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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 grads looking

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford High School class of 1959 is hoping someone out there knows where some of their graduating classmates are. The class will celebrate their initiation into the Golden R Club (graduates of RHS who have reached or passed the 50th anniversary) on June 27. The missing classmates are Carol (Noxon) Wynsma, Vicki (Nelson) Taylor, Bernice Newton who had changed her name to April Keck, Bernie Bronsink and Diane (Cassone) Johnson. The group last met for their 45th class reunion, which was held at the Community Cabin in downtown Rockford. If you have any information about how any of these five people can be reached, please call Marilyn Foster Nowak at (616) 243-9908. Pictured are four of these five classmates from the Rockford High School yearbook of 1959.

Spring is in the air

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

And so is pet fur. Many people believe that it is the warming rays of spring sunshine that causes shedding…not so. Dogs shed based on length of daylight not heat, so shedding is an issue for pets and their parents from coast to coast. Here are some tips to keep your fur friend and your space freer of flying fur: 1. Brush and follow with combing your dogs’ coat regularly to remove loose fur and dander. (By saying “regularly” means weekly if not daily.) 2. Bathe dogs every six to eight weeks to moisturize their skin and minimize shedding. Use a high quality shampoo created specifically for your pet’s pawticular skin type. There are even products that reduce shedding. Always follow with a conditioner. You may also wish to consider using a grooming spray between baths to control static electricity, cause less tangling and matting and to manage the shedding. 3. Feed a high-quality diet with high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Those ingredients help condition the skin and coat. Provide plenty of fresh clean water. 4. Offer only healthy treats that are rich in antioxidants instead of junk food. Yes, even in the pet world there are junk foods. Ingredients like salmon, tuna and duck promote luxurious and healthy skin and fur. Pets enjoy green beans and carrots as treats also. 5. Keep regular appointments with your vet and qualified groomer to nip potential skin/coat loss problems—like allergies, parasitic infections, hormonal disorders, thyroid conditions and matting—in the bud.

Valley View Elementary’s AnnMarie Aulbach: an Example in Excellence

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

Gentle but confident student leads by example  AnnMarie Aulbach, age 10, is the daughter of Ron and Shawn Aulbach and sister to Brennan, Aislynn, Brysonn and Braylenn. She is known by her teachers as a person of genuine consideration and respect for others. Her gentle but confident nature allows her to lead her peers in a positive direction. AnnMarie is a leader by example, who reaches out and is willing to help at any time.  A sensitive student, she recognizes when someone needs help before being asked. Her teacher recalls when one of her peers was struggling to finish an assignment, AnnMarie guided the student through the work without giving answers but by helping him understand the concepts and skills involved. A member of the safety patrol at Valley View,  AnnMarie enjoys volunteering her efforts. She also is willing to assist in the classroom and during recess. She also served as a student council member at her school. She was selected to be vice president of her school store. It is clear this girl enjoys life every day in the positive way she interacts with peers and adults. She is humble and does not do things for personal gain or for recognition, but simply from her heart. AnnMarie is motivated by her love of life, her faith and her belief in helping others. She loves to dance and sing and is involved with musical productions at her church. She also enjoys camping, swimming, spending time outdoors and doing things with her family. A member of BridgeWay Community Church, she is on the music team for Family Matters, the Kids Bible Challenge team and the Fifth-Sixers youth group. She has participated in Odyssey of the Mind for two years and served as a Green Team member for one year. With her quiet, confident nature, her genuine consideration of others and her strong belief in the value of helping others without seeking personal gain, AnnMarie is an Example in Excellence at Valley View Elementary.


April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Looking for a rewarding part-time job? Courtland Fire Department is now taking applications for paid on-call firefighters. Must have good transportation, no criminal record, be over 18 and live in township. Applications available at township offices, 7450 14 Mile Rd., Monday-Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.      b16 ______________________ Customer Service/Customer Relations-Over $450 per week to start. No experience necessary. Company take-over by major investor has created immediate openings for dependable, energetic people. Several positions available in delivery, set-up, and customer service. No experience needed, company training provided. Flexible hours, bonuses, and paid vacations are a part of this attractive package. For one-on-one interview, call (616) 243-1250. No 3rd shift. Call between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.      b15 ______________________ Looking for team players. Will train. Flexible hours. Write your own paycheck. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford office. (616) 866-4434.      b15 ______________________   AUTOMOBILES FOR SALE Low miles, 28,000. 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis Ultimate Edition. White exterior, gray leather interior. Great gas mileage. Call Curt (616) 874-7583.      f15 ______________________  FOR RENT Three-bedroom ranch. $1,300 per month, Rockford. Call (616) 862-6612.      p15cp ______________________   CLASSES AND LESSONS “Always the Best!” Once you go, then you’ll know! Six 1-hour golf lessons-$69. Starting week of April 13. Master teaching professional, Norm Davidson. Golf Emporium, 14 Mile, Rockford. (616) 754-2280.      b21 ______________________ Guitar Lessons-Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn ______________________   SERVICES Weekly/bi-weekly/monthly house cleaning. References available. Call Jackie (616) 780-5338.      p17 ______________________ If you are paying more than 5.5% interest on your 30-year fixed rate mortgage, call me now. Refer to this ad and get $500 off your closing costs. Jim McDonald, Top Flite Financial Mortgage (Rockford office), (616) 813-7079.      p16 ______________________ LAWN MOWING-trimming, edging. Rates starting at $25 per cut. Full-season contracts only. SCOTT’S OUTDOOR SERVICES. Since 1999. Call (616) 866-3900.      p15 ______________________ Grady’s Clean-Cut Lawn Care-all your lawn-care needs starting at $20. Mow and trim, edging, fertilization, spring clean-up. Ask about our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. Mulching available too. Call or e-mail (616) 292-4338 or      p17 ______________________ Advocare Assisted Living-I have one opening for an independent senior. Country setting in Rockford area. Private room with cable, […]

Health is for the well-informed

April 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JENNIFER MORAN Quantum Touch energy healing is something that has been used since the beginning of time. However as time progressed, we’ve become lazy and started quickly covering up the symptoms of disease instead of giving the body proper food and living situations so that it can heal itself naturally, as it is intended to do; as it was made to do. Our bodies are disease-fighting, bug-fighting, healing machines when we let them! Quantum Touch works with the body at a cellular level, restoring the natural energy levels we are supposed to have and smoothing them out, ridding our bodies of all the stress and disease we subject ourselves to every day. We spend day after day worrying and spending energy that is unnecessary. When we finally stop for a minute and our body is offered extra energy that it can use on healing itself, it can literally supercharge the healing process! Our bodies are amazing! We just have to support them and allow them to be! Western medicine most definitely has its purpose, and I’m very thankful that medical doctors and nurses are available when they are needed. There is also a lot that we can be doing to make those visits to the doctor less frequent and less costly. We need to take time and have patience with our body, so that we can begin to listen to it instead of masking all the cries for help, also known as symptoms. We can now learn to give our body the proper tools and time in order for it to heal itself naturally and completely. Soon, I’m sure we’d find that once we’ve stopped simply covering up the symptoms and actually start getting rid of the root problem then there will be fewer illnesses in our society; less obesity, less people who have to suffer with depression and chronic back pain and headaches. Quick fixes and fast food have been the American way up until now, but it’s never too late for a change! We can learn how to be healthy and teach the next generation. Every minute, cells are dying, yet every second our bodies are making new cells to replace them. Every single part of the body is made up of […]

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