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Deadline to file for new Michigan tax exemption is February 10

From Kent County Bureau of Equalization

 

There are new changes in Michigan’s Personal Property Tax beginning this year.

These changes exempt personal property from taxes under certain conditions. The Kent County Bureau of Equalization wants to be sure all property owners are aware of this new tax break, and that they file for exemption before a fast-approaching deadline.

A taxpayer who owns, leases, or has possession of personal property, with a total true cash value of less than $80,000, may request the property be exempt by filing an exemption affidavit (Form 5076) with the local unit of government. The affidavit must be filed by February 10 each year in order to obtain the exemption. If an affidavit is not timely filed, the property will not be exempted. Property owners who file the affidavit are not required to file the personal property statement as they have in the past.

“Businesses will want to pay special attention to their Personal Property Statements and other letters from their Assessor this year,” said Matt Woolford, Director of the Kent County Bureau of Equalization. “The majority of small businesses may find they are eligible to be exempted from paying personal property taxes. Like a homeowner, though, businesses will have to apply to their local assessor to receive an exemption. It is in every business owner’s interest to educate themselves on these new tax breaks. They should contact their local assessor to find out more how this law may apply to them.”

Along with the deadline, there are provisions that prevent property owners from dividing up their property among different entities to fall under the threshold. In addition, the law requires the property owner to maintain records demonstrating the value of their personal property and make those records available to the assessor on demand.

This is a significant change to the personal property tax law and property owners with questions are encouraged to contact their local Assessor’s office. For 2014 only, a taxpayer who misses the February 10 deadline may petition the March Board of Review to add the exemption; however, the Bureau of Equalization strongly recommends filing an exemption affidavit before the deadline.

The Affidavit of Owner of Eligible Personal Property Claiming Exemption from Collection of Taxes (Form 5076) can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/treasury/5076_439273_7.pdf or at your local Assessor’s office.

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Northwest Kent Mechanical receives award

 

Northwest Kent Mechanical is proud to announce its recent Associated Builders & Contractors Award of Excellence. They received the award for their mechanical work on the recently completed Kent County Correctional Facility. It is the 16th Award of Excellence the company has received in the last 10 years.

This portion of the project was $4.9 million and was a three-year project starting with the renovation of an existing section of the jail. The second phase involved tearing down a different section of the jail facility so that the new addition could be built.

Mechanically, Northwest Kent Mechanical installed 14,150 feet of ductwork that totaled more than 100,000 pounds. On the plumbing side, they installed 42,500 feet of pipe (approximately eight miles). This job included 301 plumbing fixtures and 236 drains. There are two lower-level mechanical rooms that house the chilled water system, domestic hot water system, and the heating distribution pumps. The Penthouse Mechanical room houses six air-handling units.

They also encountered a rare incident during the project, when a crane collapsed on another building at the facility. This accident caused the facility to lose water and heat to some of the older portions of the jail. Northwest Kent employees worked through the weekend to restore water and heat to make the facility operational again.

“It was incredible to see all the trades work together to get things back up and running after this accident,” said a spokesperson for Northwest Kent Mechanical.

 

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Business Bits

Deltatron/U-haul at your service

If you are looking for a truck or trailer rental close by, you might want to check out Deltatron/Uhaul, 3500 17 Mile Rd, in Cedar Springs. Owner James Pate said that they now rent U-haul trucks, trailers, tow dollies, appliance and box dollies, furniture blankets, box tape and more.

“We have the right equipment for the moving job at a great price,” said Pate.

Deltatron U-haul is located west of Meijer and is open Monday through Friday 9-5, and Saturday 9-noon. Give them a call at (616) 696-4348.

 

Casino trip garners Toys for Tots

Compass Coach recently held a toy drive on one of their casino trips. In lieu of fees to ride the bus, passengers were asked to bring a new, unopened toy for Toys for Tots. The trip raised about $1,500 worth of new toys for disadvantaged kids. Owner Trent Stange and support staff dropped off the Toys at the Marine Reserve Center in Grand Rapids.

“Our hope is to bring a little joy to these kids for Christmas,” said Peter Deutsch, of Compass Coach.

