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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.

Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award application deadline extended

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

The deadline for students to apply to the Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award competition has been extended to July 15, 2009. The awards were announced by the Green Chemistry Roundtable and will honor industrial, academic, student, and nonprofit efforts to green Michigan’s economy. The award program is open to individuals, groups and organizations in Michigan, both nonprofit and for profit, including academia, educators, nonprofit advocacy groups, and industry. Award recipients will be honored at a special dinner at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit on Sept. 24. The award program recognizes advances that either incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture or use; or that promote activities that support or implement those technologies. The Roundtable will present one or more awards in each of the following categories: Business:  individual efforts, team efforts and/or corporate efforts for a green chemistry technology in any of the four focus areas identified in the nomination packet. Academic:  academic research and development efforts in any of the identified four focus areas. Education:  green chemistry education efforts at any level, from high school to post graduate, in any of the identified four focus areas. Public:  community reform that recognizes efforts from advocates, local government, service organizations and/or the general public in any of the identified four focus areas. Student:  undergraduate and graduate chemistry and engineering student design projects that incorporate one or more of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Further information on the Michigan Green Chemistry Program, along with a copy of the nomination packet, is available on the DEQ website at, or by calling the DEQ Environmental Assistance Center at (800) 662-9278.

Adrian College celebrates 2009 spring commencement

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Congratulations, graduates! It was a proud day for Adrian College as the most recent group of graduates joined the ranks of alumni at spring commencement on Sunday, May 3 in the Multisport Performance Stadium. On a beautiful Michigan day, over 100 students received their diplomas. Kurt L. Darrow, a 1977 graduate of the college and president and chief executive officer of La-Z-Boy Inc., gave this year’s commencement address. Among the graduates was Susan Walden of Rockford. Walden received her bachelor of social work degree, majoring in social work, with summa cum laude honors.

Adrian College announces spring 2009 Dean’s List

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Two local students were named to the spring 2009 Dean’s List at Adrian College. They were senior Susan Walden of Rockford, a graduate of Rockford High School, and freshman Madeline Yope of Rockford, a graduate of Northview High School. To achieve this honor, a student must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and carry at least 12 credit hours.

One for me and one for the “Mrs.”

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Pictured is a male bluebird with a mouth full of mealworms.  Squire reporters, Cliff and Nancy Hill, regularly treat a nesting pair of bluebirds to daily offerings of mealworms.  For readers who also have nesting bluebirds, this delicacy is available locally at nominal cost at Mrs. O’s Bait and Tackle Store in downtown Rockford.  

Huntington Rogue River Blues Series

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

The City of Rockford and the Rockford Area Arts Commission is pleased to announce that Huntington Bank is the proud sponsor of this year’s Huntington Rogue River Blues series. The Blues Series will once again provide the Rockford community with Tuesday evening concerts in downtown Rockford Garden Club Park from 7 to 9 p.m.  These family oriented concerts provide outstanding musical talent, free of charge to the public. Come early and enjoy dinner in one of Rockford’s fine eating establishments and stroll through the wonderful shops. Then bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of wonderful music. Garden Club Park is located in downtown Rockford, north of the Rockford Dam on Bridge Street, directly behind the Squire Street shops. Rogue River Blues Series, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.             Tuesday, June 9            Weezil Malone Band             Tuesday, June 16            Lynn Thompson Band             Tuesday, June 23            Root Doctor             Tuesday, June 30            James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers               Tuesday, July 7            Tomas Esparza Blues Band             Tuesday, July 14            Steve Hilger Blues Band             Tuesday, July 21            Harper After the Blues Series, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.               Tuesday, July 28            Organissimo (Jazz)             Tuesday, Aug. 4            The Concussions (Surf)             Tuesday, Aug. 11            Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys (Honky Tonk)   **Inclement weather: the event moves to Rotary Pavilion located in downtown Rockford at the corner of Courtland Street and Squires Street. Parking Suggestion: South Squires parking lot, accessed from Bridge Street entrance drive between Vitale’s and J.T. Stitchery or Main Street entrance drive north of the Rogue Valley Towers building. A short, pleasant walk north on the White Pine Trail will bring you directly to the park.

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