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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.

Public invited to free outdoor concerts

June 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

  The City of Rockford and the Rockford Area Arts Commission invite the Rockford community to the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series every Tuesday evening, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Garden Club Park (behind Arnie’s), downtown Rockford. These family oriented concerts provide outstanding musical talent, free of charge. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The concerts run from June 9 to August 11. Following is a list of the remaining scheduled performers: June 23-Root Doctor June 30-James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers July 7-Tomas Esparza Blues Experience July 14-Steve Hilger Blues Band July 21-Harper After the Blues Series July 28-Organissimo (jazz) August 4-The Concussions (surf) August 11-Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys (honky tonk) In case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Courtland and Squires streets. Parking is available at the South Squires Street parking lot, which is accessed from the Bridge Street entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or from the Main Street entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you directly to the park.

Meijer Gardens adds Kenny Rogers to Summer Concert lineup

June 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the world’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences, announces the addition of award-winning musician Kenny Rogers to its 2009 Summer Concert Series. Rogers will perform at Meijer Gardens Amphitheater on August 6. The singer-songwriter has charted more than 70 hit singles across various music genres and topping the country and pop album charts for several decades. In 2006, his album “Water & Bridges” peaked at number five in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts. His 25 number-one hits, including “The Gambler,” “Coward of the County” and “Islands in the Stream,” a duet with Dolly Parton, have helped make Rogers one of the world’s most popular entertainers. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. Tickets are $61 for members and $63 for the general public, and may be purchased at Meijer Gardens during hours of operation, through and at any Star Tickets location including and Meijer stores. Per-ticket and per-order fees apply.

Celebrate Summerfest on Saturday, June 27

June 25, 2009 // 0 Comments

Looking for a way to celebrate summer and the great outdoors? Plan on attending the Izaak Walton League’s Summerfest Celebration on Saturday, June 27 with loads of family-friendly activities including scavenger and treasure hunts, birdhouse assembly, wildflower identification and woodlot management. “The focus of the day will be on natural landscaping, gardening and learning about invasive plants, but we’ll also have an incredible amount of family-friendly activities,” said Georgia Donovan, president of the local chapter. “There is something for everyone, including refreshments.” Volunteers will provide information on using rain barrels, erosion control, gardening with wild flowers, successful vegetable gardening, landscaping for wildlife, tree identification and how to tap into solar energy. Representatives from Ada Parks, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Land Conservancy of West Michigan will also be on hand. “The idea is to have family fun and also teach people how to take a fresh look at their own property so they can better enjoy and take care of it,” Donovan said. “Call your neighbors and friends and tell them about the event. It’s a great way to embrace nature.” The Izaak Walton League of America is a nonprofit conservation group dedicated to defending woods, waters and wildlife. To learn more, visit

Rockford teen tries to alert family, is electrocuted

June 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

At approximately 11:00 p.m. on June 18, 2009 a utility pole in front of 12779 Wabasis Ave NE, in Oakfield Township, was sparking and fell to the ground. Sixteen-year-old Christopher O’Neill, who lives across the street, was outside with other family members and heard a loud popping sound and saw a brilliant flash. He thought the house across the street at 12779 was on fire. He knew there was a family of seven that resided there including several young children. He ran across the street to alert them. The power was out in the area and there were no lights on due to the downed power line. As Christopher ran to assist his neighbors he ran into a downed power line, was electrocuted, and died.      The house at 12779 Wabasis Ave. did not catch on fire as a result of the downed power line and arcing transformer.

Firefighters take on propane blazes

June 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

The public is safer from the threat of a propane disaster, thanks to training offered by the Michigan Propane Gas Association (MPGA). Cannon, Courtland and Oakfield Township firefighters practiced defeating propane fires on Monday, June 15. “This may be the only propane training any of them ever receive,” said Derek Dalling, spokesperson for the MPGA. Firefighters followed classroom-style training with hands-on practice turning off the fuel source of burning propane tanks. They used a hose technique that allows a firefighter to get close to the huge blaze and reach through the wall of protective water. “No other fire burns like propane,” said Dalling. Michigan uses more propane than any other state in the country. Grill fires are the most common type of propane emergency to which firefighters respond. Tanks should only be filled to 85 percent because propane expands in heat. Fires can also be caused by homemade fixes of damaged hoses. Although firefighters have to  literally reach into the fire to stop the flow of fuel, they also face frostbite due to the temperature of the escaping fuel. The fire practice was interrupted when a call came in about a fire with flames showing. The first responders quickly realized someone had called in their practice as an out-of-control  fire.

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