August 20 2009

News Bits – August 20, 2009

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Rev. Williams appointed to Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton has appointed Rev. Jeff Williams to Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church at half-time status as of July 1, 2009. Rev. Williams currently serves White Pines United Methodist Church in Belmont. His service there changed to half-time status as of July 1 as well. Rev. Williams was ordained as an elder in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church in June 1991. He has previously served Center Park United Methodist Church, north of Three Rivers; the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University; Rockford United Methodist Church as new church/associate pastor; and White Pines United Methodist Church as founding pastor since July 2004. Rev. Williams and his wife Beverly have three daughters, Lindsey, 20, Sarah, 16, and Amanda, 13. Beverly is a medical social worker at Metro Hospital. Rev. Williams serves as a board member with Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA and as a member of the Rockford Public Schools Diversity Committee. Local artist to be featured in Grand Rapids Works by Rockford artist Amanda Stark will be on display at Open Concept, 50 Lewis St. NW, Grand Rapids, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 10 p.m., then Monday-Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher

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  LUST Not as interesting as it sounds when it comes to the state budget. It stands for Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. In decades past, it seemed as though a small gas station stood on nearly every corner, sometimes just a pump or two in front of a neighborhood grocery store. The stations are mostly gone, but the big tanks buried beneath them remain. Over the years these tanks spring leaks and the gas or kerosene seeps into the ground. Michigan is third in the nation for LUST. Unused industrial sites add to our total. Time to dig up those leaky tanks. Contamination of ground water is the big concern. We can’t move to Mars, so we better take care of this planet. Federal stimulus money is helping fund the clean-up, but Michigan is responsible for a portion of the cost. And new LUST sites in the state are discovered every year. Disgust The $860 billion military spending bill contains 1,100 earmarks—laws that wouldn’t pass separately but can ride along on the main one. Congressmen trade their votes for the main bill for votes for their pet earmarks. Some earmarks attached to the military bill are for things the military doesn’t even want. Sometimes it seems like our elected lawmakers work for their own good, not ours. Congress gets to vote on its own salaries, benefits, health care, and ethics. But, at this writing, the U.S. is still the only developed western country without universal health insurance. It’s downright disgusting. Job Joke #1 The local sheriff was looking for a deputy. An applicant showed up. “Okay,” said the sheriff, “You’ll have to take our test. What’s one and one?” “Eleven,” replied the man. The sheriff figured that, in a way, the guy was right. “Next question,” said the sheriff. “What two days of the week start with the letter T?” “Today and tomorrow.” Again the sheriff was surprised that the applicant had supplied a creative answer that he himself hadn’t thought of. “Now, listen carefully. Last question: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?” The man thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, “I don’t know.” “Well, why don’t you go home and work on that one for a while?” said the sheriff. So the guy […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon

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Everyone affected by health care reform Health care reform may be the biggest issue currently confronting all of us. The troubles of the automobile industry are well-documented and their problems do affect each of us in some way. My father was a GM retiree, so my mother’s survivor’s benefits may be directly affected by what is happening with GM. The demise of GM’s 36th Street plant has also meant the closing of various local suppliers. Many of my clients are out of work because of GM. Not everyone, however, is directly affected by GM’s troubles. The decline of the housing industry, the collapse of the derivative products and the worldwide messiness that went with that debacle such as the corresponding banking institution failures and all of the foreclosure issues have caused heartburn among many taxpayers. Not everyone, however, is directly affected by the housing or banking industry issues. By the same token, everyone, and I do mean everyone, is affected directly by how Congress deals with the health care reform issue. All of us, from the newest baby on the block to the oldest taxpayer in America, will be affected by the bill that this Congress passes to President Obama for his signature. The bill currently on the table, called “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,” will set the tone for health care for generations to come. Some types of legislation come and go. Tax legislation, for example, is passed frequently. Each Congress and President influences the ebb and flow of tax legislation. Taxes go up, credits are increased, credits are eliminated, and deductions come and go. It happens every year. If we don’t like something in this year’s bills, we can wait a year or two and it might change. Another example is the agriculture bill that is passed every year. It is somewhat routine in nature, albeit sometimes controversial. Congress decides how much money the agricultural community will get and how it will be divided up. It happens every year. If the community doesn’t like how the money is split up in this year’s bill, they can wait a year or two, work with their lobbyists, and it might change. Somehow, I get the feeling that health care reform isn’t going to […]

Birthdays – August 22 to 28

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22nd Bernice Allen, Jeff Corstange, Dave Hone, Joan Paepke, Merri Richardson, Ginny Welch 23rd  Lori Palmer 24th Jackie Cromwell, Tom Fusee, Emily Krygier 26th Arlene Hunsberger, Keith James, Jean Ostrom, Joyce Pierson 27th Steve Palmer, Fran Wolven 28th Alyssa Armstrong, Zachary Bearinger, Meg Brennan, Zachary Hone, Pat Kinney

Konkles celebrate 50 years

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Terry and Janette Konkle of Rockford are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. The Konkles were married August 29, 1959, at the Burton Heights Methodist Church in Grand Rapids. They will celebrate the 50 years with a dinner at Grill One Eleven, the location of the Konkles’ former 20-year business, Sports Treasures, with family members and those of their wedding party who live in the area. The Konkles’ children and grandchildren are Brock Konkle and son Karson; Brent and Marcia Erickson and their children, Colin, Kelsey, Jason and Bryan; and Curtis and Brenda Konkle and their children, Daniel, Brett, Erica and Jennifer.

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