July 9 2009

Sen. Jansen, Comcast, volunteers build ramp in Rockford

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First MMAP project completed, providing greater independence for local woman A Kent County woman and her family have greater independence thanks to the Michigan Mobility & Accessibility Partnership (MMAP). A group of dedicated volunteers July 6 constructed a wheelchair-accessible ramp at the home of Lori B. in Rockford, the first of five such scheduled builds this summer. “Being able to freely come and go from your own home is something many of us take for granted,” said Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “By joining forces with Comcast, Disability Advocates of Kent County and dedicated volunteers, today we helped improve mobility and accessibility for a Michigan family.” Sponsored by Comcast, the partnership is a bipartisan effort led in the Senate by Jansen in collaboration with other elected officials, disability advocates and local volunteers. The group plans to build five wheelchair-accessible ramps this summer for Michigan families in need. Comcast has committed $30,000 in funding for construction of the ramps, as well as volunteers to assist with the ramp-building projects at each location. Comcast has a long-standing history of giving back to the communities where its employees and customers live and work. In April, approximately 2,400 volunteers dedicated more than 11,000 hours of community service to local nonprofit organizations across Michigan during the company’s 2009 Comcast Cares Day. Held annually, Comcast Cares Day is one of the largest single-day corporate volunteer efforts in the country.   “Comcast is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Comcast vice president for West Michigan, Larry Williamson. “We are pleased to assist in making Lori’s daily life a little easier with this new wheelchair ramp and home repair support, and look forward to partnering with the Michigan Senate to help out four additional deserving individuals later this summer.” Home Repair Services, a nonprofit organization serving lower-income homeowners throughout Kent County, was on hand to help with construction of the ramp.    

Birthdays – July 11 to 17

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11th Ralph Leistner 12th Sue Hone, Jill M. Mackie. Pam Reed, Maxine Smith 13th Alyssa Jerrils, Maureen Mawby, Cindy Schluckebier 14th Chase Richard 15th Mike Baer, Brian Bearinger, Emajean Clawson 16th Sam Grimes, Melanie D. Ragsdale, Arnold Paepke, Lucy Weiss 17th Christopher Moore, Kirsten Rice, Nancy Rodriguez

Main Street- by Roger Allen publisher – July 9, 2009

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25 Years Ago… It was a trip down memory lane. The class of ’84 opened their time capsule a few days ago. Inside, among other memories, were 10 issues of The Rockford Squire. They dated from the first weeks of publication under that name after I bought the original local paper, the Rockford Register. The papers were full of names I knew well. Jack Schwab was mayor, Dave Bass led the band. There were dozens of others, some of whom are no longer around. Many were friends of mine and I miss them. A lot of local businesses took out ads in the first few issues. Some are still here and surviving the current downturn. Neil Blakeslee, attorney at law, was there, and The Sewing Room. Sears-Coon’s ad was there, although the business is gone now. Floyd Havemeier’s business was called The Melting Pot, but that successful company has absorbed about four others to become Herman’s Boy in a larger location. J.T. Stitchery was a first customer, and the Old Mill was there. Byrne Electric supported our efforts to start a new paper, and so did Wynalda Litho. Rockford Flower Shop is at its same address and so is Young Insurance. The Squire changed its address, but we’ve hung in here through thick and thin (which is why you can read this). In a front-page article of issue No. 1, I explained how I named the Squire. In case you missed it, here’s a reprint: “To choose a name for something like a newspaper gives one pause. The name will certainly be before the public often and will, we hope, last for a long, long time. If unsuitable it is not easily changed. “One cannot think of Rockford these days without some association with Squires Street Square. However, there is a great deal more to Rockford than a part, although a unique part, of its commercial district. Rockford is also the home of many sophisticated people who prefer a smaller city and its quieter pace. Most of us in this area own our own homes, many with some acreage. “Recalling the English definition of a ‘Squire’ as a ‘landed proprietor or country gentleman,’ there was really little question that the name of the paper should […]

The Tax Attic – July 9, 2009

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Cash for Clunkers Our Congress is at it again. Passing laws and printing money seem to be their specialty these days. This particular program only has a one billion price tag, so it’s kind of small potatoes, but it’s still one BILLION dollars. I’m talking about the bill recently passed by both the House and the Senate, and is now awaiting President Obama’s signature:  HR 2346. It is officially titled as the “Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009.” Unofficially, HR 2346 is known as the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Basically, taxpayers can trade in a clunker on a new vehicle and get a credit from the federal government for a part of the purchase. The credit will only apply to purchases or qualifying leases that occur between July 1, 2009 and November 1, 2009, and Congress has only authorized up to one billion dollars worth of credits. It’s a first-come, first-served type of program. In order to qualify for the credit, the vehicle traded in must meet four qualifications: 1.     The clunker must be in drivable condition. 2.    The clunker must have been registered and insured by the owner for at least one year immediately prior to the trade- in-         no going out and buying a $100 clunker on Monday and trading it in on Tuesday. 3.    The clunker must have been manufactured less than 25 years before the date of the trade-in-no trading in that 1980                Ford Maverick that has been sitting in the back field for the last 18 years. 4.   For automobiles, the clunker must get 18 miles per gallon or less of fuel economy. Once the clunker rules have been met, there are three qualifications the new vehicle must meet: 1.   The new vehicle must have a title that has not been transferred to any person previously, and the purchaser must be the         ultimate purchaser. In other words, it must be new and right off the assembly line. 2.   The new vehicle must have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $45,000 or less. 3.   The new vehicle must meet certain miles-per-gallon (mpg) requirements-22 mpg for passenger […]

Engagement – July 9, 2009

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Berg-Icabone Dr. Dennis Icabone of Allegan and Ms. Nancy Anne Berg of East Grand Rapids are excited to announce their upcoming wedding. The couple is planning a Lake Michigan shoreline wedding on August 14, 2009, with immediate family members in attendance. A dinner reception for extended family and friends will follow at the Courtyard Marriot in Grand Rapids on August 15. Dr. Icabone has his 30-year dental practice in Fennville, and Nancy is a teacher at Valley View Elementary with Rockford Public Schools. The couple will reside in Holland, Mich.     

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