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Lucky winner receives beautiful rug from Rockford Floor Covering

April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Community EXPO continues to give after event There’s nothing like winning something that will last nearly forever and add beauty to your home, and EXPO visitor ???? did just that by winning a Tayse five by eight-foot area rug from Rockford Floor Covering. Randy VandeWerp and the fine staff of Rockford Floor have been at all eleven annual EXPOs and always offering a pretty substantial give away. This year’s prize has an outdoor motif including canoes and trout and is perfect to harmoniously compliment any living room, den or bedroom. According to Brian ? at Rockford Floor, the rug is valued at around $200 and is one of over two dozen available at the showroom, 10704 Northland Drive. Randy said he loves showcasing his business at the EXPO. “The EXO is a wonderful opportunity to meet all the people of Rockford and connect with our past customers and future ones.” Rockford Floor Covering is online at or can be reached by phone at 616-866-2748. Congratulations ? on winning this nice prize drawing.

Humane Society of West Michigan Hosts Third Annual Paws, Claws & Corks Fundraiser

April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Humane Society of West Michigan Hosts Third Annual Paws, Claws & Corks Fundraiser event to featured local cuisines, fine wines and live and silent auction to support yearly animal intake of 3,000 In the past year, Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) found new homes for 2,661 animals.  To continue serving the community and homeless animals, HSWM hosted its third annual Paws, Claws & Corks fundraising extravaganza on Monday, March 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the Steelcase Ballroom at DeVos Place. It includes Reds on the River of Rockford, as a sponsor. “Paws, Claws & Corks offers a spectacular experience for all who attend,” shares Trudy Ender, Executive Director of HSWM.  “Guests will enjoy fabulous cuisine from the hottest restaurants, tastings of fine wines and micro brews, and incredible auctions. During the live auction, hearts will be tugged by stories of three special animals who faced challenges and ultimately, found their forever homes.” Because HSWM operates on donations only, funds raised from the event benefits their important mission, promoting humane treatment and responsible care of animals through education, example, placement, and protection.  Funds raised allow continuation of caring for thousands of animals each year, which requires daily care, medical treatment, spay/neuter surgeries, behavior assessments, training, exercise, and enrichment. Donations from Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Catering; CitySen Lounge; FireRock Grille; FOODesign by Chef Brech; Leo’s; Olive’s Restaurant and Bar; One Trick Pony; Red’s on the River; Reserve Wine & Food; San Chez Bistro; The Catering Company; and Twisted Rooster. The party doesn’t have to end after the live auctions at DeVos Place.  Join fellow animal lovers at the official after-party, “The Afterglow,” taking place at Eve in The B.O.B. from 9 – 11 p.m. Attendees will receive an item at Paws, Claws & Corks for free admission to The Afterglow. “Enjoy a “Puptini” or “Kitty” cocktail at The Afterglow while continuing to support homeless animals,” comments Ender. To learn more about Paws, Claws & Corks, visit ; Individual tickets are $100 per person, $50 of the ticket price is tax deductible, or a 10-seat corporate table can be reserved for $1,000. To purchase tickets or a Corporate Table, please contact Tammy Hagedorn, HSWM Director of Development, at 616-791-8138 or  

