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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.

Kent Conservation District offers spring seedling sale

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Download a free catalog with forty species of trees available for this year’s spring seedling sale from the Kent Conservation District. Find conifers, hardwoods and wildlife shrubs being made available this year, as well as many types of wildflower seed and mixes, backyard composters and rain barrels. The sale can accommodate plantings large and small as trees are sold in units of 10 to 1,000 seedlings.  Options are designed to fit anyone’s budget with 10 seedlings starting at $10 and 1,000 seedlings starting at $225. The Kent Conservation District is located at 3260 Eagle Park Dr NE, Ste 111, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. The number is (616)942-4111 ext 100.

Rockford Comedian gets first and last laughs

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Reaching out for laugher—Cooley Law Professor by day, stealth comedian by night, Rockford resident Don Peterson got the first and last laughs at the Elks Lodge, in Flat Rock (Mi), Saturday, March 14 as host and a featured comedian at Comedy Night. Petersen performed for over 300 people and is a well known and busy comedian, and respected lawyer.

Equest Center hosts Easter egg hunt

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Who doesn’t love an Easter egg hunt! How about an Easter egg hunt to support a great cause? That’s wonderful, but it gets even better! On Saturday April 11 the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding is hosting the following events: • 7th annual breakfast with the bunny, catered by Applause, served 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. • Meet Equest’s horses • Horse drawn wagon rides • Full petting zoo • Musical entertainment from Amadaun • Arts and crafts for the kids • Face painting • Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. • Be sure to get a picture of the kids with the Easter bunny and “Challenger” Equist’s own equine Easter bunny. A special thanks to Applause Catering for their continued support of Equist’s Amazing Equestrians! The entire community is invited to attend. You can get advance ticket prices by calling (616) 866-3066 or get your tickets the day of the event. The center is located at 3777 Rector N.E., just off Summit between 12 and 13 Mile roads. All proceeds go to help Equest Kids!

Rockford resident celebrates 105th birthday

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Squire recognizes lifelong Rockford resident, Mary Carpenter, who celebrated her 105th birthday on Wednesday, March 25. Her church family at Rockford United Methodist Church asks everyone to remember her with a card (belated is fine).  Her address is: Bishop Hills, 4951 Eleven Mile Rd. #28, Rockford, MI 49341. The Rockford Squire also wonders if Mary is our oldest resident. Is there another Rockfordite who we should be recognizing for their great achievement in age? Let us know at or give us a call at (616) 866-4465. We would love to congratulate them as well.

Community says goodbye, Ram Nation

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by RICH ZECK The Ram Nation was more than just a store with hip styles and every kind of Rockford paraphernalia; it was a business that defines what the American entrepreneurial spirit is all about. People may see the store’s closing as a sign of the times-but don’t feel sorry for owners Kevin and Rachelle Butler. This couple is passionate about their community and they decided to take the risk. They saw an opportunity and never looked back. Kevin states, “We have never been shy about taking risks.  There have been many times that we took a risk and it turned out very well.  Sometimes things work out great, sometimes they don’t, but we can’t be afraid of falling down.” Many of us have fallen down or experienced a failed opportunity just like the Butlers. We have a choice to either stay down or as Kevin says, “it’s time to turn the page and open the doors to the next opportunity.” This Saturday, March 28, ends one chapter for the Butlers as they liquidate everything in the store.  They will be selling everything at 70 percent off. You can be sure that they will continue giving away warm welcomes and a friendly smile to the people who supported them through their endeavor until the last sale. Running a small business is not always the dream that most people envision it to be. There are many ups and downs, lots of sweat and tears, along with many hours. Did I say long hours? However, without a strong supportive community like Rockford, many small businesses would never make it as far as they do. As a last parting gift, the Butlers plan to donate $1,000 to Rockford Public Schools Student Activities. The next time you think about going to the mall to shop or eat at a restaurant, think about spending those dollars right here in your town. Every dollar you spend, no matter how small, makes a difference. We are a generous and supportive community that stands behind our locally owned businesses and on behalf of all of us and the Butlers, thank you.

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