Strauss receives Lions award

Lions welcome new member Rockford Lion Jan Strauss received a standing ovation as she was named Lion of the Year during the club’s July 25 annual picnic. Awarded for outstanding service to the Rockford Lions Club and the community, Strauss earned this recognition for her highly successful year as club president in building a better, stronger […]

A pair of Danes downtown

Great Danes assist with Reading Rocks in Rockford Tater Tot and Dexter are both therapy dogs and Great Danes. According to Chris Brundidge of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Therapy Dogs, there are many breeds in the program you might not expect, such as pit bulls and rotweilers. Dexter, 36 inches at the shoulder and […]

Stites earns DNR master angler status

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CATCH OF THE WEEK—Carl Stites of Rockford catches a 22.5-inch small-mouth bass on Intermediate Lake in northern Michigan near Bellaire. The fish qualified for master angler status with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, after being measured and released. If you think you have a “Catch of the Week,” send us your photo and information […]

Administrator speaks on DDA longevity

Kent County Administrator Daryl Delabbio said he thought the Squire’s article last week on DDAs did not make clear that DDAs can last forever if not allowed to expire. He offered this comment for clarification for our readers. In effect, DDAs can last “forever” if the city, township, or village extends them by amending their […]

Local residents serve Lord in Steeler country

HARD WORKERS—Members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (front, l–r) Andrew Elenbaas, Andee Petersen, Elyse Sholtis, Angela Barnes, Anna Ruark; (middle) Carrie Kiaunis, Eric Chisholm, Aaron Elenbaas, Gabe Westveld, Kyle Chaney; (back) Sue Elenbaas, Pastor Mark Love, Deb Petersen, Patti Chaney and Eric Simonton selflessly spent a week in Beaver Falls, Penn., to help the struggling community.

As the summer is winding down, a group of high school students from Rockford and Cedar Springs chose a selfless way to spend one week of it. The group of nine students and five adults from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church went on a mission trip to a once booming steel town called Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. […]