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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.

Help needed for food pantry

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

During the summer months the North Kent Service Center’s food pantry is depleted by all the extra food requests. With children home during the summer months, families need to provide three meals instead of one. When in school many children receive both breakfast and lunch. Summer is one of their busiest times for emergency food requests. This summer NKSC is looking to supply extra food for 2,800 families who have school age children. They hope to lessen the burden of those summer luncheons that families now have to provide. Please if you are able to-collect lunch items for families, to help those who are struggling right here in our own back yards and neighborhoods. Some of the food items needed are: hotdogs, cereal, mashed potatoes, chips-potato, taco, corn chips and pretzels, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, individual wrapped snacks, drink boxes, fresh fruit, canned spaghetti-o’s, spaghetti, soups, cheese slices, canned fruit, cookies, snacks and canned meats.

Grocery gardens replanted

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Don Kurylowicz, owner of the Cannonsburg Grist Mill and Honey Creek Inn, has sponsored the “grocery gardens” again for the second year, planted by Cannonsburg Elementary School’s second-graders. The grocery gardens are located behind the Grist Mill, and watched over by “Ralph,” Kurylowicz’s new moose. Kurylowicz loves to do community things, and had four garden beds behind his store and gas station that he wanted to let the Cannonsburg school kids plant. He enlisted Georgia O’Donovan to design and buy the plants and seeds. They went with colorful choices, mostly edibles, including some edible flowers and herbs, and some flowers just for color. The second-graders in Laura Beach’s class and Rachel Devereaux’s class started a few things indoors, then met O’Donovan with the rest of the plants at the gardens for the big “plant-o-rama.” Kurylowicz likes the kids to see the connection of where food comes from, and encourages them to watch the progress as the plants grow, and maybe help themselves to a tomato or strawberry as they ripen. The kids also sampled some iced peppermint tea, made from last year’s garden. Some of the produce may also be used by the cooks at the Gristmill or Honey Creek Inn.

School Beat – June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Reflect on successful school year   by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools   I want to begin by congratulating all the Rockford Public Schools (RPS) students who earned diplomas this spring, including those from Rockford High School, River Valley Academy, and Rockford Adult Education. I wish you the very best life has to offer. You are fortunate to have earned your diploma from a highly respected educational institution, which has prepared you to continue your lifelong education through technical or trade school, university or community college, military service, or on-the-job training. I encourage you to focus on making a difference with your life and in the lives of others. Go for it! I also want to reflect on a successful 2008-09 school year. Our students excelled in the classroom, in the athletic arena, and on stage. Our greatest source of pride is the achievement of our students-and there were many. Rockford students, from elementary through high school, brought much recognition to their families, their schools, and the Rockford community at large. Thank you! Also, Meadow Ridge Elementary School became our 12th and final school to earn recognition by the Michigan Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon Exemplary School. This outstanding award recognizes Meadow Ridge’s high student-achievement test scores, quality educational opportunities, and strong parent involvement. Congratulations, Meadow Ridge staff, students and families! Like most organizations, businesses and families, RPS is experiencing serious financial challenges. Most of our revenue comes from state income and sales taxes, and those dollars are significantly down because of the state’s unusually high unemployment numbers and the decline in retail activity. RPS is facing these challenges with a resolve to maintain the integrity of our educational opportunities for all students. I believe that it may be several years before Michigan is able to establish a positive cash reserve. During this period, I ask for your patience as we meet these challenges head on. In closing, I hope you and your family have a relaxing and enjoyable summer, and please free to contact me at (616) 863-6557 or with questions or concerns.

Baker College announces President’s List

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Baker College of Muskegon recently announced their winter 2009 President’s List. The following full-time students earned a grade-point average of 4.0 for the winter quarter. Bradley Dubey of Rockford was included on the President’s List, as well as Sparta students Ruthanne Brinks, Philip Keller, Bethany Lovell, Larry Vawter and Arieole Wiley.

Kristin A. Darby awarded 2009 Chamber

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Kristin Darby, a Rockford High School senior, is the proud recipient of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Darby was among 13 applicants who applied for the $1,000 scholarship.  A panel of 12 board members had the difficult task of poring over the applications and whittling down the list to the eventual winner. Darby impressed the judges with a program she entitled, “Senior Serving Seniors” that cultivates multi-generational friendships between high school seniors and the community’s senior citizens. She is planning on attending the University of Michigan in the fall pursuing a career in medicine and was recruited for the Wolverine’s soccer team. “It was a wonderful privilege to receive the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Scholarship,” said Darby. “I am so thankful and really appreciate it.” Dr. Michael Shibler, RCC Secretary, announced the scholarship winner during the Chamber’s Rockford Community EXPO event on Saturday, March 21.  Kristin was formally presented with the scholarship at RHS Honors Convocation ceremony by RCC President, Polly Von Eschen on Thursday, May 21, 2009.

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