Book signing event Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Meet the authors and special guest, Fred Meijer at the Rockford North Middle School Auditorium, 397 E. Division (Ten Mile Rd.). In this book Bill Smith and Larry ten Harmsel offer an engaging glimpse into the life of Fred Meijer (b. 1919), a prominent retailer whose Grand Rapids based company has grown from one local store in Greenville, Michigan, to a chain of nearly 200 stores in five Midwestern states. Smith and ten Harmsel have gathered reminiscences from nearly a hundred people who have known and interacted with Fred during the past eighty years—from U.S. Presidents and ambassadors to clerks at the grocery checkout— and the result is a unique biography of an innovative and energetic businessman whose economic, philanthropic, and philosophical influence has been felt across a broad segment of the Midwest. Replete with photos and captivating anecdotes, Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life, is an inspiring read, not only for Meijer buffs, but also for students of business and management in modern America. There will be a short program, after which books may be purchased. Fred Meijer and authors will be available to sign individual copies of the book. Hard cover books are $12 and soft cover books are $8. This event is sponsored by the Rockford Area Historical Society and is free and open to the public.
October 29 2009
Word Play Bezel—a groove or flange designed to a hold a beveled edge. (American Heritage Dictionary) Embezzle—To take for one’s own use. (American Heritage Dictionary) Embezzlement—to take a bezzle for one’s own use. (Me) Best money can buy If I say to my legislator, “I’ll give you $50,000 if you vote my way on this law,” that’s illegal and, if he agrees, both of us can go to jail. If I say, “Here’s $50,000 for your re-election campaign. I’d like to talk to you about that law before you vote on it,” that’s legal. Why is this such a good job that political candidates spend so much of their time trying to get re-elected? We pay them to represent us. It makes sense for us to wonder who else is paying them, and for what. Will our elected officials ever pass a law to control this? Fat chance! Taupe talk I need to paint my basement floor and one of the women at the office suggested “taupe.” What’s taupe? Is it something you use to clean the chimney? “Put a little taupe in that stove. Clean the chimney.” Men don’t do “taupe.” We do red, blue, green and black. Oh, there are also colors like “light red” and “dark red,” but no taupe. Don’t confuse us. We have one pair of shoes and we’re lucky if our socks match. Tips for seniors Contrary to what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided: 1. A nose ring and bifocals 2. Spiked hair and bald spots 3. Miniskirts and support hose 4. Ankle bracelets and corn pads 5. Speedos and cellulite 6. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar 7. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor 8. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge 9. Bikinis and liver spots 10. Mini skirts and varicose veins Most importantly, at some point you must give up the pieced-tongue jewelry. It doesn’t go well with the dentures. Senior Road Trip While on a color tour, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. When leaving, the woman left her glasses behind on the table and she didn’t miss them until they’d been driving for about 40 […]
Tax rebate for golf carts The amount of tax questions I receive on an ongoing basis is a sign of not only how complicated and convoluted our tax system has become, but also how often we think about our tax situations. The questions seem to have gotten a bit more complicated, too. Even though my bank of tax experiences grows year by year, the amount of questions that I have to get some help to answer also has grown. For example, I received a call from Dale Boersma this week. Dale and his wife, Jamie, moved to Iowa from Rockford several years ago. My wife, Deb, and I go to Iowa most summers to visit the Boersmas. Dale and I go to the Mecca of sprint car racing, also known as the Knoxville Raceway and soak up the Knoxville Nationals, while Jamie and Deb do the things they enjoy, like shopping. Dale also golfs and owns his own cart. This year he traded in his old one in favor of a new cart. The salesperson set Dale up with a nice new cart, but then added the fact that for $1,000 more, Dale could get a cart that would qualify for a tax credit of $4,000. Dale was a little skeptical of that statement and thought maybe that the salesman might be stretching the truth just a little in order to get a sale. After all, this is a golf cart we are talking about here and not a Toyota Prius. When Dale got home, he did two things. First, he Googled “Tax Rebate for Golf Carts” and, second, he called me to find out what I knew about golf carts qualifying for a $4,000 tax credit. As he explained the situation, I could see Dale was serious and wasn’t pulling my leg, so to speak. “Tax Rebate for Golf Carts” was not something I have ever Googled before our conversation, but I told Dale I would do some investigating. $4,000 is a lot of money and definitely worth looking into. The Internet took me to the Villages of Lady Lake Florida’s site, villagesgolfcartman.com. It was very informative. I also was directed to a Wall Street News article of October 17, 2009, titled “Cash for Clubbers.” […]
31st Fred Bartlett, Evelyn Brink. Audery Heintz, Judy Johnson, Eric Karloski, Gene VanPutten NOVEMBER 1st Pat DeGlopper, Amanda (Welch) Phipps, Nancy Simonis, Craig Williams 2nd Dennis Bandemer, Bob Clawson, Julia Laage 3rd Isabela Moyer, Royce Newman, Louise Nicewander 4th Karen TerKeurst, Jorge Rodriguez 5th Linda Laage, Don TerKeurst 6th Chip Chipman
Kleynenberg Curtis Kleynenberg, age 37, of Sand Lake passed away on Friday, October 23, 2009, following injuries from an automobile accident. He was a 1990 graduate of Rockford High School, where he was a diver on the swim team, receiving several awards including being honored as an All State diver. He worked with his grandfather and father at Kleynenberg Well Drilling. Curt was his father’s son: they both had a happy-go-lucky, cheerful outlook in the world and toward life; they were optimistic, and looked for fun in whatever they were doing. He learned to hunt, fish and camp with his dad “up north.” When they decided to build a cabin, any old cabin would not do. Curt found some old barn beams, re-cut them, laid them all here in Rockford, then transported it all to Grand Marais and built a timber frame cabin—one that would last a long time. Curt’s dream was to share this cabin with his sons, and make the happy memories with Sam and Eli as he had with his dad. His laughter, his wit, his smile, his love of politics, his love of hunting and fishing, and his ability to talk to anyone will be missed by all who were close to him. He deeply loved his parents, and Curt and Kari cared for his dad in their home when he became ill. He loved his grandparents, who were always there for him. He had a great love for his very large family of supportive people. He is survived by his loving wife, Kari; sons, Samuel and Elijah, who he liked to take golfing, fishing and hunting; his father, Paul Kleynenberg; mother and step-father, Barbara and Robert Cain; grandparents, Richard and Sheila Hendricks, Arthur and Jane Kleynenberg; brother and sister-in-law, Will and Melanie Ragsdale; aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed so much by everyone that he touched. The memorial service for Curtis was Monday, October 26, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the needs of the family. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Burch Mr. Ronald H. Burch, age 71, of Rockford passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. He […]