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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.

Fred Meijer ups ante in support of trail

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

                        by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For maybe the second time in his life, Dave Heyboer, chairman of the Friends of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (Friends), was struck speechless. It was Thursday, August 7, and Heyboer had just been presented a check for $502,240 from the Meijer Foundation to further augment a million dollars that had been previously granted some years ago. This latest donation was gifted to provide the 20% matching monies to a recently received federal grant of $2,240,000 to be used toward the final engineering and further paving of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (FMWPT). “It was money sent from heaven,” said Heyboer. The 92-mile-long FMWPT is a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) linear park that is the jewel of the state’s Rails-to-Trails system. Traveling north to south, it connects the cities of Cadillac and Grand Rapids. Some 35 miles have already been paved and are heavily used by countless numbers of people as a recreational destination. These users are not only local residents but also Michiganders from around the state and visitors from across the nation as well. The new monies received will go toward the complete engineering of the entire unpaved portion of the FMWPT. The balance remaining will allow paving from Cadillac southward to, hopefully, LeRoy in late spring or early summer of 2010. This southward paving is a departure from the Grand Rapids northward paving that has been previously completed. By completing the engineering, further paving can move forward without delay as new monies come available. Last Friday, September 11, a ceremony was held at the FMWPT staging area in Cadillac that was attended by 150 people. Federal, state and local officials, along with area businessmen, representatives of the Michigan Snowmobile Association, and members of the Friends were present. The guest of honor was to have been Fred Meijer, who was a little “under the weather” and unable to attend. Rob VerHeulen and Mike Julien of the Meijer Foundation ably represented Fred, himself. Friends Chairman Dave Heyboer, who—along with the group he heads—has dedicated a major portion of his life toward the goal of the complete paving of the FMWPT, couldn’t be happier […]

Classifieds – September 17, 2009

September 17, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Activity Assistant for clerical and activity needs at Bishop Hills. 10 hours/week, usually Wednesday and Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. $7.40/hour. Call (616) 866-2002.      b38 ______________________ WANTED: Acoustic bass player for gospel group. (616) 696-1246.      p38cp ______________________ FOR SALE Antique desk with hutch, cubby holes, shelves, doors, beautiful condition. Dated late 1800s. $775. Call (616) 866-1478, leave a message.      ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALE Large sale—XL glider, toys, clothes, furniture, Christmas items, books, decorative items, Ivory Thomasville furniture. Friday, Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 5263 Surf Dr. NE.      p38 ______________________   Sale—September 19, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7774 Courtland Drive. 2-man Folbot canoe, twin bed, household items, books, zippered wardrobe, clothing.      p38 ______________________   Huge Barn Sale—September 17-18. Oak tables, truck topper, bunk bed frames, dishes, home decor, clothes, tables full of items. Myers Lake Rd. to 9313 Peterson.      p38 ______________________ FOR RENT Rockford Hills condo—8771 Courtland Drive. 2-bedroom, 2-bath, garage, walk-out, deck. $975/mo. (616) 458-8200.      b38 ______________________   Lake Bella Vista—two-bedroom, air, garage, free lake access. Seniors welcome, no pets. $575/mo., plus utilities. Call (616) 874-7871.      b38 ______________________ Rockford—2-bedroom in mature adult modern four-plex. Heat, trash, water, carport included. No smoking or pets. $590/mo. (616) 887-8501 or (616) 291-3078.      p38cp ______________________ PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act and the Michigan Civil Rights Act which collectively make it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age or marital status, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To report discrimination, call the Fair Housing Center at (616) 451-2980. The HUD toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. ______________________ REAL ESTATE FOR SALE OR RENT 7 to 20 acres, Big Rapids, Stanwood, Howard City. $500 down, 10 acres starting at $22,900, $250/mo., 11%, 5-year payoff. […]

Puzzle through clues and win $1,000 in free gas

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Annual treasure hunt begins Tuesday Don’t ask Carl Stites’ wife where the Cannon Coin is. He said she can’t keep a secret and is the last person he’d tell. We should all know how she feels. Each year of the Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) treasure hunt, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care is the one and only person who knows the location of the solid bronze coin that is worth a cool thousand in free gas. Clues to the hunt will be released beginning next Tuesday at participating businesses. This year those willing to work a little harder will have a better chance of finding the clues. This year Stites is breaking each clue into three parts so treasure hunters will have to visit more than one participating business to piece together hints. “This will be more fun,” Stites said. Clues will also be released each week to the Squire, where readers will find them on the front pge. Stites has already hidden the coin, and said he is “feverishly” working on clues, which he calls a six-month process. The coin is in Cannon Township, is always hidden in a handicapped accessible location and never on private property. It is about three inches around and has a cannon stamped on one side, a symbol of the cannon for which the township is named. The cannon was the town symbol, but after youths fired it off at a fourth of July celebration as a joke and one died, the cannon was hidden by the town fathers and never rediscovered, despite years of search. Now people search for the coin, and the first one to find it will receive certificates for $1,000 in free gas from the Cannonsburg Grist Mill and the Topp Stop. “Each year it gets bigger and bigger. There are more people looking,” said Stites, who would not offer an early clud of the coin’s location. “You will have to go to participating businesses and find out for yourself,” he said. The Cannon Township businesses who are taking part this year are ChoiceOne Bank, ChiroHealth, Rockford Self Storage, David P. Fischer, DDS, S&H Greenhouse, Stites Eye Care, Acme Tire and Auto, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Euro Autowerks, Lakeside Car Company, Jim Rasmus-Allstate […]

Ric’s Food Center wins customers through service, prices

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

                          Lack of action on development not ‘part and parcel’ to store Ric’s Food Center Store Director Dave Brickner wonders if rumors over the ongoing lack of action in the Cannon Town Center development might be costing the store customers. He said the store has a 20-plus-year lease and ownership of the planned unit development at Myers Lake Avenue and Belding Road is unrelated to the financial situation of the store. “It’s not part and parcel to the food center,” he said. “We have our own decades-long lease, and who owns the property does not affect that.” Brickner said he believes the property surrounding the store on three sides is a gold mine waiting for the right developer, with great exposure to two busy roads and a location where business and residential is prime for growth. “This will be the next area in Rockford to grow. It’s an awesome location and we have the best schools in the state. As a person, that’s what I looked at when I was thinking of coming here. All our elementaries are in the process of serious expansions. Where else in the state do you see that happening?” said Brickner, who has a kindergartener starting school in Rockford this week. People in Rockford appreciate quality schools and understand how important funding is to keep schools effective. “I come from an area where people were notorious about voting down millages. Here people support the school, and that makes a huge difference,” Brickner said. Qualities such as the school and the community will be a draw when the time is right for a smart developer to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the now nearly vacant Center. Cannon Township Supervisor Pete MacGregor pointed out that much of the expense of a large development is already completed for the Center. He called the development a “plug and play” opportunity, meaning a buyer could obtain the property and begin building and selling with very little extra expense or effort. Brickner said rumors in the township have been circulating since the Ric’s Food Center opened on February 1, 2008. The rumors have worsened since the development went into foreclosure this summer […]

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