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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.

Community Recognition Award nominees sought

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Area Community Endowment is accepting nominations for its annual Community Recognition Award. The Community Recognition Award is given to an individual or community organization that has achieved significant accomplishment in their lifetime through career, community or personal success. Nominees must be or have been a resident of the Rockford Public School District. Desirable characteristics may include the following: Courage-exemplifies courage and determination. Initiative-demonstrates drive and initiative in his/her approach to accomplishing a goal, project, objective, etc. Achievement-has achieved something of lasting significance. Time Commitment-volunteers a significant amount of time and energy to the community, to further a cause, project or issue. Effectiveness-generates positive results from their actions. Nominations are accepted from the public at large and should be submitted in writing to: Rockford Area Community Endowment, Attention: Awards, P.O. Box 561, Rockford, MI 49341 by April 13, 2009. The written nomination shall outline, in one typed page or less, the qualities that exemplify why the candidate should be considered for the award. The Board of Directors will consider each nominee on his/her merits. The Community Recognition Award will be presented during the May meeting of the Rockford Area Community Endowment. The award will include an engraved plaque with the recipient’s name placed on a column in the Recognition Plaza at Peppler Park (Rockford Dam).

Twilight safari a new zoo experience

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

John Ball Zoo offers families a rare glimpse of the zoo as the sun goes down. Very few people get to experience the zoo as the sun goes down, but that rare opportunity will be available at John Ball Zoo this spring. For the first time ever, the zoo will host Twilight Sensory Safaris, special tours that invite families to take a look (and a listen, and a taste, and a feel, and a smell) of what it’s like at the zoo as it gets dark! John Ball Zoo will offer Twilight Sensory Safaris twice: April 10 and 17 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Safaris will be hour-and-half guided tours of the zoo as the sun goes down, designed to teach visitors how humans and wildlife are adapted to life in the dark. Throughout the tour there will be stops where guests will participate in activities that demonstrate the amazing function of our five senses. Think you can guess where a sound is coming from with your eyes closed? It’s not always as easy as you might think. Our hearing is not as good as that of most nocturnal animals. Owls triangulate the origin of a sound to find their prey in the dark and our Sensory Safari guides will allow guests to experience why and how. The Twilight Safaris are a new offering from John Ball Zoo’s education department. If they are well attended, the education team will include them in their regular schedule of events. “Nocturnal animals have amazing adaptations,” said Andy McIntyre, John Ball Zoo Education Director. “To use our senses as it gets dark allows us to experience it as they do and appreciate their unique adaptations. This is a fun learning opportunity for all ages. When you can show parents and kids something with a hands-on experience, they learn!” Advance registration is required to attend the Twilight Sensory Safaris.  Families can register on line at or call Kathy at (616) 336-4310. Participants must be five years of age or older to attend. Those 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Fee is $6 per person for John Ball Zoo Society Members and $8 for non-members.

Steven L. Kowalski graduates from basic military training

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Air Force Airman Steven L. Kowalski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Kowalski is the son of Thelma Weimer of Avalon Road, Greenville, Mich., and Kenith Kowalski of Northland Drive, Rockford, Mich. The airman is a 2007 graduate of Greenville High School.

Local merchant items featured at North Kent Bible Church auction

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

North Kent Bible Church will hold an auction on Saturday, April 25. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the live auction starting at 5 p.m. There will also be silent and raffle auction items. This year’s auction benefits will go towards much needed repairs to the church parking lot. This is the fourth time the church has held an auction. It is a fun night with many unique finds, treasures and used items donated by the church body and donations from local merchants such as Right Up Your Alley, Great Northern Trading Company, Bangz and Cathy’s Hallmark. Some of the items to be auctioned off include an autographed Detroit Lions football, Grand Rapids Griffins tickets, Thomas Kincaid picture, four-foot decorative wooden sailboat, and other home décor. There are also restaurant gift certificates from the area’s finest and most popular restaurants, including Dam Dogs, Corner Bar, Timbers and more! North Kent Bible Church is located at 7210 Courtland Dr. NE, Rockford, MI. For more information please call (616) 866-9888 or go to

Strong second half allows varsity soccer to shut out visiting Fremont 5-0

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The contest on March 30 between the Rockford varsity girls soccer team and the visiting Fremont Packers was a mismatch from the start. First of all, the Rams boast 20 players on the roster; Fremont just pulled up a junior varsity player to round out theirs at 12. Second, the Rams pride themselves in a starting goalie with four years of varsity experience and a back-up goalie who led the team to a district championship last season. The Packers have a sophomore goalie who plays two other sports. Third, the Rams have more speed and skill than the visitors from the north. But the Packers deserve credit. They came to play and made a game of it, especially in the first half. After watching Rockford’s junior varsity team mercy the Packers 8-0 in the first half Monday night, the Packers’ fans could only imagine what would happen in the feature game. After all, Fremont originally had Hart on its schedule for the night, a game against more evenly matched opponents. When the Pirates had to cancel and Rockford was looking for an opponent, the Packers acquiesced, knowing they would be the underdog. Because the junior varsity game ended early, many of the Rockford fans missed much of the first half of the game. What they missed was lots of shots on goal by the Rams with only one-the first one-going in. Junior Kate Huyser lit up the scoreboard 81 seconds into the contest with a shot from the right that sailed past Fremont goalkeeper Kaitlyn Van Boven into the middle of the net. The Rams’ many other opportunities in that half went wide or high or were batted away or sailed into the waiting hands of Van Boven. In retrospect, the Packers had one shot on goal three minutes into the half. Rockford starting goalkeeper Kristin Darby made an easy save. “We definitely gave their keeper a workout,” said Rockford’s Coach Amira Ponne. “I thought she did well considering the circumstances and pressure she was under.” Although the Rams only led 1-0 at the half, Ponne was happy that the girls were taking shots. “The shots will fall,” she explained. “At this point, I just want them feeling confident about taking the […]

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