January 29 2009

Rockford Skis in Tight Competition

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Area ski teams have been braving the exceptionally cold weather with the Cannonsburg Slalom Championship on Friday, Jan. 16, and GGRHS varsity race number two on Tuesday night, Jan. 20. Teams and fans from around the Grand Rapids region braved the single digit temperatures for these exciting competitions. In the Cannonsburg Slalom Championship race, racers competed against others in their age or ability class for the opportunity to earn one of the top three spots and permanent recognition on the perpetual trophy at the ski area. The top finishers for Rockford were Michael Dix in seventh place overall and second place in the Open Men’s Division, Taylor Noakes for eighth place overall and second place in the Sophomore Men’s Division, Julie Daukss with ninth place overall and first place in the Open Women’s Division, John Milewski with 10th place overall and third place in the Junior Men’s Division, and Carly Funk in 29th place overall and third place in the Sophomore Women’s Division. Casey Hefferan also had an outstanding race and placed 15th overall. For the varsity race on Tuesday night, Grand Haven once again dominated the competition, winning the women’s slalom with 23 points, followed by Forest Hills Central with 46 points, and Forest Hills Northern and Rockford each with 76 points. Grand Haven women also won in the giant slalom (GS) event with 35 points, followed by Forest Hills Central and Rockford, each with 55 points. Grand Haven’s men also won the GS event with 26 points, followed by East Grand Rapids with 34 points and Rockford with 54. In a tighter competition, the slalom event, East Grand Rapids won with 24 points, followed by Grand Haven with 30 and Rockford with 38. On an individual level, Rockford sophomore Daukss led the region in both events with a first-place finish in both slalom and giant slalom, skiing a full two seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Daukss was backed by Kristyn Macqueen, who placed 14th in slalom and 18th in GS, Funk with sixth in GS, Bethany Hicks with 28th in slalom, and Meredith Buelken with 33rd in slalom and 30th in GS. Ally Schneiter was just outside of scoring range in GS with 33rd place. Other area skiers finishing in top positions […]

Ray of Hope in Depths of Winter

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by PASTOR MIKE CONKLIN Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church Here we are, in the middle of a January that will not have the traditional (I think it’s traditional) January thaw. I heard that this is the first time in 24 years that this has happened. I like January thaws. They give us a ray of hope in the deepest part of winter, an indicator that it will not always be cold, snowy and all brown and white. The days seemed more profoundly dismal to me because, as you might guess, I am not a winter sports person. Golf balls simply disappear in four feet of snow. And yet it hasn’t all been darkness, gloom and cold. There were days, deeply cold days, that were marked by bright, clear, blue skies and bright sunshine all day long. It was all that I needed to clear the cobwebs and make the day “right.” In truth, that is all that we really need in those winter times in our lives, too – just a ray of hope in the winter’s chill. The world and the society we live in is often marked by confusion, restlessness, unease and despair. Yet all it takes is a ray of hope in the midst of it, and our world is transformed. We often feel like the character in John Updike’s Pigeon Feathers: “He detested the apparatus of piety. Fusty churches, creaking hymns, ugly Sunday-school teachers and their stupid leaflets – he hated everything about them, but the promise they held out.” In the depths of this winter, with unemployment at record highs, with people struggling just to make it through the cold times, with the world in turmoil, we find that we are a people captured by more than a ray of hope. There is a sunburst of promise and hope in the fact that God has put us here, in this place, at this time – together. As faith communities, we are too often divided along denomination and cultural lines that have more meaning for us than they do for God. But in God’s economy and God’s geography, we are bound together by a common hope, a ray of sunshine in the dark winter: “So faith, hope and love abide, these three,” […]

Classifieds – January 29, 2009

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HELP WANTED Administrative Assistant – Part-time, 30 hours, M-F. Excellent people skills, MS Office Suite knowledge, database skills required. Please send resume and wage requirements to Rockford Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 520, Rockford, MI 49341 or e-mail to: brenda@rockfordmichamber.com. (616) 866-2000. b5 Client Service Manager: The North Kent Service Center is seeking a 20-hour-per-week front desk receptionist. People skills, phone skills, computer skills, and organizational skills a must. The ability to speak Spanish would be an asset. Resumes will be accepted through February 6, 2009. They can be dropped off, mailed, or faxed to NKSC, 10075 Northland Drive NE, Rockford, MI 49431 or fax to (616) 866-1966. Please, no calls. b5 CAREERS IN REAL ESTATE. Discover the unlimited opportunities of a career in the exciting field of real estate. Learn about license requirements, training, technology, earnings potential, choosing a company and much more. Real estate offers an entrepreneurial, independent opportunity to earn an excellent income with minimal investment. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434 for a private consultation. b5 Assisted Living. Looking for a resident manager to care for elderly. Must have experience with dementia. Please call (616) 862-6712. btfn JOB OPPORTUNITY – Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job. The Cedar Springs Post Newspaper has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our company team. Not boring. Commission means you can make your own salary, depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Benefits available. If interested, send resume to superman49@charter.net, or fax to (616) 696-9010, or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. ftfn ADVERTISING SALES – Unlimited income potential. Commission- and territory-based sales position available for local newspaper. No experience necessary, but helpful; will train. Come work in a fun and exciting environment! E-mail resume to: squiremail@aol.com (put SALES POSITION in subject line), or call Beth at (616) 866-4465. ftfn 100 workers needed to assemble crafts, wood items. Materials provided. $480 plus per week. Free information package. Call 24 hours (801) 428-4613. p5 FOR SALE One stair-stepper, and one abdominal strengthener, very good condition. One pair of men’s size 10-1/2 roller blades, rarely used. Call (616) […]

EITC Receivers get Extra Credit

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by JERRY COON Incredibly enough, our Michigan legislature is giving a credit on this year’s tax return that it can ill afford. Michigan’s tax revenues are decreasing by the minute and in approximately the same proportion that the unemployment rate is increasing. However, they have still found it in their hearts to give out a very large tax break. Starting this year, all taxpayers receiving a federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are going to also receive a refundable credit on their Michigan tax return equal to 10% of the federal EITC. I didn’t realize the Treasury had several millions of dollars in a rainy day fund in Lansing just waiting to be refunded as tax returns are filed. In fact, if what they are telling us is true, they don’t have several millions of dollars in any fund anywhere. The reality of the situation is that this refunded money is most likely going to cause some other program to be shorted. I’m doing a little complaining here because I’m afraid our schools might just be the ones that could get shorted, and that is just not right. In any event, the rules are the rules and I will get off my soap box. This particular rule says taxpayers who receive a federal EITC will receive an additional 10% credit on their Michigan tax return. So be it. In that light, what I really need to discuss, then, is how someone qualifies for the federal EITC. There are three sets of requirements. The first set of requirements applies to all taxpayers who wish to claim the EITC. The second set applies to taxpayers who do not have qualifying children. The third set applies to taxpayers with qualifying children. The requirements that apply to all taxpayers are as follows. The first and most important requirement is the taxpayers must have earned income. For those filing single, head of household, or as a qualifying widower with no qualifying dependents, the income range (IR) to receive a credit ranges from $1 up to $12,880. For those with one dependent, the IR is from $1 up to $33.995. For those with two or more dependents, the IR is from $1 up to $39,646. For taxpayers who file using the […]

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