RHS varsity dance team tryouts

Try out for the varsity dance team at Rockford High School, and meet the new coaching staff! Tryouts are scheduled for May 1 and 2. For more information visit www.leaguelineup.com/rhsdance.

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Tannery workers see little future in their profesion, hope for fairness

Harvey White, a second-generation tannery worker who himself has put in 37 years at Wolverine, stood at the annual Wolverine World Wide shareholders meeting on Thursday, April 23. Outside his co-workers were picketing for a fair settlement after losing their jobs as the tannery closed after 125 years in operation.

He said the company’s CEO himself explained that 95 percent of all of America’s tanneries have closed to move operations to Asia to be close to the manufacturing. “He apologized for having to do it and seemed very sincere.” White said. “I’m not saying I’m on his side.”

On the picket line, former employees were less restrained. One said she was told the tannery workers would no longer have access to Camp Wolverine, apparently a camp on the Muskegon River, or receive shoe discounts, since they did not retire from the company.

Jeff Heyboer was out with former co-workers, although he will not be affected by the settlement. He was a four-year employee who crossed picket lines to take his job and now joined that line to show support. Heyboer was a supervisor who was let go with no notice last fall. He said he was shocked and near tears.

“I thought that job was what I would do the rest of my life,” he said. “You looked around and saw people with 25, 30  years in and you didn’t think that job was going to go. If I had my say, I’d tell people not to buy Wolverine shoes because they are buying a Chinese product.”

White hopes the settlement reflects the prospects the tannery workers face. “There is nothing out there. We are skilled tannery workers, but they shut down all the tanneries.”

Heyboer noted that many of the long-timers will struggle to find new employment. “They are too young to retire, but too old to hire. Where are they going to find to work in this economy at that age? We expected to be there the rest of our lives.”

White said he was assured at the meeting that a settlement will be reached within a few weeks that will be acceptable to all. He said shareholders appeared concerned to see the picketers, but many waved as they left the meeting.

“I’m feeling hopeful, but we’ll see,” he said. “Sometimes when I’m feeling hopeful I buy a lottery ticket, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to win.”

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Classifieds, April 30, 2009


HOMEMAKER TO MONEYMAKER-Thinking of a change? Highly selective real estate company seeks career-minded individuals. Must be willing to work hard and be trained. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434.   b19

JOB OPPORTUNITY-Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job.  A weekly hometown newspaper in northern Kent County, has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our eight-person company team. Not boring. If you can generate excitement, you can earn while you learn. Commission means you can make your own salary depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. If interested send resume to superman49@charter.net or fax to (616) 696-9010 or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. No phone calls please.     ftfn


Accountant and bookkeeper needed urgently. For more information, contact StephenMoore79@yahoo.com.      p24



Auction: May 16, 10:00 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Food and beverages available at 11:00 a.m. Call (616) 866-42998 or visit www.coumc.com.      p20cp



Rockford Highlands neighborhood sale-19 families, April 30-May 3, 9:00 a.m. to ? Benefits Relay for Life. 10 Mile Rd. to Gibraltar. Also on Coral, Shale, Glencarin Rds. Furniture, tools, appliances, household items, sports equipment, clothes, toys and infant items.      p18cp


Rockford Shaw Estates neighborhood annual garage sale-Wednesday, May 6, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on 12 Mile Rd./Northland Dr.      p18


Saturday, May 2, 5790 Becker, Cedar Springs, near Ritchie. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Quality adult and children clothing, home decor, some furniture, books, linens, and household goods.      b18cp


Block Sale: Prairie Run, off Pine St. in Cedar Springs. May 7-8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; May 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lots of everything.      b18cp


Bristlecone Hills Neighborhood Garage Sales! Near crossroads of Old Northland Dr. and Kuttshill in Rockford. April 30-May 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Baby and children’s clothing, toys, household goods, furniture and more.      p18



Rockford resident would like to rent 1996 or newer small pop-up camper for three adults the weekend of June 26-30. Taking to Higgins Lake. (616) 874-9099.      p18



Rent or land contract: Cedar Springs, three-bedroom mobile, $550; Two-bedroom mobile $500. Sand Lake, four-bedroom farm home $750; three-bedroom mobile, garage, $550. (616) 874-8677.      b18cp


House for rent-two-bedroom, one-bath, $550/month plus gas, electric, water. 149 N. Fifth, Cedar Springs. (616) 530-3200.      b18cp


