The Halfway Restaurant is happy to let the community know they are hosting their second annual free Thanksgiving dinner of Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be serving a full course traditional dinner, including all favorites: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, dinner, rolls, beverage and pumpkin pie for dessert. Owners Melissa Brower and Michelle Wordens motto is: “Whether your cupboards are bare, the kids are away, or you just don’t feel like cooking, the community is welcome to come and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. They would like to make it clear to the public that even though donations will be received, they don’t want their dinner guests to feel any obligation to donate. Although they will be collecting donations throughout the entire holiday season, all proceeds will be given to local food panties. Melissa and Michelle have owned and operated the Halfway Restaurant for 14 years and this is their personal way of reaching out and thanking the community at large. The restaurant is located at 10792 14 Mile Road (between Wabasis and Lappley avenues), Rockford. The phone number is (616) 754-9084.
November 18 2010
Taken for granted So many little things. Like safety razors. I seldom draw blood. What was it like when we had only straight razors? I’d be afraid of those. And, did women shave their legs before safety razors? It was only in 1904 that King Gillette patented his razor. Before that, what a way to start the morning! Gravity! We take it for granted, but how would you pour morning coffee without it? Think about it. The coffee pot wouldn’t stay put (and neither would you); you couldn’t put coffee in the pot. And then your cup would float away. And all this would happen when you have NO caffeine circulating in your veins. Making a living An investment advisor went out on her own. As business kept coming in, she realized she needed an in-house counsel. She began to interview young lawyers. “I’m sure you understand,” she started off with one of the first applicants, “that in a business like this, our personal integrity must be beyond question.” She leaned forward. “Mr. Mayberry, are you an honest lawyer?” “Honest?” he replied. “Let me tell you about honest. My father lent me $25,000 for my education, and I paid back every penny the minute I won my very first case.” “Impressive. And what sort of case was that?” asked the investment advisor. The lawyer looked her square in the eye. “He sued me for the money.” “Hired!” Not making a living Fred, at Independent Bank, told me the story of a lady who opened a hair salon but couldn’t seem to attract customers. Unfortunately, she went out of business. She had named her place, “Curl Up and Dye.” (I wish she’d asked me first.) Making a newspaper While many other newspapers are in the doldrums, the Squire is planning to expand. While keeping our print edition, we’re working on details of an “e-edition” as well. It will be the entire weekly paper available online or on handheld devices. We’d like to offer it first to subscribers (at a reduced price). These are mainly out-of-towners who get the Squire mailed to them. It will also be available locally for those who want it. Format of the Squire e-edition will be much the same as that offered […]
Interesting time for taxes Now that we know the make-up of the House and Senate in Washington, we can make some educated guesses as to what is going to happen to our tax system in 2011. We will find out if the politicians really do listen to the voters. Based on their hearing capacity, the conclusions reached by each person may be drastically different. Health Care Reform is an excellent example. Most people were in agreement that the system was broken and that it needed fixing. Congress and the President heard this and agreed. The point at which people disagreed is this: Was a total revamping necessary or could the system have been selectively fixed? Insurance companies should not have been able to deny insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Could that have been fixed in one or two pages of legislation as opposed to 2,700 pages? Perhaps. Non-dependent children living at home should be able to buy insurance as part of their parent’s plan. I bet some smart technical writer in Washington could have written that up in a page or two. Ditto for insurance companies canceling a taxpayer’s policy because the insurance company was spending too much money on that person. Of course, the biggest controversy of all seems to be: Does the federal government have the right to force taxpayers to buy insurance? Congress will now be trying to answer this question: Did the American public vote to have Health Care Reform repealed or do they want it further reformed to keep the good things and repeal the other 2,690 pages? I guess we will see what they heard in a very short time. It appears that Congress and the President did hear that the public would very much like to see the Bush Tax Cuts extended. There is some negotiating going on, but it appears that the majority of the cuts will be extended at least through 2011. I know it is hard to figure out where a politician is coming from, but if a Democrat-controlled Congress is going to extend the tax cuts for a year after the election, why would they not have extended them before the election? By acting before the election, it might have saved them a […]
20th Emily Halliday, Andy Thompson 21st Michael Bartish, Paul Kazmierski, Jil Magnan 22nd John Michael Mawby, Danielle Secord, Jerri Twichell 23rd Mary Blakeslee, Graham Laible, Shirley Norman, Jim Reeds, Carl David Wier 24th Tom Alkema, Eliza DeVogel, Bev Reeds, Jan Woods 25th Sue Arends, Donna Spencer, Janet Welcer 26th Cindy Kogelschatz, Bonnie Rowland, Tim Phillips
by Beth Altena Steve Jazwiec—former mayor and mayor pro-tem going into the regular Rockford City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 8—was elected mayor after some confusion. Both Jazwiec and former mayor Rich Moll were both nominated for the honor. Jazwiec was nominated by Councilmember Brien Dews and Moll was nominated by councilmember Mary Eadie. Dews was nominated and voted into the position of mayor pro-tem. In Rockford City Manager Michael Young’s report, Young noted the City has taken possession of its newest plow truck, the largest in the fleet, which was parked at City Hall for Council to inspect. He stated that Huntington Bank has committed to sponsoring another year of the Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues Series with an option to sponsor the year after as well. During public comments, resident Mike MacIntosh questioned the wisdom of covering the Wolverine World Wide tannery site with six feet of topsoil, which is in the company’s plan for the site. He compared the step with covering melanoma and said the last week of demolition was the dustiest of the summer-long teardown of structures. Council discussed the transfer of the front half of the Rockford Promenade to new ownership. Young noted that, although the building appears to be one structure, it is actually two buildings connected by a promenade. Two years ago the southern half of the building was sold to Natureview Properties and recently the northern building was bought by Rockford resident Dan Trieweiler. Young said Rockford has been working with the new owner to remove unnecessary language from the original Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement. Young told Council that most of the language being removed addressed issues of the original construction. Other conditions of the PUD, which mostly regulate what sort of businesses can occupy the building as tenants, will remain in place. “We don’t want to cater to in-and-out traffic,” Young explained. Restricted uses are businesses such as video rental, salons and convenience stores. Council discussed and then approved, with two votes against, a resolution requested by Trieweiler, which states the City will never charge for parking in the Promenade parking lot, which is open to the public. Young said he could not foresee the City ever charging for parking in any public parking […]