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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.

Kaleidoscoops helps celebrate Scouting birthdays

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

Nothing is better than ice cream to help celebrate a birthday, and Kaleidoscoops on West River Drive offered just that to local Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. To honor their organizations’ birthdays this year, Scouts received a special birthday certificate for a free kid’s ice cream cone. “This is just one way we can show our appreciation to the kids involved in Scouting, for all their hard work in our community,” said Mark Wiersum, owner. A special program was also offered this year to local schools to reward kids for meeting their academic goals. “Whole families-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings-came in to help celebrate their students’ achievements. It is fun to hear from the kids what they are doing in school and to know that we are making their learning a little more special, too, with our treats,” said Wiersum. Kaleidoscoops has also been chosen as the official ice cream caterer to the West Michigan Whitecaps, and provides the ice cream cakes for the stadium’s parties. In addition to ice cream products, the store also offers treats for all times of day, from specialty coffees and fresh-baked goods to homemade sandwiches.

Put away bird feeders, garbage cans to keep yearling bears away

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

With mother bears leaving their yearling cubs in preparation for the breeding season, encounters with young bears attracted to backyard food sources are increasing across northern Michigan, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As the young bears leave their mothers, they must look for food on their own for the first time. These young, inexperienced bears are often attracted to bird feeders, trash cans, pet food, grills and other items that smell like food as they learn to fend for themselves. To reduce the potential for attracting bears and habituating them to humans, DNR wildlife biologists recommend that any potential attractants be removed until the bear has moved on. “These young bears were recently driven away from their mothers and are looking for handouts. Yearling bears just don’t know any better than to come into a backyard with a bird feeder,” said DNR wildlife biologist Terry McFadden. “Anyone with a young bear in the backyard should demonstrate that their yard is a hostile environment by banging pots and pans together and even throwing rocks in the bear’s direction. It won’t take long to scare the bear off.” It is very rare for a bear to hang around without the lure of food sources, McFadden added, so be sure that all food sources, not just bird feeders, are subsequently removed from the area. With the cold start to summer, a late berry crop may also encourage bears of all ages to seek out food sources much closer to human populations than they would under normal conditions. “Trapping of bears will only be authorized by the DNR when there is significant damage to property, or a threat to human safety,” McFadden said. “A bear coming into a bird feeder, or even destroying a bird feeder, does not meet those requirements. We do not have the manpower to respond to every bear complaint, and we need everyone to do their part to reduce these interactions before the bears become truly habituated and are then considered a nuisance.” Anyone experiencing problems with backyard bears, and has taken the appropriate action to remove food sources for a period of one to two weeks but has not seen results, should contact the nearest DNR office and speak with a […]

Rockford High School’s Patrick Kolehouse: an Example in Excellence

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

Many talents and great heart exemplify Patrick Patrick Kolehouse, age 16, is the son of Don and Debie Kolehouse and brother to Rob, Mike and Kristin. When asked to describe Patrick, teachers at Rockford High School call him determined, helpful and showing great initiative. Patrick is motivated and willing to lend a hand, as evidenced by his volunteer work for Red Cross of America and Clark Retirement Center. Patrick is also a volunteer as a camp councilor for middle school students. Patrick has the determination to be the best he can be and put forth the effort at each task he undertakes. Teachers say he is known for his indomitable spirit as well as his willingness to help others reach their goals. A member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit semifinalist and winner of the Theater Award for Outstanding Newcomer, Patrick is a young man of many talents, great heart and has a bright future ahead of him. His hobbies include acting, film-making, reading and writing. Patrick also enjoys playing guitar in his spare time. His favorite classes are government and calculus and he participated in Student Council as well as a three-week German Exchange program with the German Club. When Patrick leaves high school his school of choice is Stanford University. Rockford High School staff is proud to recognize Patrick as an Example in Excellence.

Fish and Wildlife Service seeks proposals for 2009 endangered species grants

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals from states and U.S. territories interested in obtaining federal grant assistance to acquire land or conduct planning for endangered species conservation efforts. For fiscal year 2010, the President’s budget request for the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund includes approximately $100 million in grant funding for conservation planning activities and habitat acquisition benefiting federally protected species. Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate Service Regional Offices by August 19, 2009. “These grants are among the Service’s most important tools to build partnerships with the states,” said Acting Service Director Rowan Gould. “They provide states and territories with vital funding, enabling them to work with local communities and private landowners to protect habitat and conserve threatened and endangered species.” The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund is authorized under Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act and provides grants to states and territories to support participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for species on the federal list of threatened and endangered species, as well as for species that are either candidates or have been proposed for listing. The Service is seeking proposals under the following three Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund categories: •            Recovery Land Acquisition Grants-These grants provide funds to states and territories for acquisition of threatened and endangered species habitat in support of approved and draft species recovery plans. Acquiring habitat in order to secure long-term protection is often the critical element in a comprehensive recovery effort for a listed species. One example from last year’s recipients include a grant for $840,593 to acquire a 1,242-acre tract that protects the ocelot, jaguarundi, northern aplomado falcon, and several state-protected species in Cameron County, Texas. •            Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grants-This category provides funds to states and territories to support the development of Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). The purpose of an HCP is to ensure adequate protection of suitable habitat for threatened and endangered species, while at the same time providing for economic growth and development. These grants provide support for baseline surveys and inventories, document preparation, outreach, and similar planning activities. For instance, the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas received a total of $1,080,990 last […]

Hall of Fame Game just beginning for Rosema, Lubs

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford seniors have bright futures planned ahead by MIKE SAMUELS The second annual U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Game, held at Shaw Stadium in Detroit on June 13, signified the end for many of the senior class’ all-stars, but for team captains Roxy Rosema and DJ Lubs of Rockford High School’s girls and boys lacrosse teams, the transition from high school to college is seen as just the beginning. “I’m going to miss the friendships I’ve made and the bond we all created,” said Rosema, “but I’m excited for the opportunity to move forward.” For Rosema, a four-year varsity standout at Rockford High School, moving forward will begin this fall at Grand Valley State University, where she will play lacrosse and pursue a career in medicine. Despite finishing the season 21-4 and winning back-to-back regional state championships throughout her career, lacrosse has forced Rosema to deal with all types of situations to which she plans to use to her advantage at the next level. “We played in situations where the calls were questionable, players were unsportsmanlike and teaming was a challenge. With all the obstacles, I focused on doing my best regardless of the situation,” said Rosema. Rosema was at her best all year, scoring 10 goals, dishing 13 assists, and was one of the team’s leaders with 49 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers by the season’s midpoint. DJ Lubs, the first All-American lacrosse player in program history, will begin his collegiate career at Florida Southern, a Division II school in Lakeland, Fla. Lubs plans to study athletic training. “I know that college is a different animal,” said Lubs. “The competition is much stronger and the expectations are a lot higher, but I hope to step in with everything I’ve learned at Rockford and help the program continue to be successful.” When it comes to the pressures and new responsibilities of the next level, Lubs isn’t worried. “I’m just happy to be given the opportunity to play a sport I love and go to school,” he said. “I will never forget my years at Rockford, and as long as I remember where I came from everything will fall in to place.” Lubs excelled as a defensive specialist, finishing the season with 10 assists and […]

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