by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Everywhere we travel in West Michigan we are met with the question, “When is Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) going to open its doors?” The buzz of anticipation in the greater Grand Rapids area for RBC’s opening is absolutely amazing. Here’s the “scoop” directly from RBC’s Brewmaster Jeff Sheehan’s mouth. “Taking an empty shell of a building and creating a world class microbrewery is no easy task. Each and every day we are aggressively working towards an anticipated opening of late summer of this year. My partners (Brien Dews and Seth Rivard) and I are committed to getting it absolutely right. If we have to suffer through the inevitable delays in construction, equipment manufacture and delivery, and licensing then so be it. It’ll all be worth it on opening day.” It can’t be soon enough for the legions of beer lovers who can’t seem to get enough of craft brews. RBC is destined one day to join the heady ranks the likes of Founders Brewing, HopCat, Brewery Vivant, and Schmohz Brewing. Located as it is in northern Kent County, in the very center of beautiful downtown Rockford, RBC has just what the old adage “location, location, location” suggests. With the State’s longest linear State Park, the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, on one side and one of the State’s premier trout and salmon rivers, the Rogue River, on the other side exposure will not be a problem. It only seems inevitable that RBC will become a destination “watering hole” of choice for the thousands of trail users, especially cyclists, that traverse the trail daily spring through fall. RBC will offer up many one-off’s and experimental brews along with mainstays and seasonals. German-style lagers as well as the more traditional styles of ale will be available. Not a beer drinker – not a problem. Michigan wines, ciders, meads, and soft drinks will also be offered. Hungry? Artisan sandwiches will be served up from Rockford’s premier gourmet deli – Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace, a next-door tenant in the RBC building. As this article goes to press, the interior build-out of the brewery is well under way under the skillful hands of two of Rockford’s foremost builders, Solomon Homes and Thornapple Timber Frame. Located in […]
April 19 2012
Fourteen Rockford Odyssey of the Mind teams will be competing at Davenport University in Caledonia on April 21 for the chance to adventure on to the world finals competition held this year in Ames, Iowa in late May. Teams advancing include two from Rockford High School, five from North Rockford Middle School, two from East Rockford Middle School, two from Cannonsburg Elementary School, and one each from Parkside, MeadowRidge and Roguewood elementary schools. If you would like a copy of the Rockford state finals schedule, it can be found online at the RockfordSchools.org website.
North Korea, Syria and Iran represent a few more wars our country could stay out of. If you’re in favor of war, skip down to the jokes. My own low approval of war comes from a long life that goes back so far that for most people it’s only “history.” My military service was spent in Korea in 1946-1948, the handful of years between World War II and the full-blown Korean War. None of America’s wars occurred on our soil in living memory. For that we should be thankful. But maybe it has made us, as a nation, more accepting of our going to war. On the bright side, although America has many religions and sects, we seem to get along. That is a real blessing. Other countries have internal religious wars in which America should think long and hard before getting involved. Maybe we’re all agreed on that. What I’m trying to say about war can be summed up in two words: Be Skeptical. Religious viewpoint A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her six- and seven-year-olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor” their fathers and mothers, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat, one boy, the eldest child in his family, answered, “Thou shalt not kill.” Perfect viewpoint At a local coffee bar, a young woman was expounding to her friends on her idea of the perfect mate: “It’s very important that the man I marry be musical with a decent singing voice. I consider a sense of humor to be essential, as well as knowing how to tell jokes. In other words, the man I marry has to be a shining light among company. But he also must be the kind who will stay home with me at night.” A male listener at a nearby table overheard and spoke up: “Lady, what you really want is a television set!” Blonde viewpoint A blonde went to her doctor and showed him that both her ears were red and painful. The doctor asked her what had happened. “I was ironing a shirt and the phone rang,” she told him, “but, instead of picking up the […]
Emancipation Day extends tax deadline This is always one of the more enjoyable articles that I write. The tax season has just ended. That sentence says it all for people like me, who make a living in the world of preparing tax returns. We all get a chance to take a deep breath and see exactly what has happened in the surrounding world in the last three-and-one-half months. While it’s true that Action Tax Service does more than prepare tax returns, a good percentage of our business for the year occurs in the period of January 1 through April 17. We did get three bonus days this year. First, it was a leap year so we received February 29 as our first extra day. Second, April 15 fell on Sunday so that was our second extra day. Finally, our third extra day occurred because April 16 is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. Since the IRS’ national headquarters is located in Washington, D.C., they are closed. And if they are closed, all IRS offices are closed. Emancipation Day occurred on April 16, 1862. It’s easy to confuse Emancipation Proclamation Day with D.C.’s Emancipation Day. President Lincoln issued an Executive Order, the Emancipation Proclamation, on September 22, 1861. Throughout history, it appears that many presidents have issued controversial Executive Orders and not just presidents Bush and Obama. Lincoln ordered the 10 states of the Confederacy to cease rebelling by January 1, 1863 or their slaves would be set free. Of course, they didn’t quit rebelling for another two years or so, but their slaves were technically set free on January 1, 1863. However, on April 16, 1862, slaves in D.C. were set free. Actually, their owners were paid the value of the slaves in exchange for their freedom. Lincoln’s Proclamation, by contrast, did not provide compensation to the owners of the slaves, it didn’t outlaw slavery, and it didn’t make the ex-slaves citizens of the USA. Those items did not occur until the 13th Constitutional Amendment was passed in December, 1865. It seems that in 1862, Washington, D.C. was on the cutting edge of things. We might even go as far as to say they were progressive back then. When we look at Washington today, another word, […]
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