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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.

Keep your best fur friend safe from toxic substances

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Ahh March, with our thoughts turning to spring and all of its promise, a part of that thought process turns to spring cleaning. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking at “pet level.” According to the ASPCA  in 2008, over 140,000 cases of pets being exposed to toxic substances were logged. The most common call involved a pet getting into human medications. But what are the other things that can cause your pet its life and you your best fur friend.  Here are some of the items on the chart that I keep at the kennel and send home in my puppy and rescue care kits. Pet hazards list-around the house Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc), acetaminophen, cold and flu medications, decongestants, antidepressants, vitamins, home insect products, rat and mouse bait, bleach, diet pills, disinfectants, fabric softener, lead (paint and paint chips), linoleum (in older homes), lighter fluid, mothballs, anti-cancer drugs, solvents (paint thinners etc.), flea and tick products, drain cleaners, liquid potpourri, slug and snail bait, oven cleaner sprays, lime/scale remover, fly bait, detergents, tobacco products, plants-house and yard (aloe, amaryllis, andromeda japonica, Asian lily, asparagus fern, Australian nut, autumn crocus, azalea, belladonna, bird of paradise, bittersweet, black locust, branching ivy, buckeye, Buddhist pine, caladium, calla lily, caster bean, ceriman, clematis, cordatum, corn plant, cycads, cyclamen, daffodil, day lily, devil’s ivy, dieffenbachia, dumbcane, Easter lily, elephant ears, emerald fern, English ivy, eucalyptus, ferns, fiddle-leaf philodendron, gold dust dracaena, Florida beauty, foxglove, glacier ivy, gladiolus, golden pothos, heavenly bamboo, honeysuckle, hurricane plant, hyacinth, hydrangea, iris, Jerusalem cherry, jimson weed, kalanchoe, lantana, lilies, lily of the valley, lupine, marble queen, morning glory, mother-in-law, mountain laurel, narcissus, needlepoint ivy, nephthysis, nightshade, oleander, panda, peace lily, philodendron, poison hemlock, precatory bean, privit, red emerald, rhododendron, ribbon plant, sago plam, satin pathos, schefflera, striped dracaena, sweetheart ivy, tulip, water hemlock, wisteria, yew, and yuccaall cause poisoning. Harmful foods Avocados, chocolate, coffee, onion and onion powder, garlic, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcoholic drinks, moldy/spoiled foods, salt, fatty food, gum candies or other foods with Xylitol, tea leaves, raw yeast dough Objects of harm Balls that are small or have an outer coating, batteries, bread twist ties, buttons, coins, cotton swabs or balls, […]

RHS varsity dance team tryouts

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Try out for the varsity dance team at Rockford High School, and meet the new coaching staff! Tryouts are scheduled for May 1 and 2. For more information visit

Passports available at your local township hall

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

By JEFF HAWKINS Plainfield Township Deputy Clerk On June 01, 2009, U.S. citizens must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the US government to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bahamas at land borders and sea ports of entry. At Plainfield Township, we’ve been telling our customers to apply now, ahead of the June 1, 2009 deadline, and on March 28, the Plainfield Charter Township Passport Acceptance office will be open to the public to accept applications Plainfield Charter Township only accepts check or money orders for payment of fees. Passport photos are available on site, for an additional charge. We do take passport pictures here on site. They are $10.00 for a set of two. Passport prices are as follows: Adult (age 16+): $100.00, plus pictures. These are good for 10 years. Child (age 15 and under) $85.00, plus pictures. These are good for five years. Passport Card prices are as follows: Adult (age 16+): $45.00, plus pictures. These are good for 10 years. Child (age 15 and under): $35.00, plus pictures. These are good for five years. Prices are set by the US Department of State and are the same nationwide, with the exception of the picture prices, which can range from free to $29.00, depending on the location. Passport fees need to be paid in two checks or money orders ($25.00 to the acceptance agent and the remainder to the US Department of State) as they are mailed to the US Department of State on a daily basis. Processing time at our office normally takes 5 to 10 minutes and to receive your passport normally takes approximately three to four weeks. You can expedite the process for an additional $60 per application (payable to the US Department of State), which then take 10 business day, plus mail time. You can find more information at or The public is offered this special invitation to join us for Passport Day in the USA, offered in cooperation with the US Department of State Passport Services and Plainfield Charter Township. This is part of a  national passport  acceptance and outreach event. It will be held on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 […]


March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Mr. Lynn H. Gill, age 93, of Rockford passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2009. He was salutatorian of the 1935 class of Big Rapids High School. He and his brothers played semi-pro baseball, and he was initiated into the Mecosta County Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. For 41 years Lynn worked at Michigan Bell until his retirement in 1978 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Lynn had an engaging need to be resourceful with his time; he was a lay leader for Rockford United Methodist Church and served on the Rockford Public School Board from 1953 until 1972. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors: fishing, gardening, feeding his birds, and sports. He also enjoyed puzzles, playing cribbage and euchre, and reading westerns. A very unassuming person, Lynn had great empathy for others. Many folks in the community along with his family agree that “if you want to talk to an honest man, find Lynn Gill; he will tell it like it is.” His wife and children believe that if there were more men like Lynn, the world would be in a much better place. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Zell; his daughters, Judy Kolasa, Becky (Stan) Hostetter, Kathy (Jerry) Shear, and Amey Dykema and her husband, Ned Henley; grandchildren, Todd (LeeAnn) Kolasa, Trevor (Michele) Kolasa, Andrea (Phil) Arrieta, Kristin (Jon) Wessell, David (Nicole) Shear, Morgan Henley, and Alex Henley; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Rich (Terese) Gill; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gerald L. (Tress) Gill; nieces, nephews, and many special neighbors and friends. Preceding him in death were his son-in-law, David Dykema, and brothers, Gerald, Bill, and Claude. The service for Lynn will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Rev. Jan Rogacki officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Rockford Educational Foundation or Lupus Foundation. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

In Loving memory of our precious baby girl, Jessica Grace Soupal, who passed into the loving arms of Jesus six years ago, March 29, 2003.   We celebrate your birthday, even though you are not here. Balloons and flowers on your grave, light the candles, say a prayer. You’re not here to blow them out, so we make a wish for you. That everything we hear about heaven being wonderful…is true.   Why I couldn’t be your mother, we’re not meant to understand. So, we hold on to each other, while angels hold your hand.   My precious little girl, with little rose-bud lips. How I long to touch your curls, and give you one last kiss. I only hope you know how much you truly blessed our lives. You’ll forever be a part of us until the day we die.   And when we are a family in Heaven up above, then everyone will truly see… there is no greater love! Loving and missing you so very much,   Love, Mom, Dad,

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