of the 2010 tax filing season. All individual returns are due to be postmarked or e-filed by midnight on the 18th of April. Returns can be e-filed right up until midnight from any computer, but it’s up to the local post office if they will accept tax returns put in their box and still postmark it on the 18th. Why do we get to file returns until the 18th this year when the 15th is on a Friday and the 15th is the traditional due date for tax returns? Thanks can be sent to President Abraham Lincoln for this one. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in states that had succeeded from the Union. A constitutional note here: if you think the Presidential office doesn’t have some horsepower behind it, Congress did not pass the Emancipation Proclamation. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as an Executive Order under his authority as Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy. That power was granted to the President by Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. No one at the time argued with Lincoln even though it was an aggressive order. He had the power to issue the Executive Order and, besides, it took Congress off the hook. They didn’t have to pass a law freeing the slaves. Lincoln took the heat. That heat ultimately cost him his life. The Emancipation Proclamation, even though it was issued on January 1, is celebrated this year on April 15 in Washington, D.C. as a holiday. The national office of the Internal Revenue Service is located in Washington, D.C., so that office is closed because of the holiday. When the national office of the IRS is closed, all of the IRS offices are closed, including the various processing centers. Since the last day of tax season can’t be on a day the IRS is closed, which includes Saturday and Sunday, we have until Monday, April 18 to finish up and file all available tax returns. About 80% of all returns are filed on or before April 18. Of course, that means about 20% of returns will […]


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Through April 16 Rouge River Artists Assciation Exhibit—10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Frame & Mat Shop, 65 Courtland St., Rockford. Thursday, April 14 Rouge River Artists Assciation Reception—6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Frame & Mat Shop, 65 Courtland St., Rockford. Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Noontime Series—noon in the Chapel at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, hosted by the Calvin Academy of Lifelong Learning. The Imani Singers will speak and perform “Music for Passion Week.” Free and open to the public. For more information, call (616) 526-8777. Saturday, April 16 Spring Auction—5 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Dr. NE, Rockford, to benefit the church’s ministry to the Rockford community. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served. Included will be silent and raffle auction items. For more information, please call (616) 866-9888 or visit www.northkentbiblechurch.com. Sunday, April 17 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3946, 4195 13 Mile Rd., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, or $3.50 for children. Come for “the best dinner in town,” prepared by the Post’s own chef Fred Chambers. Visit www.Rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Gospel Choir—3 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center at Calvin College, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, hosted by the music department. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.calvin.edu/academic/music/calendar. Monday, April 18 Magical Creatures at the Library—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Wave a magic wand and enter a fantastical realm of magic, wizardry and other-worldly fun. Bring the whole family to enjoy crafts and games with elves, giants, fairies, unicorns or other fabulous creatures! Imagination and creativity required. Registration also required. To register, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. Tuesday, April 19 North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE (at 11 Mile Rd.), Rockford. Members enhance valuable public speaking and leadership skills through practice and encouragement, at their own pace. Guests welcome. For directions, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit www.nkctm.org. “Chamber Music Series: Closing Chamber Works” Concert—7:30 p.m. in the Covenant […]

A Message for You

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What a difference by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church There is a song made popular in the late 1950s entitled “What a Difference a Day Makes.” I have heard this song used in movies and commercials to support the point of how quickly life can change. Certainly we have experienced this truth in our own lives as well. As we look forward to what is typically known as Holy Week next week, we certainly see the truth of this concept of change in a short period of time. On one day Jesus dies on the cross. Only a few days later he is raised to life again. Today I would like us to consider, however, Jesus’ triumphal entry and the mood of the crowd compared to their mood only a few days later. In Matthew 21:1-11 (as well as Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12), we find the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem only a few days before he is arrested, tried, crucified and eventually raised from the dead. When Jesus enters Jerusalem on this day, there are large crowds spreading their cloaks and palm branches on the road in front of him. This spreading of the palm branches and waving them in the air was done in the presence of someone thought worthy of honor. Matthew 21:9 says, “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” The crowds are proclaiming by their actions and words that this Jesus was very special. It seems by their words, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” that they even understood him as Messiah, the anointed one of God. Upon his arrival into the city it says “the whole city was stirred.” This triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus was celebrated and he was honored by the crowds that accompanied him. It is hard to believe then, that just a few days later, the crowd in Jerusalem was shouting, “Crucify him!” What a difference a few days make. I would encourage you to be involved in worship this upcoming week. Throughout the week, many local churches will be remembering and celebrating […]

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