by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Denise and Steve Maghielse of Maghielse & Company hosted this past July’s Rockford Chamber After Hours event. The couple had made a bold move in the prior year. They had moved their thriving and ever-growing real estate business and their team of eight professionals from a crowded office in their home to a newly purchased property on Courtland Street. The evening’s get-together of Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and guests had a three-fold purpose. One was the regularly scheduled “After Hours” networking event itself, the second was a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the couple’s newly remodeled 5 Star Real Estate brokerage located at 117 Courtland in downtown Rockford, and last was the announcement of a contest to identify a piece of machinery that had been left in the building’s basement by a previous owner or tenant. Somewhat resembling a medieval torture device, the Mighielses were clueless as to what it could be. Prior to the opening their new office, Steve and Denise had to completely revamp the antiquated interior of the little storefront property. Found in the basement were years of accumulated “stuff.” One of the items found was a nondescript hand-cranked and gear-driven piece of equipment. Denise wanted to throw everything out but said, “Steve is a pack rat. He won’t throw anything away.” So in a compromise, she allowed Steve to keep the mystery machine and an antique toilet. So it came to pass that the couple hit upon the idea of holding a contest to (hopefully) identify the piece. Entrants were invited to view the “press” and submit their guess. The person or persons who could properly identify the “press” and its use would win a prize. Through research and input from Joan Bunn of Joan & Associates—Estate Sales and Appraisals, it was determined the “press” was a “padding” press. Bunn told us, because of its age and mechanical operation, it may well have considerable value. Padding presses are still somewhat in use today but are electronic and hydraulically operated rather than hand-crank/gear-driven. Their primary purpose is to make tear-off pads of paper such as the legal pads we are all familiar with. In use, stacks of paper are placed into the press and compressed […]
If you missed it, too bad for you. The latest Chamber After Hours event was held at Huntington Bank, where the food was fantastic and the remodeled space was beautiful. There were also a dozen or so wonderful door prizes awarded, from golf gift certificates, a $75 restaurant gift card and more. Manager Paul Chimienti said his vision for the company was to become very involved with the community, and that led to the bank’s sponsorship of Huntington Rogue River Blues series, which has been a huge success for Rockford. Chimienti said the institution’s success is also due to the development of essential partners to better serve the needs of the banks clients. The next Chamber event is a luncheon at Timbers (see article on page 3) and the next After Hours will be Monday, November 2, at John Decker Chevrolet. For more information on these events, contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000.
The classic cars roll into Rockford Saturday, October 3, one of a town-full of attractions for this weekend’s Harvest Fest. Returning is an annual chili cook off, now organized by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, along with the festival itself. For the second year, enjoy a Fiddle Fest on the banks of the Rogue River. Rockford’s heritage is the highlight of this weekend’s entertainment and the Chamber invited all to step back in time. The days of events begins with a bake and rummage sale starting at 8 a.m. at the Towers parking lot. At 10 a.m. set-up begins for the chili contest in the Rotary pavilion on the corners of Courtland and Squire streets. Chefs are invited to prove their prowess in chili with the cook-off. Organizer Lori Vorpi of Vorpi Chiropractic has reinvented the contest this year, and for the first time five chilis will be chosen for recognition. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. for first through fifth place, and judging by the public will begin at 3:15 for people’s choice and best booth. A $25 donation is required by participants, and each team (limit of three people per team) must cook a minimum of two gallons of chili. According to the Michigan Department of Health rules, all meats must be purchased from a store, so no wild game may be used. No homemade, home canned or home processed ingredients are allowed and no porcelain or enamel-coated containers are allowed. In the past, chili winners have revealed their secrets to the Squire, and they have included blends of heat from different peppers, white sauce ingredients for chicken chilis, and other ingenious or family secret ingredients. For more information about the cook off, call Lori at (616) 866-1081 or email email@example.com. While waiting to taste the cook off results, enjoy the beauty of some classics in the City of Rockford parking lot. The classic car show is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no registration required. Last year’s show included plenty of gems, many lovingly restored. For the second year, enjoy live music from musicians from all over with the Fiddle Fest from noon to 1:30 p.m. These events are just a few of many happening in Rockford during the remaining two […]
Don’t miss the used book (and more) sale at Krause Memorial Library on Saturday, October 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the last hour, items are a buck a bag. Other events happen througout the day. Animals on the Go are back at Garden Club Park Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., and hayrides throughout the day are free and fun with really big horses. Rockford merchants work hard to make the festival a special treat. Each year Start of Summer dazzles with bling and rides, but Harvest Fest is designed to bring back that old-fashioned hometown feel for which Rockford is so well suited. Take the time to visit in some of our local shops, where you are likely to meet the owner, who will chat and ring up your sale. Try to find service and experience like that in a big-box store.
My name is Ana Olvera and I will be interning at The Rockford Squire until January 2010. I am a 17-year-old senior at Sparta High School. I attended Kenowa Hills High School and lived in Conklin, but moved to Sparta about two-and-a-half years ago. After graduation I plan on attending the University of North Carolina or Ball State University to major in journalism and minor in psychology. I love journalism because it brings awareness about the ills of our society and lets people know what is going on in the community, state, country, and even the world. I have taken journalism classes, worked on my school’s yearbook, and this year I will take an AP literature class, two psychology classes, a business class, and another journalism class. In the spring I will also be dual-enrolling at Grand Rapids Community College. While interning at The Rockford Squire, I hope to learn how exactly a newspaper runs and learn some tips on how to become a better writer. I have two brothers and two sisters; I am the second youngest. We have three dogs and four cats. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to the movies, reading, watching football, and anything that has to do with cars. Prior to becoming an intern at The Rockford Squire, I had never really been in Rockford before. But when I first saw the downtown area, I was in awe. Everyone is really friendly and the town has a vintage look with a modern twist. It seems like a beautiful and peaceful place to live.