August 23 2012

Area quilter exhibiting work in International Quilting Competition

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A Rockford area quilter has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2012 AQS Quilt Show & Contest, August 22-25, 2012, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids. Lou Wolf Vallance has been chosen to display the quilt, Planet Decimated, along with 357 others in the first year of this annual contest. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Grand Rapids, awarding first-, second- and third-place prizes in five categories, along with five overall awards. Winners will be announced prior to the opening of the show, at 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22 in the Exhibit Hall at the DeVos Place Convention Center. Cash awards totaling more than $44,000 will be granted, with prizes including $10,000 for the Best of Show and $5,000 each for the Best Hand, Machine, and Longarm Workmanship. Regardless of how Planet Decimated places in the final judging, all semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 20,000 people. AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder said, “We are all excited to display these beautiful works of art at our first AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids. Those attending the show will enjoy seeing the creativity and technical skills of these quiltmakers.” Quilts were entered in this international contest from 40 U.S. states and six other countries. The quilt artists employ a wide variety of techniques and design methods ranging from traditional designs, such as the Log Cabin and Lone Star, to original painted and embellished motifs. The American Quilter’s Society hosts four shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Grand Rapids show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Paducah, Ky., Des Moines, Iowa, and Lancaster, Pa. For more information, please go to

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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In a June 28, 2012 commentary, Jack McHugh of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently analyzed what the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) means to the average American. To quote Mr. McHugh: “For Americans, the world has changed. What do the law’s provisions mean for you? For starters, employer-provided insurance is an endangered species. For political reasons, the penalty the law imposes on employers who don’t provide insurance was made much lower than the cost of insurance, which will now be much higher due to the law’s insurance policy coverage mandates. This means it will make much more sense for employers to just drop their coverage and let employees go to the government ‘exchange’ for insurance.” This is just Mr. McHugh’s opinion, of course. However, after reviewing several columns written by a variety of public policy experts, I have come to the conclusion that Mr. McHugh and the others are most likely correct. ACA was meant to provide a structure and incentive for the 30-50 million taxpayers who don’t currently have health care insurance to buy insurance. The structure is the state-run exchange system with policies that appear to be similar to today’s Health Savings Accounts. The incentive is the federal subsidy that will keep the policy costs affordable. For example, a family of four with earnings of $50,000 will receive a subsidy of approximately 76% of the policy cost. A net cost of 24% may be hard to pass up. As confirmed by the Supreme Court, taxpayers will either buy insurance or they will be penalized. The subsidies will help to guarantee most will buy insurance. It appears there won’t be many individual penalties assessed. What employer “penalty” then is Mr. McHugh referring to in his commentary? Currently, there are approximately 170 million taxpayers with employer-paid group insurance. For small employers with less than 50 employees, there are no penalties for not providing health insurance to their employees. With the advent of the exchanges, it may make financial sense for these small employers to drop their insurance, encourage all of their employees to go to the exchanges, and perhaps offer to pay their employee’s unsubsidized policy amount. For employers with 50 or more employees, the decision to drop or not provide […]

BIRTHDAYS – August 25–31

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24 Reece Andrejczak (missed last week) 26 Raina Glanzman, Arlene Hunsberger, Keith James, Jean Ostrom, Joyce Pierson 27 Brenda McWaters, Steve Palmer, Fran Wolven 28 Alyssa Armstrong, Zachary Bearinger, Meg Brennan, Zachary Hone, Ken Kiel, Pat Kinney, Amanda Klein 29 Matthew Barton, Robert Hevia-Carter, Chad Elder, Russ Osbun 30 Courtney Corvers, Carly Glanzman, Joanne Polasek 31 Paul Bartlett Sr., Rob Brinkman, Scot Hay, Kelly McLellan, Michael Reeds, Ken Rowley, Jared Smigiel, Bob Tidey

WEDDINGS — Ulanski-Mehrtens

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Michael Andrew Ulanski of Rockford and Anne Katherine Mehrtens of Zeeland were united in marriage on August 10 in Suttons Bay. The groom is the son of Marty and Nancy Ulanski and the bride is the daughter of Gary and Kathy Mehrtens. Michael and Anne are graduates of Grand Valley State University. Michael is employed by Stryker Medical and Anne is a registered nurse at Spectrum Health.

OBITUARIES — Mrs. Virginia L. Maccombs

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Maccombs Mrs. Virginia L. Maccombs, age 87, of Rockford passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Virginia was born in Rockford, was a lifelong resident of Rockford, and inherited a great passion for Rockford history from her father. She had a profound love for nature and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others, especially children. She could strike up a conversation with anyone. Virginia was artistic, enjoyed painting, drawing, designing her own cards and personal greetings, and writing volumes of poetry. Her husband, Capt. Robert Maccombs, died while serving his country during the Korean War. Her parents, Homer and Louisa Burch, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Pamela (Donald) McGrath; grandson, Robert McGrath; many devoted and loyal cousins and friends. The service for Virginia was Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Area Historical Society, PO Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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