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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.

Church group helps repair Appalachian homes

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

From Rockford United Methodist Church, 34 youth and adults left on Saturday, July 11, for a week to Wyoming County, West Virginia, where they helped repair five homes, mostly due to flood damage. The five crews sided, roofed, underpinned, insulated, drywalled, and painted a room addition for a family with three children; built a rooster roof over a mobile home that had severe roof leaking; remodeled a bathroom making it handicap-accessible for an elderly woman who recently became wheelchair-bound, and built a pump house; installed a humungous retaining wall for a Hatfield descendent; and shored up the foundation of a mobile home and repaired the bathroom floor where the tub had fallen out of it, for a family. The Appalachia Service Project team from the church raise money each year to go the hollers of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia to make homes safer, warmer and drier by holding a cake auction every February at the church, hosting a Corner Bar Night, and picking up the trash for the Rockford Start of Summer Committee each year. If you would like to help fund this worthwhile cause, please send donations to RUMC, c/o ASP, 159 Maple Street, Rockford, MI 49341.

Hollinrake named Clerk of the Year

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake was selected Clerk of the Year by the Michigan Association of County Clerks (MACC). Chosen for her efforts representing Kent County and her 82 colleagues before the state legislature and her heavy involvement in various MACC committees, Hollinrake received the honor at the annual conference in Kalamazoo on August 25. Ever vigilant for the cause, Hollinrake has testified before state panels on issues from election reform and technology to gun control and privacy issues impacting court clerk, vital records and elections. This is not the first recognition that has been bestowed on Hollinrake. She was elected chair of the state’s Council of Election Officials last year and has twice been named “One of West Michigan’s Most Influential Women” by the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Nominations open for 2009 Kevin A. Kelly Award

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Michigan’s Children, an independent, non-partisan, multi-issue advocacy organization, is seeking nominations for the second annual Kevin A. Kelly Child Advocate Award. The award is named for longtime Michigan’s Children board member Kevin A. Kelly, the former executive director of the Michigan State Medical Society, who died in 2008 after decades of service to the children of Michigan in multiple ways. Each year, the Kelly award will be presented to the person or persons who has worked relentlessly, passionately and vigorously on behalf of the vulnerable children of our state and who also display the personal warmth and love that Mr. Kelly showed his entire life. The Kevin A. Kelly Child Advocate Award will be presented at the 10th annual Much Ado About Something Wonderful benefit tentatively scheduled for December 8 at the Country Club of Lansing. The event celebrates exemplary community, legislative and judicial accomplishment on behalf of children. Each year, this special recognition benefit brings together the governmental affairs community and distinguished legislators who help us achieve our vision of making Michigan the best state in America to be a child. The awards recognize those who have particularly distinguished themselves on behalf of children. More details about the event, including ticket sales and sponsorship information, will be posted soon at If you know someone to nominate for this prestigious award, please contact the president/CEO of Michigan’s Children, Jack Kresnak, at (517) 485-3500 or

Manshaem graduates from basic training

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Air Force Airman Keaton C. Manshaem recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Manshaem is the son of Nancy Manshaem of Rockford, and is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School.

Obituaries – September 10, 2009

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Curtis Mrs. Lillian L. Curtis, age 95, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2009, in Apache Junction, Ariz., where she was living with her daughter. Although born in Henderson County, Ky., she lived many years in Rockford, and was a former member of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Lillian is survived by her children, Shirley Getzen of Rockford, Charles and Martica Hershman of Victorville, Calif., Mrs. Juanita Webb of Carrizo Springs, Texas, Marjory and Robert Shier of Rockford, Evelyn Curtis of Apache Junction, Ariz., Ralph and Dorothy Curtis of Jenison, Gary and Kathy Curtis of Sand Lake, Dora Sue Jackson and Al and Phyllis Curtis, all of Kalamazoo; 29 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many, many great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Curtis; her daughters, Rosalee Gravelle and Mary Ann Steinke; her grandchildren, Audrey Joy Horrigan, Jean Poll, and Tony Curtis; her brother, Carlos Dodson; and her sister, Virginia Enright. The service for Mrs. Curtis will be Friday, September 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Hubbard officiating. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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