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2013 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award

Pictured from left to right:  Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director Sadie Springsteen, Volunteer – 2013 Suzanne Christensen Award Recipient  Tina Freese-Decker, President

Pictured from left to right:
Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director
Sadie Springsteen, Volunteer – 2013 Suzanne Christensen Award Recipient
Tina Freese-Decker, President

Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals presented the 2013 Suzanne –Christensen Volunteer Award on Wednesday, November 13.

A volunteer appreciation luncheon was held in honor of the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals volunteers and Kelsey Hospital Guild members. The luncheon was held to thank hospital volunteers and guild members for their kind and caring dedication to Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital’s patients and staff.

The 2013 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award was presented at the luncheon. The Suzanne Christensen award is given annually to a recipient who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital community through volunteerism or other significant goodwill. It is with great excitement and honor to announce that Sadie Springsteen was this year’s recipient.

Sadie has been volunteering at United Hospital since July 2012 and supports United Lifestyles and the Foundation. Sadie has exhibited true dedication, enthusiasm and a giving heart. United and Kelsey Hospitals sincerely appreciate the work that Sadie does and congratulate her on this noteworthy honor.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals currently has 25 Guild members and 74 active volunteers who serve in 15 departments. The volunteer services program has expanded this year to include volunteer safety assistants and additional greeter positions at United Hospital. At Kelsey Hospital, a new outpatient surgery hostess volunteer is providing a therapeutic distraction to family members who are waiting. The volunteers at the hospitals selflessly give of their time, talents and efforts. The hospitals would like to thank Sadie and the many other devoted volunteers of the hospitals for their spirit of volunteerism and support.

 

 

 

 

 

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Compass Coach food drive

BUS-Compass-Coach-food-driveA Compass Coach food drive on a casino bus run to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan raised 1,100 pounds in food donations and $300.00 in cash.

North Kent Community Services, at 10075 Northland Dr., was the benefactor of this collection. Kathy Clements, the Business Manager at North Kent, was amazed at the generosity of these casino riders, along with Compass Coach donating the trip in exchange for donations.

“So many folks are short on resources this year, it’s a treat to have local businesses step up and help,” said Clements.

Compass Coach also runs a Winter Coat drive Nov. 29, along with Toys for Tots in December.

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Red Flannel Festival wins state award

Several stories from The POST are included in this display.

Several stories from The POST are included in this display.

The Michigan Festivals and Events Association (MFEA) announced the Red Flannel Festival as the 2nd place winner in the MichiganFun Awards for their marketing and promotional materials.

The MFEA MichiganFun Award winners were recently honored at an awards ceremony and luncheon held November 8 during the 21st Annual Michigan Festivals and Events Association Convention at the Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center in Lansing, MI.

The MFEA MichiganFun Awards competition draws entries from festivals and events throughout all of Michigan. Entries represented proud communities that celebrate and promote Michigan’s heritage, agriculture, talents, four seasons, history, products, sports, foods and magnificent waterways.

Michigan Festivals & Events Association (MFEA) is the largest association of its kind in the nation. Membership includes upwards of 800 Michigan communities and organizations statewide. MFEA programs provide educational and professional development for its member community volunteer organizations that host festivals, fairs and other celebratory events throughout the state. Additionally, by pooling resources and leveraging opportunities, MFEA is consistently helping communities promote their events. To learn more about MFEA, please visit www.michiganfun.com.

The Red Flannel Festival is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization, run exclusively by volunteers and is the 15th oldest Festival in Michigan, celebrating the 75th Festival in 2014.

 

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Business Bits

Kin of Hope Natural Health

 

Perry Hopkins, owner of Kin of Hope Natural Health, in Cedar Springs, knows there is more to health than just what you put in your body. Fitness is also a major component, and he’s now expanded his business to include the dance studio space above their current location at 90 N. Main, at the corner of Main and Maple Street in Cedar Springs.

Hopkins said that his business is unique because they are a natural health-based business, which is partnered with a wheat-free/dairy-free herbal tea shop. They offer a variety of health services, including therapeutic massage, natural health consultations, fitness classes, yoga, tai chi, dance classes, aromatherapy, ear candling, natural spa parties, self-help classes, etc.

“We keep our prices competitive and are located in the only building in town where you can have a hot cup of tea, get a massage, do yoga and fitness classes and get your picture taken (next door) all in the same building,” he said.

Kin of Hope is open Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday class dates and times vary.

 

Home Acres Ceramics

 

Do you like ceramics? Are you looking for craft supplies? Then you will want to check out Home Acres Ceramics, the new pottery studio at 60 N. Main Street, in Cedar Springs.

