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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.

Supplies For Students making a difference and has its biggest event yet

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Have you seen a flyer attached to your mailbox this August? It was probably the Rockford High School Supplies for Students flyer that seems to turn up around this time of year asking for donations of new or gently used school supplies and books. This year the high school club has formed a partnership with Congress Elementary School in the Grand Rapids Public School district to help provide students with much needed basic school supply items. Their summer drive was their biggest success to date. On the second day of the school year, several members of the club were able to deliver over 180 backpacks full of school supplies for each student at Congress Elementary School. The principal, Ms. Bridgett Cheney, told the children in an assembly, “While most kids are out playing and having fun during their summer vacation, these kids were out going door to door collecting money and school supplies to bring to our school. And then, they went shopping at different stores to get the best deals so they could spend their money wisely to get enough things for everyone.” The club was able to contribute over $16,000 retail value in school supplies. Ms. Cheney also commented on how impressed she was with Ally Lang and Megan Malley, the club co-presidents. “They promised less and delivered more. They did not over commit themselves and were able to surprise all of us with how much they were able to accomplish.” When asked about how they were able to do it, Megan Malley stated, “We would take several club members to stores to take advantage of the specials of the week. We were able to purchase large quantities of supplies doing it this way.” They reported that they shopped at Office Max, Staples, Office Depot, Walgreens, and Rite Aid to take advantage of their school supply specials. Ally Lang said, “It was so gratifying to be able to give each child a backpack. We love helping Congress Elementary because we are able to work with the children directly and see the excitement in their faces.” Malley and Lang both talked about how much they wanted to find a way to help children in need which is what motivated them to start the club […]

Bella Vista Church volunteers to produce 100,000 life-saving meals

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

In September, hundreds of Rockford community members will work to feed thousands of starving children in the developing world. Through a partnership Bella Vista Church and global hunger charity Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers will prepare 100,000 life-saving meals at an FMSC MobilePackTM event. The MobilePack will take place September 14, 2013 at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding RD, Rockford, MI. Community members can support this MobilePack by making a donation to cover meal costs, or by volunteering to package food at the event. Donations may be given immediately, and volunteer registration is available .To learn more, visit To schedule an interview about this event, contact Ron Hughey at 874-7727or For more information about FMSC, contact the Communications Manager, at 763.267.6319 or A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to an estimated 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics, and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Last year, the charity welcomed 657,000 volunteers to pack 163 million meals in 33 states. FMSC spends 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for eight consecutive years.  

Chamber welcomes Kelley to staff

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) would like to announce the addition of Amy Kelley to its staff. Kelley comes as a replacement for Charylene Powers in the role of Financial Administrative Assistant. Powers retired at the end of July. Kelley is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a BSBA in accounting and carries a CPA license. She brings years of accounting experience to her new job with the chamber. She is married to Michael Kelley, a Rockford podiatrist who offers foot and ankle care. The couple has four children, Megan, Shannon, Jacob and Joe. The family has resided in Rockford for 21 years. She enjoys spending time watching her children engage in sports and activities and stays busy volunteering with the Rockford Public Schools system and Our Lady of Consolation Church, where she is a member. “We were very sad to see Char go,” said RCC Executive Director Jeannie Gregory. “Anyone who knows Char knows how dedicated she has been to the Rockford community. She also had such a wonderful and sharing personality that was engaging to both our visitors and membership. Add her expertise in finances and organizational skills and you have a difficult position to replace – we thought it would almost be impossible. But Amy came in with an impressive accounting background, had deep community roots, knows the Rockford area because they have lived here so long, and is well-known within the Rockford community as a caring individual who has given her time and her heart. Whenever I tell anyone who knows Amy that we have hired her for the position they say, ‘what a great fit!’ We are very happy to welcome Amy to our Chamber family, and we couldn’t agree more, she is a great fit for the job.”

Girls Swim & Dive team Champions of the West Michigan Relays

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

On Saturday, September 7, 2013 the vast majority of girls from West Michigan participating in high school swim & dive converged at Holland Community Aquatic Center for the annual West Michigan Relays. The meet showcased very talented athletes from 16 teams that competed in 10 relay swim events as well as diving performances. The meet is very fun for all who participate and marks the first major meet of the swim & dive season. The Rockford Girls combined their strength and depth to deliver an outstanding performance. Rockford topped all teams with 372 points followed by East Grand Rapids (354), and Holland (332). Not only did Rockford place in the top-five in every relay, they took 1st place in four of the ten events. While racking up the points, the Rams placed 1st in four events, 2nd in two events, 3rd in one event, 4th in two events, and 5th in one event. The meet began with the 400 yard medley relay. Rachel Fredricks, Sydney McDowell, Maddie Trimble and Meegan Snyman came out fast and started the day with a 3rd place finish for the Rams in a time of 410.06. In the 200 yard breaststroke relay, Stephanie Mull, Christina Hanssen, Lauren Mirecki and Sydney McDowell touched the wall at 214.98 finishing 5th. In the progressive 500 yard freestyle relay, the combination of Dakota Noble, Emily Smith, Sara Fredricks and Megan Schremp took the 4th place spot with a time of 449.34. In the next three events, the Rams kicked up the heat and pulled out an exciting three event streak of first place finishes. In the 400 yard 4×100 individual medley relay, Meegan Snyman, Marissa Marion, Delayni Kornak-Kotarba and Kara Vandawater stood proud on the first place podium with a time of 414.45. Next to wear first place medals were Delayni Kornak-Kotarba, Kallen Wolfer, Erin Hudson and Maddie Trimble who clocked a 148.52 in the 200 yard butterfly relay. Rounding out the consecutive streak on the first place podium in the 800 yard freestyle relay was Megan Schremp, Emily Smith, Sara Fredricks and Marissa Marion who finished their race with a time of 808.13. The Rams did not let up and the relay team of Delayni Kornak-Kotarba, Cory Stage, Rachel Fredricks and Kara Vandawater […]

Girls’ cross country runs strong at Bath Invitational

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Lady Rams displayed great strength and speed in two separate races at Bath last Saturday.  The 7-runner varsity squad captured 3rd place in the invitational’s Division 1 race.  An additional seven Rockford runners placed in the top ten at the later JV race. Tough competition from Saline (1st) and Hudsonville (2nd) packed enough girls amidst our runners to nudge the Lady Rams out of a top-2 trophy by a mere seven points.  Rockford still kept the score very tight, and made sure the other teams worked hard to earn their awards. Lauren Brasure led the pack throughout the varsity race to clinch 1st place with a phenomenal 17:58.  Kerianne Schoff was not far behind at 18:36 to take 6th place in the event.  Morgan Harney finished 15th at 19:36; Morgan Benoit took 17th at 19:43; and Maja Hill scored 20th at 20:08.  Brasure and Schoff both set new lifetime personal records (LTPR) with their results. Another 39 girls from Rockford ran in the JV race.  The Lady Rams continued to show great team depth as all but one of the top seven finishers were from Rockford.  Freshman Molly Weir (20:18) grabbed 1st place as sophomores Larissa Medich (20:36) and Avri Beach (20:42) took 2nd and 3rd, respectively.    

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