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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.

Fore the Love of Golf – July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Have confidence in yourself by JEFFREY S. O’MALLEY Director of Golf Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club Just the other day, I read an article written by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D., involving a surfer and his mental confidence or lack of. After reading the article, I realized that it totally related to us golfers, too! Cohn’s article was about a surfer who didn’t have full confidence in his own abilities. Around others, he always worried about what his peers and friends thought about his game. He would compare himself to other surfers and feel he didn’t match up to them. He was constantly concerned and guessing what others thought about his game. The bottom line is he was his own worst enemy. He was way too hard on himself, tried to be too perfect, and his mind-reading affected his performance in a negative way. Mentally, he thought he was a bad surfer. So, to better himself, he had to quit thinking about what others thought and not compare himself to others. He started to think positive thoughts about himself. I believe we should always focus on the task at hand and stay in the moment. What others think should not affect what we do. Can you imagine comparing ourselves to Tiger Woods in ability? Now that is a total letdown. We should just tee it up and do the best we can on every shot, so when the round is over we will post the best score that we could shoot that day. Remember that golf is 90 percent mental, so we should work on this more than the physical part and the same as a worse case scenario.

Rockford’s Andi Raymond commits to Towson University lacrosse

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  It isn’t everyday that a college located in the lacrosse hotbed of America, Baltimore, Md., recruits a girl from Michigan. Rockford lacrosse standout Andi Raymond has verbally committed to taking her skills to Towson University beginning in the fall of 2010. Raymond, a rising senior, is the first girl from West Michigan to be offered a lacrosse scholarship by a Top 20 NCAA Division I university. Towson ended the 2009 lacrosse season as the NCAA’s 14th-ranked team in the nation and they have won two consecutive Colonial Athletic Association championships and played in two NCAA Division I tournaments in a row. “I am really excited to be going to Towson,” said Raymond. “Their program is outstanding and the coaching staff is excellent.” Recently, Raymond returned from two East Coast tournaments and a week at the Towson Lacrosse Camp. “Playing with incoming recruits as well as some of the Towson players really helped me feel like this is where I could see myself playing for my four years of college,” Raymond commented. “Choosing a school was much more difficult than I thought because there were so many good options.” Five Division I schools expressed interest in Raymond, and probably her most challenging decision was to turn down a scholarship offer from Northwestern University, the NCAA’s top-ranked women’s lacrosse team and five-time national champion. As a team captain and MVP at Rockford, Raymond comes off an outstanding junior season where she set several school records and led the Rams to a 21-4 season. She was a unanimous First Team All State and All Conference player as well as garnering recognition as a U.S. Lacrosse All American. Her All American honorable mention selection is a first for a girls lacrosse player from West Michigan. Coach Mike Emery believes Raymond was the leading scorer in all of Michigan this year. Her 117 goals and 80 assists gave her an unheard-of season total of 197 points. If the MHSAA kept good records, she may very well own the state records as well. Though the Rams ended their MHSAA tournament as a state semi-finalist, Raymond believes that they have the potential to go all the way in the 2010 season. The Rams will return nine starters from the 2009 season. […]

Riptide swimmers qualify for state

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  It has been a great summer season for the Rockford Riptide swim team. During eight weeks of dedication and hard work, 21 athletes qualified to swim at the state meet in 91 individual and six relay events. Under the direction of Head Coach Mike Cutler, with assistance from Megan Hirn, David Carson, Tom Parks and Kevin Brown, the club is delighted to showcase these athletes as they proudly represent Rockford Riptide at the state level. Rockford Riptide is a community-based United States Swimming (USS) competitive age group swim team. Their purpose is to introduce children to the benefits of competitive swimming and encourage swimmers to reach their highest level of potential in and out of the water while demonstrating leadership and sportsmanship skills.

