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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.

East Rockford Middle School’s Lynsey Bettig: an Example in Excellence

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Student quick to welcome newcomers, offer friendship Lynsey Bettig is the daughter of Jeff and Vicki Bettig and sister to Lexi. Lynsey shows over and over her caring nature in and out of school. Teachers say it is a privilege to work with Lynsey, who demonstrates positive leadership among classmates, teammates, teachers and her coaches. This conscientious student holds a 3.6 grade-point average, is a talented athlete and served as her school team’s varsity softball team manager. Lynsey is very involved in her church and often befriends incoming students before school starts and helps them feel comfortable in the new environment. As a team manager, Lynsey was fired up and ready to go. She came to every practice and her dedication and school spirit set a powerful example to other young ladies on the team. The players came to know, love and admire Lynsey for her passionate and positive words of encouragement. It was obvious she truly believed in them as individuals. From sitting with a new student during lunch period to volunteering in vacation Bible school, Lynsey is the type of person who shows true leadership as well as the kindness to go out of her way for others. Lynsey is hardworking, motivated and always gives her best. She is also quick to offer a hand to help others succeed and share a smile as well. She faces life with a joy that spreads to others around her. The eighth-grade student has been nominated as Student of the Month, is a member of the Junior National Honor Society and has repeatedly earned academic honors. Lynsey is in the accelerated reading program. She also is a talented athlete with many trophies in basketball, softball as well as trophies for participating in Awana at church. Lynsey has played on the Rockford Little League and hopes to play as a freshman in high school sports. In addition to her passion for sports, especially softball where she is a pitcher, she enjoys art, reading and listening to music. As an Example in Excellence at East Rockford Middle School, Lynsey is known as an all-around neat kid with a strong sense of right and wrong.

Family service, pricing keeps Bangz Hair Salon a success story

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Bangz is an example of a business that is doing it right. The salon is thriving in downtown Rockford and since opening in May, 2006 has had to move to a larger location. Becky Johnson, owner and stylist, couldn’t be happier or more appreciative. “Nearly all residents I talk to try to support our local businesses,” Johnson said. “I truly am so privileged to have the staff that I do. Everyone is extremely talented and I look forward to going to work every day.” Johnson believes Bangz success is because the salon is a family-friendly and affordable. The salon offers Redken, Paul Mitchell, Tea Tree and new, just for kids, a line called Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales is an all-natural, organic hair care line featuring Rosemary Repel hair care products which repel lice and other insects. It is perfect for those inevitable school break-outs. The staff at Bangz focus on hair care-cuts for men, women and children, highlights, lowlights, all-over color, corrective color, perms and up-dos. Facial waxing is available as well as conditioning treatments and eyebrow arching. “Occasionally we have promotions that Redken and Paul Mitchell extend to us and we sometimes send out discounts to our clients,” Johnson said. She is proud that the salon offers the services of more expensive places but keep prices affordable. Each staff member graduated from cosmetology school and continually attend training for cuts and coloring. Going to shows and classes keep everyone up on the latest styles and trends. On staff Johnson is joined at Bangz by Sarah Bredow, Amy Snellink, Lisa Williamson, Whitnie Snodgrass, Shanna Smallegan, Anne Galganski and Brooke McCurdy. “I never in a million years thought I would own a salon so soon after high school,” said Johnson. “Last year after I received a letter written by myself in my senior year while I was in Mrs. Avrams senior composition class. The project asked students to write where they thought they might be in five years. “I opened the letter and could not believe what I was reading,” Johnson said. “The letter said how I wanted to own a successful salon in downtown Rockford. God has truly blessed me and allowed all my dreams to come true.” Bangz Hair Salon is located at 17 […]

