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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.

Big Reds present big hurdle

September 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

By RANDY GREGORY   After starting the season 2-0 the Rockford football team will face their toughest test of the season when they journey to Muskegon on Friday, September 13 at 7:00 P.M. to take on a talented Big Red squad that also stands at 2-0 at this early juncture of the season. The Rams topped Utica Eisenhower 23-6 in their opener before coming out on top of Holt 41-28 in game number two. The Big Reds breezed by Grand Haven 41-7 in their opener before winning a highly publicized battle with Grand Rapids Christian 35-13 last week Friday. Muskegon has always been a talented team in their own right but the conversion of Muskegon Heights into a charter academy opened up a whole new talent pool for the Big Reds that enabled them to become even more formidable with the influx of talent to a program that has a long and proud history. The Big Reds feature two seniors who have already committed to NCAA Division 1 schools, several juniors who are being heavily recruited and a senior quarterback who says he is more focused on his basketball career, but is equally talented in football and could probably receive an offer or two in that sport should he decide to go that way. Kenneth Finley and Malik King are the seniors who committed to Western Michigan and Ball State respectively, while the aptly named Deshawn Thrower is the two-sport standout who handles the quarterbacking duties for Muskegon. Thrower is equally adept at both throwing and running with the football. Meanwhile the Big Reds feature an attacking defense that has already wreaked havoc on both opponents they have faced this season. Muskegon was trailing Grand Rapids Christian last week 6-0 at the half before exploding for 35 second half points (fueled by turnovers) to take a commanding lead before a late Eagle touchdown made the final score more respectable. In short, The Rams will have their hands full this week according to Rockford head football coach Ralph Munger. “You don’t need to see them play to know what you are going to get,” said Munger. “They will be the favorites to win the state in their class this year. They are extremely aggressive and we […]

Rockford cadet honored at Pure Michigan 400

August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Michigan ChalleNGe cadet meets Dale Earnhardt Jr. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Respect, hard work, integrity. These were not words familiar to Dylan Johnson’s way of living. Instead, his life was dominated by unhealthy habits and a lack of direction, which ultimately led to dropping out of high school. Today, life is different. The 17-year-old Rockford native is on firmer footing, thanks to the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy (MYCA), one of 35 National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs nationwide supported by the National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF). The nonprofit NGYF is dedicated to addressing the nation’s alarming school dropout crisis by helping youth, like Johnson, to get a second chance to receive their high school diplomas or GED through ChalleNGe, and to reconnect with mainstream society through mentorship, training and workforce transition. “I was stuck in a tough position. I was 17 years old, quit school and never had a job,” said Johnson, who was among two MYCA cadets honored at the Pure Michigan 400 for his leadership at the academy. “While here at MYCA, I have learned how to lead and how to follow. Most of all, I learned who I am and what I am capable of achieving.” “We’re honored to be involved with the National Guard Youth Foundation and help raise awareness of the problem of high school dropouts in our country,” said Earnhardt Jr., who drives the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports. “These are great kids, but they’ve fallen off the radar for any number of reasons. We have to give them the full attention they need and deserve. I’ve seen how the National Guard Youth Foundation and ChalleNGe do that and get them back on track, which is life-changing and so critical.” One of 129 cadets at MYCA, Johnson is on his way to reaching his goals of graduating and learning the skills to carve out a career to succeed in life. In total, 2,544 youth have graduated from the Michigan program at Battle Creek since ChalleNGe started in the state 14 years ago. The program empowers participants like Johnson to embrace responsibility, achievement and positive behavior while instilling self-confidence, ambition and opportunity through job skills training, service to the community and leadership, often dramatically changing the trajectory of […]

