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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.

Usher in May at the Four Store Event and help fill NKSC Food Pantry

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Event to be held May 1-2 in the Rockford Rotary Pavilion Feel like celebrating spring with a bit of fresh air-and a fresh new look- but you don’t want to break the bank or wait for the July sidewalk sales? Fret no more! Just head to the Four Store Event to be held at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford on Squire Street (across from the post office) and snatch up the bargains while they last. But before you head out, be sure to take a non-perishable food item with you. All those who make a donation will receive a free gift. Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Company and one of the event’s organizers, notes: “in this tough economy, the demands on food pantries have escalated, and we as business owners want to do our part to help out. We are giving a free gift to anyone who brings a non-perishable food item with them to the Four Store event.” This first ever sidewalk-type event is being organized by Rockford-based businesses Baskets in the Belfry, Kimberly’s Boutique, Right Up Your Alley, and Great Northern Trading Company. The four stores will be offering a huge array of items at deep discount clearance prices.  According to store owners Polly VonEshen (Baskets in the Belfry) and Jan Wallace (Right Up Your Alley) there will be a little bit of everything at the Four Store Event, including apparel, jewelry, home décor and much more. Kim Smith, owner of Kimberly’s Boutique, promises the group’s spring-cleaning efforts have resulted in a treasure-trove of bargains you won’t want to pass up. The Four Store Event runs Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rockford Rotary Pavilion is a covered venue in the heart of downtown Rockford, so come out-rain or shine-and enjoy the fun and sure savings… and don’t forget your non-perishable food item.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to be performed

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

  The Rogue River Community Theatre will be presenting “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn” a comedy/drama on Friday, May 1 at 8 p.m. and Saturday May 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Rockford Freshman Center, 4500 Kroes Street, Rockford. Tickets are adults $8 and students $3. A repeat performance will be at Kent Theatre, 8 N. Main Street, Cedar Springs on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are adults $10 and students $5. For more information contact (616)874-5264

Great day for annual environmental event

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

It was sunny and wonderfully warm for all but the last hour of the sixteenth annual Bear Creek Waterfest on Saturday, April 24. Before the sky opened up for a beauty of a spring storm, children and adults enjoyed a pancake breakfast, bake sale, live music and the many interactive booths and activity stations.       The Waterfest celebrates environmental issues, particularly  water issues, and is held at Townsend Park each year by Cannon Township. At one time Bear Creek was closed to physical contact due to pollution caused by animal feces. Today kids are encouraged to jump right in and enjoy the water feature at the picturesque township park. For the last several years members of the band Hawks and Owls have added appeal with live music.    

Main Street, April 30, 2009

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

What’s for Breakfast? In the “old” days, breakfast was a lot of pork and bread and potatos and eggs.  Maybe even pie!  I was facinated by the long shelves of cereal at the store.  Our local D&W has about 100′ of shelving, six shelves high, devoted to cold cereal.  That’s 600 feet!  The internet lists page after page of different cereals. The original breakfast cereal was a “granola” designed to promote digestion. It was terrible! Corn Flakes was an accident. Some cereal paste was accidentally left overnight. When cooked in the morning…voila! Corn Flakes. The original Kellogg was a doctor with a sanitarium in Battle Creek. He wanted a breakfast food that provided more fiber. He wanted nothing to do with the food business; he thought it would compromise his professional status. His brother, W.K. Kellogg took over the cereal business and went to town!  The current amazing variety of cereals is the result. We don’t want to overlook Charles William Post.  He became a patient at the Kellogg sanitorium.  He didn’t do well at the hospital, but he got interested in the new food fashion.  He started his own cereal business in Battle Creek and invented Grape Nuts.  They were like the oringinal granola but edible!  He became successful with Post Toasties and went on from there. Next week, Lunch? A Southern Baptist minister was completing a temperance sermon.   With great emphasis he said,  “If I  had all the beer in the world,    I’d take it and pour it into the river.”  With even greater emphasis he said,   “And if I had all the wine in the world,    I’d take it and pour it into the river.” And then finally, shaking his fist in the air, he said,   “And if I had all the whiskey in the world,   I’d take it and pour it into the river.”  Sermon complete, he sat down. The song leader stood very cautiously and announced with a smile, nearly laughing,   “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365,   “Shall We Gather at the River.” Gas or electric? After booking my 80-year-old grandmother on a flight from Florida to Nevada, I called the airline to go over her special needs.  The representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair […]

The Tax Attic, April 30, 2009

April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

Home improvement credits change It’s home improvement time of the year. It was a cold winter and many of us are thinking about adding some insulation wherever possible, replacing a few of those leaky windows, replacing that old leaky slider,  putting in a new insulated exterior door, buying a new high-efficiency furnace, or purchasing high-efficiency appliances. This is a good opportunity to go over the dollars our federal government has available to help with these home improvements. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) signed by President Obama in February greatly expanded the Residential Energy Credit in dollars available. In most instances, ARRA increased the percentage of cost that we are allowed as a credit in addition to also increasing the maximum amount of dollars that we are allowed. ARRA also further defined what products actually do qualify for the credits. Many of the products that qualified for a credit in 2007 will not qualify for the credit in 2009 because they won’t be considered high-efficient enough. The credit has been increased, but the qualifying standards have also been raised. For reference purposes, for most purchases, there was no Residential Energy Credit in 2008. That year was skipped, so if you did some updating in 2008, you may be painfully aware that there was no credit for those purchases. I think it is fair to say the federal government once again wants us to spend money on energy-saving home improvements. For example, ARRA increased the maximum credit for installing qualifying windows to 30% of the cost up to a maximum of $1,500 credit. It’s important to note that this credit is nonrefundable. In other words, the taxpayer must have a tax liability in order to benefit from the credit-no tax, no credit. Under the old rules, only 10% of the cost qualified and the maximum credit allowed for windows was $200. In addition to the $200 limit, there was also a $500 lifetime maximum for all improvements. This was replaced totally by the 30% of cost figure and the $1,500 maximum credit. Perhaps that is one reason every other advertisement we seem to see on TV is Jack’s Windows or Wall Side Windows. Other types of purchases also had small limits. Advanced main […]

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