July 26 2012

Reading Rocks receives national recognition at Library of Congress

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The Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival is just entering its fourth year, but this toddler has already gained many accolades for helping spread the message of how important reading is. The Rockford Rotary Club, Rockford Public Schools and the Kent District Library (KDL) have joined impressive forces to promote the joy of reading for all ages during this annual event. Sue Bodenner, along with Ryan Kelley, fellow Rotarians, co-organize the event. The one-day annual literacy event is a wonderful way for families to share the joy of reading with fun activities, published authors, a parade, entertainment and writing workshops. But the event also carries a deeper goal: to enable those less fortunate to receive the building blocks to a better education through reading. Reading Rocks has accomplished that goal in a big way. It has been designated as one of two recipients of a $2,500 award from the Pearson Foundation for the wonderful project. Reading Rocks competed against hundreds of programs for this prestigious recognition. They will also receive 1,000 books from We Give Books to a nonprofit organization of Reading Rocks’ choosing. “The Pearson Foundation award is an unexpected blessing that comes from one good thing after another happening between the Rockford Rotary and members of the Rockford Public Schools who are also connected to the Kent Reading Council, a local chapter of the International Reading Association,” said Kathy Munger, member of the Reading Rocks steering committee. “The application focused on the description of the Reading Rocks in Rockford reading festival and included a literacy vision for the future,” said Kelley. “Promoting the joy of reading is the mission statement of the festival, and we’re grateful to the Foundation for realizing the benefits in motivating children and adults to read for enjoyment.” Bodenner and Munger, received a congratulatory letter in July. Representatives of the Pearson Foundation congratulated them and stated, “Literacy transforms the lives of individuals and strengthens the health of a community. Your work to promote literacy is invaluable, and Rotary International and IRA are honored that you have shared your hard work and dedication.” The award will be presented September 7 in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress by Pearson Foundation for National Literacy Day. Please watch for next week’s […]

BIRTHDAYS — July 21–August 3

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21 Scott Bell, Janet Young 22 Ronna Lynn Fleming, Richard Tolley, David Zimmer 23 Helen Brinkman, Ron Denhof, Georgia Donovan, Frank D Hamlin, Elden Hunsberger, Brian Meester, Charlie Robinson 25 DariAnne Draugalis, Joann Spitler, Heidi Stasiukinas, Lucille Vickers 26 Gabriel Reed, Ashley Rinbelt, Marge Spears, Marie Spendow 27 Dan Callender, Marilyn DeKruif 28 Joe Sharpe 29 Faith Figger, Tammy Hills, Barb Palazzolo, Ron Priebe 30 Stuart Cavner 31 Gail Des Noyers, Jim Shripka, Oma Werner AUGUST 1 Katharine Laage, Jackie Phillips, Millie Post, Daniel Young 2 Gail Butterfield, Jackie Cook, Aaron Dionne, Mary Eadie, Andrew Gauss, Vera Paepke 3 Sally Waite

