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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.

Krause Memorial Library says good-bye to staff member

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

The staff at the Krause Memorial Library all wore black in honor of Patricia Rosloniec’s last day on Friday, May 15. Pat has worked at the KDL library for 11 years, part of which has been as the circulation manager. Rosloniec has transferred to the Cascade library branch where she will manage their circulation.

Algoma Township dedicates memorial park

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JUDY REED The old Swedish Baptist church was remembered Monday, when Algoma Township, in conjunction with the Algoma Township Historical Society, dedicated a memorial park where the church once stood. The park, located on Grange Avenue, south of 13 Mile, is at the Algoma Township Cemetery, across from the current Algoma Baptist Church. The bell from the old church is part of the monument that was erected there this last week. “We didn’t want to lose the history of the church,” Julie Sjogren, president of the Algoma Historical Society told the Cedar Springs Post recently. The Swedish Baptist church was organized in 1903 and first met in a house in Sparta. In 1910, it moved to Algoma Township, on Grange, and held services in the church building owned by the United Brethren church. The name was later changed to Algoma Baptist. In 1968, they purchased 20 acres across the street and built the existing building. In 1999, the old church building and property was donated to Algoma Township with hopes it could be restored, but it was too costly to renovate. So Algoma decided to create a park, memorializing the church and veterans at the same time. The street side of the seven-foot monument memorializes the church with the bell, and the veteran brick courtyard side of the monument memorializes veterans, living or deceased. On Monday, Memorial Day, the park was dedicated, with Rep. Tom Pearce on hand for the unveiling. Clerk Judy Bigney gave a history of the park, Sjogren recognized the donors, and Carl Lambert Friske shared words about the old church. After the dedication, the township held memorial services there, and with representation from the C.E. Schumacher Rockford Memorial Post #3946; Boy Scout Troop #304, and 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry Co. F-Civil War. Guests of Honor included WWII POWs Russell Powell and Harold “Hap” Teesdale.

Rockford takes second in World Odyssey

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Teams have returned from their trek to Iowa May 27-30, 2009. Making the trip with the five Rockford representative teams, were 850 other teams, from the United States, and over 13 countries. Rockford placed the highest of the Michigan teams, bringing home a trophy and silver medals for their second place finish, topped by Singapore by only five points. The team members from North Rockford Middle School are Michaela Behrens, Katie Hollstein, Christopher Lemoine, Daniel Nauta, Mark Veitengruber, Anaiah Zainea, Sarah Jamgotch, with coaches Becky Behrens, Karla Lemoine. Valley View Elementary also placed in the top ten, taking the honorable mention status, with a new team of third grade students, placing sixth at the World Finals are: Chase Lindeboom, Ethan Kolderman, Katie Lawton, Megan Lindeboom, Paige Thompson, Avery Sweeney, Natalie Clum with coaches Joan Lawton, Angela Clum. Other Rockford teams placed in the top 15 for each of their problem solutions. In 13th place are Valley View Elementary School students Makayla Schmetzer, Logan Anderson, Grant Hoffman, Ben Johnson, Calvin Garvey, Corinne Giersh, Giselle Goad- Sharon with coaches Anderson, Kelly Hoffman. In 15th place are Rockford High School students Sammi Cook, Merry Buelken, Shannon Melick, Matt Rettinger, Matt Nauta, Brian Talsma, Evanne Zainea with coaches Matt Zainea, Lesley Zainea, Phoebe Borst. In12th place are Crestwood Elementary School students Blake McWatters, Noah Barclay, Olivier Larente , Jessica Gerkey , Joey Benda , Courtney Lemoine Paige Barnard , with coaches Marianne McWatters, Jan Barclay, Karla Lemoine.

Horse shooting investigated

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Kent County Sheriff Department is currently investigating an incident were a horse was shot and killed.  The incident occurred on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 in the 800 block of Buth Dr NE, which is in Plainfield Township. The Sheriff’s Department is searching for anyone who may have heard gunshots or seen suspicious subject(s) in the area of Buth Drive on May 25. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6434 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or can be contacted confidentially at


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