April 7 2011

THE TAX ATTIC — with Jerry Coon

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Changes not always fair It must be baseball season. Even George Will, the conservative columnist, devoted his Sunday column to baseball trivia. I don’t always agree with Mr. Will, but I make it a point to read his column. I am one of those life-long baseball fans, but when George said trivia, he wasn’t kidding. They were very tough questions. A couple of them did involve the Detroit Tigers and I did get those right. Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, and Dave Winfield were answers to three questions that I knew, but the other questions all would have required me to get out the latest edition of Baseball Digest to get the answers correct. Right now, as we close in on April 18, I don’t have the luxury of time, so I just looked at George’s answers. That is one reason I love baseball. The rules haven’t changed so much that a Lefty Grove, who was a dominant pitcher in the 1920s and 1930s, can be compared to a Bob Gibson, who was a dominant pitcher in the 1960s, and they both can be compared to a Randy Johnson, who is of recent vintage. Pitching is still throwing a ball 60 feet, 6 inches over the home plate and trying to either get the hitter to swing and miss or get him to hit the ball to a fielder. All the hitter wants to do is hit it where the fielders aren’t. Hitting it hard where the fielders aren’t feels better than blooping it where they aren’t, but it’s a hit in the record books all the same. Not that much has changed in the 100-plus years of baseball other than the games take a whole lot longer to finish and the players make a whole lot more money today. A hitter like Ty Cobb, one of the Detroit Tigers from early in the 1900s, can be statistically compared to a Ralph Kiner of the 1950s, to a Wade Boggs of the 1980s and to a Joe Mauer of today. That’s what makes the game fun. Sitting around and talking baseball with some guys while perhaps drinking a beer is my idea of heaven down here on Earth. It’s something I’m convinced will happen in the […]

Troop 228 announces first Eagle Scout of 2011

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Boy Scout Troop 228 is pleased to announce that Brett Wiesenauer has passed his board of review and has earned the first Eagle Scout award for 2011 from the Gerald R. Ford Boy Scout Council. Wiesenauer joined Troop 228 after completing four years as Cub Scout with Pack 3228, where he earned his Arrow of Light, the top award presented to a Cub Scout. Upon his crossover ceremony, he joined Troop 228. The son of James and Drew Wiesenauer, Brett has been active in Troop 228 since 2004, serving as troop quartermaster, librarian and OA representative. He has also been elected to the Order of the Arrow, a national honor society of Boy Scouts, by the members in his troop. He has also served the greater Boy Scout community as a counselor at Gerber Boy Scout Camp, working with newer Scouts, and is known by the nickname “Luigi” at camp. For his Eagle Scout project, Wiesenauer worked with Bill Armitage, former principal at Belmont Elementary School, to beautify a nature area at the school. Wiesenauer first cleared out the large overgrowth to define the area, which is located by the portable classrooms. Once the area was cleared, he then installed a sundial that he had built for the school. The sundial contains a special brass coating that was donated by the Raley family for the project. The new area gives the students at the school and the community a place to study nature firsthand and to learn how to tell time using the sundial. “I am friends with the principal [Mr. Armitage] at the school and have always been willing to volunteer and help at this level. This is just one small way I can give back to the school community,” explained Wiesenauer. In addition to Scouting, Wiesenauer is an academic honor roll student at Rockford High School (RHS) and is a member of the RHS Chamber Singers. He will be traveling later this year with the choir to perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall. “We are also hoping to perform on The Today Show,” commented Wiesenauer. This high school senior has also been involved in eight theatre productions at RHS and most recently was seen in the role of Lazar-Wolf in “Fiddler […]

Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon will feature Michigan FairTax speaker

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the April installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Road. The featured speaker is John Crawford, president of the Michigan FairTax Association. Crawford will share his opinion on the Michigan Fair Tax Proposal and the impact it would have on the state of Michigan and its residents. According to www.mifairtax.org, Michigan House Representative, District 73, Peter MacGregor supports the Michigan Fair Tax Proposal and Senator Mark Jansen has yet to make a decision. In addition, the Web site says, “The Michigan FairTax will replace the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), the Personal Property Tax, and the Michigan Income Tax with only a Sales Tax. Michigan citizens will pay an additional 3.75 on whatever they buy, but they will get to keep the 4.35 cents on every dollar they are currently paying in payroll taxes. They won’t have to file or pay Michigan Income Tax; they will only pay tax on what they purchase. Business-to-business transactions will not be taxed. Anything that goes into manufacturing or is necessary to performing a service is considered a business-to-business transaction.” To attend this timely presentation, please call the Chamber office at 866-2000, or e-mail membership@rockfordmichamber.com to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend you must call and cancel prior to the event, or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.  

Geography student heads to state finals

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Our son, Spencer Young has loved geography for as long as we can remember, but we really saw things begin to take shape in sixth grade. His teacher, Brian Barr, encouraged him to enter the school geography bee for his first year of eligibility. We were excited for him, but a little nervous as parents for the outcome. We were thrilled when he won! Unfortunately, that year the local school competition was the end of the line. This year he won the school competition at North Rockford Middle School again! We were thrilled, because he is in eighth grade, so it is his last year to compete. Like the last time, the next step in the competition is to take a written test to compete against all of the middle school level winners in the state of Michigan. After waiting for what seemed like forever, Spencer finally got the good news he had been waiting for. He is moving on! On April 1, Spencer, along with just under 100 other students from Michigan who passed the written test, will compete at Western Michigan University in a tournament-style geography bee to determine the one winner who will represent Michigan at the national level. That final competition will be in Washington, D.C., and moderated by none other than Alex Trebec. Spencer has been studying diligently to ready himself for the state competition. We are so proud of him.  

Lakes Elementary School’s Alina Porter, an Example in Excellence

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Alina Porter, 10, is the granddaughter of Chuck and Gayle Porter and sister to Nico. Alina is described as a selfless, determined and gracious student who is wise beyond her years. She does not draw attention away from others. Even with her strong academic talents and achievements, she instead allows others to shine and is happy to celebrate their success with them. She prefers it when the spotlight is on someone else. Alina volunteers as a kindergarten bus safety, where her gentle good nature encourages youngsters. She is described as the “poster child for resiliency.” Nothing keeps Alina down or stops her from pursuing her goals. Her teachers, asked to describe Alina in a short phrase, chose, “Because nice matters.” “Driven to be kind” is another description of this caring student. “She watches how others are feeling and reaches out to those needing a friend, a kind word or a smile,” her teachers say. Academically talented as well as consistently kindhearted, Alina won the Sharp BMW Young Writers Award and the $1,000 scholarship offered with the prestigious recognition. In addition to her schoolwork, Alina plays piano and basketball, and loves horseback riding. She enjoys art and is also a knitter. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville. Lakes Elementary School teachers, staff and students are proud to highlight this selfless young woman for all she does by recognizing her as this year’s Example in Excellence.  

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