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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.

Virginia Military Institute announces graduates

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia, recently announced that 249 cadets have graduated this spring. Among those graduates was Corielle W. Parsons of Rockford, who received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Her graduating honors include Navy/Marine Corps Commission and the Chesty Puller Award. Cadet Parsons’ parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parsons. VMI, which has an enrollment of more than 1,300 cadets, is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college. U.S. News and World Report has ranked VMI among the top three undergraduate public liberal arts colleges for the last seven years.

Michigan Tech honors grads

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. honored the achievements of nearly 900 graduates May 2 at Spring Commencement. Among them were the following from the Rockford area:  Robert H DeVaun, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and Jason T Dreyer, with a doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering/engineering mechanics.

Dean’s Lists announced for winter term 2009

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Alma College has named over 400 students to the Dean’s List for outstanding academic performance during the 2009 winter term. Students who achieve a 3.5 or better grade-point average during a term, while carrying a minimum of 13 credits, at least eight of which are evaluative grades, are named to the Dean’s List. Local students named to Alma’s Dean’s List are freshman Eric Borgeld of Belmont, senior Daniel Laatz of Cedar Springs, junior Jeffrey Laatz of Cedar Springs, freshman Nicole Bursach of Greenville, sophomore Adam Ellsworth of Greenville, senior Linnae Caurdy of Rockford, junior Ahna Danyluk of Rockford, and senior Ryan DeHaan of Rockford. Monica MacDonald, a 2008 Rockford High School graduate, has been named to the Dean’s Honor List of the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University (MSU) for the spring semester of 2009. MSU’s requirements are that the student must achieve a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average. MacDonald’s accomplishment reflects the dedication and hard work she brings to her academic career. She will be starting her junior year at MSU this fall.

School Beat – June 11,2009

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Going home for summer by CHARLIE BROWN Director of Security Rockford Public Schools Going home for summer may be hard to get used to for students and parents. Your parents may want you home at a certain time. Your parents may not want you to sleep until 1:00 p.m. every day, but you feel that you deserve a break since you worked so hard during the school year. These kinds of disagreements can easily escalate into full blown fights and make summer break disastrous for everyone involved. Here is how to prevent arguments with your parents and have an enjoyable summer break. Initiate discussion-When you go home for summer break and your parents treat you like a child, ask if they have time to sit down and discuss some independence issues you are having. By having an adult conversation with them, they will realize that you are not a child anymore and should start treating you like a responsible adult. Compromise-Having an adult relationship with your parents means being able to compromise. If your parents want you home by curfew, try to bargain with them by telling them you will call when you are going to be late. If your parents let you borrow the family car, show that you appreciate their gesture by pitching in on household chores. Show respect-You should treat your parents with the same degree of courtesy as you would anyone else you are living with. That means you should pick up after yourself and turn down the volume on your radio or TV while others are sleeping. If you show your parents respect, they will more than likely treat you like an adult and allow you more privileges. Appreciate your parents’ concerns-When your parents treat you like a child and try to enforce rules upon you, they are doing it for your well-being. They want you to be safe. Even though you may not like the fact that they worry so much about you, try to understand where they are coming from. You would be worried about your parents if they weren’t home by 4:00 in the morning, wouldn’t you? Spend quality time with your parents-When you’re home for the summer, your parents want to spend time with you. Try […]

Memories of early Start of Summer

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

by Tom Lindquist The Start of Summer celebration is in its 41st year this year and is undeniably one of the most popular downtown annual events. It was not always the power-packed event we will see this weekend.  In the 1950s Rockford’s had a row of booths and about four rides on Squire Street and in the parking lot behind what was then the Rockford Hotel,  Blakeslee heating and Grover garage. My favorite was the fish stream with the plastic fish with numbers on the bottom. My dad Lester (Jiggs) took me for my first Ferris wheel ride there. We got stuck up on top for a few minutes I always remember how amazing Rockford looked from up there and you could see all of downtown and the top of the Tannery. I remember it was the late 1950s and I was only six or seven years old. It was a small celebration, but a lot of fun. When I was in High School we heard there was going to be a sesquicentennial celebration (this was late 60s). There was to be a carnival, food and a battle of the bands in the old Fire Station (where the west end of the bowling alley is now). That was the most exciting part to people in my age group. The carnival was up and down Courtland Street and once again behind the hotel in that parking lot. Homer Burch wrote the book about Rockford called From Sawmill to City and the Rockford Register ran excerpts from it. You could buy a copy at either Langridges or Patricks drugstore (now it is available at the Historical Society museum). This created a lot of interest in the town and its history-it was nice timing for celebrating the town’s birthday. I give credit to people like then Police Chiefs James West and Bruce Finch, Mayor Clarence Blakeslee, City Manager John Van Prooyan-they all did great in those early days of Start of Summer Celebration. Our almost all-volunteer fire deptment, the Rockford police and Jaycees  all worked hard to make it special. It was so successful they had a sesquicentennial plus one the next year. Then they had just a celebration for next few years. The rides were up and […]

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