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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.

Learning through travel

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

by MICHAEL HIBBELN, PrincipalRoguewood Elementary School With the school year behind us, summer break serves as a time to relax and regroup for many of our families and students. With all that our Rockford community has to offer, students have many opportunities to spend their summer days close to home. Perhaps it is a canoe trip down the Rogue, or a visit to one of the many parks-opportunities are all around us! Passing the days with trips to the beach, riding bikes on the White Pine Trail, or just playing outside in the yard until the stars come out is what a childhood summer is all about! Yet, with the traditional summer break, summer also provides us with the time to take those family vacations we’ve been planning and waiting for all year. By spending some part of the summer traveling, students will return home with more than souvenirs, but memories that last a lifetime. When they return to the classroom in the fall, these memories and experiences serve as a great resource to draw from when being a student. When traveling this summer, make a point to visit important historical sties with your student. Students may not be in social studies class this summer, but social studies come alive when you travel. Sometimes through travel, your students can learn much more than they would have in a classroom and also make important connections to what they studied during the year. Through travel, you might get the chance to see your child in a different light that was not evident when under the pressure of daily routines. Maybe they were always the last one getting out the door in the morning or forgetting homework. But when traveling, you might see a new side of your child’s independence. Encourage this to come out by assigning them a specific responsibility, like being in charge of the map or directions. By traveling, you take your student out of their daily environment, which in turn exposes them to how others live. With this, their cultural awareness rises. Learning about other cultures and geography is something discussed on a weekly basis at school, but nothing can expose a student to this like travel. Finally, even the best travel plans can […]

John Ball’s Traveling Zoo visits Rockford

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

Z’s Kids Club Traveling Animal Show brought the zoo to Rockford’s Krause Memorial Library on Monday afternoon, June 29, 2009. John Ball education staffers, Colleen and Robyn, came with hands-on learning experiences that included, among other things, a display of animal furs, a rattlesnake skin, and an empty ostrich egg. Also visiting as part of the live animal demonstration was a great horned owl, a Mexican dwarf hairy porcupine, and a red, white and black docile Pueblen milk snake. More than 100 enthusiastic youngsters of all ages were in attendance to see the animals and hear about their interesting physical and behavioral characteristics. If you didn’t make it to the library for John Ball’s Traveling Zoo program, you can see these animals and many more at the John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids. For more information about the zoo and its programs call (616) 336-4301 or visit their website at

Tip to remove ticks

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Because as a groomer I am seeing more and more ticks on companion dogs, I thought I would provide this neat removal technique. Please cut this out and post it on the inside of the door of your medicine cabinet. You never know when you will need it for anyone with children playing in tall grass or hunters, dogs or anyone who even steps outside in summer. This is great, because it works in those places where it’s sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc. And it assures you that you have the entire tick. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for 15 to 20 seconds. The tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I’ve used it (and that was frequently), and it’s much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can’t see that this would be damaging in any way. Have a safe summer. Sam Hyer is the owner of Hyer Luv Kennel and Groomers, founder of Mid Michigan Cocker Rescue, life member of ISCC, a Rockford Chamber of Commerce member, American Boarding Kennel Association (Pet Care Services Association) member, guest speaker and lecturer on companion animal topics throughout the country, proud breeder of Oprah’s first cocker Solomon, behavior consultant, parent, grandparent and mom. She can be reached at 874-DOGS or at

Families invited to host exchange students

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Local families are invited to host international exchange students coming to the area this  fall. The students are aged between 15 and 18 and will have their own spending money and health insurance. They will attend your local high school for the 2009-2010 school year.     Host families are responsible for providing meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing and safe environment. The STS Foundation places a large emphasis on supporting host families and will have a local representative who will maintain monthly contact with the family. The students are proficient in English and must maintain satisfactory academic progress while in school here. There are over 200 students to choose from. One student is Martina, 17, from Milan, Italy. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Martina has eight years of English and French, and her favorite hobbies are golf, jogging, meeting friends and playing volleyball. She is an A student in school, and doesn’t have any allergies.     Another student is Idun, 16, of southern Sweden. She lives with her parents and three sisters. Idun’s biggest hobbies are cheerleading and gymnastics. She has an A average in school, and loves animals.     Felipe, 16, lives near Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has 11 years of English, with a B average in school. Felipe likes to eat healthy foods and does not smoke or drink alcohol. He considers himself to be very chatty, and his teacher says he is very mature for his age. Felipe’s favorite hobbies are soccer and swimming. Olivia, 17, comes from Germany. She lives with her parents and older sister. Olivia’s favorite hobby is dancing, and other interests include cooking, playing cards, gymnastics, reading, cycling and photography. She goes to a private school, and knows sign language. Another student is Jenna, 16, of Australia. She lives with her parents, two sisters and a brother. Her favorite activities include church, going out for tea, birthday parties and relaxing at home. She loves singing and plays the piano, as well. Jenna loves to talk and is very outgoing and a positive person. She also loves animals, reading, cooking, swimming, playing cards, and school clubs.   All types of families are welcome to apply to host, including empty-nesters, […]

Rams boys golf team finishes season second

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

Davison selected as First Team All State The Rockford boys golf program finished the year on a high note. Trent Davison was selected as First Team Division I All State. This is a great honor for Davison and the boys program. Davison averaged 76.8, never shot over 80, never finished out of the top eight in any tournament, and led the Rams with wonderfully consistent performances all season. The Rams finished their season in second place in the OK Red. They were undefeated in conference matches, but two third-place finishes in the conference tournaments led to a second place finish overall. The Rams finished the season with an overall record of 86-19-2. Everyone is invited to play in the second annual Rockford Golf Alumni Scramble at Braeside Golf Club on August 9. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. and is a four-person scramble. Sign up as a team or as a single and a team can be found for you. The goal of this tournament is to reunite former Rams golfers, bring some history to the golf program, and raise money to support the Rams’ “B” team for the 2010 season. You can find registration forms at If you have a desire to play, sponsor or donate anything, please contact Coach Cullum at (616) 433-8417.

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