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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.

Letters to the Editor – July 23, 2009

July 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Tragedy averted at crosswalk  Dear Editor, I doubt these young teens will read this, but perhaps their parents will. I saw two kids walking south to the corner of Fremont and Division streets. I waited for the traffic light to turn green, and then started to turn. These kids abruptly started walking right in front of my vehicle. They didn’t even look to see if there was oncoming traffic. There are crosswalk signals at this corner, but obviously “DO NOT WALK” was ignored. If I hadn’t braked, I would have hit at least one of these children! And if the driver behind me wasn’t alert, I would have been rear-ended for the sudden stop. I thank my lucky stars that a tragedy was averted. I did yell out my window, “Watch where you’re going,” but they didn’t even look back. I’m writing in hopes that kids “look before they leap,” to use a cliché. If, heaven forbid, a toddler ventured out into the street, it would be bad enough. But 13- and 14-year-olds know better!  Sincerely,  Mary Beth Eggleston, Rockford resident   Alpha Family Center, Independent Bank, Save-A-Lot partner together Dear Editor, Alpha Family Center, Independent Bank and Save-A-Lot in Cedar Springs are partnering together to raise support for life—the life of the unborn child. Today, I had a chance to partner with them. I stopped in to Save-A-Lot to make a purchase and donated money along with my purchase. I placed my name on the little baby name tag that will be displayed on the window, along with many others. Let’s raise support together. Stop into Alpha, Save-A-Lot and Independent Bank today to make your donations. Let’s fill up the windows together. Let’s support an organization that cares about the needs of others! Lifewalk is a celebration of the lives saved and cared for through Alpha Family Center. The yearly Lifewalk took place on Saturday, June 20. The walk began at Morley Park and then wound down through the heart of Cedar Springs, stopping to pray at four key locations within the community. Over 200 faithful supporters were in attendance, pledging $17,000 in support! Everyone who participated received a t-shirt and fellowship as they rejoiced once again in God’s provision for another year. Three women […]

Classifieds – July 23, 2009

July 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Receptionist: immediate part-time opening for a front desk position at a busy Rockford law office. 16-20 hours per week. Legal office experience would be a plus. Please send resume to: Attn: Office Manager, Blakeslee, Fry & Scales, 240 Northland Dr., Rockford, MI 49341 or fax resume to “Attn: Office Manager” at (616) 866-3866.      b30 ______________________ Looking for a motivated sales employee for a new food market in Rockford. Call Nick (989) 429-1215.      30cp ______________________   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 ______________________ Kitchen help and servers—full- and part-time. Apply in person at Grattan Irish Pub, 11812 Old Belding Road. Take Northland Drive to Belding Road (M-44), go 9 miles east.      b30cp ______________________   MA, clinical/clerical experienced, PT, Plainfield Allergy Clinic. We offer work-life balance in a positive team setting with respect for the individual. FAX resume to (616) 988-8512.      b30 ______________________ 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 ______________________ ANTIQUES ALLEGAN ANTIQUE MARKET­—Sunday, July 26. 400 exhibitors. Rain or shine. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at the Fairgrounds, right in Allegan, Michigan. $4 admission.      p30 ______________________ GARAGE SALE Multi-family plus estate items. July 23-25, 9:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Coan St., between Northland Drive and Shaner Ave. Check Craigslist for a partial list of items.      30cp ______________________   Christmas in July Sale—Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 Eleven Mile Road. 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29; 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30. All proceeds benefit the North Kent Service Center Food Pantry.      f30 ______________________   SPARTA: 3 miles from 131 exit 101, 15 Mile […]

