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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.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen receives award

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Comstock Park was recently named as a “President’s Club Award” winner for exceptional kitchen and bath cabinetry sales by Showplace Wood Products. This is the second consecutive year they have been recognized for this achievement, which places them in the top percent of Showplace dealers nationwide. Sold through more than 800 dealers nationwide, Showplace provides many custom cabinetry features not typically associated with products available at this mid-level price point.

R1TS Resale—clothing and more

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford has a share in something new Region 1 Special Education has Region 1 Transition Services (R1TS) programs for students from ages 18-21. These Transition specific programs focus instruction on adult, independent living skills including social skills and employability skills. In March, 2006 the R1TS Resale Store made its grand opening. R1TS Resale is a “real” store, run by students and staff from various Region 1 Transition specific and high school programs. Goodwill Industries sponsored its development and continues to provide their coaching support. In the beginning, the R1TS students invested countless hours preparing the store for operation. The building, donated by Cedar Springs Public Schools, needed to be remodeled. The students removed old carpet, painted walls, and set-up the hardware before the opening. Having put in so much time and effort, the students feel a real sense of ownership and investment in the store. As one young adult participant stated proudly, “We did everything except for installing the carpet!” The student-run store provides an environment for them to gain valuable work skills. The students get practice with customer service, running the cash register, taking and keeping track of inventory, janitorial skills and leadership. Because they work as a team, each person has the opportunity to teach others certain skills that can enhance the daily operation of the store. November 2008 brought a new opportunity for Rockford High School students through an “Applied Transition” class run by teachers Dale Goossen and Linda Verhagen. This class is now partnering with R1TS Resale in two ways. A donation site is being developed right on the Rockford High School campus and student groups will volunteer for two shifts a week at the store as part of their Community-Based instruction. This exciting enterprise will provide more ways to create meaningful learning activities for our students. Please watch for further information on ways you can support their venture and please stop in at the R1TS Resale Store. You are certain to be awed! The R1TS Resale Store is located at 204 East Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs (located on Cedar Springs Public Schools Campus, behind Red Hawk Elementary) and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Bear Cub Scouts visit Cannon Township Offices

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Paying taxes isn’t fun for adults, but did prove to be entertaining to the third grade Bear Cub Scouts from Crestwood Elementary on a recent visit to the Cannon Township offices. As part of their rank achievements, the boys received a tour of both the township government offices and the fire department. Township treasurer, Jim LaPeer, gave the boys a brief overview of each of the divisions of the township government. The boys asked several questions on taxes and how they are used to benefit their school. After reviewing how a tax statement is broken down and what the money is used for, they helped Melissa Soderstrom post an actual tax payment into the township system. Conservation of the township resources was another area of concern for theboys. Chris James, zoning administrator, provided the Scouts with maps of the local wetland areas and the new recreational trail that connects the township to nearby Townsend Park. The new trail allows township residents and visitors the ability to enjoy the beauty of the township in a non-invasive way to the natural wildlife. The maps were presented to the boys’ teachers to help all the students in the school learn more about the township where they live. Following their government tour, the boys toured the local fire department.  Captain Jerry Herrington reviewed safety procedures with the boys and they were able to explore each of the fire trucks, rescue vehicles and equipment used by the firemen.

Letters to the Editor

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

‘A Message to You’ inspires reader to share own story I read A Message for You in the Rockford Squire recently and it made me think of the way I have seen alot of people driving. I no longer drive because I could have lost my life a few years ago. I thank God everyday that I am still here. I agree with Rev. Laurie TenHave-Chapman. So many people seem to be in a rush with their lives and on the road. I would like to share my story with those people. Three years ago, me and a friend were driving down 14 Mile Road and there was a car in front of us. In a split second the car in front of me jamed on their brakes and all I could think was turn. As I was going right (the other driver has his turn signal to go left), he decided to come my way. Thank God I went into the ditch. I hit my head on the review mirror and had a flat tire. No one else was hurt. The police were called but the other driver had left the scene. Three months later I read a story in the Grand Rapids paper and it made me think of this night on 14 Mile Road. Fast drivers, do all of us a favor and slow down. Life doesn’t have to pass you by that fast. Brandy Sisco Rockford    

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County kicks off with home in Sparta

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Calling all volunteers … Habitat for Humanity of Kent County has kicked off a build in North Kent County on Tuesday, March 31, and volunteers are needed. Absolutely no experience is required. Habitat has plenty of jobs at all skill levels, including framing, siding, painting, land scaping, work site assistance and clean up, meal prep, and more. To work on site, you must be 16 years or older. Construction will continue through June 20. Sign up as a group, or come out and meet new friends.  Habitat guarantees you will find this to be a most rewarding experience. Shifts are two, four or eight hours long – construction runs during the week and from 8 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  Weekday volunteers are in high demand. For more information and a construction schedule, contact: Colleen Mahon-VanDoren at 774.2431, ext. 224, or check out In 2008, HFHKC celebrated its 25th anniversary by building its 250th home.   Habitat Kent builds all LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) homes, making them one of our nation’s leaders in the construction of affordable environmentally sound homes. In 2006, Habitat Kent built the nation’s first affordable LEED home, as recognized by the United States Green Building Council.  Habitat homes are not “given away;”  homebuyers invest 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity” with Habitat prior to assuming responsibility for 25-year-mortgage.  To qualify, homebuyers must earn between 25-60 percent of the area median income.

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