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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.

MacRaven duo performs in Rockford

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Described as George Winston meets Yo-Yo Ma, the piano/cello duo of “MacRaven” brings their combination lyric cello lines intertwined with New-Age piano sonorities to two April events. Award-winning composer and Bostwick Lake Church Music Director, Roger MacNaughton, teams with Grand Rapids Symphony cellist, Steve VanRavenswaay, on Sunday, April 12 at the 10:30 a.m. Easter Service at Bostwick Lake Church located at 7979 Belding Road. One week later on Sunday, April 19, the duo performs in support of the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ fundraiser “Arts Jam.”  In addition to MacRaven, the benefit concert includes performances by Marvin Sapp, Lazy Blue Tunas, Michelle Covington, Potato Moon, and Steve Talaga and is hosted is Gerry Barnaby. Tickets for the afternoon are $20 for adults and $5 for children and are available by calling (616) 819-2156.  The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. followed by an art auction with food and beverage reception at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center located at 600 Forest Hills Avenue.  Parking is free.

Wise Photography on the move

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Wise Photography, established in 1995, is moving and expanding into a new location at 1 N. Main. “I’m excited about the new location because of the added exposure” Wise said. “I have a lot of art that no one has been able to see, just hiding in my computer waiting for a chance to be seen.” “I know many people who have lived in Rockford for years and did not know we were downtown. This time around they will not be able to miss us.”

Spring sports tradition rich in history

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford Little League hoping for help this year by AL PRATT Spring is in the air. The sun is a bit warmer. Flowers are starting to emerge from their winter hiding places. More people can be seen strolling along Main Street and Squires Street… and perhaps just as evident, it is time for baseball. We aren’t talking about the Whitecaps or the Tigers. We mean the baseball that is even more visible and more important in neighborhoods all across our area-the Rockford Little League, (RLL), which has been active behind the scenes since the last out was made last summer in preparation for this year’s season. The story of the Rockford Little League is an interesting one. The league offers a variety of t-ball, baseball, and softball options for over 800 boys and girls ranging in age from five to 18. It is governed and operated by an eleven member volunteer board of directors who serve year around. Board members come from a variety of backgrounds. This year’s board includes an emergency room physician, a tool and die worker, a day care worker, a salesman, and an IT director, among others, but they all share one thing-a dedication and commitment to providing the best possible athletic experience for area youngsters. Signups have officially ended for the 2009 season, but late signups may be possible based on availability. Warren Lanphear, RLL president urges anyone who may have a youngster who would still like to play, to contact him at (616) 874-5429.  Every effort will be made to find a spot for interested players.  There is a fee for participation, but wherever possible, allowances will be made to accommodate players, regardless of their ability to pay. Practices began on March 30.  A full schedule of games will get underway on Saturday, May 2. The Rockford Little League is chartered by the National Little League. This affiliation offers advantages ranging from secondary insurance coverage to rules designed to help ensure player safety.  The rules cover everything from pitch counts to protect young arms and equipment specifications, to well defined age and residency requirements designed to provide equal opportunities for all area youngsters. The National Little League also gives our young players the opportunity to compete for a spot […]

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