February 11 2010

Rockford Register — February 11, 2010

February 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Thursday, February 11 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. Our district governor will be visiting this meeting. For more information, contact Dianna Van Antwerp at (616) 866-1760. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Friday–Saturday, February 12–13 Adult Comedy “For Marrieds Only”—by J. Thomas Graham, presented at 7:30 p.m. at Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs. Tickets available at the door for $10. Advance tickets are $8, available at (616) 696-7469, Independent Bank, Chase Bank, Cedar Springs Public Library, or Soul Infusions. Not suitable for children under 14; contains adults content and situations. Saturday, February 13 Rockford’s 2010 Sweetheart Splash!—1 p.m. downtown Rockford at the dam. Watch friends, family and coworkers take the leap into the icy/warm waters of the Rogue River! Watch for area businesses’ specials! The Black & Blue Ball—7 p.m. to midnight at Sparta Moose Lodge #50, 1510 N. Division Ave., Sparta, presented by Moose On Bikes (the M.O.B.). All proceeds to benefit Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding. Cost is $10 donation, or $15 per couple; tickets available at the door. Enjoy live music by OTC, food, dancing, raffles and fun! Sunday, February 14 Breakfast—8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Monday, February 15 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, with a Mobile Food Pantry providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-1556. Tuesday, February 16 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. Sunday, February 21 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Sunday–Friday, February 22–26 Keeping Our Kids Safe—8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kent County Sheriff’s Office, 701 […]

A Message for You — February 11, 2010

February 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

God meets you at the bottom by JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church Jesus begins his famous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) with the words, “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Next comes “Blessed are those who mourn”, then “blessed are the meek”, and then “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”. All four of these opening “blesseds” are for people who don’t have the resources to make it happen. They don’t have the ability or power to make life work. They need help. Jesus points out that God stands with them. We would never say these are blessed from our culture’s perspective. We would say, “blessed are the celebrities” (for they get to walk the red carpet), or “blessed are the wealthy” (for they eat regularly at fancy restaurants), or “blessed are the healthy” (for they have killer abs). Let’s be honest. If you don’t have the resources to make it happen, we don’t think you are blessed. So why does Jesus say they are blessed? Because, there is blessing in being at the end of yourself. In fact, from Jesus’ perspective, the person who is not blessed is the person who says,” Thanks, but no thanks, God. I’ve got it covered. I can handle it.” Are you feeling like you have come to the end of your ability or resources? Then God has you just where he wants you. You are ready to ask him for help. In fact, you might have a bunch of money and still be in that end-of-your-resources position. We are ready to cry out to God when we realize we can’t do it without him.  God meets us at the bottom. As the Bible says, “But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Want to talk about it? Feel free to email me – jonhuiz@iserv.net God meets you at the bottom by JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church Jesus begins his famous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) with the words, “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Next comes “Blessed are those who mourn”, then “blessed are the meek”, and then […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — February 11, 2010

February 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Words on tax refunds   The tax season is well under way. As is usually the case, each tax season takes on a flavor of its’ own. Some tax seasons are known as early filing tax seasons. Everyone’s refund seems to be large and they want it today. We find that some seasons have so many changes that affect their tax returns; it seems that people put off filing their returns and the season becomes known as a late filing season. Neither of those scenarios applies to this year. Allow me to make an observation about this year. Even though it was projected that refunds would be smaller or non-existent this year; so far that doesn’t seem to be totally the case. Some taxpayers are getting smaller refunds than they expected but others are being pleasantly surprised by the size of their refunds. It’s been an orderly tax season with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Michigan efficiently processing the returns as they are submitted. No big technical snafus have taken place. As always, there are one or two legislative changes put into place that effect many returns. This year, we are seeing many taxpayers taking advantage of the return of the Residential Energy Credit and the upgrade of the Hope Education Tuition Tax Credit (HOTC) to the new American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). Much has been written about the Residential Energy Credit but I have not read much about the American Opportunity Tax Credit. It’s really a misnomer to say the AOTC upgraded the HETC. It totally replaced the credit. Since so many taxpayers claim the tuition tax credit on their returns, I’m going to hit the high points and the differences between this year and the past years.  First, the Hope Credit resulted in a maximum of $1,800 credit, none of which was refundable. The American Opportunity Tax Credit can result in a maximum credit of $2,500. 40 percent of the credit, up to $1,000 is refundable. This is a huge change. Many taxpayers paying tuition in past years zeroed out their tax liability without using the full $1,800 of credit. Now, they will at least get 40 percent as a refundable amount. Second, the HOTC credit was based only on […]

Stories of Excellence unveiled at RPS ceremony

February 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

  It has been nearly a decade since Rockford Public Schools (RPS), Douglas Photography and The Rockford Squire newspaper have teamed up to recogonize special students. Over the years their stories have been moving and inspirational. This year is no exception. Examples in Excellence, Rockford Students Making A Difference, a supplement to the Squire was unveiled Monday, February 8. Find your copy in this issue, pick one up at the Rockford Public Schools administrative building on Main Street or at the Squire at 331 Northland Drive. Each RPS school has selected one student based on their strength of character to be included in this once-a-year program. One youngster underwent open heart surgery this school year. Another has started her own non-profit organization to help the homeless to stay warm. It was standing room only during the ceremony as parents, siblings, grandparents, school staff and the Rockford Board of Education honored the students. Dr. Shibler, Rockford Superintendent, said he values the group effort this program requires. “I am so proud of the partnershipRockford Public Schools has with the Squire and Douglas Photography,” he said. “It is a tribute to our community and families that we have students such as these.” Examples in Excellence is possible because of the advertisers who support the program. Please take time to thank the ones you know and visit the ones you don’t. If you know the students in this year’s Example in Excellence, be sure to congratulate them  on this great honor.

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