September 14th, 2011
Beginning Jan. 1, walking into a bank and purchasing a paper savings bond will be a thing of the past. The new year will usher in a new way of handling savings bonds â€” the financial practice that began in 1935 is moving completely online.
Public affairs specialist Lateefah Thompson, from the Bureau of Public Debt, said that online savings bonds have been offered as an option since 2002. The difference now is that online will be the only option.
This is a continuation of the â€śgo greenâ€ť initiative that the federal government began implementing in April.
At $1,199 (the retail price for a MacBook), these computers donâ€™t come cheap. A question in many peopleâ€™s minds might be, where are schools getting the money to pay for these things?
Schools are relying on their usual budget, along with revenue from rental fees, to pay a lease for the devices from Apple. At the end of the four-year lease agreement, schools can either keep the computers or sell them back to Apple.
PLYMOUTH â€” Many adults are advised to regularly walk in order to stay active. Retired Chicago police officer Phil Szpicki (pronounced spy-key), at 70 years old, recently embarked on a journey that requires him to walk more than 900 miles â€” all along U.S. Highway 30.
â€śBeing able to do this at my age is a gift from God,â€ť said Phil Szpicki, covered in sweat and grime from the road.
Szpicki, who resides in Loves Park, Ill, spent the night in Plymouth Monday before setting off again on his journey.
LAKEVILLE â€” Freshman forward Allie Wright scored the game-winner with under four minutes on the clock, and the Lady Pilgrims earned their second win of the season with a 3-2 victory over LaVille Tuesday at Newton Park.
Wright drove a roller toward the far post and past LaVilleâ€™s Abbie McBride as Rachael Principe found Maggie Mahler on a cross into the box, and Mahlerâ€™s forward pass split a pair of LaVille defenders to find Wright for the golden goal.
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth back-up goalie Erik Aguilar gave his team a boost, and the Rockies played sectional rival Culver Military Academy to a 0-0 draw at home Tuesday.
â€ś(It was) a pretty fast-paced and very physical game,â€ť said Plymouth head boys soccer coach Josh Martin. â€śCMA played some very clever counter attacking soccer, but when we man-marked Luther Jacobs we were able to disrupt a lot of their offensive build-up in the second half.â€ś
Girls cross country
Panthers outpace Plymouth
Plymouth lost a Northern Lakes Conference meet 22-33 at NorthWood Tuesday.
Cynthia Medina paced the race for the Lady Panthers with a 19:50 followed by teammate Karlie Kratzchman.
Meg Fisher finished third for Plymouth, followed by NorthWoodâ€™s Brittney Grove and Jenn Hilty, while Darcy Fisher, Shelby Harrell, Deborah Anders and Libby Read finished in order in the six through nine spots.
â€˘ NORTHWOOD 22, PLYMOUTH 33
Pastor AnnMarie Kneebone says her strengths include her enthusiasm and helping people see their potential, both traits ideal for an interim pastor like herself.
Kneebone began her time as interim -- replacing Pastor Robin Keating, who left earlier this year -- at both Grace United Church of Christ in Culver and First United Church of Christ in Plymouth, in June, though she actually moved to Culver in July.
Gone are the days of toting heavy textbooks. Instead, some area junior and senior high school students have lightened their load to about 5 pounds â€” the weight of an Apple MacBook computer.
This school year is the first that many area schools have embraced the one to one computer initiative, providing each student with a computer of their own for use in class and at home.
Most schools doing one to one are using MacBooks, with the exception of Culver Community â€” they decided to go with iPads for every student.
PLYMOUTH â€” After a relatively quick and painless hearing process on the 2012 budget, the Marshall County Council found itself in a unique position for budget adoption â€” room to maneuver.
And while the hearing process may have been relatively painless, the confirmation was not.
â€śI thought this was going to be an easy year,â€ť said Councilperson Judy Stone. â€śIt turned out to be one of the toughest.â€ť
BOURBON â€” With three match points already in the bank, Triton head coach Allen Peckham decided to play it safe.
Jackson Downing and Wil Rettinger had already secured their three-set victory over Bremenâ€™s Joe Zeltwanger and Nate Strehler 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at 2 doubles, and with Austin Kanarr ailing with a leg injury and a busy stretch of conference matches on the horizon, Peckham called the No. 1 doubles match.
The forfeit had no affect on the outcome of the team result, however, as Downingâ€™s and Rettingerâ€™s victory sewed up a 3-2 NSC win for Triton over visiting Bremen Monday in Bourbon.