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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.

Obituaries – June 11, 2009

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Squires  Pauline B. Squires, 87, of Rockford died Wednesday, June 3, 2009. Mrs. Squires was born October 21, 1921, in Rockford, the daughter of Frank and Samantha (Fredericks) Fisk. She was a 1938 graduate of Rockford High School. She then graduated from beauty school and opened her first beauty salon with close friend Gayle Butler in Byron Center. She was a born entrepreneur, was very ambitious and went on to own two other beauty salons in Grand Rapids. She met her husband, Robert D. Squires Sr., at Wolverine World Wide and traveled to Texas to marry him while he was in the U.S. Army. She was very loyal to her family and a wonderful caregiver to her husband, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2008. Surviving are two children, Robert D. Squires Jr. of Rockford, Brenda L. Squires of Duluth, Ga.; one grandson, Robert D. (Jennifer) Squires III; one great-granddaughter, Nicole L. Squires; many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, Bud and Gordon Fisk; and one sister, Leora Ashley. The family received friends Tuesday at the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Michael Conklin officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements were made by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

Rockford Squire vacations at the Great Wolf Lodge

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WAY TO GO GIRLS Crestwood Elementary fourth-grade Girl Scouts take a break from swimming to enjoy the Rockford Squire during a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge! The girls wrapped up a year focused on community service with a trip they earned themselves.

$1000 reward in sturgeon poaching

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ILLEGAL HARVEST Reward offered for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of the pictured individual responsible for the illegal harvest of a sturgeon at the Sixth Street Dam in Grand Rapids. Report any information to the DNR RAP hotline at: 1-800-292-7800.

Local man keeps troops S.A.F.E. in Iraq

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A Rockford man is making a big difference for our soldiers in Iraq. And he doesn’t even carry a weapon. Leslie Wayne Sims, a Master Electrician employed by Stanley Consultants, is serving as a member of Task Force S.A.F.E. The 47-year-old’s daily job is the safety of service members and civilians in Iraq. Task Force S.A.F.E. (Safety Actions for Fire and Electricity) was formed by a Congressional mandate in August  2008 to inspect, assess and correct any electrical, fire or safety issues at more than 94,000 Coalition facilities across Iraq. Made up of highly-skilled electricians, fire protection experts and a variety of other civilian and military specialists, TF S.A.F.E. has completed inspection on more than 47,000 facilities in the past ten months. This has also led to a 50% reduction in electrical and fire incidents within the Coalition. Sims, a graduate of Rockford High School and ITT Technical Institute, spends long days inspecting facilities and supervising repairs at facilities across Iraq, but says providing a safe living and working environment for our troops is worth the sacrifices he and his teammates make. His wife, Connie and children Lena and Ian all live in Rockford. His parents, James and Vivian Sims reside in Grattan. Sims has been working in Iraq since last October.

Birthdays – June 13-19, 2009

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  13th   Frank Berris   Andrew Halliday   Willie Schrier   Bunny Voss   Dylis Wilson 14th   Michelle Doane   Betsy Leistner    Rick Maharry 16th   Paula Kruer   Dave Ruehs   Bill Throckmorton   Sharon Zapf                                                17th   Mary Liz Chipman   Alma Madges   Sue Morrow   Shirley Richardson   Judy Wilson 18th   Gen Waid   Tom Wybranowski 19th  Marquita Campbell   Cathy Fusee   Phyllis VanderKolk

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