November 24 2011

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Brain freezes and monopolies I had to feel sorry for Rick Perry at that recent Republican debate. He had a “brain-freeze moment” in not being able to remember the name of that third federal government department, Energy, he was going to eliminate as soon as he is elected. There are only a few hundred departments that are worthy of being eliminated, so I’m willing to cut him some slack. I’m also thinking the people who gave him the most grief have never been hunting and encountered what is called “buck fever.” When a big 12-point buck walks through your field of vision, for a few seconds most of us would be hard-pressed to remember our own name. You operate on mechanics and doing things that you have done over and over. Line up the buck in the scope, take off the safety, double check the field of fire for safety purposes, take a breath, exhale and shoot. As little thinking as possible goes into the transaction because, like Mr. Perry found out, your brain can freeze at the most inopportune time. For instance, I once heard of a guy not getting the safety off in time to shoot because he couldn’t remember where the darned safety was located. I can see that happening. I personally use three different guns—depending upon when and where I am hunting—that place the safety in three different locations. To remember where the safety is, the shooter first has to remember which gun he is using at the same time he is seeing the biggest buck he has ever seen in his life right in front of him. That’s almost too much thinking under the pressure of staring at that 12-point buck. The harder you try to remember what you can’t remember, the harder it freezes. Brain freeze also seems to happen to coaches, managers, referees and umpires in sports. They are trying to make judgment calls at the exact time that their brain is freezing. The bigger the game, the more important the call, the more potential there is for a brain freeze. How else can you explain some of the blatantly wrong calls that referees/umpires make during games? What other explanation can there possibly be for some of the […]

BIRTHDAYS — November 26 – December 2

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26 Cindy Kogelschatz, Tim Phillips, Bonnie Rowland 27 Michael Albano, Alex Bartish, Donna Callahan, Jenny Emelander, Mackenzie English, Jonathan Ferguson, Ken Traxler 28 Heather Barton 29 Angie Bandemer, Mycaha Heintz, Zoey Heintz 30 Pat Breihof, Jill Fowle DECEMBER 1 Rosie Priebe, Bonnie Rewa, Gerritt TenBrink 2 Barry Bell, Nadine Hayes, Joan Wainright


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Thursday, November 24 Turkey Trot Food Drive—9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Rotary Pavilion, corner of Courtland and Squires streets, across from Arnie’s Restaurant, sponsored by Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church to benefit North Kent Community Services. Walk or run north on the White Pine Trail. Bring a nonperishable food item(s) for the North Kent Community Services Food Pantry. Hot beverages will be served. The church will be giving away homemade pies as door prizes! 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. Saturday, November 26 Annual Songs of the Season—7:30 p.m. at Basilica of St. Adalbert, corner of 4th and Davis, in northwest Grand Rapids, presented by the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids. Tickets available at the door or in advance at all Schuler Books and Music stores in Grand Rapids; $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, or $10 for students. Sunday, November 27 Annual Songs of the Season—3 p.m. at Basilica of St. Adalbert, corner of 4th and Davis, in northwest Grand Rapids, presented by the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids. Tickets available at the door or in advance at all Schuler Books and Music stores in Grand Rapids; $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, or $10 for students. Monday, November 28 Griefshare—7 p.m. at Resurrection Life Church, fireside room, on 10 Mile Rd., Rockford. This grief recovery support group, where you can find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one, meets every Monday through December 5. No sign-up is necessary. Learn more at Grand Rapids Audubon Club Meeting—7 p.m. at Orchard View Church, 2777 Leffingwell NE, Grand Rapids. Geologist/Naturalist Mary Jane Dockeray will present “Isle Royale.” Guests welcome to attend this free event. For more information, visit or call Bea at (616) 676-2446. Tuesday, November 29 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. 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, […]

A Message for You

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

Thankful  by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church Johnny Carson may have said it best: “Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Now, I hope that isn’t true for you. Beyond giving thanks for turkey, stuffing, banana cream pie, uncle Eddie’s unique personality, and a competitive Lions team, we need to be thankful for all ways we’ve been blessed. As easy as it is to say, “Be a thankful person,” there are real enemies that rob us. The first enemy is isolation. We were created for community and God says it is not good for us to be alone. When we isolate ourselves, we lose the connection we were created for and we forget how wonderful the people around us are. So, make time during these holidays to have coffee with an old friend or to call a relative you miss. Another enemy is busyness. The schedule can be so full, that getting through the day is all we feel like we can do. We’re told, “Busy people get the most done.” So we over commit and instead of being thankful, we resent our busy lives. As tempting as it is, resist the need to fill the calendar. Use the extra time to pray to God, and thank Him for the life you’ve been given. Finally, guard against the enemy of entitlement. It’s so easy to think that people are here to serve us. “I deserve it!” I order my coffee at Starbucks, where my addictions are most satisfied, and how do I respond? Am I thankful for the person who got up much earlier than I did to make it? I may have paid for it, but does my heart express with words how thankful I am? Followers of Jesus Christ should be the most thankful people anyone ever meets. God gave of His son, so that we might have eternal life. So “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and have a wonderful holiday season.

Rockford Quick Lube brings “Gusher” to town

November 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

By CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Wednesday morning, we awoke with a taste for a Peppermill Grill omelette. So, off we headed to the popular downtown Rockford eatery. Entering the Northland Dr. business district from the north we witnessed an unbelievable sight. There appeared to be an oil derrick gushing black crude oil in front of Rockford Quick Lube, 360 Northland Dr., at the intersection of E. Main and Northland Dr. Pulling off the road, we noticed a large man gazing up at the gusher while repeating gushing over and over again, “I love it, I love it, I love it…” Seriously though, the evening prior we learned that local sculptor Steve Anderson, of Andersons Metal Sculpture, had been commissioned by Rockford Quick Lube owner, Roger Haveman, to create a one of a kind work of art. Completed, delivery was scheduled for Wednesday morning. With the oil derrick protruding from the rear of his large delivery van, Anderson had just arrived on scene and with the help of the Quick Lube crew unloaded “Gusher” and quickly erected and attached it permanently to a previously poured concrete foundation. Yes, Haveman truly did gush over and over again, “I love it, I love it, I love it…” Over the years, Haveman had much admired many of the Andersons’ sculptures already on display in the Rockford community and had been working with Anderson toward this very day for the past couple of years. “I’m in the oil business and my wife Elaine and I love sculptures so an oil derrick sculpture was a perfect fit for my business site.” said Haveman. Haveman told us that the timing for the installation was intentional. Rockford Quick Lube is about to celebrate its 5th anniversary on December 1st and Haveman decided to have “Gusher” installed as a surprise thank-you to his many, many loyal customers for all of their past support. “Gusher” stands some 19-feet tall. The derrick is constructed of heavy gauge angle iron and the undulating and flowing oil gusher is sculpted of steel sheet metal. “Gusher” was finished to withstand the elements with the derrick first being primed, then receiving a heavy coat of Rhyno-Liner (a protective coating spray-on truck bed liner) and then topped off with a […]

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