On a beautiful afternoon on Friday, August 6, Logan Lovall, 8, and sister Ava, 4, found their first-ever geocache at the Rockford Squire newspaper. Free since 1871 is the name of the cache and refers to the age of the business and that we are a free publication. The geocache is free, too. Ava is putting in a coin and taking out a pretty ring. Our cache is small, the size of a film canister, but others are as large as ammunition cans. Sometimes caches are something to see and don’t actually include a container at all. These educational/environmental caches are called Earthcaches.
September 9 2010
NKSC donations now qualify for Michigan tax credit The Michigan Treasury Department works year round. It may be a slimmed-down version compared to the tax season, but those working seem to be working hard. Those of us in the professional tax business see evidence of their efforts from time to time. Usually a taxpayer will receive a letter or some correspondence from Treasury, requesting verification of a transaction or requesting that the taxpayer send Treasury some money for an error on a tax return. That is the type of effort that we could really live without. However, once in a while, we get some really good news from Treasury. Recently, the North Kent Service Center (NKSC) received a letter determining that it qualifies as a certified Homeless Shelter/Food Bank. This is extremely good news for NKSC. As a certified Homeless Shelter/Food Bank organization, monetary contributions made direct to NKSC qualify for a credit on the Michigan tax return. This particular credit is one of the best credits known to mankind. On a joint Michigan tax return, 50% of a contribution up to $400 qualifies as a credit against income tax liability. Give $400 to NKSC and receive $200 of tax credit. On a single return, the limit is 50% of up to $200, which generates $100 of tax credit. This is a non-refundable credit, so the taxpayer has to have some liability. But for those with a tax liability, this is a wonderful way to reduce that tax liability and help out a local organization. A further advantage of making contributions is that they are also allowable on the federal Schedule A as a charitable contribution. For taxpayers who do itemize their deductions, this really reduces the final net out-of-pocket cost. For example, taxpayers in the 25% federal income tax bracket make a $400 contribution to NKSC. They will receive a $200 tax credit on their Michigan tax return. They will also receive a $400 deduction on their Schedule A. This deduction, since they are in the 25% tax bracket, saves them $100 in taxes ($400 times 25%). They will save $200 of Michigan tax and $100 of federal tax for a total tax savings of $300. Their net out-of-pocket cost for writing a $400 […]
On September 22, 2010 Eva Ilene (Wainright) Hammerlind will celebrate her 90th birthday. She was born September 22, 1920 in Grand Rapids. Eva was married to Arthur Hammerlind now deceased. Her children are Judy and Jim DeBruyn, Jan and Paul Willis and Ken and Gale Hammerlind. Their will be an open house for Eva on September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Plainfield Community/Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Eva was a graduate of Rockford High School and has lived her whole life in this area. All friends and family are invited to share this celebration with her. No gifts, please.
Bert and Linda Schuitman will be married 50 years on Thursday, September 9, 2010. They were married on September 9, 1960 at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church in Rockford. Their children are Scott and Dawn Schuitman and Susan and David Bilski of Rockford. Their grandchildren are Kari, Kevin (Kasie) and Kelli Schuitman, Amanda (Randy) Branderhorst, Andrew, Michael and Steven Bilski, and great-granddaughter Gracie. The Schuitman’s celebrated this very special occasion with family trips to Traverse City and Mackinaw.
Now–September 17 Fall Seedling, Shrub and Native Plant Sale—The Kent Conservation urges citizens to please consider beautiful Michigan native plants for landscaping projects. The fall 2010 catalog is available on the website at www.kentconservation.org. under the ‘Tree Sale’ tab. Please click on “Fall 2010” at bottom of the page to view/print the catalog, or you may print only the order form on pages 7 and 8. Payment must accompany your order which is due September 17. If you would like to order by credit card, please call the office at (616) 942-4111. Pickup date is October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3260 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Thur., September 9 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. For information please contact Lion Dianna Robach at (616) 866-1760. Adult Book Discussion—6:45 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, Rockford. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. Friday, September 10 End of Summer Festival–Rummage Sale/Bake Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Myers Lake Avenue. Call (616) 866-4298 or visit www.coumc.com. Fri.–Sat., Sept. 10–11 Annual Two-Day Yard Sale—9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 10, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, September 11 at Hope Community Church, 7000 Meyers Lake Avenue, in Rockford. All proceeds will benefit the Outreach Ministries of the church. Donations for the yard sale can be dropped off at the church anytime. All unsold items will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul World Mission. Fri.–Mon., Sept. 10–13 Spectacular Book Sale—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at Plainfield Township Branch Library, 2650 5-Mile Rd. Hardcovers–$1, softcovers–50¢ and paperback and children’s–25¢. Sunday and Monday only–Bag-of-Books for $2. Sat., September 11 End of Summer Festival–Rummage Sale/Bake Sale—9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chicken BBQ—4 to 7 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Myers Lake Avenue. Call (616) 866-4298 or visit www.coumc.com. Sunday, September 12 Fall Festival—10:30 a.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational UCC Church, 7979 Belding Road, NE, Rockford. Kick off the season with Bostwick Lake Church’s annual Fall Festival combining scripture, […]