Classifieds – July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED IF YOU CAN SELL and you would like to make a decent commission, this could be a great job. Work in and out of the office for a local weekly newspaper. More than just sales, this is a great way to learn and understand marketing in the local field. No long-distance travel, established accounts included. Must have valid driver’s license. For more information call (616) 696-3655 (ask for Lois) or send e-mail and resume to      ftfn ______________________ Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339.      p32cp ______________________  FOR SALE Kitchen cabinets—good shape, medium brown, full set. Asking $1,000. Call (616) 874-7702 for more information.      ftfn ______________________ WANTED TO BUY 26″ 3-speed bicycle. Call (616) 644-0599.      ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALE Rockford—July 30-August 1, Thursday-Saturday, 4610 Kroes. Granny’s parting with her treasures! Men’s clothes, treadmill, Belding spool, cabinet, mucho antiques, garden and household items.      p30 ______________________ Huge moving sale Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 15275 Simmons Ave. NE, Cedar Springs. Adult clothes, household goods, tools, furniture, collectibles and more.       31p ______________________   Rockford—120 S. Main. July 31-August 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Seasonal, country, Paris decor, Tom Clark gnomes, Jim Stone jewelry blowout! Bare Escentuals make-up.      p31cp ______________________ Rum Creek Condominiums multi-family block garage sale. Saturday, August 22, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 23, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Courtland Dr. NE, between 10 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road.      p31 ______________________   Sale: July 30-31. Toys, books, games, electronics, Avon, Star Wars, housewares, misc., 6845 Martinview (east of Belding/Young).      p31 ______________________ FOR RENT Howard City: 4-bedroom, 2-bath, complete basement with walkout, attached garage, 1.7 acres, $800/month plus security deposit. Call (906) 586-3710 or (517) 974-8346, ask for Karen.       31cp ______________________ Cedar Springs—3-bedroom mobile, 1 acre, $550. Sand Lake—3-bedroom mobile, garage, $550. Both vacant, pets optional, (616) 874-8677.       31cp ______________________   Rockford—two-bedroom apartment,  carport, storage. Includes heat, pretty garden. Perfect for a senior citizen. No pets. Call for an appointment, (616) 866-2784.      p31 ______________________ COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR SALE OR LEASE Office space for rent in downtown Rockford, off-street parking. Two offices with conference room available, Internet accessible. Call […]

Bragging bandit busted after blowing cash

July 24, 2009 // 0 Comments

Suspect bought drugs, gambled cash, fought off robbers with skateboard by BETH ALTENA After Gerard Michael Coulombe allegedly robbed the Lake Michigan Credit Union on Ten Mile Road, he showed off piles of cash to his friends, bragged about the robbery, and even showed online pictures from the security camera as proof he did it. In a federal complaint from the United States District Court in the case of Coulombe vs. the United States of America, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent outlines Coulombe’s actions before and after the Monday, July 13 robbery. On July 16, Kent County Sheriff officer Brad Mercer, a member of the FBI’s Grand Rapids Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force received a call from Detective Bryan Muir of the Kent County Sheriff Department. He had interviewed an inmate of the Kent County Jail who claimed to know the robber in the crime. Jerome Joseph Matthews said he was at Coulombe’s house the day of the robbery and he saw three large stacks of cash totalling $5,000 to $6,000. Coulombe was bragging about the robbery and pulled up online news showing surveillance shots as proof. Coulombe’s roommate was also present during the discussion. That roommate, Nicholas Lynn Pyle, told officers he drove Coulombe from their Grand Rapids home to a location near the credit union in his white Dodge minivan with Coulombe’s motorcycle in the back. He dropped  Coulombe off, who returned after about five minutes. According to Pyle’s testimony, Coulombe had large amounts of cash he hadn’t had when he left. The credit union reported it was robbed of $5,879 the day of the theft. A man entered, immediately started yelling at tellers to do as he said so no one would be hurt. He gestured with his right hand to draw attention to a gun in the waistband of his pants. He took money from the two tellers and left. Matthews said his friend had had an airsoft pistol and a BB gun at his home and had painted over the orange muzzles to make the guns look realistic. Pyle told officers that after Coulombe put his motorbike back into Pyle’s van he admitted to robbing the credit union. According to Pyle, the pair then drove to Car Lovers Car Wash […]

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