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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.

Cannon Pool reopens for 45th year

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Cannon Pool has reopened for its 45th year to the joy of many kids and families. This year families want and need inexpensive fun, choosing the Cannon Pool as a vacation alternative.  Member, Mark Lemoine said, “We join the pool every year because of the fun, the Snack Shack and because it would cost me more just for the chemicals for a home pool than the cost of membership”. Cannon Pool continues to serve families throughout Kent County and welcomes your family as well. They are currently accepting memberships for the 2009 season.  Look for them in the Rockford Start of Summer Parade on June 13, they will have FREE family swim passes so you can come cool off, relax and give them a try. See them on Facebook-Cannon Pool or look them up at, or contact Kerrie Van Eck, Membership Coordinator at 866-6017.

The Squire visits Africa

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

  ALL THE WAY-The Bowman family took a copy of their hometown paper along as they went to Africa to help with a hospital built with inspiration by Dave Bowman (left) and, according to him, plenty of miracles. The Bowmans and their children continue to look for ways to improve the lives of their family in Christ with their work in Sudan. See to find out more.

North Rockford Middle School Honor Roll – June 2009

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Eighth Grade Sydney Aldrich Amie Atkinson Terrill Atwood Kaitlin Bartholomy Emily Beard Austin Cantu Dylan Carter Jonathan Champion Lauren Copping Quinn Deyer Mackenzie Dunn Jacklyn Eding Victoria Elliott Alison Erbes Nathaniel Fazio Brooke Glencer Olivia Guswiler Aglahen Gutierrez Danielle Hamelink Chelsea Hamilton Robbyn Holthof Justin Hopkins Justin Hulsebus Trevor Hulst Bryce Hutson Taylor Jezak Houston Jorgensen Andre Kely Alexandra Kersting Karson Konkle David Martinez Nicole Moon Isabelle Mudgett Kento Nakano Michael Passarelli Martin Phillips Brooke Pierce Brandon Postema Dylan Postma Jacob Rekucki Courtney Rozema Margaret Schmuker Jake Schneider Kyle Sheafor Suraya Shosten Taylor Steffensen Emily Strome Emily Tompkins Tierney Tubergen Andrew Vanos Tiffany VanWuffen Broc Vaughn Corey Waite Brianna Weidenfeller Anna Wittekind Hannah Worst Olivia Yeadon   Seventh Grade Allyson Andrews Rebecca Andris Eli Appleby Taylor Bowman Alexandra Brown Jennifer Brown Cameron Clemens Michael Collins Jacob Dalton Jacob Davis Kyra Dedenbach Tyler Deyoung Nora Fitzgerald Veronica Foley Brenna Friedl Madison Galdis Noah Gleason Connor Groom Riana Hain-Gachiri Lucas Henry Lauren Imhoff Matthew Jones Tyler Lenartz Jessica Long Riley Manier Tiffany Mann Austin Mckellar Thomas Mills Jeremy Mohr Ashley Morris Dylan Nielsen Arianna Patterson Shane Phillips Naomi Pluger Michael Powell Lauren Pratt Daniel Przybylski Zachary Randle Sean Ribbens Sierra Rosema Laura Sanders Zachary Sargent Jarrod Savara Kendall Short Raymond Smith David Sokol Mack Solomon Chase Stulp Macy Thompson David Thorsen Rachel Turner Alyssa VanVliet Jason Walburg John Wickering Eric Williamson Shannon Winicki Kane Wolfer Andrew Zuidema   Sixth Grade Alexander Amante Zoe Anaya Christopher Bell Conner Broderick Starr Bullis Molly Dailey Aidan Danigelis Katherine Elwell Alaina Flinsky Morgan Glencer Allison Griffee Nicholas Guerra Luca Hagenloch Lauren Hayward Rachel Henry Teaganne Hoekstra Landon Howard Summer Hyde Alexander Johnson Madelyne Johnson Aleigha Kely Zachary Lecceadone Tyler Marek Zacharee Meeks Evan Meyers Matthew Myers Ryan O’Grady Lucas Pratt Michael Raisch Jr. Marissa Read Skylar Redbow Jennifer Riddering Madeline Russo Brooke Sallee Patrick Salyer Macie Schmetzer Sarah Schulke Mariah Simmons Bryan Townshend Madeleine Upham Alexa Vandenberg Daniel Waite Cheyenne Williams Ryan Willmarth     PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL Eighth Grade Michael Arend Trenten Babcock Micayla Bakita Melissa Baldridge Beau Baragar Cassidy Berlin Mikaela Boggiano Mariah Bouwkamp Wyatt Brown Zoe Bruyn Chad Carlson Kendal Carr Steven Clarke Kevin Clinthorne Adrianna Craft Caleb Cuneo Kelsey Curtis Kennedy Cutler Kathleen Deboer Brice Dolbee Claire […]

