CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
A couple of Fridays ago Anthony Eickholt (a junior at ERHS) was leaving the school parking lot and noticed a fellow student’s vehicle had broken down in front of the stop sign on Third Street. Anthony realized that this situation was dangerous and backing up a huge line of exiting traffic. Anthony drove around and parked his vehicle off to the side and hopped out. He rushed over to the other student’s truck and helped push the stalled truck out of the way. Congratulations, Anthony! You were Caught being GOOD and very helpful
In last week’s issue, we incorrectly spelled one of the village trustee candidate’s names. It is Joe Fisher not Fischer. We apologize for the error. – Editor
Traverse Bay Farms wins three Scovie Awards
Traverse Bay Farms is proud to announce they have won three awards in the 2017 Scovie Awards competition. The Scovie Awards is an annual competition and is recognized as the most competitive food competition in the world. The 2017 wins for Traverse Bay Farms were Spicy But Not Hot - Jam Category: 1st Place, Traverse Bay Farms Red Raspberry Jalapeno Jam; Salsa - Fruit Category: 2nd Place, Traverse Bay Farms Zesty Cherry Salsa; BBQ Sauces – Sweet Heat Category: 3rd Place, Traverse Bay Farms Red Raspberry BBQ.
Traverse Bay Farms is a health and wellness company with retail stores in downtown Elk Rapids and Bellaire and offers a complete line of awarding winning fruit salsas, fruit BBQ sauces, dried fruit and super fruit products. The super fruit products include tart cherry juice concentrate, tart cherry capsules and more.
Business workshop focuses on financial statements
Business owners can learn how to improve their fiscal fitness at a financial tools workshop November 2 in Traverse City. “Know Your Numbers: Using Your Financial Statements to Better Manage Your Business,” is designed for small business owners and key staff who want to have a better understanding of how to use their financial statements to manage their business.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the large conference room at Northwest Michigan Works, 1209 South Garfield Avenue.
The “numbers” are often the most confused and over-looked area when business owners are not sure how to relate them to day-to-day business operations. The workshop will help attendees identify opportunities and challenges as they relate to balance sheets and income statements, discuss proven ways to increase cash flow, apply breakeven analysis, and more. Know Your Numbers will cost $25 per participant. Pre-registration and payment is required at: sbdcmichigan.org/training, or by contacting the SBDC office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-922-3780.
Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program
Paddle Antrim is accepting applications for the Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program. This competitive grant program funds projects that protect waterways and connect people to them. The program focuses on projects related to stewardship, education and increasing accessibility to the lakes and rivers.
“This is a great opportunity for non-profits and governmental entities to expand existing programs or help fund a new initiative,” says Deana Jerdee, executive director. “After awarding over $6,800 in our first year, we are excited to embark on our second year of this bi-annual grant program.”
Grants may be used for water resource stewardship projects such as controlling invasive species, education projects for boaters or the community, and improving public access sites for non-motorized boats. Projects must be focused on the Elk River Chain of Lakes watershed or adjacent watersheds that impact Antrim County. Eligible applicants include Michigan-based non-profit organizations or governmental entities.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016 to be considered in this round. More information can be found online at www.paddleantrim.com/ripple-effect.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DEDUCTING MOVING EXPENSES – PART III
If you meet the requirements explained in the last two articles, you can deduct the following expenses, if reasonable:
1. Moving your household goods and personal items, including storage.
2. Travel, (including lodging but not meals) to your new home.
You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable, considering your move. For example, deductible expenses are by way of the shortest, most direct route available. If you decide to vacation while traveling to your new home and you make several side trips or prolong your trip, the additional expenses for your stops, including hotel rooms that normally would not be necessary, are not deductible as moving expenses.
If you use your car to drive yourself, members of your household or your personal items to your new home, you can either deduct out of pocket expenses for gas and oil, or deduct the standard mileage rate of 23 cents per mile. You may not deduct any part of normal maintenance, repairs, insurance or depreciation for your car. The members of your household do not have to travel together or at the same time. However, you can only deduct expenses for one trip per person.
You can deduct moving expenses you pay for yourself and members of your household. A member of your household is anyone who has both your former and new home as their home.
You can deduct the cost of packing, crating and transporting your household goods and personal effects and those of the members of your household from your former home to your new home. Personal effects include movable personal property that the taxpayer owns and frequently uses. You can include the cost of storing and insuring household goods and personal effects within any period of 30 consecutive days after the day your things are moved from your former home and before they are delivered to your new home.