They offer ceramic and pottery painting, craft supplies, craft classes, a crafting studio, pottery painting studio, and crafty kids classes. “We are a studio with prices within your budget,” said a spokesperson for the Fitzgerald family, who owns the studio. “Our focus is to service the community with an outstanding craft studio.”

They will be expanding in the future and adding new product daily.

Visit them Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday 12-8, and Saturday 10-2 and by appointment. Call 616-439-3009 for more info.

 

Robinet Physical Therapy

 

If you are looking for individualized, one-on-one, hands-on care with an experienced physical therapist, who creates treatment specific to your lifestyle and not just your diagnosis, check out Robinet Physical Therapy.

The business was opened in June at 11561 Edgerton Avenue, Rockford, by the husband and wife team of Barbara and Jason Robinet, both physical therapists. The couple met in physical therapy school at Grand Valley. In 2009, they helped create the Institute of Neuromuscular Medicine and Rehabilitation in downtown Rockford, and this year they decided to open their own physical therapy clinic. Barb’s sister, Karen Dastick, is the office administrator.

Jason is a manual orthopedic specialist for all ages, with emphasis on spine/back/neck disorders and sports rehab. Barbara is a women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction specialist with a manual orthopedic background. “With both owners as physical therapists, we understand the process of healing and health care and its importance for your family,” they explained. “We work to help each person their own individual goals whether it is walking out to get the mail or running for our college track team.”

They treat neck, upper and lower back pain, elbow and wrist/hand pain, hip, knee, ankle/foot pain, headaches, rehab from surgery, sports injuries, chronic problems, pelvic floor pain, incontinence, and bladder/bowel control.

They are open by appointment from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (616) 866-2729 for more information.

 

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Spectrum Health United Hospital plans expansion for Obstetrics Department

At Spectrum Health United Hospital, new moms come from all walks of life and with unique birthing plans that staff and physicians seek to accommodate whenever possible. But one variable remains constant—every expectant parent hopes that the welcoming of a new baby will be the best experience possible. To make those hopes a reality, planning is underway to expand and renovate the obstetrics department at United Hospital.

The project will create five additional private postpartum rooms and renovate space to include three private labor and delivery suites. The end result will be eight postpartum care rooms and one additional labor and delivery room. This renovation will allow for enhanced privacy, patient experience and growth.

“We strive to provide the best possible care to our patients” said Andrea Sterling, DO, United Hospital OBGYN. “Through this expansion and renovation, patients and families at United Hospital will be provided with more comfort and an enhanced exceptional experience.”

Philanthropic support is essential to add these new private rooms. Recently, Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals approved the designation of proceeds from the 2014 charity ball to the renovation project. The 2014 charity ball will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

For information on how you can help make the OB department expansion possible, contact the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals at 616.225.6427. To make an appointment with a Spectrum Health United Hospital OB provider, call 616.754.2944.

 

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Nature Center receives gift

The Great Lakes Energy People Fund has granted/gifted Howard Christensen Nature Center (HCNC) a new commercial chainsaw.

The nature center had an old chainsaw that broke down more than it was in use and thanks to the Great Lakes Energy People Fund, HCNC hopes to get many years of use from such a magnificent gift.

With this chainsaw, HCNC will be creating major projects they will include the following:

A nature center playground made from only wood items, which will include drums, xylophone (PVC piping that children can play musical tunes on), sandbox, balance beams and more.

Cut up firewood for camping to help create sustainable income for the center.

Cut down some trees around the center. Therefore, the center can consider using solar energy panels to produce alternative energy.

To cut up fallen trees during storms that have become a nuisance or danger to humans.

HCNC is open from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday and 12 pm to 4 pm on the weekends and closed on the weekends for special occasions. Please visit www.lilysfrogpad.com for more information, or call (616) 675-3158.

For more info on the Great Lake People fund, visit greatlakespeoplefund.com.

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Health and wellness expo

 

MW Memory Care will be hosting a health and wellness expo on Wednesday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the American Legion Banquet Hall, 330 Rockford Park Drive, Rockford.

It will include blood pressure screenings, flu shots, health and nutrition, holistic wellness, chiropractic care, ask-a-nurse, dental health, mental health, vendors, food, fun, prizes and much more!

For more info, call 616-863-9999.

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