Dating back to the late 1800s, fish boils were a tradition of Scandinavian immigrants to Door County, Wis. Nowadays there is not a respectable Wisconsin “Supper Club” in Door County worth its salt that does not feature a fish boil on Friday or Saturday evenings, summer through fall. In 2000, Barbara Bull, owner of Cherry Point Farm, traveled to Door County, Wis. for a cherry growers meeting and while there experienced, for the first time, one of the area’s famous fish boils. “Eureka,” she said, “I had found the perfect ingredient to compliment the 600 acres of orchards, gardens, vineyards and woodlands where more than 200 varieties of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are produced and harvested on Cherry Point Farm.” Thus began a new tradition at Cherry Point Farm, the Friday and Saturday evening fish boils during the months of June, July, August and September. “Fish boils are gatherings.” says Bull. “Area locals, out-of-state tourists, and resorters gather and make new friends while partaking in, many for the first time, a unique culinary experience.” It has been said by some that the worst winter they had ever spent “was a summer in Michigan.” This past summer in Michigan was one such summer, being one of the coolest on record. This particular Friday was no exception. It had rained off and on all day and it was 60 degrees when we arrived at Cherry Point Farm, but we were cheered by the sight of 5,000 blooming red petunias planted at the entrance of the farm market building. Previously, along with 77 others, we had made the required reservations for the evening’s fish boil. Our concerns about no-shows were laid to rest as the parking lot soon filled with the evening’s entire roster. The weather cooperated, the rain stopped, and outside over a stone lined fire pit Ven Martinez, the “boil master,” had already stoked a fire under and around a water- filled specially crafted 30-gallon pot. Martinez’s vital responsibility was to establish and maintain a rolling boil in the pot. Tonight it proved to be a difficult task because of the damp wood, but he succeeded admirably. Promptly at 6 p.m., Barb Bull announced that the fish boil was about to commence. Holding cups of […]
Graduates of Rockford High School were given a free hotdog and beverage before the first varsity home football game last Thursday, September 3. Families made a day of the event, which began at 5 p.m. Giveaways from area visitors, mascots, and perfect weather made the family event a great way to kickoff the football season. Families brought blankets and enjoyed the class reunion picnic organized by Rockford Community Services.
EcoTrek Fitness sessions available every day in West Michigan Staying fit is like a walk in the park—a fast walk, with different sessions of total-body workouts. Terri Baumgardner is a Rockford resident who knows our parks and outdoor places well. A certified aerobics instructor, Baumgardner heard about EcoTrek Fitnesss and loved the idea. EcoTrek is a concept created by a West Michigan native that uses the great outdoors as the backdrop to a healthy, 75-minute workout. The routine is a mix of cardio, strength and stretching that takes place in parks and outdoor locations. “This is completely different than anything else,” said Baumgardner. It’s very different than going to a gym and participating in a class where there is no connection with the other people. We have a lot of fun, walking and talking, and every location is different.” Baumgardner offers her EcoTrek workouts on Monday morning and Wednesday evenings. She has brought her clients to Pickerel Lake, Townsend Park, the Cannon Trail, downtown Rockford, Rogue River Park, Memorial Park in downtown Rockford and the Cannonsburg Ski Hill. “We go to eight or nine locations, each one is different and is different seasonally as well.” The workouts are for any adult and even teens have participated. “You wouldn’t want to bring a small child along, but anyone can do this,” Baumgardner said. People need show up only with comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Baumgardner said newbies don’t need to worry that they can’t keep up. “We do some walking and then we stop and exercise for a while,” she said. At a recent Wednesday night workout the group started at the Cannon Trail off Sunfish Lake Road and walked the trail to Townsend Park. In the woods the team stopped and did exercises in the trees using strength-training bands (which are provided). “You may notice that we were exercising and some of the people came along after a little bit,” Baumgardner said. “We do that so the slower ones can catch up and go at their own pace. We don’t leave the slow ones behind.” Cari Draft is the person who came up with the concept. She did so after attending an outdoor certification course offered for athletic trainers by Nike in Beaverton, Orgegon. After […]
‘This is a huge shot to prove you don’t have to be East African to be a great distance runner’ For the second time in two weeks Rockford native Dathan Ritzenhein made world news. The runner, who normally shines in marathons or 10Ks, set a new American record in the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland on Friday, August 28. Ritzenhein finished the race with a time of 12:56.27, beating the old American record of Bob Kennedy. The feat follows his sixth-place finish in Berlin with a personal record time. Of the Berlin race Ritzenhein told the Squire, “I was very happy with how the race went in Berlin. I have been focusing on the marathon for the past few years and I began to feel that I was losing some of my form. The benefits you get from racing short distances can really help with the longer events too, so I needed to get back to that.” He got back to that in a big way with the Switzerland run, which USA Today called “a stunning US record.” For much of the race Ritzenhein was in last place. With 800 meters to go he began passing other runners to take third behind world champion Keninisa Bekele of Ethiopia. “What Dathan did today validates what everyone in this country has been trying to do—to show Americans can run with the best East Africans,” Ritzenhein’s coach Alberto Salazar said. Dathan spoke about his coach and what he had done for the runner. “I switched coaches this spring after four-plus years. I am now coached by the former world record holder in the marathon and NYC and Boston Marathon Champion Alberto Salazar. We are in the process of moving up to the NIKE headquarters in Portland Oregon, from Eugene Oregon where we lived for the last two and half years. Ironically, Ritzenhein predicted an American record last week in an interview with the Squire. He said of his Berlin race, “I knew going into the race I was in the best shape I had ever been in. The race was a modest pace at first but just before half way it really picked up and I just hung on and picked people off as the race went. I […]
If you missed the dedication of the Ted Carlson in 1993, you have another chance. The stadium will be re-dedicated Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. before the varsity football team plays on the new artificial turf field for the first time. Athletic Director Tim Erickson said members of the Carlson family will be on hand, and fans will notice the new, classier look of the facility. All Alumni Class Reunion also to be held A first-ever party for all Rockford grads will take place nearby from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The All Alumni Class Reunion picnic is offered by Rockford Community Ed and will hopefully be a new annual event. Parking is suggested at Roguewood, and alumni will gather near the tennis courts (west of the high school). No RSVP is needed. Just show up and enjoy hot dogs, chips, lemonade, music, and great company of other Rockford grads. Attendees will be able to purchase game tickets at a reduced price.