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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 soccer team’s strength begins to show

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

  by IAN PURVIS and JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER  The Rockford girls varsity soccer team may be one of the area’s best kept secrets, but the word is going to get out. After a dismal 1-0 loss to Grandville on Wednesday, April 15, the Rams came back with impressive shutouts against Hudsonville Friday night, April 17, and the area’s top-ranked team, East Grand Rapids, on Saturday, April 18. The victories over the weekend excited coach Amira Ponne and should be a wake-up call to the Rams’ future foes. “It was great! They needed that,” said Ponne of the unranked Rams. “This team doesn’t know how good it is. We have made so much progress. We are going to peak at the right time. We definitely are not the same team as we were on Wednesday.”   In the home game against Grandville, the Rams were out of sync. After only two days of practice after the week-and-a-half spring break, the Rams struggled in all aspects of the game. Grandville outran Rockford, won the 50/50 balls, communicated better, and maintained better control to set up shooting opportunities. Grandville senior Tricia Bajema scored the lone goal of the contest, sending the ball just over Rockford goalkeeper Kristin Darby’s head with 1:55 left in the first half.”It wasn’t that they were so fast,” noted Ponne after the loss. “It’s just that we were so out of our game. We looked tired compared to them.”   After losing to Grandville, the Rams felt like they needed to redeem themselves. A day of practice made all the difference when Friday night rolled around. The Rams came away with a 1-0 win thanks to some strong offense, gutsy defense, and great saves by Darby in the closing minutes as the Eagles pressed hard. It was a tight game throughout, with the Rams building the attack better and looking much more confident than in their previous game. But the Eagles’ back four repeatedly picked off the through-ball and their keeper came very quickly off her line to clean up anything chipped over the top. Rockford’s sophomore center midfielder Sydney Benda had a busy game, earning a free kick just outside the penalty area when she was taken down on an attacking run. Sam Decker […]

RHS to host charity volleyball tournament

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School (RHS) volleyball team is hosting a charity co-ed 4-on-4 volleyball tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Rockford High School on Saturday, May 9. Tournament play begins at 10 a.m.             The tournament contains the following divisions:             Middle School (grades 6-8)             High School (grades 9-12)             Adult             Each team must contain at least one female player. Games will be played in the high school gym.             Entry forms can be obtained in person at the RHS athletic office. If you would like to request a form online, please send an e-mail to Deadline for entry is Thursday, May 7. The entry fee is $40, and all teams must be registered in advance. No walk-up teams will be accepted. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Checks may be made payable to American Cancer Society. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams in each division.

Classifieds-April 23, 2009

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Grill cook, experience preferred. Must be able to work nights and weekends. Apply at Halfway Restaurant, 10792 14 Mile Rd., Rockford. (616) 754-9084.      b17 ______________________ $450 a week and up! We want you-production bonuses available. Join a great company and start a new job. No experience required, hiring immediately. We must open a new store in the next 90 days, we have entry-level management positions available. We offer: full-time hours, paid weekly, performance reviews, clean work environment, paid vacations. Call for one-on-one interview, (616) 243-1250.      b17 ______________________ Accountant and bookkeeper needed urgently. For more information, contact      p24 ______________________ ASSOCIATE TRAINEE-Our company has openings for a few selected individuals. We can teach and support you in earning an excellent income in real estate. For information about career orientation call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434.      b17 ______________________ NOTICES West Michigan Clay Target Championship Sunday, April 26, 10:00 a.m., Madison Square Sportsman Club. For more information call Jerry at (616) 866-8506.      p17 ______________________  ANTIQUES Allegan Antique Market-Sunday, April 26. 400 exhibitors. First show of 2009. Rain or shine. 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at the Fairgrounds, right in Allegan, Michigan. $4 admission.      b17 ______________________  GARAGE SALES Multi-family-2777 15 Mile, April 24 and 25, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Two couches, golf clubs, crib mattress, football pads, school desks and tables, 25+, (616) 696-5629. Girls’, kids’ and adult clothes. Snowblower, sleds, air hockey, vacuums, household items, 2004 Suzuki Quad, ’90 Chevy pickup. Many items under $1.      b17cp ______________________ Multi-Family Garage Sale-April 23-25, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon. 169 Rollingwood Dr. (Oak/Jerico and 10 Mile Rd.). Girls’ clothes 0m to 2T, maternity, baby items, porcelain dolls, Avon collectibles, Barbies, books, toys and more.      p17 ______________________ Belmont Rogue River Highlands annual sale-Woodwater off Rogue River Rd., April 23-24, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and April 25,  9 a.m. to 12 noon.      p17 ______________________ Multi-Family Sale-from clothes to furniture and everything in-between! Friday, April 24 at 8:00 a.m., 8280 Havemeir. Take 10 Mile east to Ramsdell. Follow signs! Really great stuff!      p17 ______________________ Bristlecone Hills Neighborhood Garage Sales! Near crossroads of Old Northland Dr. and Kuttshill in Rockford. April 30-May 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. […]

Belmont Elementary’s Ethan Babcock: an Example in Excellence

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

Hard-working student makes tasks fun for others Ethan Babcock, age 10, is the son of Dan and Kathy Babcock and brother to Trenten. Ethan is Belmont Elementary’s Example in Excellence because he is a person who always tries to do his best and throws himself whole-heartedly into all of his endeavors. Staff at Belmont say that Ethan shows enthusiasm and perseverance and shares those qualities with others around him. A team-player, Ethan is supportive of fellow athletes on his swim team. He also exhibits compassion and has taken on church projects to help students in Rwanda. Ethan shows his willingness to help others as he volunteers as a lunch helper and mentor to kindergarten students. His teachers describe him as a student who works hard but likes to have a good time along the way. He is also known for his wide variety of interests. A leader, Ethan is president of his fifth-grade class. He is branch manager at the student-run credit union. His relay team took first place in the 10-and-under free relay at State Competition this past spring. Ethan also took ninth place at the summer 2008 Mega Zone meet for ages 10 and under open water event. Included in Ethan’s hobbies are his favorite sports of swimming, water polo, creating with Legos and reading. Ethan is known to spend hours reading a book. A well-rounded individual, Ethan is also involved in his church youth group, Fifty-Six.             For his many talents but more importantly his support and encouragement of others, Ethan is an Example in Excellence for peers and staff at Belmont Elementary.

Sellers, buyers, mark your calendars

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

A Community Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy a day of food, music and great deals! Don’t miss this great opportunity to sell your own goodies and make some extra cash! The event will be held in the parking lot of Resurrection Life Church of Rockford located at 3233 10 Mile Road. (Just east of US 131 between Meijer and Wolven Ave.) Proceeds from the event will go towards a Christmas outreach program organized by Lean On Me Outreach Center of Rockford. Sellers – Take advantage of this prime location and sell your own items during this one-day event. You keep all that you make! Purchase a 18′ x 18′ spot for only $40 or purchase a double spot for $60. Crafters welcome! Limited space is available therefore spots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Email to sign up or for more information. Donations – We welcome any gently used clothing or household items that you would like to donate. These will be sold during the sale with proceeds going to the Christmas outreach program. Any items left over at the end of the sale will be donated to Lean on Me Outreach Center for distribution to those in need in the community. Tax donation slips are available. Donations can be dropped off in the parking lot behind the church (by the northeast entrance doors) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on April 18, April 26, May 2 and May 9, between Sunday services on April 19 and May 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on May 5 and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 7.

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