September 22 2011


September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Kingwill  Stephen D. Kingwill, age 66, formerly of Belmont passed away on Monday, September 12, 2011, at Masonic Pathways in Alma. Stephen was a member of the Rockford Lodge #246 F&AM and the Shriners. He and his father George were members of the Shriner’s Clown Team and put a lot of time and effort at the Shrine Circus held annually. During the golfing season Stephen worked as a groundskeeper at Blythefield Country Club. His parents, George and Margaret Kingwill, and his sister, Kathleen Postma, preceded Stephen in death. He is survived by his brothers, David (Marian) Kingwill of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and James (Helen) Kingwill of Covina, Calif.; his brother-in-law, Dale Postma; nieces and nephews. The service for Stephen was held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Fedewa officiating. A Masonic memorial service was held during that gathering under the auspices of the Rockford Lodge #246 F&AM. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Hastings, Mich. Those planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider Masonic Pathways, 1200 Wright Avenue, Alma, MI 48801. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Langridge  Mr. Phil Langridge, age 80, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. He attended Ottawa High School and then graduated from Rockford High School. Phil received his pharmacy degree from Ferris State University, where he played football. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and took great pride in achieving Eagle Scout rank. Phil was the owner of Langridge Pharmacy in Rockford and satellite pharmacy in Cedar Springs, which he later sold to his good friend, Stan Swider. His heart was in serving people. Phil became one of the original founders of Rockford Ambulance, where he was an EMT volunteer for 20 years. For his lifetime, he was committed to supporting Rockford Ambulance. Guns were his passion. He enjoyed loading ammo for L and S Reloading with his good friend, Bob Swider, and shooting competitively at state and national levels. Phil was instrumental in bringing metallic silhouette shooting to Michigan. Phil looked forward to hunting near his cabin and in the Upper Peninsula near Bruce’s home. He was very proud to have built his cabin up north with no power tools. Phil had a great […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

New kid A few years ago, after decades in rural Rockford, I finally got a home right in town. The neighborhood could be out of a book titled something like “The American Dream.” It’s a quiet little street without much traffic, shaded by big old trees and close to downtown. It didn’t take me long to realize I’d hit the jackpot with my new next-door neighbors. I’m sandwiched between two friendly and helpful families with long histories in their own houses. Both families are active in church and community. Also, good cooks live on both sides of me. Ken and Nancy Platt have raised three kids during their 18 years on our street. High-school-age Myles is still here. He mows my grass. Any day now I expect Norman Rockwell will materialize to paint our picture. On my other side is Mona Root. Mona and her husband Herman moved in 63 years ago. They raised their two children, Chad and Diane, in that house. Herm passed away four years ago and Chad, a semi-retired boat broker, now lives with his mom in what was his childhood home. Mona and I have the newspaper business in common. As a young thing, she peddled papers for the Grand Rapids Press. She’s smarter than I am, though. If you met us side-by-side you’d realize it right away, but she also has credentials, having been named Best All-Round Student at Sand Lake High School in her senior year. Mona will be 90 on September 26, still active, friendly and interested in the world. She will receive family and friends at her birthday party at Rockford Methodist Church from 1:00 to 4:00 on Saturday, Sept. 24. Nancy and Ken’s first grandbaby is due on September 25 and there’s some hope that the birth will hold off one day. Mona will gladly share. “Lucked out” is what I did. I’m the new kid on the block and can only hope to live up to the standards set by my neighbors. The first time, #1  A grandma was surprised by her seven-year-old grandson one morning. He brought her fresh coffee that he’d made himself. She was a good grandma and, without even a grimace, she drank what was probably the worst cup of […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Tax court case examined The Detroit Tigers have made the playoffs. They were playing on the West Coast against Oakland last week when they clinched the American League Central Division title. West Coast night games typically start at 10 p.m. here in Michigan, but it was a Friday night, so I was determined to stay up and watch them play—in case they won and did clinch a playoff spot. I wanted to see it happen. My wife, Deb, thought it was another confirmation that I have never grown up. That’s not totally true. It’s just that I love baseball and, in particular, the Detroit Tigers. My dad was a Tigers baseball fan, so I must have inherited that from him. I have said this before, but I can remember walking into Tigers Stadium for the first time like it was the day before yesterday and walking into Tigers Stadium for the last time like it was yesterday. There is something magical to me about major league baseball and the Tigers, even though they haven’t had great or even good teams over the years. Previous to this year, in my lifetime, they had only made the playoffs five times and only won the World Series twice, in 1968 and 1984. In their entire existence, which started when the American League was formed in 1901, they had only made the playoffs 12 times and won only four World Series. Compared to the New York Yankees’ 27 World Series and 49 playoff appearances, the Tigers are pikers, but they are still my team and I’m happy to root for them. Given all of their failures, when they do win, it’s all the sweeter. It’s very special to see them in the post-season. So I stayed up last Friday night, watched the game through the last pitch, and watched the post-game celebration as well. They did win and did clinch that 13th playoff spot. Now, let’s see if they can get World Series championship number five. I realize that would be a miracle, but we all know that miracles do occur. I used to have a coach who said, “Someone has to win and it might as well be us.” I say, “Someone has to win and it might […]

BIRTHDAYS September 24–30

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

24 Jerry Rodel, Paula Sedrowski, Andy Tidey  25 Kelly McWaters, Frank Phillips 26 Elisabeth Brasure, Mildred Bylsma, Emily Harr, Lois Kremers, Dillon Maharry 27 Rich Kogelschatz 28 Pam Middleton, Val Northcutt, Trevor TenBrink 29 Ellen Jean Alkema 30 Bonnie Bustraan, Amanda Klinger, Michael G. TenBrink, Sandy Venman

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