March 17 2011

Keep your old clunker or buy a new car?

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by BELLA VISTA AUTO SERVICE It may clang and bang, but your old car may be the best bargain around. Almost any car can be nursed to 250,000 miles without endangering your life, and even a new engine is cheaper than all but the cheapest used cars. “Those repair bills are really adding up.” Do the math. Does the cost of repairs exceed the cost of a new car? A typical new car is $21,000, and about $350 a month for five years after 20% down. A rebuilt transmission might run $1,500, a huge outlay in one chunk, but far less than the $4,200 a year you’d spend on new-car payments alone. If you can’t afford repairs twice a year, it’s unlikely you can afford a new-car payment every month. The average sales tax that you would pay when buying a new car would more than cover the cost of most major repairs you would need in a year’s time. “I’m nervous driving an older car.” Maybe little things are beginning to go: a new thermostat one month, a starter the next. You might simply get road service insurance and carry a cell phone, and remember that even new cars aren’t immune to mechanical failure. The upside of frequent breakdowns is that you’ll get to know mechanics quite well. Find one you like, become a loyal customer, and the next time he fixes your car, ask him to take a few minutes to see what else will need repair soon. Never skimp on maintenance. Pay special attention to the things that will cost you a fortune if they break. That means regular oil changes, tire rotations, and transmission service, even if the car is running fine. Timing belt replacement, for example, seems costly at around $600, and replacing one for no other reason than the odometer has turned 90,000 miles might seem wasteful. But let one break and you’ll find that repairing bent valves could cost you four times that. Remember, a new car is no longer new when it is driven off the lot. Bella Vista Auto Service believes the best time to own your vehicle is when it’s paid for. Let your local mechanic help you maximize the life of your vehicle.  

Illicit romance and its bad results

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The history of the Village of Childsdale, continued by BETH ALTENA Henry B. Childs ran his paper mill with great success for a time. The well-known resident of the county had a penchant for purchasing property and soon owned most if not all of Childsdale, historic accounts tell. Fire destroyed the first mill on July 28, 1868. It was rebuilt and in 1889 Henry deeded half the mill to his youngest son, Horace. Horace had a vision for the plant and introduced new machinery when he became partner. On August 22, 1898 the mill was again destroyed by fire and rebuilt. Old newspaper accounts describe activity of the mill. “May to September the hillside north of the mill is covered with large squares of paperboard with boys running, turning them and loading them back into the plant. If you happen along when a storm is approaching you will see the greatest activity among field hands. The boards are gathered up and carried under shelter. As soon as the sun has had time to dry the grass the boards are carried out and spread in the sun once more.” Part of the success of the company over the years was the result of innovation. The original mill made paper which was shipped to Chicago’s slaughter houses and used to wrap meat. The paper was hauled to Grand Rapids by oxen and shipped from there by train to Chicago. In 1867 the railroad from Grand Rapids to Rockford was built. Later paper prices fell and the mill began to make paperboard, mostly for folding packaging. A claim to fame was the invention of a superior form of cardboard used for egg cartons. The mill workers used a process of combining a layer of straw paper with wood pulp and sulphite. It was far superior to the process of making crates other mills used. When the cartons were ready to hold the eggs, a 200-pound man could not crush them. Another secret to success may have been the way the Childs family paid their employees. They didn’t. Employees could live in the two-dozen homes of the Childsdale village and shop at the company store. For pay they were given scripts with which they could pay rent or purchase […]


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Crestwood Elementary Tiger Den thanks The Squire Dear Editor, Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to talk with our Crestwood Elementary Tiger Den. The boys thought it was a great visit, and us moms found the information very interesting as well! Thanks again! Jen Schneider, Rockford A dream come true My trip to Israel Dear Editor, I’ve always believed in God and Jesus. From the time I was a small child, I would imagine Jesus was holding my hand when I would be alone walking down the street. I always went to the Methodist Church from the time I can remember and I still have my worn and frayed cradle roll certificate from our Methodist Church, given to my parents when I was born. I envisioned going to Israel and old Jerusalem so I could walk where Jesus walked on Via Dolorosa, the cobbled street where Jesus supposedly walked and carried the cross on which he was nailed and died. No one ever knew that my dream was to go to Jerusalem, but God finally answered my prayers when, in January 2007, my dear granddaughter called and asked, “Grandma, would you like to go to Israel? Everything will be paid for you, as we will take you. My husband and I and our two boys [who were six and eight at the time], and we are leaving June 25, and we would like you to go with us. You will be there for six days and we will be staying there for two more weeks.” I was delighted, of course, because at this time I was 86 years old. How glorious it would be, and what a treat from your precious granddaughter and her family. They had rented a room in downtown Jerusalem and, lo and behold, the room was number 16 and on the third floor of this apartment building (John 3:16). God is great, God is good, and what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We saw the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and drove through the desert. The temperature was 112°. The trip home was long and tiring, as I returned alone, and I was really happy to see my son waiting for me at the Chicago airport […]

