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The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President   Even though the new Rockford Area Museum has not officially opened, many things have happened in the building. Several Rockford Area Historical Society Board meetings have been held in the research room. In recent months the fundraising auction group under the leadership of Roger Humbert has been using the main room that will be done during Phase Two for their planning. This past Saturday, September 14, 2013 the Rockford Rotary Club held their raffle drawing in the lobby while the Rockford High School Jazz Band played in the adjoining room. Many people who attended the raffle toured the completed part (Phase One – History Room) during their visit. Readers should also know that near the end of August Rockford Public School administrator, Doctor Ryan Kelly, and a group of other educators and parents of students toured the building. The Rockford School system has been very supportive of our project in many ways including financial donations from Parkside, Valley View and Meadow Ridge elementary schools and North Rockford Middle School. I should also mention that many individuals have contacted us or simply stopped by when we were at the museum and have been shown through the rooms. I think we have done well for not opening yet. As many readers probably know by now, the GRAND OPENING of Phase One will occur on Thursday, September 26, 2013 starting with a ribbon cutting at 6:00 P.M. The museum will then be open until 8:00 P.M. Everyone is invited to attend this positive event. What about Phase Two? Planning for Phase Two is now in progress. Because of the addition of a learning center area, the design of the room will be changed from the original plan, but much of what was previously done will be used. The building of exhibits will follow but will take time. The exact date for opening the next phase is not known, but the public will be informed as soon as possible. We expect the same quality of workmanship and results as are seen in Phase One and will take whatever reasonable time that is needed to ensure another positive display area. Is there still time to donate items for our September 28, 2013 fundraising auction? Yes! […]


September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mr. Paul D. Kleynenberg, age 66, passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013. He was born in Grand Rapids to Arthur and Jane (DeWeerd) Kleynenberg. Paul was a Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam. He was a third generation water well driller and he owned and operated Paul Kleynenberg Wells for almost 40 years. Paul also enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips to the UP. He is survived by his parents; brothers, Richard (Patricia) Kleynenberg, Robert (Judy) Kleynenberg; sister, Donna (Phil) Stockton; daughter-in-law, Kari Kleynenberg; grandsons, Samuel and Eli Kleynenberg. Paul was preceded in death by his son, Curtis Kleynenberg. There will be private memorial service at a later date. The family would like to express their appreciation to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Unit 1 Blue. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mrs. Polly A. Bomers, age 93, went home to her Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 10, 2013. She was born in Grand Rapids to Robert and Nellie (Van Prooyen) Weed. She married the late Robert A. Bomers December 10, 1938. She is survived by her children, Jan “Buster” (Susan) Bomers, Sally Ann (James) Teeman, Anne Zanella, Robert D. (Gay) Bomers; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Polly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert A.; son-in-law, John Zanella; and great-grandson, Dylan. The memorial service will be 1 PM Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Pederson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions in Polly’s name to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

Social Media and Children

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Social Media and Children   Kelly Amshey, Assistant Principal, ERMS   Children and young adults today live in a different world than the one that their parents knew growing up. Technology is central to their education, access to information, and ability to communicate. One aspect of the era of technology that is critical for parents to discuss with their student(s) is the use of social media. Social media websites are a common part of today’s world and are utilized by adults, young adults, teens and, in some cases, pre-teens. While social media can be a fun way to communicate and express one’s self, these websites can also open doors to cyber bullying, predatory activity, and limitations on future opportunities. Unlike personal communications, technology provides an avenue for people to communicate without seeing who or what they may be impacting. Comments posted on social media are far more likely to be cruel and exaggerated than those made in person because there is a lack of connection to the victim. Students that engage in cyber bullying may be entirely different than individuals who would bully within the walls of the school. Another dangerous aspect of social media is the anonymity, which can be useful to predators. Some individuals may post false images and profiles in order to establish online relationships with young people. Upon building trust, they are often able to solicit personal information and may attempt to contact them in person. Social media may also be problematic when individuals choose to post comments, images, and/or video that reflect poorly on their character. Colleges, places of employment, and scholarship committees often report that they investigate through social media and use the information in the decision-making process. Poor language, indications of illegal activity, mean behavior, or explicit pictures may impact the future of a young person. What can you do to decrease the risk that your child is harmed by the use of social media? Recommendations vary, but most important is that you discuss the risks of using social media with your child frequently. Teens are pre-teens need to hear about and be reminded of the concerns to assist them in making positive decisions. Secondly, establish a family rule that indicates the minimum age or grade level for […]

Tax Attic September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

October 1, 2013 is a big day in the world of Obamacare. It appears that by October 1, anyone who works for an employer with revenue of more than $500,000 and has at least one employee should receive a letter from that employer titled “Notice to Employees of Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options”. The employee can then take the letter to the federal on-line insurance exchange and use it to buy coverage. What is the letter going to say? There are two versions of the model letter that are available through the Department of Labor’s website at The first version is for employers who do not provide health insurance to their employees. The second version is for employers who do currently provide employer-paid health insurance to their employees. Both versions have a Part A and a Part B. Part A is “General Information”. Part B is “Information About Health Coverage Offered by Your Employer”. Part A includes several important pieces of information. First, it notifies the employee that the federal on-line insurance exchange, called “Health Insurance Marketplace”, does exist. It gives contact information for the Marketplace; a brief description of the Marketplace; and the products and services available through the Marketplace. It directs interested people to the government’s website: for more information. Second, it notifies the employee that there is potentially a premium tax credit available to help the employee pay for coverage should the employee buy insurance through the Marketplace. The credit is based on several factors, including the family income of the purchaser; the actual policy purchased; whether the employer provides insurance or not; and if the employer does provide insurance, does that insurance cover less than 60% of the value of allowable claims. The third item the letters must itemize is the fact that employee may lose a tax-free fringe benefit if the employee opts to purchase health insurance through the Marketplace. The employee may gain a credit but lose a tax-free fringe benefit. Part B for employers who do not provide health insurance gives employer information the employee needs to go to the Marketplace to purchase insurance. The Marketplace coordinator may contact the employer to verify the accuracy of the letter so common information such as name, address, telephone […]

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