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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.

Rockford Register — May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Thursday, May 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting-7 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Hosts Kirsten Carlson Farmer and David Carlson will speak about the Hunter Carlson family history. Meeting is free and open to the public. Friday, May 8 Spaghetti Dinner-5 to 7 p.m. at the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3946, corner of 13 Mile Road and Summit. Enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad, garlic bread and desserts. Proceeds to help the veterans and their families. For more information, call Fran at (616) 866-1483. Saturday, May 9 Charity Co-Ed 4-on-4 Volleyball Tournament-10 a.m. at Rockford High School gym. Entry forms can be obtained at the high school athletic office, or online at Deadline for entries is May 7. Entry fee is $40; all teams must register in advance. Proceeds to benefit Relay for Life. Checks may be made payable to American Cancer Society. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams in three divisions: grades 6-8, grades 9-13, and adult (each team must contain at least one female player). Relay for Life Card-Making Event-10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church. Join us for fun and stamping! All proceeds donated to Relay for Life and American Cancer Society. Cost is $35, which includes 10 cards, plus cookies, coffee and lots of door prizes. 3-D Archery Youth Appreciation Day-9:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start, at Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club, 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta. Free lesson, prizes and shoot for ages 8 to 16. Bring your own equipment or share ours. For details, contact Tom at (616) 855-2857. Sunday, May 10 Breakfast-8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Tuesday, May 12 Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-Rotary Board-club assembly, noon at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about […]

Sparta’s discount (gourmet) grocery

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

It’s like G.B. Russo’s without the pricing. It’s a treasure hunt. The food pantries are cheaper (free) but no one else offers prices this low. Andy’s Discount  Grocery has been at 572 S. State Street in Sparta for about a year and a half. Owner Roger Anderson opened the 4,000-square-foot store when his career in the construction industry faltered with the economy. He knew a guy who ran a similar discount store and was very successful. Roger and wife Darlene decided to go into the grocery business.   Foodies will  love the large selection of spices, purchased in bulk and repackaged offered at low prices, often 75 percent cheaper than at a regular grocery store. Staples such as ground cumin, dried cilantro, cinnamon sticks are offered at bargain prices, along with more exotic spices home chefs can now have on hand affordably. The store is also becoming known for its organic products-more and more popular as people want items without the pesticides and other chemicals large food producers have long used. Lover’s of authentic Amish cheese will also appreciate a local supplier for the product. Andy’s brings in a strong selection of Amish cheeses so local shoppers won’t have to drive to the source for Amish-made havarti, Swiss, jumping jack, pepper jack or other popular favorite cheeses.   “What I like is when people come in and buy these gourmet products that they can get here for two dollars that would cost more than five in another store,” Anderson said. He used for example pine nuts, selling for about $5  In Meijer, just $1.99 at Andy’s.  He has yogurt for just 39 cents, hams for 99 cents a pound,  half gallons of ice cream for $1.99. The store also has aisle of other goods-medicine, cleaning products, pet products, shampoo and mops-also priced to go out the door painlessly. Anderson said his goods come from some of the same suppliers the big stores use, and a Frito Lay truck pulled in during the interview, proving his point. When suppliers have too much stock, Anderson buys at a discount. When items have damaged labels or dents, he picks up those too. Some stuff is close or post-dated. According to Anderson, plenty of foods are good after the […]

Hahn receives awards at Hope

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Cara Hahn, a Hope College senior from Rockford, received the Laszlo Tokes Award and the Wall Street Journal Award during the annual honors convocation on Thursday, April 23, 2009. The Laszlo Tokes Award is a cash award given to two rising seniors for writing the best essays addressing a current issue or world situation from a Christian perspective. Laszlo Tokes, in whose honor the award is named, was a pastor in the Hungarian Reformed Church. His commitment to Christian faith and calling played a pivotal role in sparking the demonstration that led to the downfall of the communist regime in Romania in 1989. This award was made possible by the vision and donation of a Hope alumna who would like to remain anonymous. It is facilitated by the CrossRoads Project. The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award of a one-year subscription to the Journal and an individual medallion is presented to the student selected by the economics, management and accounting faculty on the basis of superior performance in the department.

Bus drivers adhere to rules of the road

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JACQUIE FASE Director of Transportation Rockford Public Schools Spring is in the air and new life abounds. With the warm weather comes a renewed spirit for all. Bus loads are lighter as more students become new drivers. The young drivers are hitting the roads, enjoying their new adult responsibilities, and they are excited! Although most of them have been transported back and forth to school via bus for most of their lives, they may not fully understand the significance of the school bus lighting system. There can be much confusion among all drivers-young or old, experienced or beginner. State guidelines are in place that school bus drivers must adhere to. I hope the following explanation of the guidelines will help clear up any confusion you or your new driver may have. MCL 257.1855 regulates school bus stops and associated procedures. The following list contains highlights of that statute: There are two types of school bus stops permitted in Michigan: (1) alternately flashing overhead red/amber lights stops, and (2) hazard lights stops.             The two types of school bus stops are further broken down to four types of stops:             1. Overhead flashing lights stop-pupils ARE required to cross the roadway;             2. Overhead flashing lights stop-pupils ARE NOT required to cross the roadway;             3. Hazard lights stop-maximum allowable speed for the street is 35 mph; and             4. Hazard lights stop-there is no speed consideration. All overhead lights stops require the bus to be clearly and continuously visible:             1. If the maximum allowable speed is 35 mph, the bus must be clearly and continuously visible for a distance of at least 200 feet from the bus stop;             2. If the maximum allowable speed is over 35 mph, then the clear and continuous distance requirement increases to at least 400 feet. At overhead lights stops where pupils have to cross the roadway, the school bus must stop completely on the roadway. At overhead lights stops where pupils do not have to cross the roadway, the school bus may pull off the roadway as far as practicable. At overhead lights stops where the stop is a combination of both types (pupils crossing and not crossing the roadway), the bus must stop completely on […]

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