December 10 2009

New store offers tastes of Tuscany

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Rockford keeps tasting better and better. Find out for yourself at Old World Olive Press, which opened for business Black Friday, November 27 at 65 Bridge Street. The old-world European flair of the store is like stepping into a shop in Italy, and the walls are lined with bottles of olive oil and Balsamic vinegars, but it is the taste of the products mixed together that star in this venture. Business partners and Rockford residents Shasta Fase and Cory DeLong are great fans of the flavor and health benefits of olive oils and Balsamic vinegars. Their store offers over 30 different olive oils and 15 to 20 different Balsamic vinegars, as well as a variety of rubs and sea salts. By pairing the oils with the vinegars, however, the variety of flavors for salads, marinades, dipping mixes and drizzles are nearly endless. You can even pour a blueberry oil over ice cream for a delicious and unexpected dessert. According to the pair, everyone should have a well-stocked kitchen with oils and vinegar on hand to give a European flavor to everyday meals. “We love the concept and wanted to bring it to Rockford, “said Fase, whose dream is to go to a cooking school in Italy. Shoppers can tour the world right here through the labels on Old World Olive Press products—Australia, Italy, Chile, Spain and even the United States with oils from California. “We came up with this concept through our travels,” Fase explained. ‘With the new restaurants in Rockford, we feel a store like this is a good fit.” The two love the town and want to open their business right here where they live. The Old World part of the name is a homage to the long history of Rockford, founded in the 1800s. The decor is in deference to the origins of the products. The price, $15.95 for a 375 ml bottle of either oil or vinegar, is not just simple, but affordable. The fun is in the multiple uses and tastes that can come from the pairings, which have recommendations on cards throughout the store. Cantaloupe and watermelon are good with a drizzle of the vanilla bean oil from Modena. White truffle oil is good in pasta or as a finishing oil for steak. The blood […]

A very special local Christmas concert

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Proceeds will benefit local Special Olympics Michigan athletes The holiday season is a time for giving. This holiday season several local musicians are giving back to the community by banding together. They’ll perform a concert on Dec. 14th at 7 p.m. at the Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. to help benefit Special Olympics Michigan athletes. These well known local-musicians will perform original and traditional holiday songs on the spectacular Fountain Street Church sanctuary stage to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan athletes. Some of the artists participating in the event include, The Concussions, Nobody’s Darlin’, Members of Domestic Problems, J. Oscar Bittinger and Friends, Spencer Mulder and some special surprise guests will also be on hand! This concert is a treat for all ages, so bring the whole family and enjoy the best Grand Rapids has to offer. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and children 5 or younger will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at Vertigo Music on Division, Fountain Street Church and the Special Olympics Michigan Southwest office. For more information, or to set up an interview with a musician or local athlete contact Jim Taylor at (616) 583-1202 or Special Olympics Michigan Inc. (SOMI) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Athletes build physical fitness, develop self-confidence and prepare for participation in society.

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — December 10, 2009

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Second guessing The Democrats mostly don’t like the President’s plan for the war in Afghanistan. The Republicans mostly don’t like it, either. Raise your hand if this stuff surprises you. GM = Generous Money The new head of General Motors has a salary cap of $500,000, almost $10,000 a week. Sounds like enough to buy groceries and pay the rent, which you can’t say about the incomes of lots of other Americans. He heads up a company that lost $millions, and he makes more than the President of the United States. We tax-paying citizens now own most of that company. Let’s hope he’s worth our money. GM = Generally Mental • Why do psychics have to ask you for your name? • What happens if you get scared half to death twice? • Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. • Just remember, if the world didn’t suck we’d all fall off. • How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? • This year I had the chance to do the traditional thing of shooting my own turkey for Thanksgiving. You should have seen the people scatter in the meat department. Parking I went Christmas shopping in the city the other day. I was in the store for only about five minutes. When I came out, I saw a traffic officer writing an expired parking meter ticket. So I went up to him and said, “Come on, how about giving a man a break?” He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. So I called him a pencil-necked Nazi. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for also having parked partially on the pavement. So I called him a son of a mutant pig. He finished the second ticket and put it on the car with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn’t give a darn. My car was parked around the corner. Kid joke A young boy enters a barbershop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in […]

Birthdays — December 12–18

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12th Esther Amon 13th Agnes Brown, Dick Jeruzal, Joyce Zagummy 14th Emily Polasek III 15th Tim Aley, Cherith Spoelma 16th Ray Case, Joe Gross 17th Alyce Hole, Adam Sivins 18th Charlie Johnson, Marie Norman, Marguerite Sweat, Chuck VanOeffelen

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — December 10, 2009

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Jerry Coon, Enrolled Agent Charitable contributions  As we near the end of the year, in addition to the festivities associated with the Christmas holiday, tax professionals across these United States of America are doing their best to get the word out to their clients and the tax-paying public that December 31, 2009 is, for the most part, the cut-off date to make changes that will affect the 2009 tax return. Last week I discussed the Roth IRA conversion issue. This conversion must take place by December 31 to be considered a part of the 2009 tax return. In a previous week, I discussed the sales tax deduction available for purchasing a new vehicle. This vehicle must be purchased by December 31 to get that sales tax deduction on this year’s tax return. For taxpayers who are paying real estate property taxes, the treasurer of the collecting agency must stamp the property taxes as paid in 2009 for them to be deductible on the 2009 tax return. I bring that up because not all township offices are open daily. Don’t wait until 5 p.m. on December 31 to drop off a check at the township office and expect it to be stamped as received on December 31, especially if the office closes at noon. Don’t mail a check on December 31, expect it to be delivered on January 4 and still be marked as paid as of December 31 just because it has a December 31 postmark. As a courtesy, in both of these scenarios, the treasurer may stamp it as paid in 2009 because it was in the drop-off box before midnight or was mailed before January 1, but why depend upon the treasurer’s courtesy for a deduction? Take the time to bring the payment into the office during regular business hours and get the receipt stamped or mail the check so it is received at the offices before the end of the year. Last year, I discussed that strange court case in Texas concerning charitable contributions. A couple’s return was audited for charitable contributions and the deductions were disallowed even though the couple had checks to prove every cent of their deduction. The one piece of information they were missing at the audit was […]

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