December 8 2011

Sheriff offers alert system

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In an effort to communicate with our residents about crimes and events that can impact their lives, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office is offering a new service. Community Alerts is a free service that allows citizens to register for e-mail and text messages from the sheriff’s office. Through this free service, participants can receive information about crimes, scams and other situations so that they can be more vigilant and prepared. Messages can range from wanted persons to crime patterns, to traffic situations to avoid. You can register for Kent County Community Alerts by going to, or by going to the sheriff’s department webpage at and clicking on the online service: Community Alerts. Once there, register your name, address, e-mail, text provider and the township(s) that you would like to receive information about. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office believes in partnering with its citizens to prevent and solve crime. Community Alerts, along with the sheriff’s department’s crime-mapping at, is a dual approach in keeping citizens informed, aware and prepared.  

MAIN STREET — by Roger Allen, publisher

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XXX rated The Republican presidential field has been slimming down as the candidates dig up dirt on each other. Herman Cain was shot down with surprising speed. Do you suppose that a few of the others have their fingers crossed, hoping that embarrassing episodes don’t surface? American politics has almost become free adult entertainment. The process does increase the chances that we’ll get the cleanest candidate. But remember, it doesn’t always follow that he/she will be the most competent. So far, so good We missed the big storm on the east coast that put out the lights for weeks. Now we seem to have missed the windstorm on the west coast. I have my fingers crossed. (No, not for that.) Speaking of… Speaking of the war between the sexes, here’s a woman’s point of view: “Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you’d like to have dinner with.” Logic question A fourth-grade teacher was giving her pupils a lesson in logic. “Here’s the situation,” she says. “A man is standing up in a boat in the middle of a river, fishing. He loses his balance, falls in, and begins splashing and yelling for help. His wife hears the commotion, knows he can’t swim, and runs down to the riverbank. Why do you think she ran to the bank?” A girl raised her hand and responded, “To draw out all his savings?” More logic questions • Did Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”? • If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? • When someone says, “A penny for your thoughts” and you put your two cents worth in, what happens to the other penny? • Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s stale bread to begin with. • If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? Critical analysis A retired man in New York volunteers to entertain patients in nursing homes and hospitals. Recently he went through his act at a Brooklyn hospital. He told some jokes, played his portable keyboard, and sang funny songs. In farewell, he waved and said, “I hope you get better.” One elderly […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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Repercussions of deficit reduction failure  We seem to be encountering strange occurrences today in increasing numbers. For example, in the last two years, the Rockford area has encountered epic rainfalls affecting the 100-year flood plain. The Gaylord Street neighborhood people can vouch for the amount of rain, since some of it ended up in their basements. I know that we are going through a climate change, but 100-year rains two years in a row? Climate change would also explain why we made it through all of November without having any appreciable snowfall. We will probably pay for that one later. Another example is the percentage of people, less than 10%, who are satisfied with the job that our current president and congress are doing. Their approval ratings have fallen into uncharted territory. Shame on them, but shame on us, too. After all, we elected them. Next year we get the chance to elect the president, the entire house of representatives, and a third of the senators. Perhaps there is something wrong with us if we don’t try a whole new batch of people or at least some new people. I’m hoping there are enough good people to choose from. Perhaps it’s time for a new political party as well. The current two-party system makes it almost impossible for a third party to do well, but the current two-party system just doesn’t seem to be getting the job done. Let’s call the new party the Common Sense Party. The only pledge you have to make is you will use your God-given gift of common sense to make decisions. Among the national elected officials crowd, using that gift seems to be in pretty short supply today. I know that sounds a little like a fairy tale, but I wonder if it wouldn’t work. If it’s true that about 15% of the population is hard-line Democratic and about 15% is hard-line Republican, then that leaves about 70% who might be interested in trying something else. If you believe the polls, that figure could be as high as 90%. I bet Roger Allen would be one of the first to sign up. Anyone like Roger, who has been writing a column every week for about a hundred years, just […]

BIRTHDAYS — December 10–16, 2011

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10 Chris Bauer, Karen Hone, Nolan Rice, Joshua Rodriguez 11     Gary Douthett, Amanda Peckover 12  Esther Amon, Elizabeth Thompson 13 Agnes Brown, Dick Jeruzal, Joyce Zagumny 14 Kristi Cavner, Emily Polasek III, Melanie Varano 15 Tim Aley, Cherith Spoelma 16 Ray Case, Joe Gross, Marisa Purcey

Brad’s Cleaners restores homes, offices to original state

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Hopefully you will never have to go through a smoke or water damage. However, if you do, wouldn’t it be comforting to know that there are trained professionals in your area that can promptly handle the cleanup for you? Brad’s Cleaners specializes in this type of work. They have been working for insurance companies and their policy holders since 1981, and Brad’s Cleaners understands the need to completely restore your home or office to its original state. They are fully bonded and insured, and all of their crews are uniformed and professional. They handle the entire restoration job and do it right the first time. Brad’s Cleaners, established in 1981, is a growing company offering residential, commercial and industrial cleaning and restoration services to clients in the mid-Michigan area. Their technicians are IICRC certified in fire damage, smoke damage and odor control, water damage and mold remediation, using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Their structure teams are licensed builders and certified in advanced structural drying techniques. Brad’s Cleaners strives to improve their capabilities through continuous training and certification of their employees and the use of the most modern technology and procedures. They currently employ 24 full-time certified and licensed cleaning and restoration specialists with a fleet of 16 vehicles and an ongoing list of part-time technicians and sub-contractors. Brad’s Cleaners understands the stress and hardship that a disaster can have on a family. To combat this, Brad’s will waive your insurance deductible up to $250 on any insurance claims. If the disaster is not covered by insurance, they will work with you and have payment plans available to help you through. When you are in need of carpet or furniture cleaning, furnace air duct cleaning, or an unthinkable disaster happens, you can count on Brad’s Cleaners to be there for you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember, “One call does it all.” Call Brad’s at 1-800-328-2239 or stop in and see their facility at 9410 S. Greenville Rd., Greenville, MI 48838.

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