International musician to play at Grill One Eleven

July 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Enjoy the music of internationally known Dana Cooper right here in Rockford on Tuesday, July 28. In a free concert starting at 8 p.m., Cooper will perform at Grill One Eleven, 111 Courtland Street, downtown Rockford. The singer/songwriter has wowed audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe recently with tunes from his newest album, “Made of Mud,” to be released on September 13 on King Easy Records. Cooper’s ingenious guitar work and gutsy harmonica continue to augment his passionate voice and insightful lyrics. This collection of 11 songs produced by Richard McLaurin features acclaimed Nashville talents Dave Jacques, Paul Griffith, Eric Fritsch, Steve Hermann and Vickie Hampton. Out of the heartland of America, the stomping ground of Truman and Twain, Cooper was playing his music in Kansas City clubs by the age of 16. Leaving behind a college art scholarship, Cooper toured the country and landed in Los Angeles. In 1973, Elektra Records released his self-titled debut solo album featuring luminary players Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar and Jim Horn. Cooper later moved to Texas to join forces with long-time friend Shake Russell. Their collaborations produced five highly successful folk-rock albums, including one on MCA in 1981. The two became one of the most popular acts throughout Texas and the Southwest, appearing together on Austin City Limits. Cooper and Russell continue recording and performing together to this day. Over the years, Cooper has released many independent solo albums, including the critically acclaimed “Miracle Mile” on Compass Records. This album was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was picked by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of the top 12 DIY recordings for the year. Cooper’s latest CD, “Harry Truman Built A Road,” was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean in Nashville and was again chosen as one of the top 12 DIY recordings for that year. Recent tours of Denmark, Ireland, Sweden and Germany have gained Cooper exuberant support from audiences and radio as well as collaborations and friendships with many songwriters in these countries. Cooper has been named Best Songwriter in Houston, was nominated Best Male Vocalist by the Kerrville Music Foundation and was nominated by their Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by top-notch […]

Armed robber holds up local credit union

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA “It isn’t against any law to go into a bank with a helmet on, but it certainly should be a red flag for tellers,” said Kent County Sheriff Lt. Kevin Kelley. The Sheriff’s Department, assisted by task force members from the Grand Rapids office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are seeking the identity of a gunman who robbed the Lake Michigan Credit Union on Ten Mile Road at 9:05 a.m. Monday, July 13. In charge of the investigation is Kent County officer Brad Mercer, who reported the individual was a white man with a handgun jammed into his pants as he entered the credit union in Algoma Township. Without taking out the gun, the robber collected money from the tellers in the office and left in about one minute. He fled on a bright green motor bike with “knobby tires.” “He went west on Ten Mile Road and that’s the last anyone saw of him,” Mercer stated. Without knowing the individuals criminal background, Mercer said it was impossible to guess what sentence he will face when caught. “I’d say a minimum of five years if it was a first offense. Bank robbery carries a severe punishment.” Mercer said the department has just recently arrested a serial ring of bank robbers, six individuals whose crimes go back to 2003. He said those were violent ones where several armed thieves entered the banks. Carrying a weapon into a bank robbery increases the possible sentence. Because tellers are routinely told to hand over the money with  or without a weapon, there isn’t much reason to carry a gun or other weapon. According to Kelley, about half of bank robbers do carry a weapon. He said it makes no difference to the case that the office is a credit union rather than a bank. Still images from the credit union security cameras were released and anyone with any information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6100 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345. “Most of the time we do find out who is responsible,” said Kelley. He said investigation often turns up the suspect but others convicted of crimes trying to improve their own circumstances turn in the names of […]

Sun, fun and sand in store at Score for third Volley for Mitchell

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Sun and fun and the new sand courts at the Score Restaurant and Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Drive, is the site of this year’s Volley for Mitchell. In its third year, this event is open to all, and organizer Pete MacGregor would like to see more teen teams sign up. Middle school and high school age kids will have as much fun as the “weekend warriors” on this one-day event. On Saturday, August 8, play will begin at 8 a.m. but the money raised will be appreciated forever. All funds go to Project Parent, a Rockford organization which donates money to find a cure for Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy. Rockford’s Mitchell Peterson, who will enter eighth grade next school year, has rallied the town while he fights the disease. Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford is coming up on Saturday, August 15 and is in its eleventh year. Last year’s event, which also included a family picnic, live bands, a silent auction and fun activities, raised an astronomical $72,200. Volley for Mitchell contributed $7,200 to that total last year and would like to top $10,000 with this year’s event. MacGregor said the day is sure to fun for all who participate. Last year over 150 people signed up for the four-on-four tournament. This year Score donated the use of its new sand, volleyball courts. There is a new sponsor, Timberland Pro, in addition to others, such as Print Rockford which donates printing,  Rockford Ambulance, the Corner Bar and ChoiceOne Bank. State Representative Tom Pearce is expected MC again. The play is co-ed teams, although all-girl teams are accepted. It is rally-style scoring, points on every volley, first to 15, best two out of three win Match. First place wins a cool prize. The cost is $60 per team with another $25 to receive a t-shirt. More information is available at MacGregor said the idea was conceived when he was sitting around a campfire with Mitchell’s parents Sandy and Steve Peterson. MacGregor said he knows how much Rockford supports the family and their cause, and though this would be a good venue for those who aren’t runners. Watch for more on this year’s Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford or visit at

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