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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.

Annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Racing fever was running high at the annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby for Pack 3285 at Crestwood School. Twenty-nine Scouts passed their written driver’s test, eye exam and received their Pinewood Derby operator’s licenses on Saturday, March 7 with each looking to take top honors that day. Mr. Rick VandeKerhoff served as emcee for the event. Each rank of Scouts had their own division race with trophies awarded for first, second and third place. At the first-grade Tiger division, Jason Williams captured first followed by Johnathan Scofield and Richard Mortimore.  Trevor Durfee led the pack for the second- grade Wolves beating out Ryan Blackburn in second and third place Liam Fryc. In the third-grade round of racing, Bear Sean McLellan took top honors, followed by Nathan Triesenberg and Jimmy Helm.  The last competitive heat by the fourth-grade Webelos I had Aiden Fryc capturing first, Brayden Durfee second and Ryan Harrell third. Overall speed winners for the Pack were Aidan Fryc, Trevor Durfee and Jason Williams. In addition to the competitive racing, 10 cars were designed and raced in an open class by the recently promoted Webelos 2 and family members of the Scouts to keep the excitement rolling. Race day honors for speed in this division were awarded to Aaron Andrus, Jan Scofield and Lauren Williams. Speed wasn’t the only factor in winning at the event. The Turtle Award for the slowest car was presented to Bear Jake Carlson. Scout Choice awards for design were awarded to Wolf Evan Coberly’s replica of the popular video game hero Sonic in the best paint job and most creative categories. The top Scout Choice award went to Tiger Richard Mortimore for his shark designed car.

West Michigan film industry topic of April luncheon

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford Chamber of Commerce brings Rick Hert as speaker For the past 93 years, the West Michigan Tourist Association has been serving the 41 western counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. Rick Hert has served as their executive director for the past five years as well as the executive director of Circle Michigan, a statewide group tour marketing organization in 2005-2006. Rick has recently been named film commissioner of the new West Michigan Film Commission working in conjunction with WMTA. WMFO responsibilities include advocating for and attracting filming to our region. Prior to coming to WMTA, Mr. Hert served chambers of commerce and CVB in the Pacific Northwest since 1980 earning several certificates in tourism marketing and an MBA. Join other business people on Monday, April 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at North Kent Golf Course. The golf course is located at 11029 Stout Avenue.

Spring into Dance, with the West Michigan Youth Ballet Company

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by BRIGITTE NELSON The West Michigan Youth Ballet Company is gearing up for its final performance of the season, appropriately titled: Spring into Dance! After a cold and protracted winter, we are all eager to put that season behind us and take a big leap into the season of spring, and what better way to greet it than with a dance. The students have prepared three ballets. The first one-sure to be a crowd pleaser-is a ballet to the ever-popular music of the Beatles. It is not just the parents of the dancers who love to hear those familiar songs that played such a role in our growing-up years. The dancers themselves, all between the ages of 6 to 18, seem to love to hear and dance to those favorites, like “Because,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mr. Kite,” “All you need is Love” and “Octopus’ Garden.” The second ballet is of an entire different nature. It is a way to honor and remember a beloved young dancer who passed away as a result of a car accident one year ago, at the age of 17. Rebecca Vogelsang, as talented as she was beautiful and intelligent, was beloved by all who knew her, including those of us at the WMYBC. The ballet The Flight, an original piece by Chieko Imada set to the music of Ralph Vaughn Williams, will give voice to the deep-felt emotions that cannot be expressed in words, and yet need to be “spoken.” The WMYBC members believe the most appropriate way to honor Rebecca is through the beautiful medium of dance, which she herself loved so much. The performance will conclude with the seven-piece Leroy Anderson Suite, including the humorous portrayal of The Syncopated Clock, as well as The Typewriter. If the new generation has no clue anymore what a typewriter actually is, and the role it played in the by-gone era, the WMYBC will do its part to make sure that this handy device will not sink into oblivion and disappear forever from our consciousness! Rockford dancers in the company are Rockford High School eleventh grader Kathleen Bomer, 10-year-old Lauren Hyink, a fourth grade student at Cannonsburg Elementary School, and third grade student Rachel Walker, who is homeschooled. Come […]

Sand pirates at work on Monroe Street Beach

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Saturday, March 28, the Squire visited DeVos Place to attend the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show.  We’ve been attending a lot of these shows lately. They are a breath of spring and a harbinger of better (make that warmer) days to come. Upon entering the Great Hall we almost stumbled into a huge sandbox! The show’s promoter, Showspan Inc., had created a humongous 900 sq. ft. indoor beach. The sandbox was dubbed the Monroe Street Beach because it fronted an area just inside the DeVos Place Monroe Ave. windows. There kids and adults alike had kicked off their shoes, grabbed a pail and shovel, and were creating sand castles.  Overseeing it all was expert sand sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, The Sand Pirate. It was hard to say who was having more fun, the kids or their parents. The adults proved the old adage, “You can only be young once, but you can always be immature”. Every day of the three-day show featured a beach event and Saturday’s event was a sand castle building contest.  There were grand prize winners in two age categories, 6 – 10 and ll – 15 years old.  The kids were having a blast while their parents proudly snapped pictures with their phones and cameras.  Schrader, acting as the official judge, chose two first place winners in each category.  Remington Gross, 9, was the winner in the 6 – 10 year-old bracket and Justin Katerberg, 13, was judged champion in the 11 – 15 year-old category. What made this event of special interest to your Rockford Squire reporters was the fact that Rockford’s own Aunt Candy’s Toy Company had generously donated the grand prizes.  The winners were blown away with each receiving an Ultimate Beach Package consisting of a huge wicker basket chock full of age-appropriate beach toys and games, which also included an in-store gift certificate.  Each prize had a retail value of $250. During the three-day event Schrader offered lessons to budding sand sculptors, both young and old alike, and on Sunday led all interested kids in what is arguably the best part of the sand castle experience – DESTROYING IT!

Thankful for newspapers

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Dear Editor, I Received my absentee voter’s ballot for the May 5 election-Local School District Board Member (one only) and Community College Board of Trustees Members (eight total). Wanting to find out who these persons on the ballot were, and what they might represent, I called the Kent Community College, hoping to be able to find information. I was referred to the Kent County Clerk’s office. They, in turn referred me to the Kent County Board of Election office. Still no information. (Election Board- no information)? The Election Board office referred me to the Grand Rapid Press. Well, of course. However, they don’t do any publicity on the election until about a week before-otherwise readers just forget about it. So still no information. However, the Grand Rapids Press referred me to a website: which is a rather easy website to use, and check “Department of Elections,” Candidates/Proposal” and information available will be as current as possible. My, and newspapers are dropping like flies. Where would I be without my newspaper(s)! Support your local newspapers! Carolyn A. Wills

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