November 3 2011


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It’s good to know!  by LAURA FEATHERSTON Trustee, Board of Education Rockford Public Schools As a local real estate agent, I am frequently asked for information about area school districts. I’m obviously a bit biased towards Rockford Public Schools (RPS), but I have to be as impartial as possible! I always direct people to the administrative offices and each district’s website for details. I think has great information and urge you to visit frequently. The following information is taken from a link I like, “Fingertip Facts.” I hope it helps you learn something new about our great district! •            The district encompasses 100 square miles with a population of approximately 42,000 people. •            Our facilities include: eight elementary schools, two middle schools, the Freshman Center, high school, River Valley Alternative High School, administration, community services, facilities and operations, special services/library services, and transportation. •            The student count for the 2010-11 school year was 7,937. •            First Class Facilities—a $45 million bond issue was approved by the community in May 2008. It funded upgrades to technology district-wide, renovated and built additions to 10 schools, and expanded/improved the district’s athletic and multi-purpose fields. •            The community of Rockford Public Schools has supported every bond issue since 1990. •            The transportation department has a fleet of 70 buses and transports approximately 5,610 students per day. •            The transportation department has received state and national recognition for student safety. •            Over $2 million in scholarships were awarded to the graduating class of 2011. •            Rockford Public Schools is the only school district in the state of Michigan with a mandatory competency test as a graduation requirement, which guarantees that our graduates possess the essential skills to succeed after high school. •            The food service program provides a nutritious lunch program to approximately 6,000 students daily and meets the highest state and federal guidelines. •            The administration continues to work toward reducing current and future operating costs through an aggressive energy conservation program. To date, savings through the end of March 2011 were $3,105,614 and 100 percent of our buildings have received the Energy Star Label Award.


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Thursday, November 3 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. Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—7 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Jon Stamp will present “The Arms of Our Fathers.” Hostesses will be Janet Matthews and Carlene Stamp. Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5 Huge Book Sale—Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall, corner of 5th and Lake streets, to benefit the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library. There will be over 45 tables! Saturday, November 5 Annual Christmas Art & Fine Craft Sale & Show—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church, 159 Maple St., Rockford, held by the Rogue River Artists Association. Members’ artwork will be on display and for sale, featuring watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, pottery, fabric art, jewelry and woodcarving. Light refreshments will be served. More information is available online at Flu Shots—11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Church, 7979 Belding Rd., Rockford, during their Bazaar for All Seasons. Shots are free for Medicare patients, or $25 for non-Medicare; administered by Ace Home Healthcare. Remembering Elizabeth Slack-Pignatello—9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Rockford Corner Bar, 31 N. Main St. There will be a silent auction, and 15 percent of total proceeds of Corner Bar sales will go toward college funds. Holiday Craft Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish, 425 S. State St., Sparta. Enjoy 30 booths, homemade luncheon, live music, drawings every 15 minutes, free kids’ crafts and activities. Saturday-Sunday, November 5-6 Annual Sight-In Days—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford Sportsman’s Club, 11115 Northland Drive, between 13 and 14 Mile roads, Rockford. There will be 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-yard ranges, pistols, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloaders. Admission is $5 per gun. Public welcome. Visit Sunday, November 6 Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 2 p.m. at the Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Dr., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children under age 10. Dinner includes […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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WOW! Seven Billion people!! World population hit that mark last weekend. The lucky child was probably born in the Philippines. Mother Nature made us pretty good at increasing our species. Everybody loves babies and we make a lot of them. Seven billion at last count. Our next step is to find another nice planet. We already have problems feeding everyone. Partly that’s because we are also getting short of water. We better take care of our planet because we have no place else to go. Healthy! At the urging of his doctor, Bill moved to Texas. After settling in, he met a neighbor who was also an older man. “Say, is this really a healthy place?” “It sure is,” the man replied. “When I first arrived here I couldn’t say one word. I had hardly any hair on my head. I didn’t have the strength to walk across a room and I had to be lifted out of bed.” “That’s wonderful!” said Bill. “How long have you been here?” “I was born here.” Marital fidelity Two guys are talking about their boss’s upcoming wedding. One says, “It’s ridiculous, he’s rich, but he’s 93 years old, and she’s just 26! What kind of a wedding is that?” The other says, “Well, we have a name for it in my family.” “What do you call it?” “We call it a football wedding.” The first asks, “What’s a football wedding?” The other says, “She’s waiting for him to kick off!” Definitions for Parents FEEDBACK: The inevitable result when a baby doesn’t appreciate the mashed carrots. HEARSAY: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word. PRENATAL: When your life was still somewhat your own. PUDDLE: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes. STERILIZE: What you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing on it. TOP BUNK: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman pajamas. WHOOPS: An exclamation that translates roughly into “get a washrag.” Offhand thoughts I planted some birdseed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it. I had amnesia once—or twice. I went to San Francisco. I found someone’s heart. Now what? Protons have […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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How to deal with Form 1099-C A hot topic on the seminar circuit this year concerns how to deal with taxpayers who receive a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt. Taxpayers will receive this form when they have $600 or more of debt forgiven by a financial institution. Debt forgiveness, if it is taxable, results in ordinary income to the taxpayers. The most common debt we see forgiven is credit card debt, when taxpayers negotiate a set amount to pay off their credit card debt. For example, taxpayers have $20,000 in credit card debt. The financial institution agrees to take $8,000 today to settle the debt in its entirety. They write off the $12,000 and also send the taxpayers and, most importantly, the Internal Revenue Service a Cancellation of Debt, 1099-C, for the $12,000. Usually, this $12,000 is taxable. The second most common debt forgiven is home related, when taxpayers have a home that goes through foreclosure. The taxpayers owe $150,000 on their mortgage. The home has a fair market value of $100,000 so the taxpayers quit paying the mortgage. The bank forecloses on the home and eventually it sells the home for $100,000. The bank writes off the remaining $50,000 of debt, so it issues a 1099-C for $50,000. This $50,000 could be taxable. I would say the third most common reason for getting a 1099-C is for debt forgiven in connection with the foreclosure of a residential rental property. When the bank eventually sells the rental property, the 1099-C is issued for debt forgiveness to the extent that the debt outstanding exceeds the fair market value of the property. It can be a little tricky to determine how much is taxable, because fair market value can be a moving target, especially when dealing with rentals, but the difference can result in taxable income. Every time a 1099-C is received, it has tax implications and must be dealt with on the tax return for the year in which it was issued. This is important to note, because sometimes a credit card debt might have been settled in a prior year or a home or rental property was foreclosed upon in a previous year. The financial institution, however, is now processing and sending out the paperwork […]

BIRTHDAYS — November 5–11

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5 Verna Devries, Linda Laage, Don TerKeurst 6 Chip Chipman, Sue Turoski 7 Wendy Anderson, Bob Clawson, Tom TenBrink, Howard Ward 8 Mary Ann Kindle 9 Karen Hickok, Dennis Trendt 10 Travis King, Sue Rickson, Karol Steinbach, Julia D. Voss 11 Bill Brinkman, Dr. Stacey Davis, Joe Magnon, Victor M. Matthews X, Isabela Moyer, Tyler Vinns

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