02-23-2017 Letters and Commentary

LETTERS

Gratitude from the family of Maurice “Skip” Schinck

Dear Editor,

I just wanted to thank the community for showing such respect when our father passed away.

He and his father Ace started the Hagar Township Fire Department (known as the North Berrien Fire Department). My father dedicated his life to his community through his work for Hagar Township, Coloma Schools, Skip’s Ace Garage Towing and Service Station, the fire department and ambulance.

We want to especially thank the North Berrien Fire Association, Watervliet Fire Department, Bridgman Fire Department and Benton Township Fire Department for their assistance with his memorial service. Our father will be truly missed.

The Maurice “Skip” Schinck Family Cindy LaGrow, Kim Derrick,

Carrie Littlefield and Cheryl Schinck

“Night to Shine” a success due to the help of so many caring individuals

Dear Editor,

I would like to say thank you to the Tri-City Record for sharing an article informing others and inviting them to a “Night to Shine”, a special needs prom that we recently held, sponsored by The Shore Church and The Tim Tebow Foundation. You helped get the word out to draw many to our event.

We were able to celebrate special needs individuals, by showing them the love of God, and treating them as the Kings and Queens that they all are.

I also would like to say thank you to the planners who helped with the prom, the wonderful volunteers, the parents and caregivers who brought their loved one to the event, and Coloma Mayor James Polashak and State Representative Kim LaSata for your heart felt presentations. To all the individuals who were cheering the prom attendees on as they came down the red carpet, from sports mascots, to Sheriff Paul Bailey, Mrs. Michigan, Elvis and others, your time investment made memories of a lifetime.

I was truly humbled to be a part of this event and I pray that we will all show special needs individuals how loved and awesome they are everyday and not just one time a year.

Kevin Hester, Pastor

The Shore Church, St. Joseph

Change to full retirement age in 2017

“Full retirement age” refers to the age when a person can claim their Social Security benefits without any reduction, even if they are still working part or full time.  In other words, you don’t actually need to retire from your work to claim your full benefits. Also note that waiting until you’re 70, if you can, will bring you a higher monthly benefit. The choices you make will affect any benefit your spouse or children can receive on your record, too. If you claim benefits early, it will reduce their potential benefit as well as yours.

As the bells rang in a new year, they also rang in changes in 2017 for people considering claiming Social Security retirement benefits. For people who attain age 62 in 2017 (i.e., those born between January 2, 1955 and January 1, 1956), full retirement age is 66 and two months.