August 11 2011

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Budget Control  Act contains two parts I think God must be on my side. Allow me to explain. I have a streak of 50-plus years of never missing a baseball or softball game because of injury. I have missed games because of vacations, conventions and meetings, but none due to an injury. However, I strained my Achilles tendon two weeks ago, Tuesday, attempting to score from first base on a hit. It was a futile attempt to run faster than my body could run. I was still out. By the next day, I couldn’t bend my foot. Fortunately, Nancy, my receptionist, was willing to bring me coffee so I could quietly sit in my office for a few days. It wasn’t much fun. There was no way I could play by the following Tuesday, but I did plan to go and coach third base. This was going to be the first game I was going to miss because of injury. Darn. Well, about the time the game was going to start, it started to sprinkle. Then it began to pour. It didn’t last long, but it was enough to swamp the field and get the game called off. It was rescheduled for two weeks later and I will be ready to play by then. So, the way I see this is God rewards perseverance. I have played with various pulled muscles and sprains. A few years ago I put off having shoulder surgery until the season was over. Even I, however, couldn’t play with a tweaked Achilles tendon. It’s tough to walk, let alone run, when your foot won’t bend without shooting pains. Thank God just enough rain fell to keep my streak intact. The Budget Control Act was signed by President Obama on August 2. We might be dealing with the ramifications of this action for the rest of our lives. It has the potential to be that big of a deal. The Budget Control Act has a Part A and a Part B. In Part A, Congress agreed to cut $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. We know that Congress can play games with how they calculate that cut and what they call a “cut,” but it does seem like […]

BIRTHDAYS August 13–19

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13th Art Kronemeyer, Polly VonEschen 14th Dennis Carey, Audrey Cavner, Frank Furman, Katie Mawby 15th Don Basel, Scotty Byrne, Kim Kinstle, Arlene Obetts, Evan Orr 16th Rylee Reed 17th Mike Palmer 18th Connie Armstrong 19th Julie Candela, Joan Colvin, Paul Schluckebier, Jayne Schuman, Hailey Stasiukinas, Marie Thome  

Art Capsule bigger, better despite rainy weather

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Jeff Lewis, chair of the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) and the idea guy who came up with Rockford’s Art Capsule event, said more people voted on the 30 local art displays in 2011 than in the first year. “We had a thousand votes, which was more than last year,” Lewis said. This year’s event, designed with the theme of Rockford for the art submissions, culminated on Saturday, August 8 with voting and sampling fare from Rockford restaurants in the second annual Taste of Rockford. Art Capsule voting also took place all week long with art offered in a variety of categories and venues all around downtown. Ten restaurants took part in the Taste event, with all money going to RAAC. A total of $1,300 was raised. Local restaurants participated by offering samples from spring rolls to sliders and tasty treats to top off the edible tour of downtown. Lewis said the restaurants were very generous, providing quality and quantity of impressive proportions for just a dollar or two per sample. Art Capsule was also a popular success. Best of Show was taken by Connie Kuhnle for her “Faces of Rockford.” Best Two-Dimensional Art went to local painter Linda Bassford, who presented “Watermelon Kids.” Best Three-Dimensional Art was won by Lois Carpenter with “The Dam Fish.” Best Photography was a tie between Dan DeWard with “Dream, Believe, Perform, Achieve” and Stacy Niedzwiecki with her work “Wash – Rinse – Repeat.” “It wasn’t bad for a wet, rainy day,” said Lewis.


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Now through August 13 Kent County Youth Fair—Lowell Fairgrounds, 225 South Hudson. Free admission, daily free horse-drawn wagon rides, 4H and FFA livestock and still exhibits. For more information, call (616) 897-6050, or visit, or on Facebook for an up-to-date schedule of daily activities. Thursday, August 11 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Saturday, August 13 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. Super Heroes Away!—11 a.m. at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion, corner of Courtland and Squires streets, downtown Rockford. To celebrate the Reading Rocks in Rockford festival, come dressed as your favorite super hero and have a blast listening to stories, playing games, and making your very own comic book! For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit Making Your Memoir Memorable—10:30 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Bob Tarte, author of the humorous pet memoirs “Enslaved by Ducks,” “Fowl Weather,” and the forthcoming “The Funnel of Happiness,” will talk about the two main components that agents and publishers look for in a memoir. He’ll also share his own publishing experiences. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit Monday, August 15 15th Annual STRIVE Golf Outing—1 p.m. shotgun start, at Blythefield Country Club. STRIVE provides mentoring to at-risk West Michigan students, as well as life skills coaching and scholarships. Bring a foursome and play at the championship course or, if you’re not a golfer, join in the evening’s dinner celebration and auctions to support Rockford’s STRIVE program. Registrations and sponsorships are available online at or call Ramona Hinton at (616) 866-1500 or Jenni Aiello at (616) 459-5640. Tuesday, August 16 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins […]

A Message for You

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Wisdom from above, wisdom from below  by PASTOR MARK LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace,” James 3:13-18 (ESV). Because the devil’s very nature is pride, we are all by nature vain, conceited, proud and self-willed. No one is born meek and gentle. However, some are wiser than others in their own eyes. When such people struggle with spiritual awakening, then God’s Spirit indeed can humble them and God’s chastisements can keep them humble. In general, sooner or later they will come forward with their wisdom. Such wisdom is offered for the sake of the others and the church. What is unknown to such wise ones is that what they call wisdom; God’s calls foolishness and idolatry for it rests not on the whole council of God. Inasmuch as it has not the unifying power of God’s Word, it soon begins dividing those God has made on in Christ. Such wise ones think that they alone have the eyes to see the flaws and defects of the church and its members. They believe themselves called and obligated to correct and improve the church. So certain are they in their ideas and wisdom that if others do not follow where they lead, it confirms their wisdom rather than making them question it. Such wisdom is born of our sinful pride and as such creates “envy and self-seeking.” It causes many in the church to be tossed to and fro from this idea to that, causing “confusion and every evil thing.” Such sages of wisdom are not easily persuaded, for while they would never admit it, their attitude, words and […]

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