April 26 2012

Rockford church invites use of sanctuary during Day of Prayer

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In observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer, Rockford Reformed Church invites you to use their sanctuary or prayer garden as a quiet place of prayer any time between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. There will also be a prayer service at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community at 11:30 a.m. by the flagpole in front. Bishop Hills is located at 4951 Eleven Mile Road, just up the road from the church.

Kimberly’s Boutique welcomes new intern

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Kendall McConnohie, 17, is a senior at Rockford High School and is currently an intern at Kimberly’s Boutique in downtown Rockford. This fall, Kendall will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the honors program and will transfer to Western Michigan University in 2014. She hopes to pursue a career in fashion merchandising. “I love fashion because it’s a way that you can truly express your personality and have fun doing it,” McConnohie said. “Being at Kimberly’s has been such a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in every aspect of the fashion and retail industries. I’m learning a lot.” “We’ve enjoyed Kendall’s positive attitude, winning smile and her eagerness to learn,” said Kim Smith, owner of the boutique. “She has been a real asset to Kimberly’s Boutique and we all wish her success in her next step in the fashion world.”

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Another brilliant idea Tourism is a big money-maker. Locally, we draw in a few tourists with the Red Flannel Festival, Start of Summer, Harvest Festival and miscellaneous other special events. Wildly creative promotion could bring us tourists by the truckload. Since nobody actually wears red flannels anymore, how about a Lingerie Festival? I’m envisioning models for ladies’ underwear, historical displays (such as Queen Victoria’s bloomers) and a contest for better design of men’s boxer shorts. But especially the models. And why has Rockford never had a Shoe Festival? Just imagine five-inch-heel foot races and shoelace knot-tying workshops. Rockford has been a shoe place for a hundred years, more or less. We need to make shoes fun enough to pull in the tourists. They’d sip their libations from high-heeled slippers in the beer tent… I’ll stop right there for now because brilliant thinking always tires me out. The olden days, Part I Henry was playing pretend-fight. This was back in the days before indoor plumbing. During his game, the boy knocked over the outhouse. Sure that he’d get a whooping, he ran into the woods. It was after dark when Henry sneaked back and, sure enough, his father was waiting. “Son, did you knock over the outhouse?” “No, Pappy.” “Well, let me tell you a story,” said the father. “Once, not that long ago, George Washington received a shiny new axe from his father. Excited, he tried it out. Too late he realized he had cut down his mother’s favorite cherry tree.” Henry’s father paused. “Just like you, he ran into the woods.” Henry felt his face turn red as his dad went on: “When George came back, his pappy asked, ‘Did you cut down the cherry tree?’ George looked his father in the eye and said, ‘I cannot tell a lie. Yes, I did it.’ George’s father said, ‘Since you were honest with me, I won’t punish you.’” Henry gulped. His father again asked, “Son, did you knock down the outhouse?” “Pappy,” said Henry, “I cannot lie. Yes, it was me that did it.” Then Henry’s father spanked him red, white and blue. “Pappy,” whimpered Henry, “I told the truth! Why did you whoop me?” “Because,” came the answer, “George Washington’s father wasn’t in the […]

BIRTHDAYS—April 28–May 4, 2012

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28 Mindy Peterson, John Smedes, Patricia Thome 29 Theresa Brown, Angie Dingman, Tami Hjelm, Barbara Markus, Emery Polasek Jr., Christy Sharpe, Angie Stotz 30 Sharon Bennett, Caroline Kelley, Jim Reh, Nancy Schovey, Lloyd Streeter MAY 1 Danielle Albrecht, Joan Bunn, Trevor Huff, Julie Palmer 2 Danielle Brinks, Grace Clements, David Laux, Jonathan Palmer, Sara Williams, Ed Wolven 3 Beverly Meester, Timothy R. Poddig 4 Marilyn Palmer, John Rickson, Mary Jo Tidey, Wendy Wagner Rodriquez, Jerry Ziomkowski

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Two complicated tax topics Things are really heating up in Lansing concerning reforming the Personal Property Tax (PPT). Governor Snyder and the legislature are hot on the trail of reforming the entire PPT system. I wrote a few months ago in a column that the complete elimination of the PPT will mean a reduction of revenue to the City of Rockford of approximately $280,000, which equates to over 10% of its budget. In addition, other entities such as Rockford Public Schools and Krause Memorial Library will see potential funding cuts of approximately $400,000. I’m beginning to wonder if Governor Snyder and the legislature have something against municipalities and school systems like Rockford. In all fairness, the package of eight bills introduced into the Senate would create a PPT Reimbursement Fund that would return approximately 81% of the lost revenue, on a non-guaranteed basis, to most local governmental units like Rockford. The good news is that the Michigan Treasury Department will have a fund called the Personal Property Tax Reimbursement Fund. The bad news is the Michigan legislature and the Treasury Department will control the payouts from the fund, hence the non-guaranteed basis. It appears they will be able to put conditions on the payouts to control who gets what and the conditions that must be met before they get the amount. If the legislature determines, however, that money is needed somewhere else, it can go somewhere else. Based on previous experience, this might not work out well for Rockford. The PPT system is being reformed because the assumption is that the businesses that save taxes will then hire employees and our economy will take one more step in the right direction. Great assumption, however, the debatable part of reforming the PPT system is whether those businesses that save taxes will actually hire new employees or just add the savings to their profits. Rockford will have to jump through certain hoops in order to receive their share of the PPT Reimbursement Fund. None of the businesses saving taxes, however, have to jump through any hoops to receive their share of the PPT savings. Let’s get some equality into the system. Let’s have all involved parties meet some pre-set requirements in order to realize the pre-set savings. […]

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