DNR hiring now for summer positions

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More than 1,200 workers will be hired for summer jobs by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in state parks, state recreation areas, boating facilities and visitor centers. Applications are being accepted now for positions such as greeting park visitors at the contact booth, selling Recreation Passport entrance permits, and performing operations and maintenance work such as mowing, landscaping, trail maintenance, janitorial and clerical work. Summer employees are needed at Michigan’s 98 state parks and recreation areas, nearly 700 boating access sites and 16 state harbors located around the state. Part- and full-time employment is available, with an opportunity to work up to 1,040 hours during the summer season. Seasonal employees are paid a minimum of $7.65 per hour. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to work varied shifts, including weekends, evenings and holidays. More information about seasonal jobs with the DNR can be found at “These are great jobs for college students, individuals who are looking to re-enter the workforce, retirees or anyone who enjoys being active in the outdoors,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR’s Recreation Division. In addition to seasonal workers for operations and maintenance, the DNR also hires summer naturalists to work as Explorer Guides or staffing the DNR visitor centers at one of the state parks, recreation areas or fish hatcheries. These jobs are suitable for persons wanting to gain experience in resource education. Typical job duties may include preparing and presenting a variety of programs, hikes or tours for park visitors on topics related to the resources within the parks and hatcheries. Training and program supplies are provided. Explorer Guides work individually within their parks, while visitor center employees work under the guidance of a permanent DNR park interpreter. Interested individuals should submit an employment application to the park, recreation area, boating facility, or visitor center where they would like to work. Applicants should specify the position type: State Worker, Seasonal Park Ranger, Explorer Guide or Visitor Center. The State of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about working in a state park, recreation area, or boating facility, or to download an application, visit, under “Seasonal Information.” Applications are also available at all state parks or recreation areas. For more information […]

Rockford High School’s Alex Quinn, an Example in Excellence

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Student’s achievements already impressive Alex Quinn, 18, is the son of Allan and Cindy Quinn and brother to Adam and Alysse. Teachers at Rockford High School couldn’t say enough about Alex, and described him as optimistic, helpful, enterprising, sociable, easygoing, scholarly, resourceful, purposeful, attentive, confident, dedicated, discerning and persevering. “Alex assists and tutors others,” they report. He founded a nonpartisan political club, Junior State of America (JSA), designed to promote political awareness and increase political activism. He led a petition drive to help students advocate for resolution to the perpetual school budget crisis. He takes time to befriend newcomers such as foreign exchange students. He provides insightful contributions to classroom discussions and encourages others to speak up and get involved. Among Alex’s activities are mentoring and peer ministry. He is a coach for Special Olympics in track and field and downhill ski, and is a coach for the Cannonsburg Challenged Ski Association, and has been an intern for State Senator Mark Jansen. Alex’s positive can-do attitude is combined with a compassionate spirit. He sees challenges as opportunities for personal growth and strives to achieve his personal best without putting himself above others. This student is open, outgoing, agreeable and a conscientious leader. Alex has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others and has delight in pushing the envelope to achieve his personal best. If Alex’s future is indicated by his past achievements, he will go far. He has been a Michigan JSA senator, RHS JSA chapter president, junior class vice president, selected to leadership conferences (JSA Future Leaders, Rotary Life Leadership, Michigan Boys State), and he was one of the first rising freshmen to attend Princeton University JSA summer school and one of the first rising sophomores to attend Georgetown University JSA summer school. Alex was a Samsung American Legion Scholarship finalist, a Michigan Mathematics prize finalist, band section leader in baritone, wind ensemble first chair euphonium, Honor Caddy, Student of the Month as both freshman and junior, winner of the Harvard Book Award, earned an ACT composite of 35, is an advanced placement scholar with honors with a 4.66 GPA, was in District 10 Honors band 2010 and received a First Division rating in District 10 Solo and Ensemble 2011. Alex’s […]

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