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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.

River Valley Academy’s Nicole Golemba: an Example in Excellence

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Industrious, conscientious student applauded for intrinsic motivation Nikole Golemba is described as a role model for both academic effort and community spirit at River Valley Academy. Being reasonable, respectful and responsible are among the qualities encouraged at River Valley Academy, and Nicole is known for her strength in all three. Staff there applaud Nikole for her intrinsic motivation as she excels in high school with plans to continue her education at Western Michigan University to study nutrition. Nikole’s grade-point average has been consistently very high and her teachers note her growth in confidence and poise as her academic success continues. Nikole is an industrious and conscientious student who has an excellent attitude. Her academic work is described as “fantastic” and goes above and beyond what is expected. She is a pleasure to be around and has an infectious smile and wonderful personality. She is expected to graduate ahead of schedule and go on to a bright future. In the community, Nikole shows her willingness to make a difference by volunteering her time to the Rockford Community Services seniors group on outings and in child care by reading to younger students. She has worked as a dance instructor through a church group and has rolled up her sleeves to help build a Habitat for Humanity home. Nikole is otherwise active in church-related projects including Angel Ministries and volunteering in nursery. Nikole’s sense of values is also evident at home. She speaks highly of her younger brother and is quick to help the family by taking care of him. For her determination to excel, her caring personality and strong belief in giving back to the community, Nikole is a wonderful Example in Excellence at River Valley Academy.

Kent County Health Department offers full lipid profile tests

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

On Thursday, August 6, the Kent County Health Department will offer full lipid profile tests at its North County Clinic, 4388 14 Mile Road N.E., Rockford . The test includes cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood pressure and pulse measurements, risk factor analysis, 10-year coronary heart disease risk score, an immediate explanation of results, and follow-up for high risk individuals. Participants must fast 12 hours prior to the appointment but may drink plenty of water and take medications as directed. The cost for the test is $25, which covers the materials for testing, and all tests are between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., by appointment. This is a simple, low-cost way to protect one’s health. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (616) 632-7290.

Classifieds – July 16, 2009

July 16, 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 info call (616) 696-3655 (ask for Lois) or send e-mail and resume to      ftfn ______________________ CURVES, world’s largest fitness organization is accepting applications for a PT employee. If you are energetic, self-motivated, and have an enthusiastic personality and love to work with people, send your resume to 400 E. Division, Suite 2, Rockford, MI 49341.      b29 ______________________ 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 ______________________ Maintenance position, property management experience required. Full-time with benefits. Snowplowing experience required. Please fax resume to (616) 784-3691 or e-mail to EOE.      b29 ______________________ 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.      b29 ______________________ Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339.      p32cp ______________________ NOTICES Join us for a trip to the new Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Mich. $25 transportation fee. Free gaming package, worth $25. Pick-up at Family Fare in Cedar Springs at 7:00 a.m. Every Wednesday to Little River, Manistee, $23; $18 gaming package, plus $5 Senior Day package. Call Wilson Tours toll-free (866) 272-0731 for more information, at our Greenville office.      p29cp ______________________ 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″ bicycle. Call (616) 644-0599.      ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALE Rockford multi-family, Elizabeth Street. Lots of teen and adult clothing, housewares and plenty more! Friday and Saturday, July 17-18.      p29cp ______________________ Rockford Hillview Community Sale. July 18, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Rain date will be July 25.) Located by 10 Mile and Northland Drive. Lots of kids stuff, lots of sales.      […]

Merchant thinks time may be right for cultural/convention center

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA With changes guaranteed to come to downtown with the closing of the Wolverine tannery, one Rockford merchant has a vision he believes would benefit Rockford. Herman’s Boy’s Floyd Havemeier is an idea guy, and he believes now may be the right timing for consideration of an arts and convention center for Rockford. “People have a yearning for nostalgia and history and we have such a rich history here,” Havemeier said. He believes a center with room for art shows, musical performances and historic and art displays would draw crowds. He also believes such a facility could be self-supporting. Havemeier is also willing to  put some money where his mouth is and said he is in a position to purchase a 100-year-old carousel he would donate. At a recent Rotary meeting, members of the Rockford Historical Society were invited to hear from Dale Robertson, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. He told the audience that museums offer much to communities and can be a boon to business and residents. He said, although museums  rarely pay for themselves, they are an attractant. In 2007 museums brought in $2.2 billion in revenue to Kent County. Rockford already has a beautiful small museum located by the dam in a historic building (without water or plumbing). It is staffed by volunteers from the Rockford Historical Society. At one time an expansion was planned at a cost of $700,000, but funding was unavailable. Havemeier hopes for a center that could house the Historic Society, but much more. “A town that sells its history sells itself,” Havemeier stated. He said Rockford should and could promote the town’s lumber heritage, Indian heritage, shoe and tanning history as well as the arts. He pointed out the town is home to a world-class duck carver, nationally-known artists, and could do better promoting fishing and outdoor activities. He believes the proximity of Rockford to Grand Rapids would make it an ideal day trip to any number of organizations. Visits could be educational or for entertainment, as in concerts. “Tie it all up with a day shopping on the town,” he suggested. City Manger Michael Young said the concept is nice, but would be expensive. “We looked into this for the […]

Deed scammers not legitimate

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

Some Kent County residents may receive an unsolicited letter from a company urging them to obtain an “official” or certified copy of the deed to their home, according to Kent County Clerk/Register of Deeds Mary Hollinrake. The letter from National Deed Service Inc. wants to make county residents $59.50 poorer by ordering a copy of their deed through them, rather than the official keeper of real property records for only $3 or less. County residents who want copies of their deeds need to know that they can obtain them directly from the Register of Deeds office. This can be done by either visiting the office at 300 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, or by going online to

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