08-30-2018 Letters and Commentary

Reader enjoys  yesteryear features of the TCR Dear Amy, Please renew my subscription once again. We love this paper, especially the Paw Paw River Journal by Roy. We also enjoy your dad’s articles. We love trips back to yesteryear. My husband and I went and visited Roy and his lovely wife, Marion, a week ago and they are doing well. They are from Hartford, as we were. Do have a good day and a good week. Thank you, Jerrie Williams

John McCain and Watervliet Dear Editor, Otto Jennings Helweg graduated from Watervliet High School in 1954 and went to the U.S. Naval Academy and was a classmate of John McCain. They were both commissioned as Ensigns in the U.S. Navy in 1958. While at the Academy, Otto Helweg played football and was a heavyweight boxer. John McCain, at 127 pounds, was a lightweight boxer. In a Newsweek article on May 13, 2007 called “Can McCain Box His Way to the Nomination”, Otto Helweg was quoted as saying, “McCain was not the most skilled, but he was the most feared… he never gave up!” Otto Jennings Helweg died of a heart attack on 2 November 2008 in Denver, Colorado when he was campaigning for his classmate. With the passing of Senator McCain and in memory of Otto Jennings Helweg, I quote an old Navy saying, “May you have fair winds and following seas.” Don Oderkirk U.S. Navy Reserve, Retired

BCYF numbers down; Thank you from the Fair Director to all that made it an adventure Dear Editor, “Passport to Adventure” was the theme for the 2018 Berrien County Youth Fair and what an adventure it was! Barns were decorated with a travel theme. With a few days of forecasted rain, we all greatly appreciated the sunny days and typical summer nights. Our attendance was 104,129 (down about 17,000 from 2017) -exhibitors were down by 38 at 2,134 and they displayed 11,427 exhibits. All species of livestock were represented at the 2018 BCYF. We welcomed baby goats and a baby llama during the week in Wonders of Birth plus eggs hatching each day. The grandstand introduced two nights of demolition derby (a day for cars and a day for trucks) this year in addition to truck and tractor pull, Circus Continental, LOCASH and Bullmania. The Ag·Expo building again featured information on agricultural products as well as the Farmer for a Day display. The USA building featured the 98.3 “The Coast” youth talent contest winners throughout the week as well as Robotics, Senior Day (exhibits and demonstrations) and the Baked Fruit Pie Contest. The mall stage was busy with many youth exhibit trophy and award presentations and a variety of acts throughout the week. Many fair visitors enjoyed the jazz music, oldies music and Elvis was even sighted. The Historical building highlighted the 1970s. A “big” thanks to all the livestock auction supporters -$477,674.15! 923 lots passed before the auctioneers and the crowd of buyers on Thursday (rabbits and poultry) and Friday (Iambs, goats, gallon of goat milk, gallon of cow milk, beef and swine). Volunteers are the backbone of the Berrien County Youth Fair Association, Inc. Thanks again for your tireless hours of dedication to provide a showplace for our youth. BCYF could not do it without all of you. Mark your calendars for the 2019 Berrien County Youth Fair -August 12-17. The theme for the 74th youth fair is “Country Nights and Carnival Lights”. Karen M. Klug BCYF Secretary and Exec. Director

Bones in Balance classes during September helps individuals with osteoporosis Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four-week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from September 4 to 27 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 44 million Americans, and although both men and women can develop the disease, over 80 percent of sufferers are women over the age of 45. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” because bone loss occurs without any visible symptoms at first. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their bones are so weak that the smallest strain or fall causes a bone to fracture. A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.

Social Security when you are self-employed Most people who pay into Social Security work for an employer. Their employer deducts Social Security taxes from their paycheck, matches that contribution, sends taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and reports wages to Social Security. However, self-employed people must report their earnings and pay their Social Security taxes directly to the IRS. These taxes will help determine your eligibility for benefits later. You’re self-employed if you operate a trade, business, or profession, either by yourself or as a partner. You report your earnings for Social Security purposes when you file your federal income tax return. If your net earnings are $400 or more in a year, you must report your earnings on Schedule SE, in addition to the other tax forms you must file. Net earnings for Social Security are your gross earnings from your trade or business, minus your allowable business deductions and depreciation. Some income doesn’t count for Social Security and shouldn’t be included in figuring your net earnings. You can read more about self-employment, paying your Social Security taxes and figuring and reporting your net earnings at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10022.pdf. Social Security has been a cornerstone of American security for over 80 years. As a self-employed person, your small business is another cornerstone in the foundation of our economy. Working together, we make this nation stronger. We’re here for you, securing today and tomorrow. Remember, the most convenient way to contact us anytim