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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.

Engagements – June 4, 2009

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  Mead-Bradley The marriage of Janelle Frances Mead and Dennis Dale Bradley will be celebrated on June 20, 2009, at Jordan Chapel in Cedar Springs, Michigan. The bride-to-be of Cedar Springs is a 2007 home school graduate and employed by Independent Bank in Sparta. Janelle is the daughter of Jay and Karen Mead of Cedar Springs. The future groom, of Rockford, is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School and employed by Meijer in Rockford. Dennis is the son of Dennis Bradley of Rockford and Sandy Bradley of Wyoming. The couple will honeymoon in Traverse City, Michigan and reside in Jackson, Michigan.

Quinn graduates Air Force basic training

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer P. Quinn graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Brian Quinn of Belmont, Michigan and graduated in 2005 from Rockford High School.

Letters to the Editor – June 4, 2009

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What’s wrong with this picture? Dear Editor On May 25 I heard a small plane overhead as I was in my front yard. I looked up and the plane was towing a banner behind it. It circled the City several times, as the parade was forming. The banner was advertising Fox Motor sales in Grand Rapids. I am under the impression this dealership is owned by a member of the DeVos Family (Amway). Evidently making money is more important to them than the true meaning of Memorial Day. Nancy Simonis, Rockford        Dogs in City parks Dear Editor, Readers of the Letters to the Editor section in the Thursday, May 21, 2009 edition of The Rockford Squire might have erroneously been led to believe that dogs are banned from Rockford City parks.  The writer of the letter encourages the Rockford City Council to reconsider and overturn a “no dogs” ruling at the Rockford Farm Market and City parks.  While it is true that dogs are not allowed at the Rockford Farm Market it is not true that dogs are banned from the City’s fine and extensive parklands.    For numerous reasons-most importantly public health, safety, and liability issues-the Rockford City Council, after due deliberation and open debate, wisely chose to ban dogs from the Rockford Farm Market. Overwhelmingly Market attendees understand and accept the rationale for for the City Council ruling.  In closing, dogs have never been banned from Rockford City parks.  The only requirement for dogs in parks is that they must be on leash.  An unspoken, socially correct requirement is that dog owners clean up after their pets if necessary. Nancy Fahner Rockford Resident

Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend slated for June 13-14

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The Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for June 13-14. On that weekend, everyone -residents and non-residents alike-can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations apply. Michigan has celebrated Free Fishing Weekend annually since 1986 as a way to promote natural resources awareness. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 36,000 miles of river and 11,000 inland lakes, Michigan and fishing are a natural match. “Fishing is a great way to connect with our natural resources,” said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. “It’s a perfect way for families to spend time together while celebrating the bounty of Michigan’s wonderfully diverse outdoor heritage.” Dozens of activities at state parks and state fish hatcheries have been scheduled to coincide with the weekend, while clubs and conservation organizations stage events, too. Free Fishing Weekend offers experienced anglers an excellent opportunity to introduce novices to the joys of fishing. For a list of Free Fishing Events scheduled across the state, visit The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.

New summer hours for NKSC

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Starting June 1, 2009 through September 4, 2009, North Kent Service Center (NKSC) will be expanding their service hours going to a ten hour day-four days per week. Due to the large number of families who are working and are unable to shop in their food pantry during the day NKSC is changing their hours to accommodate those working families. NKSC will be open at 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. They will be closed on Friday. They look forward to assisting those families who in the past have not been able to access their food pantries due to work commitment. They are also excited that they will be open to the community for donations longer hours during the week. This also gives them longer hours for volunteers to assist after work. NKSC summer donation hours for the weekends are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please-no donations on Sunday or when their gates are closed.

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