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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.

Bike tour rolls into Rockford this Thursday

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

They will have seen 335 miles of beautiful Michigan scenery by the time their seven day son the road are done. On Thursday, July 16, an approximated 600 bike riders will roll into our town for a camp out at North Rockford Middle School before finishing their ride. Barry Culham, organizer for the 18th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, said he expects many of the riders to start coming in to Rockford between 1 to 4 p.m. They would be wise to head downtown to enjoy sidewalk sales before having dinner at the school. Friday morning, after breakfast at the school, they will hit their last leg of the journey. This is the second year in a row the tour has included a stop in Rockford. For long-time Rockford teacher Bonnie Lindke, now retired, it will be her first time on the long ride. Lindke is an avid cyclist who has gone on other long rides, including hitting the carriage roads in Maine’s Acadia National Park. She is a former Rockford tennis and gymnastic coach and said she started the school’s gymnastic program. Lindke has been training for the tour and averages 200 miles a week on her bike. She advises bike riding can be a wonderful sport, but helmets need to be worn by children and adults alike. “You never know what can happen,” she said, using a cantaloupe on the sidewalk analogy for a bike crash. “I’m very excited and looking forward to being in a big group, although we all have our own speeds. It isn’t a race, it’s a tour.” Culham said that the tour started when Rails to Trails was in its infancy and was a way to promote Michigan’s trails. Now the state has a nice network of recreational trails and improvements continue. The tour provides meals for the bikers and transports supplies to each daily destination. Highlighting different trails is a priority each year. The camping tour costs between $290 to $300 per participant. Culham said those interested in next year’s tour can visit online at Send the organization a self-addressed, stamped envelope and they will provide a map of Michigan trails.

Maghielse after hours a tour and a mystery

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  Now is a great time to invest in real estate, and on Monday, July 13, Steve and Denise Maghielse showed off a recent investment of their own. The building at 117 Courtland is the newly remodelled office of Maghielse & Company and was the location of July’s Rockford Chamber After Hours. In a short speech, Steve told business men and women of the Rockford area about their decision to purchase “the smallest office in Rockford,” and how pleased they are to own their own downtown location. Steve said now is a historical low in interest rates and buying power-a great time to purchase a business building or home. He said many people know that first-time buyers get an $8,000 tax credit for their purchase. “Most people think of that as kids with their first home, but an older couple who have been enjoying the country by RV for the past three years also qualify. Most people don’t know that,” he said. The Mahielse’s also showed off a “first-generation window display” that is installed on the window of the office. Available 24 hours a day, the automated display is interactive and provides a audio and video of available homes. Just enter the code and listen and watch the discription. The couple plan to include their properties in the west coast of Florida so future snowbirds can see what is available there right from the Rockford office front. Finally, Denise said she knew from old pictures that the building at one time was a barber shop. However, in the basement they found an old piece of equipment that has intrigued them. With a patent of 1918 and a plaque calling it a press, the old hand-geared item is a puzzle. If anyone (except Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill, who already figured it out) can correctly identify the item, they will be entered into a drawing for a dinner to Grill One Eleven. The item can be seen behind the office at 117 Courtland. If you think you know what it is, write the information down and drop it off in the office on Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours, put your guess in the brouchure box next to the item in […]

