December 23 2010

BIRTHDAYS — December 25–31, 2010

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25th Chris Broyles, Tom Combs, Nancee DeVogel, Myrtle Jacobson, Steve Karloski, Sean Priebe, Dick Ziomkowski  26th Conor Reed, Stephanie Varady 27th Kaylee Hackbardt, Joan Harding, Shirley Martin, Rachel Sargent  28th Kevin Bartlett, Tina Brokman, Navey Van Horn, Kelly Schluckebier  31st Retha Karasiewicz, , Devinie DeZeeuw

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Bush Tax Cuts extended two years   One of the reasons I enjoy writing this article for The Rockford Squire is they graciously allow me to write about areas other than income tax. I have taken advantage of that graciousness to write about a variety of subjects such as fishing in Canada, hunting in Marion, attending sprint car races in Iowa, and traveling with my family to various places around the United States. I do try to use those other topics to segue into the tax world. Sometimes that is a bit of a challenge. As many of you know, I got involved in a different type of challenge this fall. I ran for election to the Rockford City Council. The campaign had its fun moments, but it was hard work also. However, I was successful. I was elected on November 9, and have now attended two council meetings. It has been interesting. I have found that there are many activities going on in the City, including large projects such as Wolverine’s Tannery project and the 10 Mile Corridor project; smaller ones such as the extending of the Nature Trail Boardwalk and working with the Chamber of Commerce on the Santa Parade; and day-to-day activities such as keeping the snow cleared and maintaining the wells for the city water. I am quite impressed with how Michael Young, our city manager, manages all of those projects. After discussing various topics with him and seeing him in action, it is easy to see that we are fortunate to have him as our city manager. I realize his middle name is not Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, but Michael seems to have made and does make many correct decisions. He runs an efficient ship and has put together a great staff that works well together. Longevity is one of the keys to being efficient and, as I found out at the staff’s Christmas party, there is much longevity at Rockford. Michael is celebrating his 15th year as our city manager. Derek Haan, Michael Miller and Chris Bedford are celebrating their 20th years. Jamie Davies, David Robinson and Jeff Dood are in their 10th years, and Greg Young is in his fifth year of working on the […]

ROCKFORD REGISTER — December 23, 2010

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Thursday, Dec. 23 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.  Tuesday, Dec. 28 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.  Saturday, January 1 Annual Kent County Christmas Bird Count—hosted by the Grand Rapids Audubon Club. Birders of all skill levels are invited to participate. For details, please visit For inquiries, contact Ranger Steve at or by calling (616) 696-1753.  Monday, January 3 Blood Drive—noon to 7 p.m. at Rockford Area Donor Site, Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street, Rockford.  Tuesday, January 4 Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This nonprofit support group—affiliated with American Heart Association—offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395.  Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.  Wednesday, January 5 Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment. Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 The Capitol Steps—8 p.m. at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium, presented by the Rockford Education Foundation. The Capitol Steps is an evening of ribald cutting edge political satire. Don’t miss out. Get your tickets early. For more information or ticket purchase (reserved seating) contact the REF office at (616) 863-6317 or visit their […]

Local chiropractor collecting for servicemen and women

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Vorpi Chiropractic is collecting items for two of our local service folks who are serving over in the “Big Sand Box.” A few items that they are requesting are regular Slim Jims, cherry Chapstick, small hand lotions, DVDs, books (mystery, sci-fi and comedies), magazines, microwave kettle corn popcorn, drink packets for water, Cherry Pull ‘n Peel Twizzlers, baby wipes, regular Jolly Ranchers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, plain ground coffee (not flavored), and instant hot cocoa packets. Please drop off any of these items at the Vorpi Chiropractic office this week and they will get them shipped overseas. The chiropractic office also has beautiful glass ornaments for sale ($15) that are a benefit for Women at Risk International. Ninety percent of the sale price goes to help empower women at risk of slavery and human trafficking. Vorpi Chiropractic P.C. is located at 11741 Cedar Rock Drive NE in Rockford.


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Christmas by PASTOR JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church  Luke chapter 2, verses 8-12, read: “8—And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9—An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10—But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11—Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12—This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’” Retailers are good advertisers, aren’t they? God is pretty good, too. He announced the coming into the world of his son, the Son of God, in big ways. One of them is the above-described appearance to shepherds by an angel. Very striking. Very attention-getting. A comment about angels: In the Bible, the human reaction to an angel is usually that of the shepherds, fear. Our picture of angels as cute, pudgy babies with wings doesn’t quite do them justice. This angel is majestic and scary. He has to tell people “do not be afraid.” Just something to keep in mind in case you bump into one someday. More to the point, this Bible excerpt reports what God has to say about Christmas: Jesus’ birth is good news which creates joy. It is the celebration of a Savior for the world’s people. Jesus is worthy of the titles “Messiah” and “Lord.” Messiah means anointed one and refers to the earlier Bible promises that God would send this person. Lord refers to one having authority or power. If Jesus really is all those things, you can love him or hate him, but you can’t ignore him. You need to decide what you will do with him. God is not playing hard to get. He is shouting to us from the hill tops! Are you ready and willing to receive Jesus as your “Lord”? If I can help you sort that out, send me e-mail at

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