House for Rent-Lincoln Lake access. Two bedrooms, $550/month plus utilities. $300 deposit, $200 pet deposit on approval. Call Jim (616) 696-2202.      b18cp


Pierson, apartment for rent-one-bedroom, $350 per month plus utilities. $300 deposit, $200 pet deposit on approval. Call Jim (616) 696-2202.      b19cp


House for rent-Rockford/Lowell/Ada area. Three bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths, $800/month. (616) 676-2546.      p18cp


Apartment for rent-two-bedroom, one-bath, in Bella Vista. $680/month, includes heat. Clean and bright. Recently updated. Call (616) 558-8248 for more information.      p18



“Always the Best!” Once you go, then you’ll know! Six 1-hour golf lessons-$69. Starting week of April 13. Master teaching professional, Norm Davidson. Golf Emporium, 14 Mile, Rockford. (616) 754-2280.      b21


Guitar Lessons-Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn



Tutoring-certified teacher, Rockford/Cedar Springs area. Per 1/2 hour. (616) 696-3285.      p18cp


LAWN MOWING-trimming, edging. Rates starting at $25 per cut. Full-season contracts only. SCOTT’S OUTDOOR SERVICES. Since 1999. (616) 866-3900.      p21


Friends and Helpers Adult Day Companion program. $58 per day includes three meals and TLC. Call (616) 862-3020 for much more information.      p18cp


I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 17 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at ragsdaledesign.com.      ftfn



FOUND-all-black male cat. Long hair. Found near 11 Mile and US-131. (616) 866-9831.      ftfn


LOST-male gray cat. Riverwoods area. Last seen on Sat., March 14. (616) 866-0686.      ftfn


FOUND-Jostens silver class bracelet with initials “D.A.M.” in gold lettering. Found at Sparta Chevrolet. Please call Anna at (616) 887-1791 to identify.      ftfn


LOST-11-year-old black-and-white male cat. Declawed, right ear misshapen. Last seen on Hessler Dr. in Rockford on Friday, Feb. 20. Call (616) 874-1702, leave a message.      ftfn.


LOST-female beagle with pink collar, last seen around the Childsdale/White Pine Trail area on Saturday, February 14. (616) 696-0367.      ftfn


FOUND-gift certificate and a large book found on corner of River Chase and Greystone on New Year’s Eve. Call (616) 450-4939 and identify.      ftfn


FOUND-Chevrolet keys with keyless remote. Found in parking lot at 355 Northland Dr., next to MI State Police station. Call (616) 866-7050.      ftfn


LOST-cockatiel, gray, one year old. Talks, whistles, friendly. Lost on September 8 from 18 Mile and Algoma area. Please call (616) 696-0839.     ftfn


FOUND-Chrysler key found in the Courtland and 11 Mile Road area. Please call The Rockford Squire at (616) 866-4465.     ftfn


LOST-small Siamese female cat, seal point, spayed. Lost west of river in Rockford near Jericho and Cahill. $50 reward! Call (616) 866-1021.     ftfn



Free-three kittens. One gray, one black, one black and gray. Two females, one male. Also free: one older female cat. Call (616) 788-8664.      ftfn


Free-one calico cat, 2 to 3 years old, indoor/outdoor, plays well with kids. (616) 696-9225.      ftfn


The Rockford Squire’s “Free” and “Lost & Found” classified ads are free of charge. Call (616) 866-4465 by noon on Monday to place your ad in next Thursday’s issue.


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What’s Cooking, April 30, 2009

Jeanne Briggs

Jeanne Briggs


Jewels that Melt in Your Mouth 


Remember when we were kids, we ate a lot of carrots, always raw and dipped or sprinkled with salt? I think that’s the way many folks approach carrots’as a snack between meals or on a relish tray, or perhaps chopped for a stockpot or in a stew or soup. And as a matter of fact, it’s not surprising that carrots are often overlooked by home cooks and restaurant chefs as well. But carrots can hold their own and actually be the star of a soup, salad, savory soufflé, or side dish. Let’s venture into some new ways with carrots. Let’s go gourmet and get started!