Third annual Labor Day Duathlon off and running

August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

By John Hogan Duathlon fever is starting to grip the normally quiet Village of Cannonsburg as preparations hit full-stride for the third annual Labor Day event. “I’ve never been in a Duathlon, but it’s what a lot of people are talking about,” said Dave Kaechele, co-host of morning radio’s Andy & Dave show on WFGR 98.7-FM. “Absolutely,” agreed Andy O’Riley, a Sparta native who hosts the morning show on the classic rock station. “People are talking about the race – and the car, of course.” The car is a yellow, 1979 Mercedes Benz 450-SL convertible to be given away as part of WFGR’s “98 Days of Summer” promotional campaign. O’Riley and Kaechele were broadcasting live in the parking lot of The Gristmill Thursday, Aug. 22 with the car parked nearby. Although the car raffle had nothing to do with the Sept. 2 Duathlon, questions kept coming. “People asked ‘are you running on Labor Day?’ I told them I’ll be providing moral support from my couch,” laughed Kaechele, who co-hosts the radio morning show and provides traffic updates for WZZM 13 morning news. “This race must be a popular event.” Popular indeed. The Honey Creek Duathlon charity event, which benefits North Kent Community Services and The Kids’ Food Basket, has seen participation grow more than 50 percent since its debut in 2011. This year’s race gets underway 9:30 a.m. but it’s really an all-day party celebrating the end of summer, organizer Don Kurylowicz said. If you can ride a bike, walk or run, you can participate in the Duathlon, which consists of a running leg, followed by a cycling leg and concluding with another running portion similar in format to triathlons. Participants cover slightly more than 18 miles on foot and on bike through one of Kent County’s most beautiful areas, including Townsend Park. “Our goal is to surpass the 150 participants we had for last year’s race,” Kurylowicz said. “As of now, we’re on track to exceed our goal. “I’m hoping people understand there’s the Duathlon – a paid event, but the after party with food, bands and beer is open to the public whether you ran the race or not,” he added. The post-race celebration is a carrot at the end of the stick. […]

Florida based organized crime gang members arrested in Rockford

August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

On Monday August 19, 2013 officers from the Rockford Department of Public Safety arrested two people that are known associates of the Felony Lane Gang. Police Officers arrested Travis Brown 31, of Lauderhill, Florida and Melissa Duncan 34, of Apopka, Florida as they were fleeing after attempting to cash a forged stolen check at the Choice One Bank located at 6795 Courtland in Rockford. The people arrested are believed to be a part of the Felony Lane Gang. The organized crime gang is known to be based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They target recreational facilities and parks around the country where they break into unattended cars where women’s purses have been left inside. Checks and Identification are stolen from the purses, with the gang members cashing the stolen checks in the outside drive-up lane of area banks using the stolen identification and disguises to match. The Rockford Department of Public Safety spent the past week investigating the break-ins of three cars in the City of Rockford on Monday August 12, 2013. A check from one of those break-ins was passed at Choice One causing the series of events that led to the arrests. Investigators also found checks, credit cards and identification for thirteen other people from the area who experienced car break-ins. Brown and Duncan were taken to the Kent County Jail where they are awaiting their preliminary examinations at a later date. Brown was also wanted in Broward County, Florida for a Felony Probation Violation Warrant. The Rockford Department of Public Safety asks that if you have information regarding the thefts or any information about the Felony Lane Gang to call the Kent County Metropolitan Fraud and Identity Theft Team who are now continuing the investigation.  

Elizabeth LaVonne Gillette

August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

(Comstock Park) – Mrs. Elizabeth LaVonne Gillette, age 94 went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. She is survived by her children, Richard and Gloria DeJonge, Mark and Janet Gillette, Gary and Jamie Gillette, and Faith Gillette; grandchildren, Julie Shellhouse, Janelle Stutzman, Keith DeJonge, Teri Van Dusen, Stacy Beene, Spencer Gillette, and Aubrey Gillette; great-grandchildren, Brittany and Cody Shellhouse, Joshua and Vivian Stutzman, Tayden & Josiah Beene, and Brady Van Dusen; brother, Michael “Dominique” Olree; brothers-in-law, Bob (Ruth) Gillette, Roger (Lauren) Gillette. Mrs. Gillette was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 2009. A Celebration of Elizabeth’s Life was held on Saturday, August 24 at 1 p.m. at Alpine Baptist Church, 692 7 Mile Rd NW, Comstock Park with Rev. Douglas Compton officiating. Interment in Rosedale Memorial Park. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Heartland Hospice or Alpine Baptist Church Cheer Committee. To share a memory or photo, or to sign the family’s guest book, please visit Stegenga Funeral Chapel 616-866-7200

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