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Terry Konkle – President   The Rockford Area Museum (RAM) is working on a new timeline display. It will consist of important events from our local history listed by the date that they occurred. The display will give visitors a place to look for answers as to when certain things took place and how those events relate to others. Often questions are asked about the time that things occurred. For example, someone asked me “When was the Ten Mile Bridge built?” and then followed that up with “Was the Towers built before or after the bridge?” A timeline display could quickly answer those questions. At the last Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) board meeting, it was decided that we would ask not only our members and our museum staff to supply timeline event suggestions, but to also encourage the public to submit their ideas.   Hopefully there are readers who know of important events that might be used. What is needed is the name and the date of the event. Because the timeline will be brief, it is not necessary to give details or to do research on the things submitted. All that is needed is the date and the event. Museum staff and workers will make final decisions, but the more choices available the better. For those who wish to take part, simply put your ideas together and send them to: Rockford Area Historical Society, Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341. They can also be brought to the museum or sent to me by e-mail at It was decided that the suggestions would be needed by the end of April. If there are questions, please contact me or the museum staff. Your help will be appreciated!   The last “Nugget of Rockford History” gave five multiple choice questions. Judy Roney, Cindy Hegle, Joan Bunn and Carole Holden Christensen contacted me with their answers, and I appreciate their taking part. All of them are very knowledgeable about our area. Here are the correct answers: (1) – D –Lyle Bennett was not a “playing” member of the 1928-29 RHS basketball team because he was the coach, (2) – C – Ralph Munger never coached baseball at RHS, (3)-B- Rockford was never a member of the OK […]

Scouts, with special guest Tom Kinney, pose for a photograph of their visit to the Rockford Squire Newspaper office.

April 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA   The Squire has had Boy Scout tours in the office many, many times as they prepare for their communication badges, but never had the opportunity to host one of the country’s most decorated Scouts. Area resident Tom Kinney began his Scouting career in 1949 at the age of eight. Before he reached the age of 18 he had become one of the country’s five most decorated Scouts and received an accomodation signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Pack 3285 third grade boys and Troop 4220, second grade boys from Crestwood Elementary tag-teamed at the Squire for the special visit on Thursday, March 26. The large group made things a little tight at the newspaper office, but the extremely good behavior by the kids kept things manageable. Kinney was the special guest, who arrived with many items he saved from his Scouting career, including a show box of medals and badges. “I liked badges and worked for every one,” Kinney told the kids. “The Scouting program turned 50 years old when I was in it and now it is over 100 years old, what does that tell you?” he asked the kids. Kinney said his achievement of earning so many Scout badges was recognized by then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower. “He was in charge of military operations in World War II and Korea,” Kinney explained. He said some of the badges he brought to the newspaper are collectible and worth over $5,000 because you can’t earn them anymore. Kinney said his Eagle Scout project—a project designed to have a lasting and positive impact on the community—was to plant over 2,000 trees himself, which he did at a private golf course at the corner of Plainfield and Knapp avenues. “Scouting lets you learn how to cook, put up a tent and make a campfire,” Kinney told his audience. He showed the kids one of his Scouting tools, an Old Timer jack knife given to him by his grandfather who was born in 1884. The knife, older than Kinney, has been in his pocket his whole life. It features an elk bone handle. Kinney showed the kids a compass that he’s also had his whole life. He said the points of the Earth, North, South, […]

DNR offers steelhead fishing clinic March 28-29 in Cadillac

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center in Cadillac, Michigan, will host the Department of Natural Resources Steelhead Clinic Saturday, March 28, at 9 a.m. Presented by the Hunt and Fish Center pro-staff, the five-hour class will cover various strategies and techniques for chasing Michigan’s “chrome torpedoes.”   The class will reconvene at daybreak Sunday, meeting at Tippy Dam State Park on the Manistee River, for the hands-on fishing portion of the clinic.   Participants are encouraged to bring their own gear, if possible, both days. For those new to steelheading, there will be a Saturday afternoon trip to a local tackle shop to get outfitted.   The cost for the class is $25. For more information and to register, visit and click on the link for Schedule of Weekly Programs at Carl T. Johnson. To pay for the class, please send a check or money order payable to Friends of Mitchell State Park to Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center, 6087 E. M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601. For questions, call 231-779-1321.   The Carl T. Johnson Hunt and Fish Center is located in Mitchell State Park. A Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.   A second steelhead clinic will be offered the second weekend in April for those who are interested but cannot make the March date.   Lodging is available nearby at Pilgrim Village, the Sands Resort, Days Inn, Evergreen Resort, or Mitchell State Par

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