You can deduct any costs of connecting or disconnecting utilities. You can deduct the cost of shipping your car and your household pets to your new home. You cannot deduct the cost of moving furniture that you buy on the way to your new home.
You can deduct any lodging expenses you had in the area of your former home within one day after you could no longer live in your former home because your furniture had been moved.
Next week’s article will explain which moving expenses are not deductible, and additional moving expenses for a move to locations outside the United States. – Submitted by Char Kirchner, CPA, MSA, Williamsburg
A heart for sharing hope
By Barb Mosher, Contributing Writer
One of Julie Greene’s most treasured possessions sits on a shelf in her Cherryland Middle School classroom. It’s a woven basket crafted from strips of black ash. Like most gifts, what makes it special is not the basket itself, but the friend who made it for her, a Native American who’s been among Traverse City’s street homeless for years.
The wood he uses for weaving comes from trees that surround him during the months it’s warm enough to sleep outside. When the weather turns bitter and snow fills those woods, he finds overnight refuge and two warm meals a day at Safe Harbor, an emergency shelter for adults experiencing homelessness. Greene, a special education teacher at Cherryland, has volunteered with SH for ten years.
“The basket represents so many things,” Greene explained. “It shows his incredible skill and the hope and dignity of offering something back, something that might help get him off the street. It carries memories, too, of our friendship – he taught me how to weave.”
Safe Harbor relies on more than 20 area churches who take turns opening their buildings – or partnering with a host church – to offer meals and a warm place to sleep from late October through early April. A permanent home for the shelter has been purchased in Traverse City and is undergoing renovations to accommodate up to 80 people.
Greene smiled as she recalled the first time she helped with a Safe Harbor breakfast. “I was a little overwhelmed,” she said. “But I started talking with a couple of the guests, and I was hooked!”
Greene became the SH coordinator for her church and took a seat on the organization’s steering committee. The more she learned about the plight of those experiencing homelessness, the more determined she became in advocating for them and addressing their unique needs.
Mental illness and substance abuse issues are two of the greatest factors in homelessness, Greene said. But so are the lack of affordable housing and jobs with living wages, and a host of problems that arise when people find themselves without a roof over their head. She understands, but is frustrated by, common misconceptions about the homeless – that they don’t want to work and are milking the system, and that programs like SH enable those who could help themselves.
“Poverty is so complex,” Greene said. “Unless you’ve experienced it yourself or know someone who has, it’s hard to understand. But no one ever decides, ‘Someday I’m going to be homeless because it’s such a great life.’”
The solution is rarely a matter of simply “finding a job,” she explained. Arranging and getting to a job interview can be an insurmountable challenge when you have no place to clean up, no clean clothes to wear, and no transportation. The domino effect intensifies discouragement and despair.
“There’s a small number of chronically homeless,” Greene said. “But the majority are the result of temporary circumstances. Something has happened, the loss of a job, some financial crisis. Most of us would have something or someone to fall back on until we could get back on our feet. But not everyone does. It’s a very short step to living on the street.”
SH estimates 90-100 people experience homelessness in the Traverse City area at any given time. Last year, the organization served a total of 172 different individuals. The vast majority fell into the safety net for just a brief time and were successful in finding permanent or supportive housing.
Greene’s eyes light up when she talks about helping SH guests; sometimes they brim with tears. That happened as she recalled the harsh winter of 2014-2015 when 15 members of the street community died from issues related to homelessness.
“We held funerals for every single one of them,” she said. “It’s a tight knit, supportive community, and it took a toll on them. But it was also extremely important for those alive to know that if it happens to them, someone will care, someone will remember and celebrate their life.”
When the work is wearying, Greene’s faith keeps her focused. “As a follower of Jesus, I’m called to care for those in need. It can seem overwhelming. It can be heartbreaking, but there’s so much good, so much laughter. And you see how much we all have in common. I have dear friends within the homeless community but it’s not one-way friendship. I receive so much from them, too.”
Pederson named to Dean’s List
Zachary Pederson has been named to the Kettering University Dean’s List of Scholars for the summer of 2016. He currently is a freshman majoring in Engineering. Zachary, a graduate of Elk Rapids High School Class of 2016, is the son of Matt and Linda Pederson of Rapid City.
VILLAGE OF ELK RAPIDS