July 30 2009

Grand Cakes is now open

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The long-awaited cake bakery is baking up a storm. Grand Cakes, 124 Courtland St., downtown Rockford, offers free coffee every morning, warm scones, soft cookies, chewy brownies, coffee cake, whole or slices of cakes and pies, cupcakes, huge muffins, ice cream cakes, and cheesecakes by the slice, too. The bakery also offers cake pan rentals, cake supplies, and chocolate fountain rentals. Their Cake of the Month Club offers a special cake each month. Kids can have cupcake birthday parties on Saturday afternoons or Sundays and Mondays. Grand Cakes is kicking off their grand opening by offering a contest. Any bride who places a wedding cake order for next year will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a lady’s engagement wedding ring set. The set is 14 karat yellow gold and contains a marquise-shaped major diamond and 14 baguette-shaped diamonds. The drawing will be held January 1, 2010, and the winner will be announced at the bakery. The appraisal value is $750 and the ring set is on display at Grand Cakes. A free wedding photo album is also being given to each bride. Grand Cakes is locally owned and operated by Tracy Webber, a 28-year Rockford resident with two years of college culinary experience who has “baked all my life,” she says. The bakery is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Saturday afternoons and Sundays and Mondays are reserved for parties and wedding consultations, and are by appointment only. For more information about Grand Cakes, visit www.grandcakes.com, e-mail to grandcakes@comcast.net, or call (616) 866-2292 or (616) 481-0398. Webber says, “Please stop by, even if just for the smell of it!”

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – July 30, 2009

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  Bonus? I just heard that one of the brokers, to whom we gave millions of dollars, is paying bonuses of $800,000 to some of their employees! Seems like they didn’t need that bail-out money after all. The company made a few billion dollars in the second quarter of the year. By the end of the year, maybe they can lend the U.S. Treasury a few billion. We could use it. If they made that kind of money, in this economy, those employees must be doing a whale of a job selling something! Do you get the feeling that somebody is getting ripped off? Besides us, I mean.   Dumping Canada has been sending their trash to Michigan, and now the Governor wants to get felons from California prisons sent to Michigan. If we have to be a dumping ground, I’d rather it was watermelon or avocados than garbage and prisoners!   Dog tired An older, tired looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.” The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with six children, two under the age of 3—he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?” Advice Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night. People who want to share their religious views with you almost […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon – July 30, 2009

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Do you qualify for the First Time Homebuyer credit? There are some government programs that seem to generate more and more questions. The federal First Time Homebuyer Program is one of those programs. The fact that there is $8,000 in totally refundable dollars at stake might have something to do with creating questions. Taxpayers are trying to fit home purchases into the credit. Some of those purchases do not qualify while some do qualify, but a particular scenario was not considered when the law was enacted and now requires some explanation. Let’s go over some of those instances where the credit is in question. The questions can be grouped in two groups. The first group concerns questions of whether the taxpayer is considered a first-time homebuyer. Did the taxpayer own or constructively own a home within the past two years? Seems like a straight-forward question, but it really isn’t. The second group of questions concerns the purchase. Who did the taxpayer buy the home from or jointly with, and does it qualify for the credit? The first group of questions comes up in conjunction with the requirement that in order to be considered a first-time homebuyer, the taxpayer must not have owned a personal residence for the past two years. For example, a taxpayer owns a personal residence, but five years ago converted that house to a rental when the taxpayer moved into a rented apartment. The taxpayer still owns the rental. Does the taxpayer qualify for the credit even though he/she still owns the prior residence? The Internal Revenue Service says that because the taxpayer did convert the prior residence more than three years ago and has not used the rental as a residence for even one day within the previous three years, he/she does qualify for the credit. Another example involves married taxpayers. A husband and wife have been separated for the last five years and file separate tax returns. The husband has not owned a house during the previous three years. The wife currently has owned and currently occupies a residence. Can the husband claim the credit because they filed separate tax returns, maintain separate households, and he has not owned a residence for the last three years? The IRS says that […]

Obituaries – July 30, 2009

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Longhurst Donna Jeanne Hart Longhurst, age 79, of Rockford peacefully left us July 27, 2009. Donna will be deeply missed by her husband of 61 years, James E. Longhurst; her children, Randy (Rachel) Longhurst, Marie (Lynn) Farrance, Keith Longhurst and partner Marie Schultz; grandchildren, Jason (Andrea) Longhurst, Krystin (Jacob) Sponsler, Lindsey (Andrew) Maki, Ashley Farrance; great-grandchildren, Issac, Kayla, Gaberial, Skyler and Christian; and her dear four-legged companion, Sophie. Donna will be lovingly remembered for her bright sense of humor, generous nature, love of family, and hugs she gave to everyone to express her appreciation and love. In her early years she enjoyed her work with her family on their 4-H fair projects, country living, traveling, bowling with friends, history and reading. Bird-watching was a favorite, but seeing the busy hummingbirds brought her the most joy. The Longhurst family would like to express their deepest appreciation to their thoughtful neighbors and the entire Spectrum Health Hospice team for their wonderful support and guidance. The service for Mrs. Longhurst will be Thursday afternoon, July 30, 2009, at 1:00 at Pederson Funeral Home with Chaplain Susan Cleveland officiating. Interment will be in Courtland Township Cemetery. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Spectrum Health Hospice, 4500 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. The family will greet relatives and friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Bailey  Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Bailey, age 83, of Rockford passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday, July 24, 2009, surrounded at home by his loving family. While attending Rockford High School, Jerry lettered in football, baseball and basketball and still held a part-time job at the Kroger Store. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1944, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a seaman first class on the USS John A. Bole (DD 755) during WWII. He graduated from Albion College and worked as an insurance adjuster. Later he represented several real estate companies as an agent. Jerry enjoyed golfing, bowling, working crossword puzzles, and playing a good card game. He was an avid reader, enjoying biographies and books about politics. Jerry was a life member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American […]

Wolverine World Wide Inc. declares quarterly dividend

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The directors of Wolverine World Wide Inc. (NYSE: WWW) have recently declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on November 2, 2009, to stockholders of record on October 1, 2009. The dividend is equal to the last quarterly dividend and reflects an indicated annual dividend of $0.44 per share.

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