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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.

Join in community music groups!

April 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you’d like to sing in the Rogue River Chorale or perform in the Community Band or Orchestra, we’d love to hear you. The band and orchestra practice Monday nights and the choir practices Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School. Bring your instrument or your voice and join us! For more information, visit or call the Rockford Area Arts Commission at (616) 866-7764.

Fire burning in Nelson Township

April 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

Photos by Richard Sharp, WZZM 13 News By Judy Reed Fire crews from Sand Lake and Cedar Springs are on the scene of a house and wildfire that is burning on a private drive off Shaner Avenue, just south of Coan. Firefighters were called to the scene about 2 p.m. Thursday, with DNR aerial support reporting a 5-acre grass fire. A witness reported that he stopped when he saw smoke pouring from the area, and found a home set back in the woods with the roof on fire. He helped the woman out, along with her dog. The fire jumped from the home and quickly spread through brush and leaves in the wooded area. The Post will report more information as it becomes available.

Merchants join with boosters to build Community Unity

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

  by BETH ALTENA   Buy a better product and put money into Rockford Public Schools sports programs. Downtown merchants have formed a new partnership with Rockford Sports Boosters. The program keeps the dollars spent for sports fundraising local, offers better products (those offered here in town) and might keep kids from selling door to door. Barb Stein of Great Northern Trading Company is one of the organizers of the partnership, called Community Unity. Three times a year shoppers will be able to present a Community Unity card when making a purchase with a participating merchant. That merchant will then donate ten percent of that sale to the Sports Boosters. Other non-profits are invited to participate in the future. Stein is a real expert in the retail field as a long-time Rockford merchant and chair-elect of the Michigan Retailers Association. She believes in the value of product and fair pricing local shops offer. The idea came when Polly VonEschen of Baskets in the Belfry was thinking about the items fundraising groups typically offer. Usually they are catalog items that you aren’t able to see or sample before purchase. She knows Rockford has better wares to offer, and supporting sports boosters from the stores should please parents, as well. “As parents, we buy the products ourselves because we don’t want our children going door-to-door, or we take it to work,” Stein said. The plan has the advantage of keeping local dollars within our community. “When you buy from a catalog, certainly none of that money stays local,” Stein said. Now more than ever consumers are realizing the importance of shopping locally. An article from ambia, the American Independent Business Alliance, discussed findings of the impact of money spent at local, independently-owned businesses compared to corporate chains. “Dollars spent at community-based merchants create a multiplier effect in the local economy, that, by most findings, typically amounts to three times that of a chain,” the article stated. A 2003 economic study showed that, of the money spent at a chain, $13 stayed in the community compared to $45 remaining when spent at a local shop or business. “It is really, really important now to shop locally, Stein said. It is also important to support sports programs in a […]

What’s up with the big green footprints?

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Buy your own piece of Ted sod by Cliff and Nancy Hill It’s spring and miraculously the downtown sidewalks have sprouted pairs of big green footprints.  What’s up with the feet?  Turns out that the Rockford Education Foundation (REF) in a joint venture with the Rockford’s Football and Band Boosters had the feet placed on sidewalks and storefronts to promote their upcoming “Tiptoe Through The Ted – Selling the Sod” event.  Weather permitting, the undertaking of the removal of the grass turf at the Rockford High School Football Stadium (aka ‘The Ted’) will begin on May 4.  During the weeks following, the grass surface will be replaced with one of the latest generations of synthetic turf.  This taking of ‘The Ted’ to a new level provides the REF and the Boosters a great new opportunity to raise money in support of their good works.  Rain or shine, on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., everyone will be afforded the opportunity to buy a piece of Rockford history.  During the free midday event square yards (18 inches by 72 inches) of the removed sod will be available for $10 per yard.  Small potted versions will also be available.  By buying a chunk of the sod you can create your own little patch of ‘The Ted’ in your yard.  Imagine the possibilities!  Whether purchasing sod or not, everyone is invited to four hours of live music and games.  Picnic on the field, if you like.  There will be something for everyone.   The Sports Boosters will have food concessions stands.  The High School Band will make an appearance.  There will be stage performances by local students, some of who are REF grant recipients.  Zumba and Parisi demonstrations are scheduled.  Other possibilities include; face painting, relay races, and football passing contests.  Many more fun activities are planned, too many to name.  In case of rain, the event will be moved inside to the Rockford High School gymnasium.  Aside from the sod sale the purpose of the event is to celebrate the role ‘The Ted’ has played in the lives of all in our Rockford community. The installation of artificial turf was made possible as a result of school district voters saying “yes” to a mileage […]

Reds announces appetizer contest winner

April 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL along with MEREDITH GREMEL When in January we heard of the Reds on the River first ever recipe contest we figured, “What the heck, why not enter?” After all, your reporters are graduates of Chef Robin Toldo’s cooking classes offered yearly through Rockford Community Services, a service of Rockford Public Schools. Reds was seeking an appetizer recipe to be featured, along with the contest winner’s name, on their newly created small plate restaurant menu. What an honor that would be. We forwarded our entry to Executive Chef/General Manager, Glenn Forgie, and awaited Reds’ response. In March, we were contacted by Meredith Gremel, Reds’ Publicist, and told that Chef Glenn was, “happy to inform you that you have been chosen as a semi-finalist out of 15 other contest entrants.” We then moved on to the next phase of the contest. We were invited to demonstrate our recipe in the kitchen of Reds on Saturday, March 28. Each of the six semi-finalists was allotted one of six half-hour time slots beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m. to demonstrate and prepare their recipe. We chose the 10 a.m. time slot for our recipe demonstration and found ourselves in an already bustling kitchen, even though the restaurant would not open for another two hours. This was not just any kitchen but the spotless state-of-the-art kitchen of Reds on the River. Every day this kitchen serves up award-winning cuisine prepared absolutely from scratch. (Talk about pressure, we were like school kids taking an oral final exam while at the same time trying not to cut our fingers off.) We named our entry “German Wurstchen Biss Wraps” (wurstchen is German for a small sausage or wiener and biss means small portion).  As an appetizer it is as delicious as it is simple to prepare. Consisting of just three ingredients; thin triangles of pastry dough, old-fashioned, coarse-cut all-meat German-style wieners with no added fillers, and mustard for dipping. The wieners, cut into thirds, wrapped in dough and baked are to die for when dipped while piping hot into mustard. Our favorite is Beer’n Brat Horseradish Mustard. The choice is yours. The main ingredient is not just any wiener but Wimmers Old Fashioned Wieners available […]

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