Early tax-saving tips As many of you know, last Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a meeting at Rockford Public School’s ninth-grade facility to discuss their involvement in the potential cleanup of Wolverine World Wide’s Tannery property. This is a wonderful and valuable piece of property along the Rogue River directly north of downtown and along the White Pine Trail. There is a question, however, as to whether the property will require an environmental cleanup or how much cleanup will be required before it can become a factor in the future success of downtown Rockford. The answer to that question was not answered last Tuesday night. I work in the income tax system. That system of laws can be very confusing and the numbers within that system can tend to make the system even more confusing. Basically, I make a living by being able to interpret and apply those laws and numbers. However, I have to admit that Tuesday’s presentation via the liberal usage of charts, test result numbers, and the accompanying explanations, at certain points, was able to confuse me. The presenters were masters at not tipping their hands, so to speak. Glen Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co. tried his level best in an attempt to get the EPA presenters to give an answer on a 1-10 scale of where the property stood. Even Glen, who is also a very good auctioneer, couldn’t get any type of commitment. They did pass on a ton of information, however, and listened to many people provide their opinions. The opinions varied from supporting Wolverine as a good corporate citizen, to not trusting Wolverine because it is a big corporation citizen, to just trying to get the presenters to clarify the volume of information they were presenting. I happen to support Wolverine as a good corporate citizen and feel they will do what is proper to allow Wolverine and the public to use the property. My opinion is to let Wolverine and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality put together an appropriate plan of action with the EPA having oversight approval. It appears, however, the bottom line is this: the EPA has until June 21 to make a decision as to how they will deal […]
May 3 2012
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by CINDY M. CRANMER With the help of technology, emergency calls were offline for only a brief period of time after a fiber optic line was cut Monday, according to officials. Working with the National Weather Service, Kent County Emergency Dispatch officials were able to notify area residents of a fiber optic problem that was affecting emergency dispatch calls in some areas. Cell phone users and computer users that have emergency alerts on their phones or through e-mail learned that there was a fiber optic problem that caused affecting landlines in the Grattan Township area on Monday, April 23. Calls from a landline were not able to go through to the emergency dispatch center. An alert was sent out notifying people that landlines were not able to call 911 and to use a cell phone or to connect with the local fire departments. Grattan Township officials said a fiber optic line was cut, affecting people with a 691 prefix. Kent County dispatchers say the problem was fixed as of Tuesday morning, April 24. Phone calls were being rerouted, according to Grattan Township officials, even before the original fiber optic line was fixed. Calls were being rerouted to the fire departments and then to the dispatch center. Ionia County dispatchers also had a problem with landline phones in the Orleans area of 761 on Monday. That problem also has now been resolved. Montcalm County dispatchers were reporting some problems Tuesday, April 24 with cellular phone service in the Greenville area that could be linked to the landline problems in Kent and Ionia counties. While cell phone users in the Greenville and Belding areas were having problems making phone calls Monday night, those in Kent County’s Grattan Township area were still able to use cell phones to call 911. The landline phones were the only ones having problems. Officials said the lines were being worked on and rerouted before the problem was even fixed. Therefore, there was no major disruption of service calls because of the speed in which technology was able to be utilized to reroute calls to area fire departments. The alerts sent out from the National Weather Service also recommended calling or going to the local fire department if someone could not get through […]
Army 2nd Lt. Kevin D. Carrier has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During the 12 weeks of training, the officer candidate received “basic soldiering” instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, combat water survival, squad drill, intelligence, field training exercises, day and night land navigation, confidence obstacle course, common core tasks, communications, staff and general military subjects, and physical fitness tests which include three-, four- and five-mile runs, and foot marches between 5-12 miles carrying rucksacks. The candidate is tested on leadership skills and team work abilities required of a commissioned officer. Students learned to utilize acquired skills to function in “leader and follower” positions in squad and platoon sized elements, and evaluated in various leadership garrison positions while in a stressful and demanding field environment. Carrier is the son of Meg Hackett of Rockford. He is a 2004 graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
Thursday, May 3 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Emiel Kempf will present “50 Years of Rockford, Then and Now.” Hostesses will be Billie Hunt and Janette Konkle. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. at the Rams Den in Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes St., unless school is delayed or canceled. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Saturday, May 5 Plainfield Township Cemetery Spring Cleanup—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Belmont. If weather does not permit, cleanup will be Sunday, May 6, from noon to 5 p.m. Trash bags/bins will be provided. Refreshments and snacks will be provided at the north end of the cemetery. There will be a bin at the north end, collecting “cans.” Can donations go toward cemetery improvements. Also accepting monetary donations. For more information, please call the township offices at (616) 364-8466. Car Wash—11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McDonald’s in Rockford, to benefit Odyssey of the Mind world finals. Sunday, May 6 Pancake Breakfast—9 to 11:30 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. Enjoy buttered pancakes smothered in warm maple syrup, hot sausage, orange juice and coffee, to benefit the nature center. Cost is a donation of $5 per person, $4 per senior, or $18 per family of four or more. For more information, call (616) 675-3158 or visit www.lilysfrogpad.com. Tuesday, May 8 FREE Vegetarian Cooking Class—7 p.m. at North Kent Bible Church, 7210 Courtland Dr. NE, Rockford, sponsored by Three Angels Fellowship Church. Enjoy samples and recipes. To register, call Amy at (616) 481-1596. Rockford Rotary Club Meetings— 7 a.m. at Rockford High School. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keith at (616) 866-2459. […]