September 10 2009

Manshaem graduates from basic training

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Air Force Airman Keaton C. Manshaem recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Manshaem is the son of Nancy Manshaem of Rockford, and is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School.

Obituaries – September 10, 2009

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Curtis Mrs. Lillian L. Curtis, age 95, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2009, in Apache Junction, Ariz., where she was living with her daughter. Although born in Henderson County, Ky., she lived many years in Rockford, and was a former member of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Lillian is survived by her children, Shirley Getzen of Rockford, Charles and Martica Hershman of Victorville, Calif., Mrs. Juanita Webb of Carrizo Springs, Texas, Marjory and Robert Shier of Rockford, Evelyn Curtis of Apache Junction, Ariz., Ralph and Dorothy Curtis of Jenison, Gary and Kathy Curtis of Sand Lake, Dora Sue Jackson and Al and Phyllis Curtis, all of Kalamazoo; 29 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many, many great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Curtis; her daughters, Rosalee Gravelle and Mary Ann Steinke; her grandchildren, Audrey Joy Horrigan, Jean Poll, and Tony Curtis; her brother, Carlos Dodson; and her sister, Virginia Enright. The service for Mrs. Curtis will be Friday, September 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Hubbard officiating. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Rockford Register – September 10, 2009

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Thur., September 10 “Joan of Arc” Auditions—6 to 8:30 p.m. at Rockford Community Center, 8450 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Rogue River Community Theatre is looking for men, women, teens and children 8 and up. For more information, call (616) 874-5264. Seniors Line Dancing—9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Northview Senior Center. Cost is $2 per class. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322 or Christine at (616) 365-6150. Fri.–Mon., Sept. 11–14 Spectacular Book Sale—Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., and Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plainfield Township Library, 2650 Five Mile Rd., Grand Rapids. Hardcovers $1, softcovers 50 cents, paperbacks and children’s books 25 cents—great used books at bargain prices! Also a large number of old books! Sponsored by Friends of the Plainfield Library. Sat., September 12 Art in the Park—an annual juried art competition, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Garden Club Park along the banks of the Rogue River. Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. 5K Run for the Prize—8:30 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4610 Belding Rd., Rockford, to benefit the North Kent Service Center. Early registration (by 9/5/09) is $20; Sept. 6 to race day is $25; kids registration is $12 (by 9/5/09) or $15 after Sept. 5. Packet pick-up and late registration is Sept. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 7 a.m. Register by mail to the church, or online at or Sunday, September 13 Paws for Hope Doggie Days—1 to 4 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Rd., Rockford. For more information, call (616) 874-4673. Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children under age 10. Dinner includes Swiss steak, vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Mon., September 14 Chamber After Hours Networking Event—5:30 p.m. at Huntington Bank, 6835 Belding Rd., Rockford. Event is free, however, reservations are requested by Sept. 11. Please call the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to Bring business cards and be […]

Help Rockford celebrate the upcoming Harvest Festival

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Rockford merchants, are you hosting an attraction (musician, magician, clown mascot, etc.), during this year’s Harvest Festival the last weekend of September and the first two weekends of October? Help the Rockford Chamber get the word out by emailing your information to:

Main Street by Roger Allen publisher – September 10, 2009

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  Good news Latest reports indicate the recession may be nearing an end. This is typical of business cycles; we’ve always had them and probably always will. That’s capitalism for you. The TARP funds, despite starting out with poor oversight in 2008, have helped avert a longer and deeper financial mess, and by any measure, the stimulus program of 2009 is working. Capitalism can use some government help from time to time. The current recession is not the worst we ever had and we will come out of it. Less than good news The President’s health insurance initiative seems to have foundered on vociferous protest from those who resist change. In retrospect, the plan probably should have been called Medicare for All—no ifs, ands, or buts. Medicare and Social Security have been well accepted and have done a good job. Simply expanding Medicare into universal health care might have gone over. Medicare has money problems because our population is aging and we have more money going out. Growth in the working population has not kept up, so we have less money going in. The result is a foregone conclusion, which has nothing to do with politics. It isn’t rocket science to know we will have to cut benefits, raise taxes, or cut costs of the program. The hundreds of private medical insurance companies, most of them “for profit,” each has its own bureaucracy to support. Seems to me, eliminating multiple insurance bureaucracies would help cut costs of medical care. The fantasies about government “death panels” would actually be funny if so many people didn’t take them seriously. Those of us who have private medical insurance are already at the mercy of our insurance companies. Their expensive lobbying to kill the President’s initiative tells us a lot. And one more thing: we taxpayers already are paying the medical costs of many of the poor, particularly uninsured sick children. Is that “socialized medicine”? Let’s get organized and not allow the shouters to sabotage our opportunity to bring America’s healthcare delivery system into the 21st century. “Doctor will see you now” Supposedly, these are actual hospital notes in patient records. A little reform might be in order. 1. The patient refused autopsy. 2. The patient has no previous […]

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