Meijer and its shoppers team up to feed the hungry

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Grocer’s food donation program raised nearly $300,000 for food pantries last December With local food banks facing shortfalls this spring, supercenter chain Meijer is re-launching its Simply Give food donation program to help restock the shelves of local food pantries, including the North Kent Service food pantry. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer’s co-chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer. “The need to restock and replenish our local food banks and food pantries is greater than ever, so we are encouraging our customers to join us again in reaching out to lend a helping hand to those in need,” said Meijer. “We’re committed to making a difference in all the communities where we do business, and this is just another example of the importance we place on being an active member of the community. The program, which will runs through May 30, encourages Meijer’s shoppers to purchase a $10 Meijer food pantry donation card at special displays throughout the store, as well as inside Meijer gas stations and convenience stops. The donation card will then be converted into Meijer Gift Cards given to local food pantries selected by the store. (The $10 amount reflects a typical bag of groceries at Meijer.) Meijer will once again seed the program with overall donation of $100,000 in grocery gift cards that will be divided equally among all the participating food pantries. As part of the program, each Meijer store selected one local food pantry to receive its donations. The program was initially introduced this past November in all markets served by Meijer. The program, which ran through the holidays, raised nearly $300,000 for local food pantries, as Meijer customers donation of $187,000 and Meijer contributed $100,000 in grocery gift cards to 185 local food pantries. “The North Kent Service Center has been selected as the recipient store for the Rockford Meijer and the newest Meijer’s store opening in Cedar Springs on May 6, 2009. “The North Kent Service Center was the recipient of the ‘Simply Give’ program during the 2008 holiday seasons and received $3,000 from the community Meijer in Rockford. These funds were our saving grace during the Christmas season and assisted us purchasing a large portion of the food needed for the 1,000+ […]

Signs of spring in the city

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Jeff Hernandez (a.k.a. Jeff Ohnsman) puts up the new city banners, one of the signs of spring in the City of Rockford. Others are flushing of the hydrants and filling the planters downtown as Rockford spruces up for the new summer. This year readers might miss “curb shopping day,” a former City spring event removing large items free of charge. According to the city manager, Rockford spent about $10,000 on last year’s Spring Clean Up day and has decided to discontinue the practice.

Rockford crew displays true toughness in Wi-Hi Regatta

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CANDY BURRIS Rowing teams from 20 schools in Michigan, Canada and Illinois converged at Wyandotte early Saturday morning, May 2, for the Wi-Hi Regatta. Weather conditions were less than ideal as high winds created whitecaps along the river and pushed waves up over the riggers as rowers attempted to race the course. Spectators watched from the shoreline as two competitors’ boats were overcome by the height of the waves-the rowers were quickly rescued by safety patrol. The women’s senior four boat (Schmutz, Kuhn, Peck, Kasper, Denike) continued to row, clearly in the lead throughout the race, but rapidly filling water within their boat dashed hopes for a first-place finish in the heat. Delays were called several times as race officials tried to better determine if the regatta could be completed within the safety guidelines of the U.S. Rowing organization. Eventually, the winds slowed, and rowers were called to the water once again to compete. The Ram rowing team took the challenge to heart and refused to let the weather impact them, placing 19 boats in the finals. When asked how Rockford’s team could do so well when other schools struggled to stay on course, men’s coach Greg Hobart stated, “Our rowers are used to these adverse conditions and row in them on a regular basis. They have practiced hard and are prepared.” Rockford will now advance to the Michigan High School Scholastic Regional Regatta in Cincinnati on May 9-10. This regatta includes schools from a seven-state region and will provide the Rams with intense competition as they compete against the best rowing teams from the Midwest.             Coming on strong with first-place finishes were: women’s novice eight:  Amy Fedeson, Julia Fraser, Lena Klienoder, Emma Korson, Kendall McConnohie, Kendra Bilardello, Kate Fraser, Kara Korson, coxswain Becca DeKorne; women’s novice lightweight four:  Kate Fugate, Kelli Borgeld, Andrea Galloway, Emily Prus, coxswain Sam Teft.             Silver medal winners were:  women’s senior eight: Shannon Schmutz, Christine Kasper, Darcy Peck, Michelle Kuhn, Alicia Dickenson, Maddie Anderson, Marie Albano, Olivia Neilsen, coxswain Jennifer Denike; women’s novice lightweight four:  Lauren Madsen, Laura Gleghorn, Carly Johnson, Lauren Rohde, coxswain Lauren Fey; women’s novice four:  K. Korson, Bilardello, Kleinoder, Fedeson, coxswain Shelby Hodges; men’s novice four:  Matt Vermeer, Bryce Vandenberg, Austin Togger, Nate […]

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