June 30 2011

Fry opens Cottage Law

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They wrote the book on cottage law—literally Recently, Attorney David S. Fry opened the Cottage Law Center in Rockford. Fry specializes in the field of cottage law, drawing on his legal experience in the areas of business planning, real estate and estate planning. With 30 years of experience in the practice of law, he has focused specifically on helping clients with their cottage law needs for over a decade. Fry has worked with clients all over the United States and Canada to create specialized cottage succession plans that fit the needs of their individual families. As a fourth-generation cottage property owner, he brings a unique perspective to the cottage-planning process. He has seen firsthand the family and legal issues involved in vacation property ownership and transferring that ownership to younger generations. Together with attorney Stuart Hollander, Fry has written the book, “Saving the Family Cottage.” This in-depth read explains why problems arise when a vacation home is passed on to the next generation and offers practical suggestions on how to address these issues. The book covers how to incorporate succession planning for a vacation home into an estate plan and gives practical advice on such things as how to develop a cottage schedule, whether to establish an “endowment,” and how to allocate control between and within generations of owners. The book is written in layman’s terms for the vacation home owner. However, it also contains information useful to attorneys and financial planners. Fry is available to speak to groups on the subject of sharing and passing on the family cottage to future generations. His informative presentations last between 60 and 90 minutes and cover a wide range of legal and family topics.  


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Thursday, June 30 Open Mic Night—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garden Club Park stage, downtown Rockford, behind Arnie’s. Sign-up starts at 5:30 p.m. Caricaturist Corey Ruffin—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. In this course for teens in grades 6–12, Corey teaches the fine art of caricature and basics of cartooning and illustration. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Saturday, July 2 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Monday, July 4 Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org. Tuesday, July 5 Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This nonprofit support group—affiliated with American Heart Association—offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. 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. Wednesday, July 6 Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment. Bright Beginnings Storytime […]

A Message for You

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A Living Part of Something Bigger Than Us by REV. JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church “Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life,” 1 Peter 2:5a; The Message. The Grundtvig National Church in Denmark was started in 1921 and completed in 1941 by seven handpicked masons. The masons, in turn, rejected all bricks that were not perfect. There is an entire community surrounding the church built from the bricks, which the masons rejected (Henry N. Huxhold, Access to High Hope). While we can appreciate the value of using quality materials for our physical structures, I am more interested in the people living around the church because I believe that we are their neighbors; people whose lives are built with broken spirits, ideas that don’t fit or beliefs that are judged unacceptable. Thankfully, the good news is that in such a life we can get acquainted with and be welcomed by another neighbor, Jesus Christ, who the writer of 1 Peter describes, using Psalm 118:22-23, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” I am leaving White Pines and Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist churches to begin serving at Hartford United Methodist Church on July 1. Our life here since 2002 has been full, challenging, blessed, burdened and beautiful. We have built up and worn down each other on the journey. The energy and potential of White Pines partnering with the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA is exhilarating, and the country, traditional Courtland-Oakfield faith family truly offers “hope on the hill” along Myers Lake Avenue. The heart of faith is accepting God’s grace and love with a willingness to be built in to something bigger than us, a sanctuary vibrant with life. Building and restoring churches and communities calls for great investment, commitment and resources. Thankfully God has already provided a sure foundation for us in Jesus Christ, “a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame,” 1 Peter 2:6. God bless you, and may you find joy in giving yourself to a purpose that inspires and outlives you.  

Rockford-area resident continues to persevere, inspire others

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Passion for sport drives athlete to world level competition by BETH ALTENA Michael Stephens continues to prove that passion and perseverance can overcome many obstacles in life—he is a living example. Stephens is a racquetball enthusiast who is still going strong at over 60 years of age and many surgeries and replacements that might well have ended any athletic competition. The athlete thought his days of competitive sport were over when, 10 years ago, he had both hips replaced, a knee replaced and a shoulder surgery. The Rockford Squire reported on his “comeback” two years ago when he achieved what many would consider impossible. After taking time off because of his surgeries, Stephens decided he wouldn’t let his physical challenges take him out of the game he so loves and came back with a vengeance to win the gold at the national racquetball tournaments three years in a row. Each year Stephens advances to a more difficult level, but he puts his best effort into his competition and continues to achieve and advance. Stephens found his passion in racquetball in 1980. He was the club pro at the 29th Street Fitness Center that year and ran the leagues, taught clinics and gave private lessons. In 1984 he received the Most Improved Player of the Year award, and from 1983 to 1999 was sponsored by Ektelon, Rosie’ s Diner on Reeds Lake and Mark Henry’s Insurance Agency. This enthusiastic athlete is a favorite among other players and is known both for his intense energy and being well-mannered and fair during matches. In 1985 he joined the MAC in Grand Rapids, where he became their racquetball pro until 1998. During that time he also taught racquetball for Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone College. In 2000, Stephens was forced to stop playing his beloved sport because of his first hip replacement. In 2001 he had his right hip replaced and in 2002 he needed additional surgery on his left hip. Also in 2002, he had his right shoulder totally redone. In 2003, he had a knee replacement and two weeks later had to have the surgery repeated because of a serious infection. Despite this series of serious replacements, he never regretted the toll his sport took on […]

Review of Rockford baseball’s 2011 championship season

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The Rams didn’t have anyone get drafted in the MLB draft this year. It’s not that they didn’t have talent—they certainly did. But they didn’t rely on the pitcher who throws 90+ or the hitter who hit 20 homeruns. What they did have was a never-give-up attitude, a mantra of GBED (Get Better Every Day) and inspiration in the form of an 11-year-old boy. Coach’s son, Ian Hearn Jr., had to have two heart surgeries as the Rams prepared to go into the playoffs. It was a source of inspiration as they resolved to win for Ian Junior. And win they did. The Rams worked their way through the districts, regionals, quarterfinals and semifinals until they got to the title game and won the state championship—a first for Rockford baseball. Thankfully, the surgeries for Ian Junior were successful as well. There wasn’t any one player who carried the team on their back. It was a total team effort from day one. The Rams had adversity and distractions along the way, but worked through them like a true family. The guidance and instruction from the coaching staff allowed the team to stay focused and on track to accomplish what had not previously been done at Rockford. In a school the size of Rockford, playing in the tough OK Red conference, it’s hard to believe there would be freshmen mature and talented enough to be part of a state championship-caliber varsity team. Kory Young is one such player. Young could have stayed at the junior varsity level and received more playing time, but chose to stay at varsity and gain valuable experience that will certainly serve him well in the years to come. He batted .333 and was a great utility player when the Rams needed him. He will certainly be one of the bright spots in the future for Ram baseball. Two other freshmen were pulled up for the playoffs: Reid Kelley and Brent Showers. Kelley is a fireballing right-handed pitcher and will likely be a big part of future Ram success. He gained some valuable experience and will no doubt be looked to as a team leader in the years to come. Showers’ situation was a bit different. Tony DiLeo, the junior everyday catcher, was […]

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