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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.

Birthdays – May 30—June 5

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

May 30-June 5 30th            Jill Corstange                     Cass Rodriguez 31st            Lee Greenland                     Nicholas Hunt                     Libby Rice JUNE  1st            Helen Riemersma  2nd            Jason Corstange                     Michael Douglas                     Lynsey Maharry                     Sherry Palmer                     Renae Venman  3rd            Esther Carpenter                    Barb Smith                    Robert Tryon    4th            Allie Hickox                    Rosemary Jeruzal                    Susan Laage                    Irene Ryba                    Anna Truman    5th            Jared Gauss                    June Hulsebus                    Jay Shaddeau                    Lorraine Smith                    Dorothy Stocks

Main Street – May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Spell that? It’s good to keep up on what’s happening in the world. Personally, however, I avoid reading news stories out loud. Hard-to-pronounce foreign names seem to pop up in every paragraph: Binyamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hu Jintao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Hosni Mubarak, Barack Obama…. Scratch that last one. He’s one of ours. And isn’t it amazing how quickly “President Obama” has come to sound perfectly ordinary? Remembering #1 Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, is a holiday created to honor those who died in service to their country. It was first observed just after the Civil War and was called Decoration Day. At first it was used as a remembrance for Union soldiers only, but has expanded to include those from all services and wars. Many Americans also use Memorial Day to honor others who have died. Memorial Day used to be set for May 30. The date was changed in 1968 so Congress could have another three-day weekend. This year Memorial Day fell on the earliest May date possible. Which is why I got confused and forgot when it was and you’re reading this item a week late. Remembering #2 The old man had died. A wonderful funeral was in progress and the country preacher talked at length of the good traits of the deceased, what an honest man he was, and what a loving husband and kind father. Finally, the widow leaned over and whispered to one of her children, “Go up there and take a look in the coffin and see if that’s your pa.” Definitions ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle. CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people. CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out. EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation HANDKERCHIEF: Cold Storage INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction TOMORROW: […]

GM Futurliner makes an appearance at local car show

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Mark your calendars for July 25, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to see the fabulous GM Futurliner that will be the special guest at the Cedar Springs Summer Car Show, located in Morely Park, 60 Cedar St., Cedar Springs MI (one block south of 17 Mile and Northland Dr.) This is Futurliner No. 10-refurbished to its original condition by more than 30 volunteers over a seven year period under the direction of Don Mayton of Beaverdam, Michigan. Only eight other Futurliners exist, five of which are in total disrepair.   Sharon Jett, Director of the Cedar Springs Museum procured the Futurliner for the car show. “This is a huge coup to get the Futurliner to come. It took about two months of negotiating a price before they said yes,” Jett said.   Jett, along with D. White, a fellow museum member, went out into the community to obtain over 25 local business sponsorships. “I would like to personally thank everyone who financially helped so generously with this project,” White said. To learn more about the futurliner visit their web site:

Zumba Exercise also REF fundraiser

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Second grade teacher Natalie Maj works hard to motivate the students in her Meadow Ridge Elementary School classroom. But it’s her second job that stretches the limits of her ability to motivate. Maj is a Zumba instructor, combining her ability to teach with her passion for fitness. The fast-paced, get-up-and-dance exercise program fuses Latin rhythms with aerobic dance moves.  Zumba was developed in the mid-1990s by fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez, a native of Columbia, using the traditional Latin music and dance movements he’d known since childhood. Perez’s classes caught on and soon became the most attended sessions at the health club at which he was teaching. Perez’s Zumba technique quickly caught on with Americans and spread to gyms and health clubs across the country. The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) will be joining forces with Maj, and fellow Zumba instructor Kandi Holmstrom from the YMCA of Belmont, for an exciting fitness fundraiser. “We are excited at the opportunity to help raise monies for the REF and help put resources into local classrooms and promote educational opportunities for children,” said Maj and Holmstrom. Kandi Holmstrom and Natalie Maj are both certified instructors through either the American Council on Exercise or the Aerobics and Fitness Associate of America. Together they carry several specialized certifications including Zumba, Mad Dogg Spinning, Les Mills (Body Pump) and pilates. Both instructors represent the YMCA of Belmont where they teach classes of their own including Zumba.  In addition, Kandi is the creator of the outdoor Rock Hard Boot Camp which runs out of both Rockford and Grand Rapids with limited enrollment.  For more information regarding her classes visit Natalie has established Zumba classes through the Rockford Community Education Office. For more information contact either the Rockford Community Education office or is limited to 50. The first-annual Zumba Party is scheduled for May 29, at 6 p.m., in Rockford High School’s main gym.  Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.  The night will be filled with music, Zumba dance instruction and many exciting give-aways.  The YMCA of Belmont has donated three one month memberships for either one adult or a family as a give-away.  The Philip Anthony Salon has donated some generous discounts on hair color, cuts and full […]

A Message for You – May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

Think before you sign by PASTOR LARRY ROWLAND Rockford Baptist Church A student of the Eagle Rock Junior High School won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair a few years ago with his exposure of a substance that he claimed threatened the well-being of the human race. The substance is dihydrogen monoxide. His exhibit illustrated many of the reasons why this substance should be banned from our planet. Among the reasons he gave were: dihydrogen monoxide can cause excessive sweating and vomiting; it is a major component in acid rain; it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state; if you accidentally breathe in this substance, it will kill you; it contributes to erosion; it has been found in the tumors of terminal cancer patients; it even decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes, causing accidents and deaths on the highway. As person after person passed by the exhibit, drinking in the potential dangers of this substance, lines of worry and anxiety furrowed their brows. One after another stooped over to sign the petition at the end of the table, calling for the banning of dihydrogen monoxide. You could hear this substance coming up in conversation after conversation, with people expressing their concerns that this substance hadn’t been exposed before. At the end of the day, a survey of all who attended the science fair revealed that 86% thought it was a good idea for dihydrogen monoxide to be banned from use on our planet. Only 2% of those who attended this science fair were for its use, and 12% were undecided on the question, wanting further information before passing judgment. It was after the survey had been conducted at the end of the day, just before the science fair was closing, that the winning student uncovered the title of his project. His exhibit was called “How Gullible Are We?” His project was really intended to expose how easily alarmists can spread anxiety, and how easily and quickly Americans accept anxiety into their lives. Dihydrogen monoxide? It’s just good, old-fashioned H2O-water. Motivated by their anxieties, 86% of the people at this Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair had signed petitions calling for the banning of water from use on our planet.

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