November 11 2010

Birthdays — November 13–19, 2010

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November 13th Judy Douglas, Larry Harr, Nancy Krupp November 14th Kay Abshire, Bryce Hull, Patrick Kinstle, Joe Magnan, Catherine A. Phillips, Lorraine Russell, Marie Spendow, Carrie Yeomans November 16th Anna Bearinger, Donna Dodd, Aunt Norine Elkins, Jim Huber November 17th Kyle Orr November 18th Kenneth S. Alkema, Arlene Bowman, Steve Fisher, Rob Gulliver, Ellen Hansen, Marlene Larson, Maxine Ward November 19th Aaron Gulliver, Teresa L. Poddig, Myka Spoelma, Michael Thome

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — November 11, 2010

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All together now… …Happy days are here again… The skies above are clear again… The election is over. As you may have heard, the Republicans pretty much swept the field. Soon everyone in Michigan will have a job. Taxes? We’ll just keep a few puny taxes for wars and border patrols. The deficit? It will vanish. And, best of all, we’ll keep government out of the health insurance business! (I assume that means Medicare, too, which is (ick!) government health insurance for the elderly.) Who says we need old people? There may be a small downside. Cutting back on prisons means the inmates will be out on the streets. If you don’t own a gun, get one, and keep it by your bed. With no more Social Security, the old folks get to sleep on their kids’ couches like they were meant to do. (Built-in baby-sitters. What’s not to like?) Police cutbacks means there won’t be enough of them to give speeding tickets, so we can let ‘er rip! We average citizens will be pretty much on our own, but that’s good. However, here’s an e-mail I got on Nov. 3 from another point of view: “The corporate types must be dancing on those big tables in the boardrooms of America. Voters have said: Down with Government! Keep it just big enough to wage wars and man the border barricades. Down with regulations, too, except for controlling the lives of women and gays. … Up with big Corporations, those de-regulated folks who brought us our Wall Street losses, our bank corruption, our real estate meltdown and our job crisis (because making it cheaper in the third world is Good For Business).” A tip of the hat The City has been doing a great job keeping the streets cleaned up. The leaf truck went by the other day and sucked the street clean. Great job. I hope the drive for cheaper government doesn’t take away this service. Bad save Standing at the edge of the lake, a man saw a woman flailing about in the deep water. Unable to swim, the man screamed for help. A trout fisherman ran up. The man cried, “My wife is drowning and I can’t swim. Please save her. I’ll give […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — November 11, 2010

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What is Michigan’s future tax situation? The ringing of the telephone interrupted my concentration Tuesday night. I was listening to the national election news and also reading a book. Nowadays, that’s spreading my thought processes about as thin as I can get away with. The caller was Rockford City Manager Michael Young. Was it going to be good news or bad news? Was I successful in my run for the City Council? Since it was well after 8 p.m., I knew the votes were all tabulated. The vote count was finalized and we all know there would be no hanging chads in Rockford. I was hoping for good news and it was. Michael congratulated me on being the newest Councilman and for being the top vote-getter by one vote over Steve Jazwiec. What a relief. I can tell you that it puts a little different slant on Election Day when your name is on the ballot. I want to say “thank you” to each of the people who voted for me, “thank you” to each of the people who supported me but couldn’t vote because they didn’t live in the city, and “thank you” to all of those who encouraged me along the way. It is very gratifying and humbling to receive people’s good wishes, and I truly appreciate it. A special “thank you” goes to my wife Deb and son-in-law Devon, who, along with me, worked many hours and walked all of the four square miles of Rockford passing out information and talking to residents. The three of us now know that about 95% of all driveways in Rockford run uphill, some substantially uphill, with the remaining 5% being somewhat level. There might actually be one or two that go downhill, but those could really have been optical illusions and we just wanted to believe they were slanted downhill. I will do my best for my term to help Michael and the rest of the City Council meet the challenges and opportunities facing Rockford in the next few years. It’s going to be fun and hard work at the same time. I can do fun and I am good at working hard, so I’m confident that while I’m on the Council, we will keep […]

Letters to the Editor — November 11, 2010

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 ‘To all our supporters…’  Dear Editor, To all our supporters: Chrissie and I want to send our sincerest thank you. I am humbled by the broad support that we received across the 73rd District, and grateful for all that you did to help us accomplish this goal. We knew when we first started this campaign it was going to a challenge for our family. It was our remarkable team and passionate support group that helped us manage all those challenges. My team had wisdom, experience, professionalism and a great plan. Most importantly, I learned about the issues and concerns of the constituents in the 73rd District. I am planning on taking your message to Lansing and getting results! Again, I am humbled by and grateful for your continued support. I look forward to serving the citizens of the 73rd District. Sincerely, Peter MacGregor Representative-Elect, 73rd District   Words on Weather praised   Dear Editor, We want to congratulate you and thank you for your Words on Weather & Climate by Craig James. Mr. James’ articles are always interesting, objective and informative, with the light touch of humor that is such a pleasure to read. Of the four or five newspapers we regularly read, Words on Weather and Climate in the Rockford Squire rank with the best of them. We look forward to Mr. James’ continuing appearance in your paper. Sincerely, Bill and Roberta Parker Comstock Park, MI The tannery reminisces  I was just a building that was torn down. As my roof came off the bricks fell to the ground. The only thing left is the friends that were made inside. You’ve moved on and I hope you are all doing fine. Remember the good things that we shared and the friends that we made. I am no longer around, but I will miss you as I hope you miss me. From, The Tannery

Rockford Register — November 11, 2010

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Thursday, November 11 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Adult Book Discussion—6:45 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay. Friday, November 12 Rummage Sale—noon to 5 p.m. at Sparta Baptist Church, corner of Division and State Street. Proceeds go to Women of Domestic Violence. Saturday, November 13 Widow’s Weekend Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cedar Springs American Legion Post, hosted by the Auxiliary. There will be “garage sale” merchandise, arts, crafts, a bake sale and silent auction. For more information, call (616) 570-2830. Benefit for Amber Ward—11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wenger’s Bowling Alley, to help her with her medical bills and future expenses since being diagnosed with terminal cancer. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, food, spirits and live entertainment. Cash donations accepted. For more information, contact Desireé Minnema at or (616) 318-5910. Rummage Sale—9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sparta Baptist Church, corner of Division and State Street. Proceeds go to Women of Domestic Violence. Monday, November 15 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, with a Mobile Food Pantry providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-1556. Tuesday, November 16 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. Art Workshops for Families: Fabric Collage—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Make a textile collage by layering a variety of fabric shapes and textures on a thick collage board base. For families with kids of all ages. Learn About Muslim Women—6 to 8 p.m., hosted by Our Lady of Consolation’s Women’s Ministry, for a ladies evening of fellowship with women of Islamic faith, with homemade soups and chili, breads, salads, desserts and beverages. Space is limited. Childcare provided. To reserve your spot or for more information, call Karen at (616) 874-9543 or Debby […]

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