May 6 2010

WWW Family YMCA to sponsor Chamber After Hours

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Wolverine World Wide (WWW) Family YMCA as sponsor of its May After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the Rockford-area business community and is scheduled for Monday, May 10. WWW Family YMCA, located at 6555 Jupiter Avenue in Belmont, will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Bev Thiel, executive director of the facility, and her staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their state-of-the-art facility for a relaxed evening of networking, food and fun. The organization has been serving the local area for more than four years and has grown in size, membership and programs. The YMCA features programs that reach people of all ages, from children to seniors. On average, the facility is visited 23,000 times each month by members and guests taking advantage of the variety of programs it offers. The Belmont location has hosted many fundraisers for area organizations, this includes the Hats and Mittens Project, the Migrant Worker Project, adopting families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and operating as a referral pantry through the North Kent Service Center. Not losing sight of its own membership, the YMCA provides financial assistance to those who could not afford to be members through its Strong Kids Campaign. “When we received the [Chamber’s] Quality of Life Award, we realized the impact that we make in the community and that the community responds to our work,” Thiel said. “What a gracious community we live in and what a wonderful way to say ‘thank you’ by opening our doors to our chamber peers and the community, and share our services and opportunities.” There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours. However, in order for the WWW Family YMCA and its staff to properly plan for this event, the Chamber requests reservations by May 7. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders.

Main Street with Roger Allen, publisher

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Don’t drill, baby! All of a sudden, off-shore drilling for oil doesn’t seem to be such a good idea. The Louisiana disaster gave us a taste of consequences. (Even a taste is too much. I never tasted crude oil-contaminated shrimp and oysters, but I already know I don’t like them.) Heaven No. 1 A pastor walks into a bar, intent on persuading the guys inside to become better people. Walking up to the first man he meets, he says, “Do you want to go to Heaven?” “Yes, Pastor, I do,” the man replies. “Then stand over there against the wall,” says the pastor. Turning to a second man, the pastor asks, “Do you want to go to Heaven?” “Certainly,” says the man. “Then stand over there against the wall.” Turning to a third man, the pastor says again, “Do you want to go to Heaven?” “No, Pastor, I don’t.” This answer takes the pastor by surprise. “I don’t believe this,” he says. “You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to Heaven?” “Oh, when I DIE,” says the third man. “Well, yes, of course. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.” Heaven No. 2 One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all the rascally behavior that was going on. So He called one of His angels and sent him to Earth for a time. When the angel returned, he told God, “Yes, it is certainly bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not.” God thought for a moment and said, “Maybe I’d better get a second opinion.” So God called another angel and sent him to Earth for a time. When the angel returned, he went to God and said, “Yes, it’s true. The Earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are being good.” God was not pleased. So He decided to e-mail the 5% who were good, to give a little encouragement to help them keep going. Do you know what the e-mail said? Okay, I was just wondering, because I didn’t get one, either. Speaking of That I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if […]

Birthdays — May 8-14

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8th Lori J. Mackie, Jacqueline Woods 9th Bernie Smith 10th Bill Antor, Jack Cook, Jodi Hay, Linda Martinson, Gary Pratt, Delores Quinn, Gerry Riemersma 11th Stan Hone 12th Paul Des Noyers, Ralph R. Smith, Bill Troy 13th Harold Martinson, Michael Richard, Tyler TenBrink, Esther Waller 14th David Dingman, Chuck Pearson, Connie Potter, Lynda Ringelberg

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — May 6, 2010

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More on cost of health, nursing care Last week, I began a discussion on the subject of the costs of health and nursing care and how we are going to pay for that cost during retirement. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the blunt fact is that taxpayers age 65 and over have a 40% chance of enduring a stay in a nursing home. The trade group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, reports that taxpayers age 85 and over have a 55% chance of being sufficiently disabled; they will require long-term care. The average stay in a nursing home is currently 875 days or 2.4 years—55% of all people pass away within one year of being admitted, but 21% stay for more than five years. The average total time spent between home health care, assisted living, and nursing home totals to just over three years. These time spans and percentages have been climbing as our life expectancies have been climbing. Unfortunately, the costs of home health care, assisted living, and nursing home care have also been rising. Currently, on a national average, home health care costs $25 per hour, unless you need certified nursing help, then the cost rises to $36 per hour. Nationally, assisted living costs $2,714 per month or $32,572 per year and nursing home care costs $204 per day or $74,806 per year. Those are astronomically high figures, especially the nursing care cost. However, here in Michigan, our costs are lower than those on the east and west coasts. In San Francisco, the daily cost is $300 or $109,500 per year and in New York, a person will pay $314 per day or $114,610 annually. From my personal experience, I would say our costs in Michigan are closer to the national average. We can draw at least two conclusions from these facts and figures. The first is that it’s going to be expensive if we require some form of health care, whether it is home health care, assisted living, or nursing home care. The second is that it’s almost a certainty, if we live long enough, that we will require some type of nursing care. That form of care could involve paying for home health care, paying for assisted living, […]

Rockford Register — May 6, 2010

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Thursday, May 6 Rockford Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Nancy Wood and Mary Anne Burns will speak. Hosts will be Carlene Stamp and Joan Bunn. Thur.–Sun., May 6–9 Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament—5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thur./Fri., and 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sat./Sun. at Westgate Bowl on Alpine Avenue in Comstock Park. Proceeds support the Rockford band program. Friday, May 7 Book Discussion—11 a.m. at the home of Diana Koslowske (e-mail for directions). “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett recently topped the N.Y. Times Best Seller List. Saturday, May 8 Euchre Club—6 p.m. at Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Cost is $1.50. Donations accepted for North Kent Service Center. Bring a snack to share. For more information, call (616) 485-3736. Monday, May 10 Early Childhood Essentials “Outdoor Games”—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Registration is required. Learn some great information about early childhood topics. Perfect for parents or childcare providers. Childcare is not provided; classes for adults only. Tuesday, May 11 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, May 12 Blood Drive—4 to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Wesleyan Church, 8331 Myers Lake Road, Rockford.

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