Cheers to the Squire
Cheers to The Rockford Squire and its wonderfully diverse October 15 issue. M. Solle’s article regarding Lucas Drew and his competitive tree-climbing was informative and engaging. The summary of Michael Shibler’s thoughts (as Rockford’s superintendent of schools) was strong and to the point as, mincing no words, Mr. Shibler expressed his legitimate frustrations with Michigan’s flawed school funding.
But there is no flaw in the article to the left of this one. There we see a great photo (by Ana Olvera) of Andy Andresen and Su Gray waltzing their troubles away and advertising free dance lessons to the public. These classes, we learn, are taught by EMTs and the staff of Rockford Ambulance. Fitness and fun for free—what a great offer to our community! Thanks, Squire, for letting us know.
On page 5, the Squire bids farewell to Joyce Torrey as long-serving and hard-working president of the Rockford Area Arts Commission (We thank you, Joyce) and a warm welcome to Kayle Clements, the newly elected president of the Commission. Then, on page 11, an article appears announcing the opening of Cinco de Mayo, a family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant that flavors its atmosphere with large, colorful murals. Another nicely written article.
Finally, on page 9, Cliff and Nancy Hill regale us with their top-notch reporting on ArtPrize. Three well-placed photos accompany the article, and in their usual entertaining and investigative style, Cliff and Nancy bring us their unique commentary.
It takes an entire staff to create such a great edition as the October 15 one, a staff led by a capable editor and creative design/layout team. So, thank you all! And… lest we forget… yes, Roger, I always read the joke page first.
Lynn M. McIntosh