Squire family makes first visit west

Usually heading to Maine for a summer vacation, the Altena family, with their Squire newspaper, instead drove west for the first family vacation in that part of the country. Watch for a write-up with photos of elk, moose, mule deer, male and female big horned sheep. Here Beth (Squire Editor and owner) and Bill Altena […]

Tax Attic August 29, 2013

There seems to be no question that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare is going to take effect. It is not going to be repealed and it is not going to be defunded either. I could be wrong but I believe Congress is slightly too dysfunctional to make any major moves let alone repealing […]

Michigan Department of Education’s Scorecard Changes in Measuring Accountabilit

  As part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) was created as a way to measure educational standards within public schools. In Michigan, AYP measured year-to-year student achievement on the MEAP for elementary and middle schools and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) for high schools. Other […]

New township superintendent inherits an evolving community

Balance of law enforcement/fire and new parks a complicated mix By BETH ALTENA “The best government is where things run so smoothly people don’t even notice,” said Cameron Van Wyngarden, the new Plainfield Township Superintendent who took the helm of the township May 6, after the retirement of Robert Homan. At just 36 years of […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

Terry Konkle – President I am sure many readers have memories of moving their possessions from one location to another. Lots of things happen and the emotions involved with the moving process can be quite interesting. This has been the case with moving everything from our old museum location to our new museum home. Let’s […]