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Just Another Thing to Watch Out For
Oct01

Just Another Thing to Watch Out For

By John Catoni “Hello, this is Jim Smith calling from the Internal Revenue Service please contact us immediately about your outstanding tax debt or you will be arrested and a law suit will be filed against you” This type of phone call could send people into cardiac arrest and straight into panic mode and lead them to frantically call the number back to do whatever is necessary to avoid trouble with the IRS. News flash! The...

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We all have one common bond…

By John Catoni Compassion, empathy, understanding, being helpful to those in need, not discriminating based on race, religion, gender etc., just an overall consideration of others and work ethic. These are the things that supposedly are applicable to every person in the United States. This common bond of being understanding and respecting everyone, should be what unites us all together and is something that applies to all of us,...

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Come on State of Michigan Give Us Some Credit
Jul07

Come on State of Michigan Give Us Some Credit

By John Catoni Ahhh Summer! Man I love summer. The heat, the long days, kids off school having fun, everything about it. Winter, spring, and fall, you can have ‘em. The change of seasons is almost as overrated as Brett Favre. However, there is one downer of summertime, paying your summer property taxes. Wait a minute you say, the State of Michigan will help ease the pain of paying my taxes by giving me a Homestead Property Tax credit....

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Are 529 college savings plans a good way to save for college?
Jul07

Are 529 college savings plans a good way to save for college?

By Chuck Belfiori Answer: Yes, they can be an excellent way to save for college. College savings plans are established by states and typically managed by an experienced financial institution designated by the state. Each plan has slightly different features. A 529-college savings plan lets you save money for college in an individual investment account that offers federal tax advantages. You (or anyone else) open an account in your...

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“Pop’s” On The Grill For June!
Jun01

“Pop’s” On The Grill For June!

By Michelle Fallena In May we were still wearing winter coats. It has been the longest season of cold weather I have seen in years. The weather has climbed above 70 degrees at last. Finally time to don the cute bikinis, break out the sunscreen and Dad can take the Bar-b-queue grill out of the garage. Downtown “D” is alive with colorful avenues of flowers and the sound of everything and everyone in a hurry to get someplace. Remember...

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Remembering Those Lost and the Survivors
Jun01

Remembering Those Lost and the Survivors

As I sit here on a warm memorial weekend night looking forward to spending some time with family and friends, I keep telling myself to have a good time, but do not lose sight of what this holiday really means. I will remind my children of this as well; that memorial day is a time for barbeques, opening the pool, baseball games, and a big sale at Fretter Appliance (oops sorry, Best Buy), but it is most importantly a day to honor and...

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