Rockford girls soccer wins district title in shootout thriller

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER Talk about pressure! After playing 110 intense, scoreless minutes of soccer-including two 15-minute overtimes-against host West Ottawa in the district title game Friday night, May 29, the Rams needed to outshoot the Panthers at point-blank range to call the title theirs. Assistant coach Scott Hazel, using an abandoned envelope from a greeting card, quickly jotted down the names of five players from the Rams’ roster of 22 to take the shots. Hazel was shaking so badly that his handwriting was barely decipherable. Meanwhile, four-year goalkeeper Kristin Darby-who has been nursing a sore shoulder since Wednesday’s 5-0 shutout against Hudsonville in the district semifinal-prepared to stop five West Ottawa shots. And waiting anxiously in a line in front of the goal was the entire Ram brigade, with the five chosen ones waiting nervously among them. In the stands, their parents anxiously bit their lips and prayed for success. The Rams won the toss and opted to shoot first in the every-other lineup. Senior co-captain Rachel Doud, a deceptively fast midfielder, stepped to the line first. She shot and scored from 12 yards out, sending the Rockford crowd into hysterics. West Ottawa’s first player did the same, however, and the score was tied. Next up for Rockford was Jordan Diffenderfer, whose wily and aggressive play often confuses the opposition. Her shot flew past late-diving Panther goalkeeper Katie Overway. But West Ottawa scored again, making the score even. Sydney Benda, the Rams’ sophomore standout, was third in the shoot-out lineup for the Rams. She scored, and the crowd went crazy. Again, West Ottawa echoed the result, putting the pressure on Rockford defender Sam Decker as she stepped to the line. Decker took her shot and scored, too, but because the referee had not blown his whistle, she was forced to shoot again. Her next shot put the Rams up 4-3 in the shootout. West Ottawa’s next shot hit the post and bounced off, giving Rockford sophomore Lanie Esch, who was just called up to the team on Wednesday from the junior varsity squad, the opportunity to seal the 1-0 win. She answered the challenge, and the Rams captured their third district title in four years. “We so deserved that!” said Hazel after the game. “I […]

Rockford girls lacrosse team earns berth in Division I semifinal

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford girls lacrosse team claimed their second consecutive berth in the state semifinals by winning the Lansing regional hosted by Lansing Waverly. The Rams really had their work cut out for them in 2009 with the blind draw for regional pairings. Rockford had to face two top 12 teams in order to advance to the final round. The first-round opponent, Brighton, started strong against the Rams, trading goals with them in the early going. The Ram offense was stagnant for the first 12 minutes of the game. Senior Captain Michon Moline took over and began to light up the scoreboard as the Rams put a flurry of goals in the net to take a 13-6 halftime lead. Seven was the lucky number for the night, with seven Rams scoring goals and Moline netting a team high seven. Defensively, Lexi O’Connor and Alyssa Neumen continued their strong play, protecting goalkeeper Gabrielle Twiest. Twiest had 13 saves in the game. Andi Raymond and Meagan Emery each added three goals, with Raymond contributing six assists. The victory set up a showdown with Ann Arbor Pioneer, who the Rams had played previously and barely escaped with a 6-3 win. The re-match proved to be a different contest than the first, as the Rams scored nine unanswered goals midway through the first half to open up a huge margin. Leading 17-6 at the half, the coaches substituted freely in the second half making sure all the girls got a taste of regional action. Coach Neerken noted, “That was the best total team effort of the year. We had nine girls score goals, and everyone was involved in the offense and defense, moving the ball up the field and cutting off the opportunity for the Pioneer offense.” Raymond and Emery led with six goals each, Kelsei Streeter added three off the bench, and Taylor Balch, Taylor Hiner, Julie Berta, Moline, Abbey Neerken and Roxy Rosema all scored for the Rams. The Rams were dominant on the draw with Raymond, Emery, Rosema and O’Connor confusing the Pioneers off the whistle and claiming 18 center draws. The finals pitted Rockford against Lansing Waverly on the Warriors’ home field. However, the Rams are very comfortable in Lansing, as they have now played seven […]

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