March 26 2009

Rockford varsity soccer season underway

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by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The Rockford girls varsity soccer team began its season with the same opponent with which it ended the 2008 season. The results were the same as well. However, the Rams are a very different team from a year ago. The Rams lost 2-1 in the regional opener last spring to Okemos, and on Friday, they lost 2-1 again against the visiting Chiefs. But a lot has happened to the Rams since last spring. For starters, the girls are under the tutelage of a new coach. Amira Ponne, the junior varsity mentor the past three seasons, took the reigns from former coach and Rockford player Heidi Greenland for the 2009 campaign. Greenland, a teacher at Rockford High School, led her team to two regional berths in the last three seasons. She stepped down to spend more time with her sons. Ponne, a Spanish teacher at Rockford Freshman Center, has seven years of coaching experience and was a four-year player at Aquinas College. She was not disappointed by her team’s loss Friday night, their first game after just four practices. The Chiefs scored both goals in the first five minutes of the game off incredible shots by junior standouts Chelsea Miller and Kelsey Mullen. The Rams upped their defense the second half and never gave the Chiefs much of a chance to score again. “We did a great job,” said Ponne in her reaction to the team’s loss to Okemos. “In the second half we outplayed them. Their coach told me that he wasn’t sure what I had said at halftime but ‘Wow!’” The Rams got on the scoreboard five minutes into the second half when sophomore Sydney Benda scored off a Matti Graves pass in front of the net. Benda’s shot went high into the left-hand corner, beyond the reach of the Chiefs’ goalkeeper Sarah Banks. Besides having a new coach this season, the Rams also have nine new players. With just 11 returners from last year’s 12-5-4 squad, the team is still trying to figure out where everyone fits. Less than 12 hours after the loss to the Chiefs, the Rams took the field against Battle Creek Lakeview at a tournament at Grand Valley State University. The squad lost the 10 a.m. […]

Six frequently asked questions answered

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The Community Expo, one of my favorite events of the year, occurred last Saturday at Rockford’s senior high school. This was the fifth annual expo as sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. We have Carl Shook, past executive director of the Chamber, to thank for our expo. Six or seven years ago, he first proposed holding a community expo. In light of the Chamber’s mission to promote area businesses, it seemed like a perfect fit. Carl traveled to other expos being held around the area and initiated the plans to create our own community expo. As so many times happens in Rockford, when we do something, it’s bigger and better. We don’t just duplicate; we improve. The upcoming Relay for Life event is another prime example. Brenda Davis, the current executive director, has kept the ball rolling and keeps adding improvements. I also thank Dr. Shibler for hosting the expo at the high school. I don’t know how many other superintendents around the state would have been on the floor during the event like Dr. Shibler, helping to make sure all is running smoothly, but I bet it’s a small number. It’s hard to come up with a nicer way to promote business than the Community Expo. It is an excellent venue for citizens of the Rockford area to see the varied services and products available to them. During the expo, I was asked many questions. I knew the answer to most of them, but there was one question that really stumped me. Fortunately, I belong to an organization, the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), that has 14 full-time research specialists on staff just waiting for tax professionals like me to call them. I have never been disappointed in the past by NATP’s research staff and I won’t be disappointed this time either. Recently, NATP published a list of their top 25 most frequently asked research questions. Six of those happen to be questions that I have asked NATP to provide me with an answer and the documentation to back up that answer. First, can a distribution from a 401(k) be used to pay tuition or other educational expenses for a dependent and avoid the 10 percent premature distribution penalty? The answer is no. […]

Sign up now for basketball camp

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Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star (TSAS) Summer Basketball Camp. The TSAS Summer Basketball Camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls ages 10-19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison. Players from 50 states and 11 foreign countries attended the 2008 camp. College basketball scholarships are possible for players selected to the All-American team. Camp locations include Champaign, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz., Babson Park, Fla., Gainesville, Ga., Glassboro, N.J., Ithaca, N.Y., Marietta, Ohio, Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Texas, and Blacksburg, Va. There is also a summer camp available for boys and girls ages 9-18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these summer camps, please call (704) 373-0873 anytime, or visit for more information.

