May 24 2012

BIRTHDAYS — May 26–June 1, 2012

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MAY 26 Sam Bartlett, Neal Brasure, Nancy Hill, Megan Kidd, Annie Mawby, Linda Reeds, Jim Wilson 27 Conrad Burnham, Esther Clark, Virginia Deters, Tim Huff, Nina Kettelhut, Fred Taylor 28 Samantha Donehoo, Dan Emelander, Gordon Frost, Cathy Norton, Bud Rieckman, Frances Rieckman, Larry Rogers, Mike VanOeveren 29 Connie Butler, Mickey Geldersma 30 Jill Corstange, Cass Rodriguez 31 Lee Greenland, Nicholas Hunt, Libby Rice JUNE 1 Helen Riemersma

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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How to calculate depreciation on inherited property One of my favorite movies of all time, “Midway,” will undoubtedly be shown this Memorial Day weekend. The 1976 war movie has a tremendous cast of characters with Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, Hal Holbrook, Cliff Robertson, Edward Albert Jr., and other stars telling the story of the June 4-7, 1942 battle of Midway Island. It was the largest battle ever fought exclusively between aircraft carriers and fighter planes. Throughout history, there had been many maritime battles where the ships of one nation fought close-up with the ships of another power. This one was different in that the ships of neither power ever got close to each other. The aircraft of the United States Navy successfully sank four aircraft carriers of the Japanese Navy. We lost one carrier. Perhaps we got a bit lucky in that our planes found their ships before their planes found our ships. But we needed some good luck. The Japanese had ruled the Pacific Ocean from December 7, 1941, as President Roosevelt famously said “a day that will live in infamy,” when the dastardly Japanese surprised and decimated our fleet at Pearl Harbor. That rule lasted a grand total of seven months. This may be the greatest example of what goes around, comes around. It usually happens. It doesn’t usually happen in seven months. They got lucky when we were surprised by the sound of Japanese dive-bombers, torpedo planes, and fighters filling the skies over Pearl Harbor. We lost over 2,000 soldiers and sailors. We got lucky at Midway a mere seven months later when our dive-bombers, torpedo planes, and fighters filled the skies over the Japanese carriers. They lost over 3,000 soldiers and sailors. From this battle on, we ruled the Pacific Ocean and the Japanese steadily were beaten back and ultimately defeated. Granted, it took a few years, but it started at Midway. I love this story because it illustrates American perseverance and courage. Being the underdog only made them fight harder. We are fortunate today to live in a country that can celebrate these accomplishments. My heartfelt “Thanks” goes out to all of those who have served or are serving now in the military so that we can continue […]

Winning prizes is just dessert at Chamber luncheons

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Networking, education topics of member events by BETH ALTENA Visitors to a recent Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) luncheon enjoyed a meal catered by Honey Creek Inn and heard about the top ten rules of networking in an entertaining but useful presentation by Michael McGovern. In addition to great speakers, getting to know other business people in the community is another perk of belonging to the Chamber and participating in Chamber events. In short presentations before the main speaker, several RCC members took a few minutes to talk about what their business offers. The charming Dr. Sandy Stanton, of ChiroHealth, was one of the mini-speakers and called the events “lunch and learns.” She explained that chiropractic care is just one facet of her company, where clients can also learn about healthy choices, such as nutrition and the importance of ergonomics to continued well being. Newer to the Rockford area is Tom Duisterhof, owner of Gordon Water Systems, who recently purchased Hart Water. Duisterhof said it is interesting that he ended up the new owner of the long-term Rockford business owned and operated by Don Hart. Dysterhoff said Hart and Duisterhof’s father, Gordon, were both in the water business in the early and mid 1970s. Gordon Duisterhof started his business in 1973 in Kalamazoo and Van Buren County. Hart served the area here during the same time. Both became Kinetico water system suppliers at about the same time. The new system of treating water—only available since 1970—was at that time and still is the only non-electric water softener. It seems fitting to have Duisterhof as a second-generation provider stepping into Hart’s role offering Kinetico water systems and other water related services. You can welcome him to Rockford by visiting the Gordon Water office in the same building as the Rockford Chamber of Commerce offices behind Rockford Hardware.

Board of Education vacancy announced

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On May 14, 2012, the Board of Education accepted, with regret, the resignation of Board Trustee Tammy Schollaart, who has served on the Board since 1998. In her resignation letter, Schollaart states, “Since my son’s graduation in 2010, I have begun working full time and have found that I no longer have the time to properly dedicate to the various volunteer organizations that I have committed to serve. It has been my privilege to serve the RPS district since 1998.” According to Board President Randall Sellhorn, “It is with regret we accept Tammy’s resignation. It will be difficult to replace someone as dedicated and experienced as Tammy.” Superintendent Shibler stated, “Mrs. Schollaart has served the Board in an exemplary fashion for the past 14 years, making continuous improvement for the Rockford Public Schools and the quality of education for our students a priority.” The Board of Education is required to fill the vacancy and will therefore be accepting applications for a six-month appointment (July 1 through December 31, 2012). This seat will be placed on the November 2012 ballot for a full term to begin January 1, 2013. The successful appointee may petition to appear on that ballot if he or she so chooses. The deadline to apply for the six-month appointment is Thursday, May 31 at noon. Interviews will be conducted the evening of Monday, June 18. Those interested should send a letter of interest including the following: • biographical information, including length of time residing in the Rockford school district; • relevant employment or other experiences; • your vision for the Rockford Public Schools; • how the Board will benefit by your selection as a trustee; • what you believe the purpose of the Board of Education is; and • any other personal or professional information you wish to share. The Board will assume you would like your application reviewed in confidence unless you indicate otherwise. Please ensure delivery by noon on May 31 to: Miles J. Postema, Secretary, Board of Education, Rockford Public Schools, 350 N. Main St., Rockford, MI 49341. Please call Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler’s office at (616) 863-6557 if you have any questions.

Miracle League ballfield coming to Ten Mile complex

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‘In the fall of 2014 we should have a field to play on’ by BETH ALTENA “A lot of people are committed to this project and really excited about it,” said Tony Comden, president of the West Michigan Miracle League, who spoke to an audience in Rockford’s City Hall on Monday, April 16. Comden was describing the concept of Miracle League, a nationwide organization that provides baseball opportunities for kids with physical and mental disabilities. A Miracle League ball field will be included in the new baseball and softball complex being built by the West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) on Ten Mile Road in Plainfield Township. According to Comden, however, the recreation aspect of the project is just the beginning of the benefits to individuals involved and the surrounding communities. Comden described the Miracle League ballfield as surely coming, but in need of the funds it will take to get the project finished. “In 2014 we should have a field to play on,” he said. He is confident the project will be embraced and those involved, from playing to funding, will know this is something special to be part of. “The story of organized youth baseball is ordinary,” he said. “This story is special.” The father of a child who uses a walker to get around, Comden has long sought a Miracle League field in this area. He said kids with disabilities do want to participate in sports just as any able-bodied kids do. He said it is heartbreaking to see disabled kids on a field where obstacles stop them. He said his own son loves to play, but if his walker gets caught on something, a base for example, the walker stops but the boy doesn’t and he hits the ground. “It’s also tough in the outfield out in the grass,” Comden described. With Miracle League playing fields, the field is made of a special rubberized surface, which is a firm but not completely hard surface. In Miracle League baseball, each child with disabilities is paired with an able-bodied “buddy.” The buddy’s job is to ensure that the disabled child is able to play safely and effectively. This system breaks down barriers between disabled children and nondisabled kids. “It’s about self-confidence, self-esteem,” said Comden. “The kids […]

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