by JUDY REED It’s been around for almost 38 years, serving the northern Kent county community—from 6 mile north to the county line—with food, shelter, utilities support, clothing, counseling and more. Technically known as the Rockford community services center, it began being called the North Kent service center sometime in the 1980s. However, effective October 1, the center changed its name to North Kent Community Services. “We wanted to put ‘community’ back in our name to better reflect what we do,” said executive director Sandy Waite. “We are blessed to have the opportunity to help our neighbors in need in northern Kent County, but we also want to emphasize that we are a part of the local communities in which we serve. We want our influence to extend well beyond the walls of our facility.” As part of the name change, NKCS unveiled a new identity, with a new logo that reflects its heritage and mission, said Waite. “We believe our new identity highlights our ongoing mission to love our neighbor. We are blessed to be able to do so.” Their hours will remain the same, open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The donation area will be open, however.
Integrity is a way of life My minister at Rockford Reformed Church, Rick Tigchon, sometimes hits a “grand slam” of a sermon. Since the baseball playoffs are in full swing, I thought I would borrow one of its terms to describe his wonderful sermon given to us this last Sunday. Since the Lions finally won a game, I know I should be using a football term. But I love baseball, while I just like football, so I’m sticking to the baseball term. The sermon dealt with the subject of “integrity.” One of the examples he cited involved a father and son buried close to each other. The father had a very lengthy list of accomplishments on his gravestone detailing his life’s accomplishments. He must have been quite the fellow. The son, however, had only five words inscribed on his grave marker: “A man of unquestioned integrity.” Now that’s my kind of guy. Those words are powerful and say as much as we need to know about the son. It doesn’t say that his middle name was Solomon and he was the wisest man of the day. It doesn’t say he was a great athlete, or the best man at his job, or the best businessman in the area. It doesn’t say he was a great family guy, or the wealthiest man in the region, or even the nicest of guys. What it does say is that he dealt with people on an honorable basis and with “unquestioned” integrity. He was a man of his word. Oh, he could have been wise, probably was a great family man, perhaps was someone who could hit a curveball, and may have operated a successful business. Those characteristics and abilities are items that his dad would have listed on his tombstone. Those accomplishments in and of themselves don’t tell the whole story. The son took it all one step further and let integrity be his guide. Those who knew him honored him with that five-word inscription: “A man of unquestioned integrity.” What a different type of world this would be if everyone followed the son and let integrity be their guide. Rick and I are members of the Reformed Church, but integrity is much greater than the Reformed Church. It […]
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Granholm thanks Squire reporters Dear Cliff and Nancy, What a treat to read of your Mackinac Bridge walk experience. Thank you for sharing it with me and The Rockford Squire world! Michigan is lucky to have you! I hope your experience inspires others to do the walk. You both are the essence of Pure Michigan! Gratefully, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor
McIntyre Mr. James “Jim” E. McIntyre, age 78, of Rockford passed away very unexpectedly on Thursday, October 7, 2010. His parents, R. L. (the auctioneer) and Gladys (nee Rowlin) McIntyre had a farm in Cedar Springs and that is where Jim learned to farm, especially when walking behind the horses. He was the youngest of six children who grew up during the Depression era. In 1950 Jim graduated from Cedar Springs High School. He farmed with his father-in-law Harold Caldwell until 1960 and then purchased the Russell Dunn farm. Jim and his wife Kletis farmed with the help of their children and nephews, Mick and Ken Wesche. For most of his life, Jim had been a farmer, but he also found time to be of service to his community. From 1988 until 1992, he was a trustee for Courtland Township and, from 1992 until his death, he was Township Supervisor. Jim was a respected man who spoke with deeds, not words. He was past president of the Rockford Junior Baseball League, coached baseball, and developed part of his farm as a baseball field. For over 40 years, McIntyre Field has been used by baseball teams and is still used for church leagues and T-ball. Jim believed in self-education and was a voracious reader. He loved to play cards, and when he was younger, he attended barn dances (where he met the love of his life, Kletis). Jim is survived by his children, Doug and Phyllis McIntyre of Rockford, Edward and Cherie McIntyre of Rockford, Annette “Ann” and Brad Harrington of Cooks, Mich., and Arn and Kimberly McIntyre of Rockford; grandchildren, Brooks McIntyre, Nick Arnett, Benjamin McIntyre JD, Abby McIntyre, Raija McIntyre, Keaton McIntyre, Sara Harrington; special grandchildren, Jenny Van Huis and Julie Swartz; great-grandchildren, Stephan, Zachary, Corey, Gavin; brother and sister, Mrs. Mildred (Wesche) Robertson of Rockford and Don McIntyre of Cedar Springs; nieces and nephews; and a long-time friend and companion, DeEtta Robertson and her family. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kletis, on May 28, 2007; his grandson, Braden McIntyre; his brothers, Lawrence and Robert; and sister, Edna Hyde. The service for Mr. McIntyre was Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment was […]