April 30 2009

Great day for annual environmental event

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It was sunny and wonderfully warm for all but the last hour of the sixteenth annual Bear Creek Waterfest on Saturday, April 24. Before the sky opened up for a beauty of a spring storm, children and adults enjoyed a pancake breakfast, bake sale, live music and the many interactive booths and activity stations.       The Waterfest celebrates environmental issues, particularly  water issues, and is held at Townsend Park each year by Cannon Township. At one time Bear Creek was closed to physical contact due to pollution caused by animal feces. Today kids are encouraged to jump right in and enjoy the water feature at the picturesque township park. For the last several years members of the band Hawks and Owls have added appeal with live music.    

Main Street, April 30, 2009

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What’s for Breakfast? In the “old” days, breakfast was a lot of pork and bread and potatos and eggs.  Maybe even pie!  I was facinated by the long shelves of cereal at the store.  Our local D&W has about 100′ of shelving, six shelves high, devoted to cold cereal.  That’s 600 feet!  The internet lists page after page of different cereals. The original breakfast cereal was a “granola” designed to promote digestion. It was terrible! Corn Flakes was an accident. Some cereal paste was accidentally left overnight. When cooked in the morning…voila! Corn Flakes. The original Kellogg was a doctor with a sanitarium in Battle Creek. He wanted a breakfast food that provided more fiber. He wanted nothing to do with the food business; he thought it would compromise his professional status. His brother, W.K. Kellogg took over the cereal business and went to town!  The current amazing variety of cereals is the result. We don’t want to overlook Charles William Post.  He became a patient at the Kellogg sanitorium.  He didn’t do well at the hospital, but he got interested in the new food fashion.  He started his own cereal business in Battle Creek and invented Grape Nuts.  They were like the oringinal granola but edible!  He became successful with Post Toasties and went on from there. Next week, Lunch? A Southern Baptist minister was completing a temperance sermon.   With great emphasis he said,  “If I  had all the beer in the world,    I’d take it and pour it into the river.”  With even greater emphasis he said,   “And if I had all the wine in the world,    I’d take it and pour it into the river.” And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said,   “And if I had all the whiskey in the world,   I’d take it and pour it into the river.”  Sermon complete, he sat down. The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing,   “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365,   “Shall We Gather at the River.” Gas or electric? After booking my 80-year-old grandmother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, I called the airline to go over her special needs.  The representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair […]

The Tax Attic, April 30, 2009

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Home improvement credits change It’s home improvement time of the year. It was a cold winter and many of us are thinking about adding some insulation wherever possible, replacing a few of those leaky windows, replacing that old leaky slider,  putting in a new insulated exterior door, buying a new high-efficiency furnace, or purchasing high-efficiency appliances. This is a good opportunity to go over the dollars our federal government has available to help with these home improvements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) signed by President Obama in February greatly expanded the Residential Energy Credit in dollars available. In most instances, ARRA increased the percentage of cost that we are allowed as a credit in addition to also increasing the maximum amount of dollars that we are allowed. ARRA also further defined what products actually do qualify for the credits. Many of the products that qualified for a credit in 2007 will not qualify for the credit in 2009 because they won’t be considered high-efficient enough. The credit has been increased, but the qualifying standards have also been raised. For reference purposes, for most purchases, there was no Residential Energy Credit in 2008. That year was skipped, so if you did some updating in 2008, you may be painfully aware that there was no credit for those purchases. I think it is fair to say the federal government once again wants us to spend money on energy-saving home improvements. For example, ARRA increased the maximum credit for installing qualifying windows to 30% of the cost up to a maximum of $1,500 credit. It’s important to note that this credit is nonrefundable. In other words, the taxpayer must have a tax liability in order to benefit from the credit-no tax, no credit. Under the old rules, only 10% of the cost qualified and the maximum credit allowed for windows was $200. In addition to the $200 limit, there was also a $500 lifetime maximum for all improvements. This was replaced totally by the 30% of cost figure and the $1,500 maximum credit. Perhaps that is one reason every other advertisement we seem to see on TV is Jack’s Windows or Wall Side Windows. Other types of purchases also had small limits. Advanced main […]

Michigan House recognizes Belmont youth volunteer

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Pearce invites ‘Spirit’ recipient Courtney Fedeson to Lansing State Rep. Tom Pearce welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson of Belmont, one of two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Fedeson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was recognized during today’s Legislative session by the full House chamber for her accomplishment and was presented a House of Representatives’ resolution of congratulations. “I congratulate Courtney on her accomplishment and for becoming a role model for other youths who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “I was especially impressed with her maturity and graciousness during our visit to make sure it was understood her Girl Scout troop and other volunteers deserve recognition too. This is a tremendous example of how our entire community embra- ces volunteerism.” Fedeson helped lead her Girl Scout troop to beautify the front entrance of her school. The project included designing, raising funds and installing new landscaping, concrete sidewalks and a brick sculpture base. Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson also had lunch with Pearce while in Lansing. As a state honoree, Fedeson received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and she will travel to Washington D.C. in May for national recognition events with all other states’ honorees and the naming of America’s top youth volunteers for 2009.       The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to emphasize the importance of service to others and contributing to communities.

Rockford Relay to host landmark research project

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by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools What if you could personally participate in research to help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer? And what if your involvement ultimately leads to eliminating cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? Would you do it? If your answer is yes, please consider participating in an unprecedented opportunity by enrolling in CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study-3) at this year’s Relay For Life in Rockford. Our Relay has been selected to enroll participants in the American Cancer Society’s third research study (the first study started back in 1950 and contributed to linking several factors such as cigarette smoking, obesity, and air pollution to cancer risk).  Enrollment in CPS-3 will take place on Friday, May 15, 2009 from 4 to 9 p.m., at the Rockford Relay For Life at North Rockford Middle School. To see if you are eligible to participate and what is involved, please go to www.cancer.org/cps3, or for more information please contact Kyle Cutler at kyle.cutler@cancer.org or 616-551-4035. Please join me, enroll in CPS-3 on May 15 If you are unable to participate in the study, please consider forwarding this to family and friends who may be willing to participate. Enrollees do not have to be on a Relay For Life team

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