Glazed Carrots and Shallots

1-1/2 pounds (small or baby) carrots

6 shallots

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 to 3 tablespoons sugar

Sour cream, as a topping

If using small or baby carrots, leave then whole. Peel the shallots; cut larger ones into quarters lengthwise and smaller ones in half. Put the vegetables in a pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add the butter, water, salt and sugar. Bring the liquid to a boil; reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking to be sure the vegetables aren’t too dry. Add a teaspoon of water, if needed. Remove the lid, increase the heat to high and cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the carrots become caramelized and glazed, about another 10 minutes. Serves 4. Don’t forget that sour cream… it’s delicious.


Carrot and Coriander Soup

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 yellow onions, thinly sliced

3 pounds carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 bunch cilantro, stems attached, washed well, a handful of leaves reserved for garnish

1 jalapeño, stemmed, halved, seeded

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground coriander

6 to 8 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup sour cream

In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, cilantro, jalapeño, salt and ground coriander. Continue to cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the stock and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender, about 35 minutes. Carefully puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and taste for seasoning. If the soup seems too thick, add a little chicken broth or water. Garnish with sour cream and the reserved cilantro leaves. Serves 8. This recipe is also delicious using Garam masala spice, instead of the coriander.


Carrot and Ginger Soufflé

This is as light as air and a great side dish for roast chicken or fillet mignon.

1 cup peeled, diced carrots from about 4 medium carrots

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup milk

5 tablespoons unsalted butter; more for the baking dish

3 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

3 to 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon honey

4 jumbo eggs, separated

Heat the oven to 425F. Butter a 1-1/2-quart low-sided gratin or a high-sided pie plate. In a small saucepan, combine the carrots, water and salt. Bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook until the carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Uncover and increase the heat to high; evaporate the water completely. When no water remains, add the milk. Puree the carrots and milk in a blender until smooth. In a clean pan, melt the butter. Add the flour, stirring until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the pureed carrots; bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Pass the mixture through a strainer into a large bowl. Add the chives, ginger, lemon juice and honey. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Whisk the egg yolks one at a time into the carrot mixture. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites to firm but not dry peaks. Fold half the egg whites into the carrot mixture, mixing gently with a spatula. Fold in the other half until just combined. Don’t over-mix or you’ll deflate the egg whites. Pour the soufflé mixture into the gratin dish. Run your thumb around the inside rim to help a cap to form. Place the dish gently into the oven and bake until browned and puffy, about 15 minutes. It should be set but still somewhat creamy in the center. Serve immediately. Serves 6.


Zesty Carrots

This one is not only easy, but delicious.

1-1/2 cups crushed potato chips

8 medium carrots, cooked and sliced

2 tablespoons dried, minced onion

2 tablespoons horseradish

1-1/2 cups low-fat mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 1-quart casserole. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the potato chips in casserole. Arrange carrots on top. Blend onion, horseradish, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Spread on carrots; sprinkle with remaining potato chips. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Serves 6 deliciously.


Carrot-Gazpacho Cocktail

1-1/4 cups carrot juice

1-1/4 cups tomato juice

1/2 cup fresh lime juice, or to taste

1 (3-inch) cucumber grated

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, basil, or dill

Dash of salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Ice cubes

Mix the juices in a large pitcher and chill for 1 hour. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into glasses and serve garnished with sprigs of chosen herb. Note: This drink could also include an adult beverage added… your choice. Serves 4.

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North Rockford Middle School’s James

James Spencer Staley

James Spencer Staley


A kind-hearted person quick to lend a helping hand

James Spencer Staley, age 13, is North Rockford Middle School’s Example in Excellence for 2009. Jamie, son of Eric and Caroline Staley and brother to Katherine and Michael, is a kind-hearted person with a polite and positive manner and always quick to lend a helping hand. He is a dedicated, self-motivated, hardworking student who encourages other students to succeed by volunteering in the Northern Lights peer mentoring program. Jamie has been Student of the Month, on the Principal’s Honor Roll, is a member of the National Honor Society and is taking an honors geometry class.

Staff at North Rockford Middle School report that Jamie is kind, helpful and encouraging to everyone he meets and is good at balancing the needs of his school work and extracurricular activities, one of which is theater. He has been in several Civic Theater plays and served as an usher and stage hand too. Jamie has also participated in Rockford middle and high school plays, including the lead role in the production of Oliver. In addition to theater, Jamie is on the Grand Rapids Crew Soccer team, plays basketball, and participates on the school track team.

Staff describe Jamie as a “refreshing” student who makes the day brighter for those around him and is truly an Example in Excellence at North Rockford Middle School.

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