November 11 2009

Bailey promoted to U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer

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Matthew Bruce Bailey—a.k.a. Beetle Bailey—of Rockford and currently residing in Gavensvoort, N.Y., was recently promoted to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in a pinning ceremony at Ballston Spa, N.Y. on September 16, 2009. Bailey graduated from Rockford High School in 1999 and left shortly after for eight weeks of basic training in Great Lakes, Ill. After basic training, he was sent to Charleston, S.C. for A School/Power School, and in December 2000, he was sent to Ballston Spa for prototype instruction. In July 2001, Bailey completed his education and was sent to Kings Bay, Ga., where he served on the USS Rhode Island SSNB740(B). He served as an electrician’s mate (nuclear) for five years. In August 2007, he was sent back to Ballston Spa as a prototype instructor. While stationed in New York, Bailey was promoted to CPO after taking a 200-question exam and six weeks of intense training. Advancement to CPO not only carries requirements of time and service, superior evaluation scores and specialty examinations, but also carries an added requirement of peer review by a selection board of serving senior and master CPOs. CPOs serve a dual role as both technical experts and as leaders. Bailey’s mother, Erma, attended his pinning ceremony and had the honor of pinning him. His father is Gerald Bailey of Greenville. His brother, Nathaniel, currently resides in London, U.K., and his sister, Jenny, resides in Rockford.

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — November 11, 2009

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  Breathe in, breathe out Economic recessions come and go. I lived through the Great Depression with only 5¢ a week in allowance. My dad was making $20 a week. It’s hard to compare that one with this one. Recessions seem to be something like breathing. They arrive and depart, inhale, exhale, keep on going. Government is doing what it can to prevent or modify recessions, but those efforts have never worked perfectly. The reason is that the government is a minor player compared with 305 million individuals. We are the ones who will end the recession by virtue of hard work and using our determination and ingenuity. Our unemployment rate is 10%. That means we still have 90% employed, so we have a good basis for recovery. Little by little, Americans will find jobs and get back to work. Using tax money, the government will help. We the people will tell you when this recession is really over. Smart Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed monitor of morals, kept sticking her nose into other people’s business. Several members of the church did not approve of her extracurricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence. She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon. She emphatically told Frank (and several others) that everyone seeing it there WOULD KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING. Frank, a man of few words, stared at her silently for a moment and then just turned and walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny. Later that evening, Frank quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred’s house, walked home, and left the truck there all night. You gotta love Frank! If If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can conquer tension without medical help, If […]

Birthdays — November 14–20

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14th Bryce Hull, Joe Magnan, Catherine Anne Phillips, Lorraine Russell, Marie Spendow 16th Anna Bearinger, Aunt Norine Elkins 17th Kyle Orr 18th Kenneth Scott Alkema, Arlene Bowman, Steve Fisher, Rob Gulliver, Ellen Hansen Marlene Larson, Marxine Ward 19th Aaron Gulliver, Teresa L. Poddig, Myka Spoelma, Michael Thome 20th Emily Halliday

The Tax Attic — with Jerry Coon

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  First-time homebuyer credit extended Present homebuyer credit expanded A flurry of activity has occurred this past week in our federal government. Last Friday, Nov. 6, President Obama signed into law the Worker, Homeownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009. The main provisions of the bill extend the first-time homebuyer credit and expand the credit to present homebuyers. Our federal government has been in the habit lately of extending and expanding—mainly expanding. However, in this instance, I think this extension and this expansion are good things. The basics of the extension are two-fold. First, the $8,000 first-time homebuyer credit is extended to include purchases made from December 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010. Second, the credit will apply to contracts that are written as of April 30 as long as the actual close occurs before July 1, 2010. Under the current first-time homebuyer rules, the closing had to occur by this November 30. Now, taxpayers effectively have until next July to get all of their ducks in a row and get the $8,000. For purchases occurring in 2009, taxpayers will have the continued option to either file an amended 2008 return or wait to file the credit with their original 2009 return this coming tax season. This is actually an important decision. Currently, it is taking the Internal Revenue Service about 20 weeks to process an amended 2008 return and get the credit back to the taxpayer. They are checking out each credit carefully to make sure the applicant really does qualify for the credit. It goes without saying that $8,000 will bring out the worse in some people. So far, the IRS has prosecuted 153 taxpayers and tax preparers for filing fraudulent claims and they have another 800-plus claims that may be prosecuted. They have about 90,000 claims currently in process. As part of the amended return submission, we are attaching a copy of the closing document that clearly shows the closing date, the purchase amount, and the buyer. The buyer must coincide with the first-time homebuyer. Along with the closing document, we are also attaching a notarized statement from the buyer stating that the buyer has not owned a home in the past three years and does qualify for the credit. Hopefully, these […]

Biggby Coffee third career for new owners

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Store opens with week of free brewed coffee Bob Sorum and Rich Barnes have been looking forward to their own coffee shop for over a decade. Their new Biggby Coffee shop will open at 2745 Ten Mile Road—the former location of a discount bread store—on Tuesday, November 17. Sorum and Barnes used to be neighbors to the founders of the coffee franchise, Bob Fish and Mary Roszel. They recall being served by the two at the first Biggby Coffee in Lansing in 1995. Now the Michigan company has over 100 stores, up from five in 2000. The coffee shop has hired its staff of 22 and began training on Monday, November 9. With a location visible from US-131 and in front of the Rockford Meijer, Sorum and Barnes don’t believe they will be taking any business from the existing coffee shops in downtown Rockford. In fact, they have already taken the time to become acquainted with many of Rockford’s other businesses and plan to be very involved with the community. “We have already been to Genesis. We have been having dinner at Sam’s Joint and love the ribs. Grill One Eleven is our favorite restaurant,” said Barnes. “We don’t think we are going to compete with downtown. We won’t get the shoppers or the riverwalk people. I think we’ll get along.” The shop’s location, on the west end of a new strip mall with frontage to US-131, is an ideal one, Sorum believes. He said the two had planned on opening up a Biggby after closing their travel agency. They scouted out different towns in the area and fell in love with Rockford. A different coffee tenant had committed to the location but opted out, and Barnes and Sorum were quick to snap up the space. “We waited almost a year and a half for this location,” Barnes said. “We spotted the potential right away.” With a fireplace, 47-inch television and WiFi, the Biggby will offer a place to grab a quick cup of something hot or cold or an opportunity to take a break from driving. “We encourage people to come in and get some work done—or to just take a break,” Barnes said. The store is 1,500 square feet with seating for 20 […]

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