Local man was a WWII Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Dear Editor, I enjoyed your issue that dealt with Rockord residents passed and present. I wondered why no mention was made of John Sjorgren. John was a WWII veteran who received a battlefield commission and the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is the highest honor a U.S. citizen can receive. John was a mild, quiet individual who never mentioned honors. He was born and raised in Rockford and went to school there. He played high school sports and after the war he pitched for the Wolverine fast pitch team there in Rockford. There is a baseball field there in back of the old high school named after him. He was one of a kind and deserves mention. Dr. Robert Byram, D.V.M. Dr. Byram lives in Florida now, but still receives the Squire each week. Residents may remember him as founder of the Rockford Animal Hospital.
Now–September 17 Fall Seedling Sale —The Kent Conservation urges citizens to please consider beautiful Michigan native plants for landscaping projects. The fall 2010 catalog is available on the website at www.kentconservation.org. under the “Tree Sale” tab. Please click on “Fall 2010” at bottom of the page to view/print the catalog, or you may print only the order form on pages 7 and 8. Payment must accompany your order which is due by September 17. If you would like to order by credit card, please call the office at (616) 942-4111. Pickup date is October 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3260 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Grand Rapids. Wed., September 15 Blue Star Moms—6 p.m. at 669 Mead Road, Orleans, MI. Meetings held the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call the Sally at (616) 761-2042. Now—November 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6. Now—November 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and stories while helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver. Friday, September 17 Adult Book Discussion—1:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. Sat., September 18 Blythefield Christian Reformed Church Fall Festival—3 to 6 p.m. at 6350 Kuttshill Dr., Rockford. Free food and carnival games. Inflatable games and petting zoo! www.blythefieldcrc.com. Call 866-2962 for more information. 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. Saturday, Sunday, September 18, 19 Living History Encampment—9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the Grand-Rogue Campground, 6400 Block of West River Drive, northeast of Grand Rapids.. The Grand Rogue Living History Encampment. See how Native Americans, soldiers and their families lived in authentic campsites during several periods of American History, including the […]
Debbie Postma, winner of this year’s Heirloom Tomato Festival Marinara Sauce contest, said she is in the process of publishing her first cook book to share her culinary skills with others. Postma was the first prize winner in the contest which had over a dozen delicious entries. Chef Glen Forge of Red’s said Postma’s sauce came in an amazing 40 points overall in the contest that was judged on flavor and freshness. Postma grew up in restaurants and knew as a little girl what she wanted for her future career. She bought the Depot Cafe in Marne, Mich., and during her years there remodeled the restaurant and added an “all you can eat” Friday night fish fry. “I built a huge breakfast and lunch business as well,” she stated. “I earned many first-place blue ribbons for the famous pies made daily.” Later Postma sold her business and moved to Saugatuck and opned the Gourmet Garden where she served panini sandwhiches, homemade soups from scratch and lattes and smoothies. That business developed into a full gourmet shop and delicatessen. “We specialized in artisian food and gifts. I later married, sold the business and moved back home to Rockford.” Postma is in the process of her next culinary adventure, publishing her cookbooks. Her first book will include the recipe for the marinara sauce that won her a $100 gift certificate to Reds on the River, sponsor of the Tomato Festival, along with organic recipes made in Michigan. Postma will be marketing her book while traveling with her family and business partner and invites those interested to email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.