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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.

Letters to the Editor – May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Missing Rockford in spring     Dear Editor, My wife and I have lived in Rockford since 2006 and in Belmont prior to that since 2000.  Both of our children finished middle school and have graduated from Rockford High School.  In November 2008, I mobilized and deployed as part of a Reserve Forces call-up in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Currently, I serve on a Division staff in Iraq. This will be the first year in many that I have not been able to enjoy the spring season in Rockford.  In the desert heat, I think of our town. I’ve compiled a list of my top ten aspects of Rockford living that I miss the most: 10.  Running along the White Pine Trail 9.  Walking through the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings 8.  Friendships made at the range of the Rockford Sportsmen’s Club 7.  Rockford’s wonderfully inviting Memorial Day Parade 6.  Hot dogs at the Corner Bar 5.  Spring Home Show at RHS 4.  Peggy at Peppermill Restaurant who cheerfully refilled my coffee cup 3.  Breakfast with Mark, Mitchell, Bob, Ron, and Andy “anywhere” in Rockford 2.  Eating ice cream with my wife as we sit by Rockford’s downtown waterfalls 1.  Sunday worship services at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church I thought people in Rockford might like to know how our life impacts us and makes our community such a wonderful place to belong.   All the best, David Ronan, Ph.D. LTC, USArmy, CA

DNR reminds public to leave wildlife in the wild

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As wildlife birthing season proceeds in the spring, it is not unusual for people to come across seemingly abandoned fawns or other baby critters. The first instinct many people have is to try and help. Department of Natural Resources wildlife personnel offer a word of advice: don’t.  The truth is, the animal doesn’t need help. “When people see a fawn they think is abandoned, the mom is almost always nearby, maybe even watching them,” said DNR wildlife biologist John Niewoonder.  “Our advice is look, enjoy the experience, and move on.” It is not uncommon for does to leave their young unattended for up to 8 hours at a time. This is an anti-predator mechanism because it minimizes scent left around the newborn animals. The same is true for rabbits, ground-dwelling birds and other wildlife. In most cases, the animal is better off left alone than removed from the wild.  Even avian parents will continue to care for hatchlings that have fallen from a nest. “We know that people want to help,” Niewoonder said, But those animals really are better off left alone.” Many baby animals will die if removed from their natural environment. Also, some animals have diseases or parasites that can be passed to humans or pets. And some “rescued” animals that do survive become habituated to people. These animals are unable to revert back to being wild. Eventually they pose additional problems as they mature and develop adult animal behaviors. Habituated deer have been known to become aggressive as they mature, especially bucks. Raccoons also are well-known for becoming aggressive as they mature. It is illegal to possess a wild deer in Michigan and every day it spends with humans makes it that much less likely to be able to survive in the wild. In the event that you know a deer or other animal has been orphaned, early in the year, for example, if the doe is dead nearby, call the local DNR office, which can refer you to a licensed rehabilitator. Licensed rehabilitators are trained to handle wild animals and know how to release them so that they can live in the wild. The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for […]

East Rockford Middle School Honor Roll

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Eighth Grade Brandon Ausbrooks Cameron Baines Jeffrey Baldwin Stephanie Barton Cameron Bathum Megan Bean Olek Berezecky Kayla Bergeron Michael Best Anna Beurkens Andrew Bingel Kira Brown Christopher Coles Katelin Cornelius Nicholas DeWitt Paige Deyoung Jessica Dickinson Ryan Donley Tyler Dykstra Halle Dymowski Samantha Ericksen Michael Farris Amanda Glaza Lauren Golsteyn Kara Greenberg Joshua Henderson Nathan Hill Robert Holmes Iii Jacob Kaiser Elizabeth Kim Kathryn Kreske Jessica Levin Claire Martin Nathan Middlebrook Sarah Militello Todd Millar Alec Nault Jamie Nelligan Jack Northman Rachel Raab Kyle Rinzler Mikinzy Russ Adam Sageman Nicole Spaeth Timothy Spehar Iii Tristan Vanfossen Jennifer Vlas Bradley Wallsteadt Heather White Samantha White Lexie Wobma Christian Wojtowicz Elizabeth Wuopio Seventh Grade Jenna Andrews Bobbie Augustine Colleen Berry Andrew Boatright Madison Butler Megan Chrisman Kate Counterman Hailey Delongchamp Lane Dubes Megan Engelbrecht Chase Hankins Mitchell Hendershott Dillon Herried Ryan Herron Hailey Huffman Ryan Jerrils Connor Kovack Kelsey Larsen Jason Lenon Tyler Linsley Ashley Mengyan Erin Munger Nicklaus Nance Tessa Paul-Cox Amy Plambeck Ryan Savara Mallory Sciamanna Jessica Sims Jarett Sobkowiak Drake Strehl Paul Van Ess Dylan Vanderwal Lindsay Waddell Craig Wasberg Lauren Werkema Sixth Grade Gage Afton Sidney Arcidiacono Talen Baltazar Trent Belmore Jared Bennett Justin Blough Riley Bullinger Allisyn Burke Courtney Butler Ryan Carley Alexis Chisholm Brooke Cojeen Nathan Cunigan Noelle Debold Taylor Dejonge Taylor Evans Walter Felver III Shelby Freeman Caleb Gillis Griffin Hall Nicholas Hart Sarah Jamgotch Macklyn Kovack Adam Kovacs Tyffany Lamos Bennett Lane Jamie Levan Foster Leverett Jacob Lindemer Laura Mackie Austin Markward Parker Marsh Drew Marvin Mazie Marvin Rachel Morrow Dakota Noble Kyle O’Hare Ricky Otto Mason Pant Tanner Phillips Seth Pierce Marilyn Preisner Cole Randall Nathan Rick Elise Robertson Alicia Rojas Avery Scheidmantel Christian Schutter Victoria Shingola Trevor Smith Allison Starr Joshua Stephan Hanna Tolhurst Brent Trewhella Perry Williams Lauren Wolford   PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL Eighth Grade Casey Aman Grant Aman Tyler Aman Aaron Bainbridge Jacob Barclay Erik Barker Grant Beach Kaitlin Belmore Lynsey Bettig Steven Bilski Andrew Bleeker Hannah Bodnar Christopher Bosch Shawn Bowser Erika Bradfield Nicholas Braun Mitchell Brummel Carley Bryant Aubree Buschert Carolyn Byl Mackenzie Cargill Colleen Conroy Madison Couch Connor Coughlin Austin Crowell Connor Darby Christopher Despres Avory Devries Tiffany Devries Matthew Dickinson Mitchell Dickinson Robert Dickinson Julia Dillard Jacob Dornan Rachel Feinauer Mackenzie […]

