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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.


April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Tuesdays Now through April 21 Free Health Program-6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Sparta Health Center, 475 S. State St., Sparta. The Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop provides knowledge and skills to adults with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, bronchitis, asthma and depression. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. For more information or to register, call (616) 685-1300. Sunday, April 12 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, April 14 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. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-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 the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian. American Sewing Guild Meeting-6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Senior Center, 5255 Grand River Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Joyce Bolthouse will present “A Woman’s Perogative,” along with jacket patterns. Cost is $2 for non-members or $1 for members. Refreshments will be served and Sew & Show presented. For more information, visit or call Mary at (616) 698-9554 or Barb at (616) 949-6669.  Thursday, April 16 Spring Outdoor Archery League– 7 p.m. every Thursday through June 4, 2009, at Rockford Sportsman’s Club. FITA range rules and targets, six arrow ends; all shooting 122 cm targets. Fun for the whole family! For details, call (616) 292-8183 or e-mail amcintyre Saturday, April 18 Pancake Breakfast & Seedling Pick-Up-8-11 a.m. at Howard Christensen Nature Center. Have breakfast when you come for a hike or to pick up your seedling order. Cost is $5 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 4-12. For directions and more information, visit 4th Annual Gently Used Spring Sale-9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center on Northland Dr., Rockford. All items in the Market Place Showroom will […]

Carry out God’s call in your life

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Congressman Vernon J. Ehlers has nominated two students from Rockford for consideration by U.S. Service Academies. The nominees will be considered for acceptance into the 2013 class of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students who desire to apply to U.S. Service Academies must receive a congressional nomination to be considered for acceptance, and nominees are not guaranteed admission. The nomination is a requirement of the application process at each academy. “I am pleased and honored to nominate these exceptional students for consideration by U.S. Service Academies,” said Congressman Ehlers. “I offer these future leaders the best of luck in the application process to attend these prestigious academies.” Tyler Carlson of Rockford was nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Trevor Holloway of Rockford was nominated for the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Beauty on display, behind the scenes

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

by TOM HOSFORD Assistant Principal, Rockford High School Rockford community members were treated to magical performances during the week of March 23, 2009, as Rockford High School (RHS) presented the musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This enchanted fairy tale came to life in front of five sold-out shows in the RHS Auditorium. If you were one of the lucky audience members to find a ticket, you experienced an extraordinary production and spot-on performances. From the professional costumes and set to the incredible singing, acting and engaging music, this year’s musical was first-class from start to finish! To take on an intricate production like this is extremely overwhelming and could not have been done without the help of talented and generous people. Because of the efforts of many, the behind-the-scenes performance was just as magical as the one on stage. Even the truck driver who delivered the set was impressed with the organization and declared RHS a special place as “this type of cooperation doesn’t happen everywhere.” Following is a list of all the groups that successfully worked collaboratively and cooperatively on this production:             production team, led by Dave Duiven and Brian Phillips of the RHS music department, and Gayla Fox and Andy Riley, technical directors, RHS Auditorium             Choir Boosters Executive Board             student production crew             Beauty and the Beast cast members             pit orchestra             112 patron donations             24 corporate fundraisers, underwriters and sponsors             hundreds of parent and community member volunteer hours before and after the performance for set-up and take-down When the last rose petal had dropped (so to speak), there were nearly 400 individuals that gave time, energy and financial assistance to this performance! As a Rockford Public Schools employee, I am continually amazed at the amount of support the Rockford community gives our district. This production is a great example of that generosity. I am incredibly proud to work in a community that supports our numerous curricular and co-curricular programs and in a school district that offers diverse opportunities to students. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful accomplishments this positive partnership between community and school district will create for many years to come. Congratulations to everyone who was involved with the musical. It was […]

Chamber hosts 14th annual Community Golf Outing

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

The 14th annual Community Golf Outing, presented by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce is Monday, May 4 at Blythefield Country Club. Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, golf cart, hole events, box lunch, strolling dinner and awards. Proceeds support several community and chamber events. Register on or before Monday, April 27 with the  Rockford Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the chamber at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to

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