Penrod Mrs. Shirley Penrod, age 75, of Rockford passed away at her home. She was raised in Chicago, Ill., and was a 1952 graduate of Amundson High School. Shirley was a bank teller for Alden State Bank, and then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked in bank management. She especially enjoyed the holidays and having her family around. Shirley was an avid fan of the Tigers and the Cubs, enjoyed trips to the casinos, and loved to travel. For many years she was a cashier at D&W in Rockford. All her life she had a special love for animals, especially dogs. She is survived by her children, James and Mary Penrod Jr. of Belmont, Gayle Penrod of Fla., Susan and Bobby Henry of Calif.; and grandchildren, David J. Crambell and Tyler J. Penrod. The service for Mrs. Penrod was Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Riley officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Belmont Boy Scout Troop #283. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Paepke Mrs. Vera L. Paepke, age 96, of Rockford passed away on Sunday, March 21, 2010. In 1931 she graduated from Creston High School and worked at Kresgees, Wurzburgs and Herpolsheimers in sales and payroll. Later, Vera was a stay-at-home mom and very involved with the nursery school at First Congregational Church, where she used her ’38 Chevrolet to drive the children. She was a dedicated volunteer driver for R.S.V.P., and the Rockford Community Services, driving people for over 35 years. Many will remember her smiling face and willingness to help, along with her delightful array of chauffeur hats. She also started the “coffee klatch” for sociability and set up a babysitting service. Vera was a Charter Member of Northland Congregation Church, a recipient of the Great Lakes Center for Sages (GLCS) Croning honor, and received many awards for her service to the community. She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold Paepke on September 12, 2007. Vera is survived by her daughters, Gail (Paul) DesNoyers of Big Rapids, Joan Paepke of Big Rapids; grandchildren, Todd DesNoyers, Brad (Jessica) DesNoyers, Ross DesNoyers; sister, Mrs. Mildred Fetters; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jerry Klepser; nieces […]
March 25 2010
Free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms available From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday March 31, the Rockford Fire Department will be teaming up with the Webelos Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 3282 to distribute free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Scouts will be going door to door on Main Street and will also be at the fire station, 7 South Monroe Street, for people that want to stop by and pick an alarm up. In 2001, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 3,100 persons were killed by fire in the US and fire caused $5.5 billion in property damage. 85% of the deaths occurred in residences. Smoke detectors, if properly installed and maintained, can greatly reduce these risks. Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that is poisonous. It is produced by appliances that use natural gas, and anything that burns fuel, including wood. It is responsible for 1,500 deaths in the US each year. Having a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your house can alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide from a malfunctioning appliance. Local agent earns statewide sales honor Jim Abplanalp, a local agent for Farm Bureau Insurance in Comstock Park, was honored for his sales and service to clients during 2009 at the recent Multi-Line Marketing Convention held in Traverse City February 25-27. Abplanalp, who earned two awards, was recognized by Farm Bureau Insurance’s Executive Vice President Jim Robinson, CLU, FLMI, LLIF. Robinson said, “We are very proud to have agents of Jim Abplanalp’s caliber representing us and helping their clients. Jim Abplanalp is a trusted advisor for clients, building relationships based on trust, expertise, and a caring attitude.” Farm Bureau Insurance, one of the state’s major insurers, has a statewide field force of 450 agents, serving more than 450,000 policyholders.
Legislation designed to save the state money by encouraging eligible state employees to retire was introduced in the Michigan Senate recently, said sponsor Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “This is a reform measure that we must consider during such challenging financial times,” said Jansen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The state is facing a $1.4 billion shortfall this year and we must control costs to help stretch taxpayer dollars.” Senate Bill 1226 would reform the Michigan State Employment Retirement System (SERS) to provide incentives to retire for eligible state employees with 30 or more years of service. To help ensure SERS remains financially sound, Jansen’s measure also would reinstate a three percent employee contribution. The Michigan Office of State Budget estimates that the three percent employee salary contribution for SERS participants would produce $23.6 million in gross savings during fiscal year 2010-2011 and a total of $289.6 million in gross savings from FY 2011 to FY 2020. Measures to encourage state employees who are members of the defined benefit plan to retire include: • Capping the earned service credit at 30 years. State employees continuing to serve beyond 30 years will be moved to a defined contribution plan for any additional years of service accrued after September 30 (excluding what is purchased by the employee). • Eliminating state-subsidized retiree vision and dental coverage as part of the health plan for state employees retiring after September 30. Employees retiring after that will be able to purchase coverage for a monthly fee. The administration has unveiled a retirement incentive plan to reduce the size of the public workforce by offering incentives to approximately 7,000 state employees and 39,000 public school employees eligible for retirement. Jansen’s bill is modeled after of the governor’s proposed changes to the retirement system. SB 1226 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. • • •
Thursday, March 25 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Saturday, March 27 Blood Drive —9 am. to 1 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Avenue, Rockford. Cannonsburg Elementary Family Fun Day —11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids and adult games, silent auction, lunch, free babysitting for kids from 2 to 5 p.m. Free entrance, small cost for tickets. For more information call (616) 874-1293. Pancake Breakfast —8 to 11 a.m. at Courtland Township Fire Department, 7480 14 Mile Rd. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, coffee, orange juice or milk. $4 adults, $2 children 6 to 12, 5 and under free, $12 family special. Proceeds to benefit the Courtland Fire Department. Monday, March 29 Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—6:30 p.m. at Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon SE, Grand Rapids. Dr. Douglas Tallamy, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, director or the Center for Managed Ecosystems at the University of Delaware, and author of “Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens,” will present “Bringing Nature Home.” For more information, including a map and details on parking, visit www.glsga.org/grac or call Bea at (616) 676-2446. Tuesday, March 30 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, March 31 Blood Drive—noon to 6 p.m. at Rockford American Legion, 330 Rockford Park Drive. Free Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Alarms—5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the fire station at 7 S. Monroe St., Rockford, handed out by the Rockford Fire Department and Webelos Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 3282.