Belmont dentist straightens teeth in only six months

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If you have spaces between your teeth or your teeth are crowded together, you don’t have to wear braces for two years or cut your teeth as you do with bonding, veneers or crowns. Now you can have a great smile in only six months. Dr. John P. Klooster is a dentist in Belmont who has taken advanced training in orthodontics to provide short-term braces. Using this exciting new orthodontic technique, he can help many patients who otherwise would go through their life embarrassed of their smile. Dr. Klooster says, “The six-month braces technique works great and people are really excited about having the smile they always wanted in only six months. Many patients are so happy that they actually cry when we take off their braces and show them their new smile.” Since many people are self-conscious about wearing braces, Dr. Klooster has incorporated composite tooth-colored brackets. The braces blend into the teeth and greatly decrease their visibility. Generally, all treatment is completed in seven to ten short appointments. Also, the six-month braces technique is surprisingly comfortable since it uses lower forces than traditional braces. Dr. Klooster says, “People usually think that we just ‘tighten’ the braces to aggressively move teeth more quickly, but those high forces would actually slow down tooth movement. The six-month braces technique is a low-force technique that gently and safely moves the teeth to the desired position.” In addition to being faster than traditional braces, the six-month braces technique is also less expensive. Other advantages to using this technique include having your teeth look more natural than with bonding, veneers or crowns, and healthier gums, since straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth. “One of the nicest benefits of the six-month braces technique is the improved self-esteem and self-confidence the patient has with straight teeth and a beautiful smile,” says Dr. Klooster. “They look great and they feel much better about themselves.”  To complete their look, patients who start the six-month technique by August 1, 2009, will be offered complimentary teeth-whitening to brighten their new smile. For more information on this new technique, call Belmont Dentistry at (616) 284-3200 or visit

The Tax Attic – May 28, 2008

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Making Work Pay tax credit problematic The provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that is of most concern to tax professionals around the state of Michigan and the entire country seems to be the one titled the Making Work Pay tax credit. I have written about this credit previously, but feel that it is so problematic that I have to write one more article about it. The basic premise of this credit is that taxpayers will receive an additional $13 to $25 per week of take-home pay during the years of 2009 and 2010. For a single person, this should amount to about $400. For joint filers, this should amount to about $800. The credit is the smallest of 6.2% of earned income or $400 single/$800 joint. When the 2009 tax return is filed next year, a single working taxpayer will claim the Making Work Pay tax credit of $400 on the return and, since that person’s withholding should have decreased by about $400, all things being equal, the tax return shouldn’t look much different than this year’s return. Similarly, when the joint working couple file their return in 2009, their withholding should be about $800 less, but they will get the $800 Making Work Pay tax credit, and all should be okay. The taxpayers’ tax burden will have been reduced by $400 or $800 and everyone is happy. However, there are potential problems that will result in some taxpayers not ending up in that happy place. One of the key words in the entire provision is the second word of the provision:  Making WORK Pay tax credit. In other words, for taxpayers who do not work and do not have earned income, there is no Making Work Pay tax credit. That is where problem number one arises. When the Internal Revenue Service was instructed to implement this credit and adjust the withholding tables so that taxpayers would get the $13 to $25 additional take-home pay, there was a small communication error. They did not instruct all of those entities issuing pensions to ignore the new tables. The Making Work Pay tax credit does not apply to pension recipients. Pension income is not earned income and does not qualify as work […]

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