Kent County ranks in top 20 in Michigan in annual health rankings

County health rankings also indicate some troubling statistics in Kent County   Kent County ranks 16th out of 82 counties measured in Michigan in the national County Health Rankings.  The report was released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kent County is the most populous county […]

Rhythm Dance brings home competition hardware

Rhythm Dance Center (RDC), located in Belmont Michigan, recently competed in the Showstopper Dance Competition in Battle Creek, MI and came away with several awards and trophies for group as well as solo performances. Studio owner and artistic director, Jen Hanes, reports that in terms of adjudication as well as placement, her dancers performed above […]

Squire visited by curious Scouts

Two Scout troops joined forces in their visit to the office of The Rockford Squire Newspaper on Monday, February 4. The Scouts were amazed Editor Beth Altena was able to tell them what day of the week they were born after looking in bound copies of the Squire the year they were born. Pack 3285, from Crestwood, and Pack 3280, from Appleview School and residing in Cedar Springs and Sparta, had a good time together. The kids enjoyed cookies compliments of Squire genius bookkeeper Mary Felix, who may be extra partial to one of the Scouts who is a family member.

Teachers’ Challenge to 4th Grade Students Inspires Community Service

Tyler Vander Laan  and little sister Nyla – inspiration for his support of Michigan Blood.

One student raises over $500 first week to help patients needing bone marrow transplant GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (February 5, 2013) What does Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., a team of teachers in Rockford and Cedar Springs Public Schools, and some very ambitious fourth graders have in common? They want to ‘be the change they […]

Rockford student celebrates platinum birthday


Rockford student, Hailey Smith, will celebrate a unique birthday this year when she turns 12 on 12/12/12. This event is known as a “platinum” birthday. Hailey attends West Rockford Middle School. She is a member of the junior competitive dance team of the Rockford School of Dance, where she has taken lessons since she was […]