Michelle Worden (left) and Missy Brower (right), owners of Halfway Restaurant in Rockford, are happy to provide Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to those in need. A Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be an occasion to dwell on temporary financial setbacks, and sisters Michelle Worden and Missy Brower, owners of the Halfway Restaurant, 10792 14 Mile Road, intend to make sure there is a hot meal for all this Thanksgiving. The sisters have owned the restaurant for 12 years. They offer the free dinner as their way to give back to the community and to express their concern for neighbors in need in these tough economic times. The restaurant is serving a dinner at no charge to those whose financial situations have made the traditional event unaffordable. The restaurant will be serving dinner Thursday, November 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Those who wish are also invited to drop off donations of nonperishable food items now through December 14. These donated goods will be dropped off at local pantries to be given to those in need.
Feeding, baiting ban should be obeyed Dear Editor, I am surprised to note today that several gas station convenience stores (I found five within a five-mile radius of downtown Rockford) are selling large bags of shelled corn, corn on the cob, apples, carrots and beets. While no further cases have been made public by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a few stores appear to have chosen short-term gain over the potential devastating effect that an outbreak of CWD could have on the economy supported by deer hunting. It appears to be a severely short-sighted view that has significant implications for themselves and the community. I would hope the inconvenience of not hunting over a bait pile could be endured at least one more year and would be outweighed by the possible consequences of an outbreak of CWD. Many have argued that the feeding and baiting ban should be lifted, but again that is a short-sighted view if you look at the impact that CWD has had on deer herds in neighboring states. But that doesn’t matter. The law is the law and should be obeyed as well as the spirit of the law—2009 Michigan House Bill 4198 (Extend ban on deer feeding). If you do business at a store that is selling deer feed/bait, ask them why they are, since it is illegal to feed or bait deer in the Lower Peninsula. Tom Kuehl Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Pastor thanks Squire for generating new business Dear Editor, On behalf of the Rockford United Methodist Church, I would like to thank The Rockford Squire for their excellent article on the history, making, baking and selling of the pasties that happen here at RUMC twice a year. Once again this November, almost 6,000 pasties were made, baked and sold, with lots of happy faces from the customers who got to enjoy them, and your article allowed some new faces to experience them as well. Thank you! In Christ’s service, Dick Riley Senior Pastor Editor’s note: The Squire was told that, as a direct result of the pre-pasty sale article, the pasties sold out in four days for the first time ever! Community comes through for those in […]
Mette-Mazur John Patrick Mette and Amanda Suzanne Mazur were united in marriage on October 17, 2009, at North Park Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. John is the son of Dr. Robert and Kimberly Mette of Belmont. He is a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School, a 2004 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, and a 2009 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Rockford Community Schools and MVP Sports. Amanda is the daughter of Scott Mazur of Rockford and Mary Jo and Kent Schmuck of Rockford. She is a 2004 graduate of Rockford High School and is employed by Tender Loving Care Daycare. The bride was attended by maid of honor Liana Mazur and bridesmaids Katie Cooper, Jessica Robertson, Anna Price, Erin Mette and junior bridesmaid Maria Price. The groom was attended by best man Mike Mette and groomsmen Mike Morrissey, Dean Nesbitt, Nick Ringelberg, Scott Mazur and junior groomsman Bryan Bigelow. Ushers were Billy Fegel, Charlie Price and Nick Moore. Ring bearer was Jack Fegel. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, and now reside in Rockford.
Sam Russell will return to Greenville roots If you walked into the Rockford Police Department anytime in the last decade-and-a-half, chances are you talked to Sam Russell. Friday, Nov.13 was the last day for the “grandmother” of the department, who started her law enforcement career in Greenville, where she says everyone called her mom. She returns to her roots there to the Greenville Department of Public Safety. Here in Rockford, Russell worked primarily as dispatcher, but also organized the communication records, was in charge of management compliance, making sure the department is networked properly with legal information, and coordinated the Volunteer Services Unit. “We are surely going to miss her greatly,” said Jones. “She was a great asset to the department and has become the face of the Volunteer Services Unit. We wish her well in her new position in Greenville.” Jones said the department will not be seeking a replacement for Russell. “I’m not sure we could find someone to fill her shoes,” he said. He said the department will try to cover Russell’s duties by some restructuring of responsibilities and utilizing the skills of existing employees. Rockford has not faced the need to lay off employees and cut services as so many municipalities have this year and in prior years. Jones credits this financial stability with the management of the City, including the city manager and the city council. “It’s a credit to Michael Young and our council that in this financial climate and state funding cuts we haven’t had to do that,” Jones stated. “We are financially sound this year. Next year’s fiscal forecast shows we will be the same. That doesn’t preclude us from trying to be good stewards of tax dollars, and try to provide services as inexpensively as possible.” Russell, during a tearful reception held in her honor at City Hall on Friday, said it was not an easy decision to leave Rockford. “I’ll still be around,” she said. “It was the right thing to do to return to Greenville.” She said she hopes to implement a volunteer unit in her new position. She credits her team here in Rockford as top notch. The Rockford Volunteer Services Unit is recognized as one of the top in the state. At […]
Chase Mr. Herschel S. Chase, age 88, of Rockford passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Herschel began helping farmers when he was 11 years old. On February 18, 1939, Herschel started working at Winter and Cramton Corp. as an electric platter, worked construction for a short time, worked at a plant making bomber airplanes, and then came back to work at Winter and Crampton Corp., which later became Jervis and then Alloy Tech, working there for a total of 47 years. On September 4, 1944, he joined the UAW and has been a proud member ever since. Herschel boxed in the light heavyweight division of the Golden Gloves in Grand Rapids as a novice and won that division. He was drafted into the military and later re-enlisted, serving in the U.S. Army as S/Sgt. during WWII, serving in Japan. On September 29, 1950, he married Joan Gross. Herschel served his community by being a paid on-call firefighter for Algoma Township, a member of the Clarence Schumacher VFW Post #3946 where he served as Commander and just about every other position, and a member of the American Legion Post #2 at the Boat and Canoe Club. Herschel is also a member of the Howard City VFW Post #3306 Renner-Locker. After retirement, Herschel delivered Meals-on-Wheels and worked for years at Rockford Flower Shop delivering flowers, a job he really enjoyed. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan ; daughter, Mary Lou; three grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; half-sister, Mrs. Joanne Worrel; sister-in-law, Mrs. Gladys Chase; brother-in-law, Tom Gross; many nieces and nephews, including Craig and Hildee Fisher and their sons, Connie and Ken Daniels and Leon Chase. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Gillford; sister, Margaret Poll; brothers, Clayton, Vernon, Wayne, and Lowell; and step-brother, Delos Shay. The service for Herschel was Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating. Interment was in Courtland Township Cemetery. Military Honors were under the auspices of the Army National Guard. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider either the Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.