By BETH ALTENA For all we knew, our building was about to go. In the early afternoon on Tuesday, August 11, the lower level of the Squire Newspaper office filled with smoke. It smelled like an electrical fire, but the staff couldn’t identify the source. It was frightening, and the staff made the right call, the Rockford Department of Public Safety. For years we have written about the success of the combination of departments of police, fire and public works, and the quick and impressive response at the Squire during an actually emergency was proof the new system, which saves taxpayers a half million dollars a year, also provides and even better response than traditional departments. Chief Jones was there immediately and in four minutes there were three fire trucks and numerous emergency vehicles at our location. We were advised to evacuate and waited outside as fully-prepared first responders entered the building with their gear and accessories to look for hot spots in our walls, search the property where the smoke and smell was located and otherwise protect our property. You could see from the attendance that responders were from all of the combined departments. The fire fighters on the scene were the same people we just photographed preparing an emergency response in the case of an active shooter in a public school building. The people we saw in Rockford t-shirts are the Department of Public Works employees, now seasoned firefighters as well, who dropped their work on our city grounds and other duties to respond to a fire threat.’ “You wouldn’t see a response like this in even a big city,” Chief Dave Jones said. Jones noted that he was nearby and able to reach our location quickly. Officer Robinson was also close and everyone else was ready to respond if our fire had progressed. In addition to Chief Jones, who started his career as Chief of Police, and now leads the combined departments, we had Fire Marshall Mike Reus, who annually inspects buildings in Rockford to watch for dangerous practices (he found a gas-operated piece of equipment in our office dangerously stored next to the furnace one year). Newly trained Arson Inspector Jason Bradley was able to try out his new skills (we […]
Sixty years ago on August 26, Donna Oom became the bride of Floyd Brunsink. Both from the north end of Grand Rapids, Floyd graduated from Central High School and Donna from Creston High School. Floyd spent four years serving his country in the US Navy. Their first home was in Belmont and after four moves are back in Belmont. They have been members of West Cannon Baptist Church for 25 years. God has blessed Floyd and Donna with five children, Todd and Cheryl Brunsink, Lynn and Roger Curtis, Karen and Tom Moeckel, David and Becky Brunsink and Chad and Denise Brunsink. They have 17 grandchildren, two in heaven, and four great-grandchildren, one in heaven. Floyd was co-owner of Grand Island Golf for 31 years where Donna worked alongside him, and after retirement his son Todd, a PGA pro, and nephew took over for another 11 years. Floyd and Donna spent 17 years wintering in Lady Lake, FL. We thank God for the many blessings he has blessed us with over all the years we have had together.
The Michigan Film Office confirmed today that filming for the Paramount Pictures film “Looking for Alaska,” based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author John Green, will come to Michigan in the fall. The project is eligible to receive an incentive of over $7 million from the Michigan Film Office (MFO) based on a projected spending of over $21 million with two-thirds to be spent directly with Michigan residents and Michigan-based vendors. Of the over 300 anticipated cast and crew hires, more than 200 are expected to be Michigan residents along with 1,718 extras among the local hires. Directed by Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children), the NY Times best-seller is being adapted for the screen by “The Fault in Our Stars” screenwriters Scott Neutadter & Michael H. Weber. “Looking for Alaska” is produced by Temple Hill’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (“Paper Towns,” “Fault in Our Stars”), along with Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchinsky (“500 Days of Summer”). Specific shooting locations in Michigan will be identified in upcoming weeks. If you are interested in seeking work as a member of the film crew, please send your resume to email@example.com On July 10, House Bill 4122 was signed into law, which eliminates the program whereby MFO may enter into new film and digital media incentive agreements. The aforementioned project was issued an executed agreement prior to the signing of the legislation. Any film or digital media project approved and issued a fully executed agreement prior to the signing of the legislation will be administered in accordance with the law. The MFO is no longer accepting applications for projects seeking incentives. MFO, established in 1979 to assist and attract production companies and promote the growth of Michigan’s film industry, will remain open and continue to promote film, television and other digital media production in the state. For more information, please visit Michigan Film Office
First cousins Lily Korhorn and Jonathan Perry recently set up a lemonade stand on the corner of Summit Ave. and 13 Mile Rd. At only 50 cents cup, Lily and Jonathan were raising money to buy school supplies for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Jonathan was adamant that he was in charge of handling the money, while Lily was strictly in charge of pouring the lemonade and dealing with the customers. From us here at the Squire, “Keep up the good work Lily and Jonathan!”