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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.

Team WGRD wins 12U baseball league championship

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Team WGRD of (front, l-r) Liam Cowen, Patrick Truskowski, Travis Hoving, Nick Buursma, JJ Doman, Ian Bach; (middle) Alex Bolin, Alex Markules, Charlie Riddering, Brett Wildman, Nathaniel Bush; (back) Coach Buursma, Coach Bolin and Coach Markules pulled through a close game and won the 12U Wolverine Baseball League championship with class.

Post season honors for several Rams lacrosse players

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

        by SUE POUBA The 2009 season was a series of firsts for Rockford’s boys lacrosse season. This year, for the first time since the inception of the boys lacrosse program, the Rams were victorious over both East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills Central teams. These two teams are perennial state powerhouses and these victories were certainly a sign of how far the Rockford program has advanced and the level of play they’ve achieved. Given their successful 11-6 season, the Rams were well-represented in post-season honors. Nick Howard was named a recipient of the MHSLCA Gene Reilly Unsung Hero Award. This award is for players who may not get statewide recognition, but whose hustle, tenacity and competitive spirit aids in the success of their team. Other Rams receiving post-season honors include: All Conference:  Travis Guest, DJ Lubs, Shea Mills, Jeremy Pouba, Cooper Sturr; All Region:  Eric Datema, Michael DeWitt, Derek Korthuis, Pouba, CJ Scholl, Sturr; All State:  Lubs (First Team), Mills (Third Team), Pouba (Second Team), Ray Sabon (First Team), Andy Shira (Honorable Mention), and Gabe Speirs (Third Team). Lubs was a unanimous selection for First Team All State, which made him eligible for another Rockford first for the 2009 season:  a selection as a high school All American. And on Sunday, June 7, Lubs became the first Rockford player to be named a high school All American for the state of Michigan. A long-stick player, Lubs excelled for the Rams on defense as well as a long-stick midfield. Several graduating seniors are also moving on to play lacrosse in college. Speirs, Shira and Sabon will play at Michigan State University. Pouba and Scholl will play for Grand Valley State University. Gabe Stulp will play at Indiana Tech, and Lubs will be playing for Florida Southern.

Rockford Rebels announce Players of the Week

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Brett Nelson and Seth Stephens were recently named Players of the Week for the Rockford Rebels 12U baseball team for the week ending June 28, 2009. Nelson had a great week offensively by going 5-11 and has displayed a great attitude while working hard all season. Stephens picked up two wins pitching for the week, and was 4-10 offensively.

Cub Scouts say ‘thanks’ to Crestwood School

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

The tiger crouched down in the jungle in front of Crestwood Elementary School and watched as the bear and wolf went by. As soon as they passed, he was ready to spring into action. No, wild animals have not escaped the zoo and invaded Rockford. But the Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo Scouts from Pack 3285 recently sprung into action as they worked to clear the overgrown weed jungle in the front flower beds of their school. This was their way of saying “thank you” to their principal, Doug Hoogerland, and Crestwood Elementary School for sponsoring their group and providing a meeting place for their activities. Led by Cubmaster Stacy Durfee, the Scouts and their families spent three work days clearing weeds, adding new bushes, and trimming and replanting the existing perennials in over 200 feet of flower beds. As a finishing touch, over six yards of landscape stone were added to the beds. Cost of the project was paid for by the Scouts’ fundraising earnings with a portion of the stone donated by Grand Rapids Gravel Co.   “This is so awesome,” exclaimed teacher Lisa Schroeder. “It is so hard to find volunteers to help keep this area neat. The change really makes the area brighter and inviting. The boys have done a wonderful job.”

Classifieds – July 7, 2009

July 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339.      p28 ______________________ FOR SALE Great deal on camera and gear-Pentax digital, 10D, 10.2 megapixel, with 3 lenses, filters, 3 memory cards up to 4 gig, 2 battery packs and chargers Pentax 3-80 Z flash unit. This is a professional photography package at a great price, $1,000 for everything. Invested $2,000 one year ago. Call Tom at (616) 678-4322.      ftfn ______________________ Kitchen cabinets-good shape, medium brown, full set. Asking $1,000. Call (616) 874-7702 for more information.      ftfn ______________________ GARAGE SALES Five-family, new and used items. Lime Lake Road, off 17 Mile, west of Cedar Springs. July 3-5. Closed if rain.      p28cp ______________________ FOR RENT Three-bedroom ranch, one bath, full unfinished basement. Paid trash pick-up. $650/month, $650 deposit, firm. Utilities not included. One mile north of Tow’s Country Store. (616) 696-3668. Leave a message.      ftfncp ______________________ COMMERCIAL SPACE FOR SALE OR LEASE Office space for rent in downtown Rockford, off-street parking. Two offices with conference room available, Internet accessible.  Call (616) 863-6529 for more information.      p31 ______________________ CLASSES AND LESSONS Guitar Lessons-Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn ______________________ SERVICES Preserve your memories-award-winning film student offering transfer of photos and video to DVD format. High quality. Affordable. Call (616) 808-9855.      p35 ______________________ Power washing-protect your investments! Siding, decks, patios, garage floors, fencing, RVs, and more! Environmentally perfect detergents. Licensed and insured. Call Rockford Power Washing (616) 204-7667.      p34 ______________________ I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 17 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at      ftfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND LOST-black-and-white female cat. 10 Mile Road, Grattan area. Black dot on nose. Last seen June 20. Call (616) 691-8549.      ftfn ______________________ FOUND-kayak washed up on shore of my home on Bostwick Lake. Call to claim. (616) 874-8290.      ftfn ______________________ FOUND-yellow Lab/Siberian Husky mix at Thunder Hawk resort in Pierson on Sunday, June 21. Call to identify, (616) 788-9725.      ftfn […]

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