October 22 2009

Rockford to be recognized

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Planning Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Property of Distinction Awards. These awards are intended to recognize exterior building restorations, renovations and/or landscaping enhancements which make a significant contribution toward improving the appearance of the City of Rockford. Nominations will be taken throughout the year, and may be mailed to the Rockford Planning Commission, PO Box 561, Rockford, MI 49341, with a brief description of the changes completed that make the building’s appearance worthy of the award. For this first year of the Property Improvement Awards, nominations can be made for improvements made within the last 10 years. Residential, commercial, public/nonprofit and industrial facilities will all be considered. Property owners should acknowledge their willingness to participate. Awards may be given in all categories or only in one or two, dependent upon the nominations received. A “before” and “after” photograph is helpful, but not required. The review panel will consist of a member from the Rockford City Council, the Downtown Development Authority, the Planning Commission, one City staff member and one City resident at large that will be appointed by the review panel. Award winners are presented with a weather-proof plaque for mounting on the improved building at a City Council meeting. • • •

Letters to the Editor

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Cheers to the Squire Dear Editor, Cheers to The Rockford Squire and its wonderfully diverse October 15 issue. M. Solle’s article regarding Lucas Drew and his competitive tree-climbing was informative and engaging. The summary of Michael Shibler’s thoughts (as Rockford’s superintendent of schools) was strong and to the point as, mincing no words, Mr. Shibler expressed his legitimate frustrations with Michigan’s flawed school funding. But there is no flaw in the article to the left of this one. There we see a great photo (by Ana Olvera) of Andy Andresen and Su Gray waltzing their troubles away and advertising free dance lessons to the public. These classes, we learn, are taught by EMTs and the staff of Rockford Ambulance. Fitness and fun for free—what a great offer to our community! Thanks, Squire, for letting us know. On page 5, the Squire bids farewell to Joyce Torrey as long-serving and hard-working president of the Rockford Area Arts Commission (We thank you, Joyce) and a warm welcome to Kayle Clements, the newly elected president of the Commission. Then, on page 11, an article appears announcing the opening of Cinco de Mayo, a family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant that flavors its atmosphere with large, colorful murals. Another nicely written article. Finally, on page 9, Cliff and Nancy Hill regale us with their top-notch reporting on ArtPrize. Three well-placed photos accompany the article, and in their usual entertaining and investigative style, Cliff and Nancy bring us their unique commentary. It takes an entire staff to create such a great edition as the October 15 one, a staff led by a capable editor and creative design/layout team. So, thank you all! And… lest we forget… yes, Roger, I always read the joke page first. Cordially,  Lynn M. McIntosh Rockford resident

Main Street — by Roger Allen, publisher

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Hair Most men in this country shave their face every day, all their lives. We use that foamy white stuff that’s intended to make it easier. What it really does is tell you where you are in the process and if you’ve missed a spot. Boring! Women concentrate on the hair on their heads: washing, drying, coloring, curling, bleaching, lord knows what else. Expensive! (This kind of philosophical musing goes through my mind while I’m shaving.) Down to the wire Shaving also gives me time to think about the health care debate. Seems like it’s been going on forever. Looks like pretty soon Congress will vote on it and we’ll see what came out of the battles. Any improvement over the present inefficient system will be welcome. Those with no insurance at all are especially eager. If Republican Olympia Snow votes “yes” for health care reform, let’s make the Maine lobster the national bird. Family feeling #1 An armed and hooded robber bursts into the Texas Bank and forces the tellers to load a sack full of cash. As the bad guy is on his way out the door, a brave customer grabs the hood and pulls it off, revealing the robber’s face. The robber shoots this brave Texan without hesitation. He then looks around the bank to see if anyone else has seen him. One of the tellers is looking straight at him and the robber shoots him, too. By now, everyone is very scared and looking at the floor. The robber snarls, “Did anyone else see my face?” A few moments of silence—then an old man, still looking down, tentatively raises his hand and says, “I think my wife may have caught a glimpse of you.” Family feeling #2 The newlywed wife says to her husband when he returns from work, “I have great news for you. Pretty soon we’re going to have three in this house instead of two.” With a smile on his face and delight in his eyes, the husband runs to her. He’s glowing with happiness and kissing his wife when she says, “I’m so glad you feel this way. My mother moves in with us tomorrow.” Almost last words I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad I […]

The Tax Attic with Jerry Coon — October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Recent developments in tax preparation In the tax preparation business, there are always recent developments. Things change frequently. I have determined that it is how tax preparers keep their minds young and limber. We have to follow the bouncing ball, so to speak, on a daily basis because we really don’t know where it’s going to bounce to next. Let’s discuss a couple of those recent developments. First, effective for returns that we will be filing in the coming tax season, there will be a box on all individual tax returns that will allow all or part of a refund to be diverted toward the purchase of Series I U.S. Savings Bonds. The denominations available will be $50, $100, $200 and $1,000. Unlike the old Series E bonds, which were purchased at a discounted dollar amount, you pay face value for the Series I bonds. It cost $50 for a $50 Series I bond. The bonds will be mailed directly to the taxpayers. In order to determine if buying one of these bonds is a good thing, we have to look at the interest the bond will be paying. The interest paid on a Series I bond is calculated by combining a fixed rate and an inflation rate. Both of these rates are determined in May and November of each year. All bonds issued between May and November will get the rates as published in May. All bonds issued between November and May will get the rates as published in November. Interest begins to accrue as of the first of the month in which the bond is issued. Series I bonds totally mature in 30 years. The same interest rate as determined at the time of issue will apply for all 30 years, unless the rules change, of course. As we all know, our U.S. government always reserves the right to change the rules. There is a minimum holding period of 12 months, after which the bond can be redeemed for cash. However, if it’s redeemed within the first five years of issue, there is a penalty of forfeiting three months of interest. The fixed interest rate that will apply to Series I bonds purchased from May 2009 to November 2009 is 0.1%. Yes, that […]

Birthdays — October 24–30

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

24th Kara Bartlett, Eileen Behnke, Betty Braunschneide, Kiana Hackbardt, Rose Mol, Bernice Wilson 25th Jane Barber, Betty Becker, Frances Domanski, Sarah Elizabeth Hill, Lou Johnson 26th Paul Bartlett Jr., Steve Corvers, Charlie Laage 28th Sharon Ellison, Connie Hanson, Joyce Smedes 30th Clarence Blakeslee, Jeff Spoelma, Gene VanPutton, David Zapf

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