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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.

Welcome to Guanajuato, Mexico

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Saturday, while Art in the Park was in full swing in Garden Club Park, art on a grand scale was being created inside of a soon-to-be-open Mexican restaurant in downtown Rockford. Guatemalan artist Carmelo Lopez (pictured below), currently residing in the U.S., has been working feverishly to meet a two-week deadline prior to the grand opening of Cinco de Mayo. Lopez has been busy painting three-dimensional murals on the interior walls of the restaurant located on Courtland Street at the site of the former Smokehouse which burned down two years ago. Lopez is depicting scenes of old Mexico, primarily the hometown of restauranteur Marco Cullar. To say that Lopez is succeeding would be an understatement. The murals are beautiful and so realistic that one feels they are in the heart of Guanajuato, Mexico. The artwork displayed in the decor is worthy of the Grand Rapids Art Prize competition! Cinco de Mayo will be a full-service restaurant with a large eclectic menu featuring authentic Mexican cuisine.

McCrackens celebrate 50 years of marriage

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

                Jack and Sandra McCracken of Rockford will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on September 19, 2009. They were married at Sparta Baptist Church in 1959. Jack and Sandra are the parents of Tim and Patti McCracken of Kent City, and Terry and Brenda McCracken of Grant, and the grandparents of Dan and Brenda McCracken, Ryan McCracken, Christina Kusmierz, Troy McCracken, Christopher Kusmierz, Eric McCracken, Chad McCracken and Jack McCracken. The couple will celebrate this occasion with a family dinner on their anniversary.

Sexy socks found at Farmers Market

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As was their usual habit, far southeast Grand Rapids residents “Skippy” Waivo and her gentleman friend, Bob Shaffer, were visiting Rockford and its Farm Market last Saturday. Bob told us that one day Skippy showed up sporting a pair of multi-colored socks. Bob told Skippy they looked sexy, to which she replied, “Why don’t you get a pair yourself?” Bob responded, “Where would I wear them?” to which Skippy answered, “Why, anywhere you please!” To the admiring delight of envious market-goers, they wore them to the popular Saturday Farm Market. Which goes to show, “You are only young once, but you can always be immature.”

Sparta restaurant thrives on Italian tradition

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

In 1980, Rosario and Angela Candela left their homeland of Motelepre, Sicily, looking for a new start in America. Along with their three children, Sam, Joe and Anna, the couple worked with relatives in a local restaurant as they adjusted to life in America. Gaining experience and longing for their own personal tradition preparing Italian cuisine, the family opened a restaurant in 1982. Angela’s Pizza started as a small take-out pizza place located across the street. In 1985, the restaurant moved to its present location, and by 1995 became a full-service restaurant—Angela’s Italian Restaurant, located at 240 E. Division in Sparta, offering authentic Italian cuisine. Rosario and Angela continue the tradition of preparing the finest Italian cuisine along with the assistance of family members including Sam and his wife Lucy, Anna and her husband Domenico, and Joe. With the help of employees and the support of its patrons, Angela’s Restaurant has put a little touch of old world Italy in the community of Sparta. As a close-knit family, Rosario and Angela appreciate spending time with their children and 10 grandchildren. The family regularly travels to Sicily to visit relatives and brings back new recipes to add to their menu. Angela’s Restaurant offers daily specials (see their advertisement below), and welcomes everyone to stop in for an authentic Italian dining experience.

Rams open conference play, down Hudsonville

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

by TONY ANDERSON On Friday, Sept. 11 the Rockford Rams hosted the Hudsonville Eagles. Rockford won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Rams then kicked off to the Eagles. There was a fumble on the play and the ball was recovered by Rockford’s Kevin Badersnider. The Rams took over on the 16-yard line, and the Rockford running back lost a yard on the first play. However, on the second play, quarterback Taylor Masiewicz ran 17 yards for the touchdown, and Paul Mudgett added the point after. Hudsonville returned the kickoff to the 25. After a big pass play for first down, the Eagles looked to have some momentum, but the Ram defense buckled down. Matt Karamol sacked the Hudsonville quarterback for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Eagles to punt. Rockford took over on the 47, and went to work by mixing run and pass play among several players. Ryan Darby took it the last 11 yards for a touchdown, and Mudgett added the point after. Mudgett then kicked the ball into the end zone for a touchback, giving the Hudsonville Eagles the ball on the 20-yard line. The Ram defense once again forced a punt. The punt return saw Darby hand the ball to Solomon Grant on a reverse, taking the ball to the 48. Masiewicz hit Karamol on a massive pass play, but it was negated by a holding call. The first quarter came to an end with the score of Rams 14, Eagles 0. At the start of the second quarter, the Rams’ offense stumbled a bit and were forced to punt. The Eagles took over on the 28-yard line and were starting to move down the field, but Taylor Huizenga picked off the Hudsonville quarterback and returned it to the 41-yard line. The Ram offense tripped up and had to punt. The Hudsonville receiver fumbled the fair catch, but the Eagles recovered on the eight-yard line.   The Ram defense forced a three-and-out and returned the Eagle punt to the 21-yard line, but a penalty pushed them back to the 39-yard line. The Rams picked up one first down, then slowed down and Mudgett came in to kick a 37-yard field goal.   The Eagles and […]

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