Fresh and Fabulous Chicken Salads

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by JEANNE BRIGGS Of all the myriad preparations to which chicken so beautifully adapts, perhaps none is as simple or as popular as the salad. Chicken provides a light but flavorful foil for any number of other flavors: chicken with apples, chicken with olives, curried chicken with chutney, chicken with avocados-the combinations are endless. First you will have to begin with poached chicken, and I have added a master recipe for poaching perfect chicken that will remain moist in the salad. Let’s start cooking! Poached Chicken Breasts Place the chicken breasts in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water or broth. Add salt to the water if you wish, but it is not necessary. Bring slowly to a simmer over moderately low heat. Simmer skinless, boneless breasts for 10 to 15 minutes; chicken on the bone with skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let chicken cool in liquid if you have time, or pat dry and use immediately. To keep the chicken moist and juicy, cover with cooking liquid and store in refrigerator. Use within a day or two. Bombay Salad 1 cup sour cream 1/3 cup mango chutney, such as Major Grey’s, finely chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted 2 cups diced (1/2-inch) cooked chicken 1 bunch watercress, large stems removed 3 medium peaches, peeled and sliced 4 plums, sliced 2 kiwi, peeled and sliced Combine sour cream, chutney, limejuice, curry powder, 1/4 cup of the coconut, and the almonds. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with 3/4 cup of the curry dressing. Cover and refrigerate chicken mixture and remaining curry dressing separately for about 30 minutes to develop the flavors, or longer if desired. To serve, arrange watercress around the edge of the platter. Mound the chicken salad in the center. Arrange peaches, plums, and kiwi alternately around the chicken. Sprinkle remaining toasted coconut on top. Serve extra dressing on the side. Serves 4. Sante Fe Layered Salad 3 cups cooked cubed chicken 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen, thawed 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained 1 red pepper, diced 2/3 cup thinly sliced scallions 1 cup mayonnaise 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, […]

Classifieds – March 26, 2009

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HELP WANTED College-age student for part-time summer job. Tuesdays and Thursdays in my home, caring for three children ages 3, 6 and 9. Call (616) 866-2444.      p14cp ______________________ NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Professional career for serious-minded individuals capable of participating on a dynamic team. A people-oriented real estate company offers on-the-job training with above- average income. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford office. (616) 866-4434.      b13 ______________________ Career opportunity for friendly person-The Rockford Squire newspaper has an opening for the right person in sales/customer service. We need an outgoing, self-confident team member for an established territory with existing customers. We will train a promising individual. Candidate must be reliable and able to stay on task. Send resume to PO Box 498, Rockford, MI 49341, e-mail or call Beth at (616) 866-4465 for more information.      ftfn ______________________ JOB OPPORTUNITY-Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job. The Cedar Springs Post Newspaper has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our company team. Not boring. Commission means you can make your own salary, depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Benefits available. If interested, send resume to, or fax to (616) 696-9010, or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.      ftfn ______________________ CHILD CARE SERVICES Licensed child care openings – Rockford / Cedar Springs area. 10 years experience. Learn, play, grow! Food program. References. Call Linda (616) 863-0859. ______________________ FOR SALE Seven days, six nights Disney area stay. Two adult Disney tickets. Paid $750, sell $249. Good for one year. (616) 305-0082.      p14 ______________________ FOR RENT Roommate wanted – middle-aged woman wants to share her country home. Room and utilites included. $450 per month. Call for information (616) 636-5090.   b13 ______________________ Cedar Springs/Sand Lake area. Three-bedroom mobile, on one acre. $550 per month. Four-bedroom farm home on two acres, $750 per month. Deposits are required. (616) 874-8677. ______________________ CLASSES & LESSONS “Always the Best!” Once you go, then you’ll know! Six 1-hour golf lessons-$69. Starting week of April 13. Master teaching professional, Norm Davidson. Golf Emporium, 14 Mile, Rockford. (616) 754-2280.      b21 Guitar Lessons-Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. […]

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