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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.

Rockford Rebels announce Players of the Week

June 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

      Ryan Baumann and Connor Jackson were recently named Players of the Week for the Rockford Rebels 12U baseball team for the week ending June 14, 2009. Baumann pitched a complete game to get a win in the Lakeshore Challenge tournament in Holland over the weekend. Jackson was 6-11 batting on the week with two doubles and two RBI.                      

SCOR U15 boys team Canton champions

June 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) U15 boys team traveled to Canton for the Memorial Day weekend soccer tournament. The team returned home with the championship trophy, by beating the HVSC 94 storm gold team to win the black division. Pictured are (front, l-r) Ian Stankus, Nolan Berry, Connor Doud, Colton Odem, Job Potter, Jacob Swanson; (back) Coach Joe Moulden, Mitch Dubois, Danny Clark, Craig Moulden, Alex Shane, Kento Nakano, Cam Jensen, Elijah Potter, Justin Mohr, Michael Becker and Coach Phil Potter.

Applications being taken for basketball camp

June 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls aged 10-19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison. Players from 50 states and 11 foreign countries attended the 2008 camp. College basketball scholarships are possible for players selected to the All American team. Camp locations include Champaign, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz., Babson Park, Fla., Gainesville, Ga., Glassboro, N.J., Ithaca, N.Y., Marietta, Ohio, Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Texas, and Blacksburg, Va. There is also a summer camp available for boys and girls aged 9-18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these camps, please call (704) 373-0873 anytime, or visit for more information.

Classified – June 18, 2009

June 18, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Experienced part-time teller needed. Financial background required. No phone calls or inquiries at the branch. Please mail resume to: 3 N. Monroe, Rockford, MI 49341.      b25 ______________________ Immediate opening for bookkeeping clerk and sale representative. Qualifications include verbal, written and communication skills. Must be extremely organized. Legal background is helpful. Interested candidates should contact      p26 ______________________ Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339.      p28 ______________________ CAREER MOVE: Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job. Join the excitement of working for a local weekly hometown newspaper in northern Kent County. Hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Need someone who is creative and organized to join our eight-person company team. Commission means you make your own salary depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid drivers license. If interested, call (616) 696-3655 or send resume to or fax to (616) 696-9010 or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.      ftfn ______________________ Friendly person wanted for customer service/sales job at The Rockford Squire newspaper. We are sad our associate just got the “dream job” he has been going to school for. The good news is we have an opening for one new co-worker. A friendly, outgoing, persistent individual will enjoy success here. For more information, call Beth at (616) 866-4465, e-mail to, or fax resume to (616) 866-3810.      ftfn ______________________ DAYCARE CHILD CARE OPENINGS-now accepting summer enrollment. Limited openings, infant through school-age children. Call Wee Folk for a tour! (616) 866-4740.      b25cp ______________________ FOR SALE Viking Spa 6- to 7-person hot tub, 6 years old. New foam in leather cover. Gray inside, wood panel outside. $500. (616) 696-2084.      b25cp ______________________ 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 Four-family […]

‘Toilet to tap’ concept plugged at plant dedication

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Sewer Authority Board Chairman and Rockford City Manager Michael Young called the day historic and the story courageous. The plant is the ninth largest of its kind in the entire world, and built from the initiative of five communities. According to Young, it was built with 13,500 cubic yards of concrete, the equivalent of 27 and a half tons which was brought in by 1,500 concrete trucks. There are 17,000 tons of steel in the plant, the site took in 163,000 yards of sand (the missing hill of the medical mile in Grand Rapids)  and a quarter million yards of dirt. The effluent that the plant produces from the more than four million gallons of sewage it takes in daily is cleaner than the Grand River. It also doesn’t taste half bad. Young declined to taste the liquid, which for a decade he has bragged up as “so clean you literally could drink it.” But many others at the day’s ceremony weren’t as reluctant. Plainfield Township Manager Robert Homan was joined with plant manager Larry Campbell for the first swig of the brew, which indeed looked clear if not tasty. “It’s a little funky,” Homan reported. Campbell said it was better than some city water he’s had. Homan amazed onlookers by filling his glass up again for another swig. His enthusiasm proved contagious. Former Cannon Township treasurer Dan Barker followed suit with a drink as did State Representative Tom Pearce. Plainfield Township’s clerk Scott Harvey downed a glass. Squire reporters Cliff Hill and Beth Altena were so caught up in the moment, they drank the treated sewage too. Campbell said it is almost a shame that the effluent is released into the Grand River because the quality is so good it should be put to use. He said if there was still a golf course close by he’d talk to them about taking advantage of this clean water. “As a country someday we are going to have to come to grips with the concept of ‘toilet to tap,’ ” said Campbell. He said at the high level of treatment this water receives, it wouldn’t take much to make it as clean as the water in our faucets and water bottles. “You could take it one step further […]

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