Campout combines fun, community

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Crestwood’s Cub Scout Pack 3285 finished their Pack year with an overnight campout at Camp Roger in May. The event, attended by 26 Scouts plus their adult partners, combined skill-building, community service, teamwork and adventure into a fun-filled weekend.   For many of the kids, this was their first time camping. Younger Scouts stayed in cabins and the older Webelo Scouts set up their own tent sites. Sessions in orienteering, archery and building were available to the group. In addition, Scouts and their partners took advantage of the beautiful weather by hiking the many trails, and boating and fishing on Little Bostwick Lake.     Following a traditional campfire cookout and sing-a-long, the Scouts retired 33 American flags that were donated by community members.     “I had never seen a flag retirement ceremony before,” reported Den Leader Tom Triesenburg. “It was quite a learning experience.” During the solemn ceremony, each of the four dens retired a large, tattered flag. Each Scout and their partner also retired a small flag-that at one time marked the grave of a veteran on Memorial Day-by burning the flags, one at a time, over a hot campfire. The following morning the ashes were buried and the grommets retrieved as a token for the Pack of their service. Eight brave members of the Pack became the inaugural members of the Pack’s Polar Cub Club by taking a dip in the lake early Sunday morning. Led by parents Matt Fetterman and Bill Helm, the boys jumped, slid, frolicked and dipped in the cold morning waters to earn their membership. The Pack thanks their sponsors who, through their generous donations of goods and services, made this possible for the group: Jeff DeJager, D&W, Family Fare, Lowe’s, Meijer, and Old Orchard brands.

Letters – July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Facts, figures not reported Dear Editor, I am in full agreement with Neil Blakeslee’s letter a couple weeks back in which he chastised local media for not keeping citizenry properly informed. Sorry to do this, but I have to also add to the criticism. When are we residents going to see some news that is important to us as taxpayers? The City recently passed a budget-which I bet involved some very interesting discussions, given the loss of a major source of revenue (Wolverine World Wide)-but you would never know it by what we read or didn’t read in the local papers. City budget used to be a series of stories because it is so important. It is even more important to us citizens now, in these fiscally strained times. Last week, both local papers printed front-page stories on an award received for an addition to the City parks system (namely, the boardwalk). Lots of facts and figures regarding elevations, etc., but two important facts were left out: how much did it cost and who paid for it? In recent months, a new staging area has popped up on the east side of the river by the dam. Lots of work was done there also, but if one word of that work or the money it cost or who paid for it was in either local paper, it was well hidden. I dearly wish one of our local newspapers would cover this kind of hard news, especially reporting important information such as cost. If space is the real concern and you don’t want to omit the girls getting their hair cut, maybe you could cut the home improvement or other canned copy. Tammy Bergstrom Rockford resident Facts, figures not reported  Dear Editor, I am in full agreement with Neil Blakeslee’s letter a couple weeks back in which he chastised local media for not keeping citizenry properly informed. Sorry to do this, but I have to also add to the criticism. When are we residents going to see some news that is important to us as taxpayers? The city recently passed a budget—which I bet involved some very interesting discussions, given the loss of a major source of revenue (Wolverine World Wide)—but you would never know it […]

Rockford lawmaker selected ’09 Henry Toll Fellow

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Pearce eligible to attend national leadership conference State Rep. Tom Pearce is one of 40 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program on Sept. 12-17, sponsored by the Council of State Governments. The annual week-long seminar helps develop leaders from all three branches of state government by offering programs focusing on trends analysis, policy development, media and constituent relations, and leadership and institutional changes. “I was honored to be nominated by House leadership to represent Michigan at this conference and was pleased to be selected by the national committee.” Pearce said. “Attending the leadership conference gives me an opportunity to dialog with leaders from a multitude of other states and hear first-hand the solutions they are attempting for the challenges we all face.” Pearce was nominated by House Republican Leader Kevin Elsenheimer, with endorsements from House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Floor Leader Dave Hildenbrand. He was selected by a committee of state-elected and state-appointed officials from a pool of outstanding applicants representing all three branches from 40 states and two U.S. territories. Before election to serve the residents of the 73rd House District in November 2004, Pearce served as the executive director of the North Kent Service Center. He has continued his focus on the family while a legislator by serving on the National Conference of State Legislatures’ committees on Human Services and Welfare, and Education; and on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s task forces on Education, and Health and Human Services. A Cornerstone University graduate, as a lawmaker Pearce has completed the 2004 Michigan State University Legislative Leadership Program, a 2006 fellowship with the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, and was elected by his peers to be Caucus Dean for this term. The Council of State Governments advocates multi-state problem-solving to maximize resources and competitiveness and promotes excellence in decision-making and leadership skills.

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