Dog Days This poem comes from seventh-grader Lauren Pratt in Rockford. “The dog days of summer” seem like the right time for it. Jagger We got him in a little town called Bath. He would walk down a little path. I taught him how to shake. We made him birthday cakes. If he could talk then he’d bug us, Till we took him for a walk. I know I’m being a bragger, But he’s just a tail wagger. I love my dog Jagger. According to The Book of Common Prayer (1552), the dog days are from July 6 to August 17. They’re named after the Dog Star, Sirius, which used to rise at sunrise. The story was that these days were evil and caused the seas to boil. That’s hot, alright. Another dog “I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the shopping center and rolled down the car window to make sure my Labrador retriever pup had fresh air. “She was stretched full-out on the back seat and I wanted to impress on her that she must remain there. “I walked to the curb backwards, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, ‘Now you stay. Do you hear me? Stay! Stay!’ The driver of a nearby car gave me a strange look and said, ‘Why don’t you just put it in Park?’” (Thanks to Carol Dionne.) Why women prefer dogs 1. Dogs go to the beach to swim, not for the chance to ogle girls in bikinis. 2. A dog is a pack animal. A man is a six-pack animal. 3. You can train a dog in obedience. 4. A man will roll over and play dead only if you ask him to get up and make coffee. Last dog Who’s your best friend? Put your dog and your wife in the trunk of the car for an hour. When you open the trunk, see which one is really happy to see you. Late Bullet-in A recent news story reported on a church pastor who was urging the congregation to bring guns to church. If you’re in that church and the pastor says, “Let us pray,” you better start! In Colorado, a legislator was promoting a law making it legal to […]
Health care reform The subject of health care reform is the topic of choice for most everyone today. It looks like health care reform is going to happen. Read what Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, recently had to say in response to a question of about the odds of a health care reform bill passing this year: “100 percent. Given. Inevitable. The country wants it. The president wants it.” Given the fact Senator Baucus speaks for enough senators to pass a bill no matter what we may or may not think, I believe he is right in his calculations. We are most likely going to have health care reform. There are two big questions that come to mind in this debate on health care reform. First, will our government be able to efficiently run its part of the reform package? Second, what exactly will that reform look like? Efficiency and the federal government are not words that are discussed in the same sentence very often. The federal government has a history of being good at dealing with concrete issues, such as building the interstate highway system that links the north with the south and the east coast with the west coast. In the previous century, they built the railroad system. In the 1960s, they put a man on the moon. Granted private industry did much of the work, but the federal government was the grand designer and they were good at making that happen. Solid projects with a black-and-white goal in sight: Connect the railroad system from coast to coast. Build a highway system to move products and people easily anywhere in the country. Beat the Russians to having an American walk on the moon. What is their history, though, when it comes to the managing of life’s softer issues? For example, President Johnson’s Great Society was going to eradicate poverty and eliminate discrimination, among other admirable goals. It hasn’t happened yet, but billions of dollars were spent in the pursuit of those goals. There really wasn’t a black-and-white goal, so there really was no project completion. Another example that hits home a little closer would be the State of Massachusetts and their mandatory health insurance program. Currently, 97% […]
Southern Pacific 4449 is the only surviving example of Southern Pacific Railroad’s (SP) GS-4 class of steam locomotives. The GS-4 is a streamlined 4-8-4 (Northern) type steam locomotive. The locomotive was built by Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio, for SP in May 1941. It received the red-and-orange “Daylight” paint scheme for the passenger trains of the same name which it hauled for most of its service career. The 4449 was retired from revenue service in 1957 and put on static display in Oaks Park, Portland, Oregon, the following year, where it remained until 1974. It was restored to operation for use in the second American Freedom Train, which toured the 48 contiguous United States for the American Bicentennial celebrations. The 4449 has traveled over 2,250 miles across country for the Trainfest event in Owasso, Mich. For more photos of the SP 4449 please visit Kersting’s website at www.TracksideAcrossAmerica.com.
UP NORTH—Ken and Kathy Rule spent their 49th anniversary with a trip up north and brought along the Squire. Kathy said this year, for the third year in a row, the couple enjoyed their anniversary with a dinner cruise. Pictured on the cruise are the Rules (middle couple), with new friends they made that evening. In front are Judy and Lenny Martin of Florida, on their first visit to Michigan. In back are sisters Sharon and Carol. E-mail your Squire vacation pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office to visit in person at 331 Northland Drive.
Friday, August 14 Senior Neighbors Inc.’s Annual Senior Picnic—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grandville High School, 4700 Canal Ave., Grandville. For more information, call the Sparta Senior Neighbors Center at (616) 887-1273. Saturday, August 15 Totally Free Car Wash—11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the D&W parking lot at 10 Mile Rd., Rockford, sponsored by BridgeWay Community Church. For more information, call the church at (616) 874-7115. Mitchell’s Run—8:30 a.m., downtown Rockford. This 5K race/walk raises funds for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A Kids for Kids Run follows at 9:30 a.m. Fee is $25/person for 17 and older; $17/person for 16 and younger. A picnic follows, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and a silent auction will be held at the Rotary Pavilion until 10:30 a.m. Learn more at mitchellsrun.org. Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Sunday, August 16 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults, and $3.50 for children under age 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat roast beef, potatoes, corn, beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Bring your papers for recycling! “Best dinner in town… Bring the whole family!” Visit www.rockfordvfwpost3946.org. Day at Long Lake Park with Ivory Coast West African Bishop Anthony Yeboah—10 a.m. family activities begin, followed by a worship service under the tent. A potluck dinner at 1 p.m. will be followed by baptismal service in the lake at 2:15 p.m. Family games begin at 2:45 p.m. Long Lake is located on the corner of 17 Mile Rd. and Long Lake Road in Sparta. For more information, call the church at (616) 863-8197. Monday, August 17 Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. in the Mobile Food Pantry at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive (corner of Northland Drive and Rogue River Rd.; entrance on Kuttshill), Rockford, providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, contact the church at (616) 866-1556. Tuesday, August 18 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in […]