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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.

Fahlen signs to Taylor University

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Northpointe Christian 2009 graduate Jimmy Fahlen has signed a letter of intent to play college golf at Taylor University. His All Conference, All State credentials led to his much-anticipated signing of a golf scholarship. Jimmy will be fortunate enough to join his brother Arne Fahlen, a senior and captain of the golf team’s 2009-2010 season. Last season, Arne achieved MCC academic All Conference and NAIA All American Scholar Athlete. Their proud parents are Jim and Rosemary Fahlen of Rockford.

Hyser history museum open this weekend

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dulcimer players, refreshments Fans of history get a double treat this weekend with the 23rd annual Grand Rogue Living Encampment at Grand Rogue campground and refreshments and dulcimer players at the Hyser River Musesum right next door at 6440 West River Drive. The museum is the actual home of pioneer surgeon and Civil War captain William Hyser, who lived from 1826 to 1909. It is the only remaining structure of the original Plainfield Village, which itself was built on a former Native American village. The museum will be open Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 and Sunday, September 20 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dulcimer players will be at 2 p.m. Donna and Wendall Briggs who were chosen for recognition for their contribution to the community, will be honored on Saturday.

Nothing fishy about this traditional boil

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dating back to the late 1800s, fish boils were a tradition of Scandinavian immigrants to Door County, Wis. Nowadays there is not a respectable Wisconsin “Supper Club” in Door County worth its salt that does not feature a fish boil on Friday or Saturday evenings, summer through fall. In 2000, Barbara Bull, owner of Cherry Point Farm, traveled to Door County, Wis. for a cherry growers meeting and while there experienced, for the first time, one of the area’s famous fish boils. “Eureka,” she said, “I had found the perfect ingredient to compliment the 600 acres of orchards, gardens, vineyards and woodlands where more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are produced and harvested on Cherry Point Farm.” Thus began a new tradition at Cherry Point Farm, the Friday and Saturday evening fish boils during the months of June, July, August and September. “Fish boils are gatherings.” says Bull. “Area locals, out-of-state tourists, and resorters gather and make new friends while partaking in, many for the first time, a unique culinary experience.” It has been said by some that the worst winter they had ever spent “was a summer in Michigan.” This past summer in Michigan was one such summer, being one of the coolest on record. This particular Friday was no exception. It had rained off and on all day and it was 60 degrees when we arrived at Cherry Point Farm, but we were cheered by the sight of 5,000 blooming red petunias planted at the entrance of the farm market building. Previously, along with 77 others, we had made the required reservations for the evening’s fish boil. Our concerns about no-shows were laid to rest as the parking lot soon filled with the evening’s entire roster. The weather cooperated, the rain stopped, and outside over a stone lined fire pit Ven Martinez, the “boil master,” had already stoked a fire under and around a water- filled specially crafted 30-gallon pot. Martinez’s vital responsibility was to establish and maintain a rolling boil in the pot. Tonight it proved to be a difficult task because of the damp wood, but he succeeded admirably. Promptly at 6 p.m., Barb Bull announced that the fish boil was about to commence. Holding cups of […]

Rockford grads treated to picnic before big game

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Graduates of Rockford High School were given a free hotdog and beverage before the first varsity home football game last Thursday, September 3. Families made a day of the event, which began at 5 p.m. Giveaways from area visitors, mascots, and perfect weather made the family event a great way to kickoff the football season. Families brought blankets and enjoyed the class reunion picnic organized by Rockford Community Services.

New exercise program makes the world your gym

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

EcoTrek Fitness sessions available every day in West Michigan Staying fit is like a walk in the park—a fast walk, with different sessions of total-body workouts. Terri Baumgardner is a Rockford resident who knows our parks and outdoor places well. A certified aerobics instructor, Baumgardner heard about EcoTrek Fitnesss and loved the idea. EcoTrek is a concept created by a West Michigan native that uses the great outdoors as the backdrop to a healthy, 75-minute workout. The routine is a mix of cardio, strength and stretching that takes place in parks and outdoor locations. “This is completely different than anything else,” said Baumgardner. It’s very different than going to a gym and participating in a class where there is no connection with the other people. We have a lot of fun, walking and talking, and every location is different.” Baumgardner offers her EcoTrek workouts on Monday morning and Wednesday evenings. She has brought her clients to Pickerel Lake, Townsend Park, the Cannon Trail, downtown Rockford, Rogue River Park, Memorial Park in downtown Rockford and the Cannonsburg Ski Hill. “We go to eight or nine locations, each one is different and is different seasonally as well.” The workouts are for any adult and even teens have participated. “You wouldn’t want to bring a small child along, but anyone can do this,” Baumgardner said. People need show up only with comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Baumgardner said newbies don’t need to worry that they can’t keep up. “We do some walking and then we stop and exercise for a while,” she said. At a recent Wednesday night workout the group started at the Cannon Trail off Sunfish Lake Road and walked the trail to Townsend Park. In the woods the team stopped and did exercises in the trees using strength-training bands (which are provided). “You may notice that we were exercising and some of the people came along after a little bit,” Baumgardner said. “We do that so the slower ones can catch up and go at their own pace. We don’t leave the slow ones behind.” Cari Draft is the person who came up with the concept. She did so after attending an outdoor certification course offered for athletic trainers by Nike in Beaverton, Orgegon. After […]

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