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Everybody talks about it We sure got weather from Mother Nature last week. A week ago our shoes were melting and grass was burned to a crisp. Then, believe it or not, we got rain off and on for a few days. The farmers in Iowa would sell their kids for rain. After a nice day in the 50s, we were back into the 90s. We’re not out of the woods yet. We still have more summer ahead of us, and, according to climate experts, a warm fall. We’re still very short of rain. It may come, but may not. Drinking lots of water and staying inside with A/C fends off personal discomfort but doesn’t stop worries about the nation’s crops. Come fall, those tall house plants people set in living room corners may be the only corn left alive. Smart If lawyers can be debarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that laundry workers could decrease, eventually even becoming depressed and depleted? Bed makers could be debunked, baseball players debased, landscapers deflowered, bulldozer operators degraded. Software engineers, of course, could be detested, and even music composers eventually decompose. Pretty smart Selling at an auction was halted when the auctioneer announced, “Someone in the room has lost his wallet containing $2,000. He is offering a reward of $500 for its immediate return.” After a moment of silence, there was a call from the back of the room, “$550.” Not so smart A friend reports: I saw a lady at work today inserting a credit card into her PC disk slot and pulling it out quickly. I asked what she was doing. She said she was shopping on the Internet and they asked for a credit card number, so she was using her computer’s ATM thingy. Blonde A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs. One night he’s doing a show in a small town in Arkansas. With his dummy on his knee, he’s going through his usual dumb blonde jokes when a blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and starts shouting: “I’ve heard enough of your stupid blonde jokes. What does the color of a person’s hair have to do with her worth as a human being? It’s guys like you who […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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A nonpartisan solution I recently attended a conference for Money Concepts, the broker dealer firm that I am associated with for the financial planning portion of my business. One of the speakers was Dan Greenwell, a very successful and longtime associate in the Money Concepts system from Money Concept’s Kentucky Bluegrass Region. Dan titled his talk “What’s Next?” It centered on what we need to do to succeed in the future not only in the financial planning business but also in life in general. The first portion of the speech involved Dan’s advice that we must be prepared to embrace change. He also gave his recommendations on the actions to take to benefit from those changes. The second portion of the speech was a little more emotional. Dan gave us the four life principles that he learned from his father. His father was a successful businessman who died of a heart attack at age 63. He ran his business, the largest tire dealership in the five-state Kentucky area, and also his life, using the following four principles as his guide. These four were the principal reasons for his success. First, always do what is best for the client. Ultimately, what is best for the client will be best for you. Second, always tell the truth. It’s the only way you won’t forget what you told to someone in the first place. Truer words were never spoken. Third, if you borrow money, pay it back. Dave Ramsey would have loved Dan’s dad. Fourth, integrity is the only thing you take with you to the grave. Your money stays here. Your cars, your business, your house, your boat, your motorcycle, your friends, and your relatives all stay. Your reputation and your integrity, however, do live on in the sense of how people remember your life and time spent here. Those won’t help you either as you approach the pearly gates for that day of reckoning. However, on this earth, I believe one of the finest tributes that can be given to someone is to say he or she is and was a person of integrity. I didn’t know Dan’s dad, but I do know Dan, and he has the type of reputation that we all hope to […]


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Honest commitment to Cannon Township   Honest commitment to Cannon township Dear Editor, There are over 100 volunteers who serve Cannon Township. They serve on the road, sewer, law enforcement, cemetery and recreation committees. Some serve on the Bear Creek Watershed Council, participate in our biannual stream study, or help with Waterfest. Many volunteer to help keep the Cannon Trail clean. Some serve as precinct inspectors (election workers). If you wish to be involved in Cannon Township, there are many ways to help. In my opinion, these residents who give of their time to make things better in Cannon Township are the ones who are truly committed to Cannon. Bonnie Shupe Blackledge Cannon Township Clerk Reader supports Carozza for Cannon Township Board Dear Editor, My comments regard printed comments in last week’s Squire, which ended with “that’s integrity?” in regards to Ken Carozza and another candidate. I have known Ken for many years as a neighbor and been in a small group from church with him and his wife, where he served as group leader. I’ve known him to give wise council and conduct himself with integrity. It was said: “only a few [of his] endorsers live in Cannon Township.” His list of 123 campaign endorsers includes 83 from Cannon Township. He also brings a wide variety of business experience, including Instructor in Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Business Ethics at Cornerstone University, besides being a pastor. Ron Jacobson Cannon Township resident Carozza responds to reader letter Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Jon Coretti’s critique of July19, I would like to say that I am honored by the endorsements of U.S. Senate candidate Randy Hekman, Grand Rapids Community College trustees Dick Stewart and Rich Ryskamp, M.D., as well as former State Rep. Jack Horton. It appears Mr. Coretti fails to grasp the nature of endorsements. It is not necessary for an endorser to be in the same voting district in order to confer approbation. This is common practice in local, state and national races. But more revealing is Mr. Corretti’s charge that my commit2cannon.org website endorsement list includes “only a few” that live in Cannon Township. Over 80 Cannon Township residents are listed as endorsers on my webpage, which is more than “a few” and […]

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