April 28 2011

Comcast employees clean up White Pine Trail

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For the past several years, Comcast has gotten together 100-plus employees to clean up and do work on the White Pine Trail. They donated an amazing trailer full of tools, snacks, drinks—anything future trail volunteers would need to help maintain the trail. BC Pizza provided pizza to the hungry volunteers.  

On-going fundraising helps REF raise grant dollars

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The Rockford Education Foundation (REF), a non-profit and independent organization, serves the Rockford community by funding educational grants. The REF holds different fundraisers throughout the year in order to raise money to support educational opportunities. Each year the REF funds over $60,000 in grants. Recently, Sue Arend, REF Administrator, discussed the foundations fundraising efforts. “The foundation has an ongoing fundraising campaign titled Brick By Brick – Laying a Foundation for the Future.” said Arend. “This campaign began in the fall of 2010 in conjunction with Rockford Public Schools Hall of Fame.” The Hall of Fame was created to honor men and women from the Rockford Public Schools community who have reached a high level of achievement, and/or contributed generously to service work, both locally and globally. A six foot tall black granite monument was created to commemorate the inductees. Every two years a new class will be inducted and their names will be engraved on the monument. The REF is selling brick pavers that can be engraved with a personal message. These bricks are part of the patio that surrounds the Hall of Fame monument, located at the Fine Arts Entrance of Rockford High School. The brick pavers are a perfect gift idea for this time of year. An engraved brick paver is a gift that lasts and commemorates all of the important occasions in life: Graduation, Mother’s Day, Birthdays, and Father’s Day. It would also be great for an end of the year teacher or coach appreciation gift. The Bricks are 4×8 and cost $75.00. If you are interested in ordering a brick to commemorate your special occasion you can contact the REF at (616) 863-6317 or visit the REF website www.rockfordschools.org/ref. You can also find REF on Facebook.    

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher — April 28, 2011

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Dear Mr. President Glad you are looking into the price of gas. But it won’t help. Oil is produced and sold worldwide and we in America have no real control over the price. If you uncover some fraud contributing to high prices at the pump, good detective work. But I doubt it will make a big difference. American business $henanigans seem to go unpunished much of the time. What we really need, instead of the yellow/orange/red National Security Warning, is a Gas Price Warning. Put some of our expensive Intelligence people on the job to give us a day’s warning when the price of gas is about to go up 20 or 30 cents a gallon. That would really be news we can use. Libyan standoff As citizens of a country born in revolution, we Americans tend to sympathize with the protesters demanding change in the Middle East. In Libya, protesters are having a tough time because the guy with the guns has the power. Maybe we should offer our military might to the protesters in exchange for free oil for 10 years. Regular words The term “O.K.” originated as an abbreviation of “oll korrekt,” a humor-intended misspelling of “all correct.” This kind of folksy fun became big in the U.S. in the 1830s. The oldest written references result from its use as a slogan by the Democratic Party during the 1840 American presidential election. The party’s candidate, Martin Van Buren, was nicknamed “Old Kinderhook,” and his supporters formed the “OK Club.” This undoubtedly helped to popularize the term. And how about “Good-bye”? The word started out as slang for “God be with you.” This bit is brought to you as an educational offering. I looked them up. Now you, too, know about two well-used words we’ve heard and said every day with no idea of where they come from. O.K.? Good-bye. Outsourcing? 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. Sure cure A guy goes to his psychiatrist, who says to him, “I’ve come to the conclusion you’re a kleptomaniac.” The patient is a little taken aback by the diagnosis but responds rather promptly, “Is there anything I can […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon—April 28, 2011

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Start thinking about your 2011 tax return I started reading Rob Bell’s new book, “Love Wins,” over the weekend. It’s a very interesting book. Bell has some interesting thoughts on heaven and hell. I’m sure there will be many rebuttals, because he sure has gotten a lot of people thinking about how God interacts with each of us at the end of this short life. That seems to be particularly important in light of the Easter holiday that we just celebrated. Jesus died on Good Friday and then arose on Easter expressly for the forgiveness of each of our sins. Traditional Christian teaching says our sins will be forgiven only if we ask for that forgiveness and believe they are forgiven through Jesus’ death and resurrection and that’s how we end up going to heaven. No ask, no believe, no heaven. It is a very straightforward teaching. Hell is the alternative, and it’s either heaven or hell forever based on whether we ask for forgiveness in this short lifetime. I wouldn’t say Rob Bell questions that teaching in its entirety but he certainly does bring up some interesting points about God’s love for all people. A point he makes, and I’m roughly paraphrasing here, is that God does love all people and does want all of them to spend forever in heaven with Him. Since all things are possible for God, does He find a way for them to ask and believe that is beyond our ability to understand and perhaps even beyond the grave? Hmm. Now that’s a real question to ponder, isn’t it? No ask, no believe, no heaven is tough. I don’t think Rob Bell has an answer to that question any more than I do, but it is definitely something to think and talk about. Taxes are another topic that we should be thinking and talking about all year long. Right now is the perfect time to think about the 2011 tax return while the 2010 tax return is still fresh in your mind. What are the tax breaks that will affect, either positively or negatively, your 2011 tax return? What are the income events that will affect the 2011 tax return? Will some property be sold that creates some capital […]

BIRTHDAYS—April 30–May 6

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30th Sharon Bennett, Caroline Kelley, Jim Reh, Lloyd Streeter MAY 1st Danielle Albrecht, Joan Bunn, Julie Palmer 2nd Danielle Brinks, David Laux, Jonathan Palmer, Sara Williams, Ed Wolven 3rd Beverly Meester, Timothy R. Poddig 4th Marilyn Palmer, Mary Jo Tidey, Wendy Wagner-Rodriguez, Jerry Ziomkowski 5th Millie Robertson, Marty Willison, Ralph Zielke 6th Mary Johnson  

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