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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.

Polish Tradition is as Close as Your Local Bakery

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Fat Tuesday time for paczki Filled with the traditional prune or with less “Old World” but more popular cherry, raspberry, custard cream cheese or blueberry, paczki is a taste of Poland that has in many ways been Americanized. Bostwick Lake Bakery owner Mike Moyer believes that the popularity of paczki would radically increase if people tasted those made at bakeries, where authentic dough is used and a variety of fillings are offered. His bakery was formerly owned by a polish man who, ironically, didn’t make paczki. In the last ten years Moyer has sold paczki prior and during Fat Tuesday, the Tuesday before the Catholic tradition of Lent. This year Fat Tuesday is February 24. Fat Tuesday is the day of feast before Lent, a time when Catholics give up sweets for 40 days before Easter. Paczki is a Polish tradition with a strong American following. Traditionally prune-filled, the treat features a dough heavier and richer than a bizmark, and is filled now with many fruit or even custard or cheese filling. Moyer said his bakery often offered paczki for a month prior to Fat Tuesday, but now sells them for about a week. The annual treat will be available at the bakery now. With a traditional, religious and flavorful reason to try this taste of Poland, there is no excuse not to enjoy this annual pastry.

The Kent Conservation District is Now Accepting Orders for its Spring Seedling Sale

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Kent Conservation District is taking orders for its spring seedling sale through March 31, 2009, for delivery on April 18 and 19, 2009. The funds generated by this sale are used by the Kent Conservation District to provide the county with a wide variety of conservation programs, along with educational and technical assistance to its landowners. The trees purchased through the sale also serve a valuable purpose. They are used in reforestation efforts and other conservation plantings throughout the county. For residential purposes trees beatify the home, raise property values and provide habitat for native wildlife. Trees also provide for many environmental benefits including soil stabilization and storm water control. This year’s sale boasts our largest selection ever, with nearly forty species of conifers (evergreens), hardwoods and wildlife shrubs. We have also added native wildflower seed mixes, backyard composters, rain barrels and much more to our catalog. We can accommodate plantings from 10 to 10,000 seedlings. We also have options to fit anyone’s budget as well with ten seedlings starting at only $10 and 1,000 seedlings starting at only $225. The catalog and order forms are available online at: For more information please contact the KCD office at or by calling (616) 942-4111 ext 100.

Books for Pregnancy or Early Childhood Needed

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

A Grand Rapids program operated by the Salvation Army runs a home for young unwed mothers with the goal of supporting them through their pregnancy and helping them to stay in school. One need the program has is for new or gently used books on pregnancy, child care or for reading to young children. Rockford Rotary recently donated $1,000 in Scholastic Books for the program and is collecting donations. Pregnancy books should be published within the last ten years. Drop off locations are at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community on 11 Mike Road (behind Our Lady of Consolation Church) and the Rockford Squire newspaper, 331 Northland Drive.

Linscott Sentenced to 151 Months

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Lack of remorse cited by judge Ann Marie Linscott, 49, of Rockford, Michigan, was sentenced on February 4, 2009, to 151 months of imprisonment for perpetrating a murder-for-hire scheme, announced U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Donald A. Davis, and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, Lawrence G. Brown. Linscott was sentenced by the Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Court Judge. At sentencing, Judge Neff chastised Linscott for displaying no remorse. Judge Neff felt compelled to sentence Linscott to a lengthy term of imprisonment to protect the public from Linscott and to send a clear message of deterrence to anyone else who might contemplate a murder-for-hire scheme. In November 2007, three California residents were searching the Internet website for job opportunities and they exchanged e-mails with Linscott regarding a job opportunity she was advertising on the website. The job description was advertised as “freelance” with no further information provided. During the e-mail correspondence, Linscott, who was a Rockford resident, asked each of the three individuals responding to her advertisement to “”eradicate” a woman living in Oroville, Butte County, California, and provided additional information on the intended victim to include a description of the victim, her age and her employment address. On two separate occasions, Linscott offered payment of $5,000 upon completion of “the eradication task.” The three individuals reported the incident to law enforcement authorities in California. Investigators in California identified the true identity of Linscott’s intended victim and determined the victim was married. The victim’s husband was interviewed by investigators and acknowledged meeting Linscott through an on-line college course in 2004 or 2005. According to the victim’s husband, he and Linscott developed an on-line relationship. The victim’s husband met Linscott in person when he traveled to Reno, Nevada, in July 2005 to attend a conference. Linscott spent two days with the husband in Reno. Linscott also visited the husband in Butte County in May 2007, and since that time they continued to communicate via telephone and e-mail. While the charges were filed in the Eastern District of California, Linscott was permitted to plead guilty in her home state in the Western District of Michigan. The investigation of this matter was conducted by the FBI in Sacramento and […]

“Dress for a Cure” Dress Collection and Sale is Back for Relay For Life

February 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Do you have gently used and/or new prom dress (es) that you are unsure what to with? Here is your answer; you can donate your gently used prom dress (es) to the Love Laugh Cure Relay For Life team for our second “Dress for Cure” fundraisers to benefit Relay For Life. We will then, in return, resell the dresses at a great discount to the community and beyond on April 17 and 18 at Double Take. This fundraiser was able to collect over 200 dresses and raise over $1700.00 for Relay last year. Dress collection will start on March, 3 2009 at Double Take located at 31 Courtland, and at your very own Rockford Squire office located at 331 Northland Drive during business hours. For more information you can contact the event organizer Jenn Hephner by email

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