April 26 2012

Barbequing: an American tradition

April 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

by PETE KRUER Rockford Ace Hardware Americans love to cook and entertain outside. Some people think the reason is that we have so much outdoors to enjoy. Europeans are starting to cook outside more, but they just don’t get into it quite like Americans. Some of the best memories with family and friends are at barbeques! We are going to explore the fun and flavor of barbecuing and grilling. So is barbecuing and grilling the same? Well, not exactly; they both use fire, just in a different way. Barbecuing is cooking on indirect heat and with a cover over the food. Also, barbecuing is done at a lower temperature than grilling. Grilling, on the other hand, is over direct coals (heat) and at a much higher temperature. Barbecuing is seldom impulsive, but is planned out and done at home. Whereas, with grilling, you can be camping and you can make a fire and cook relatively quickly. Barbecuing and smoking are very similar. Outdoor cooking was changed forever by a man named Stephens from Chicago in the 1950s. Stephens was an engineer for Weber Co., and they made buoys for use on the great lakes. That’s right: BUOYS! Suburbia was exploding and people had bigger yards to enjoy being outside. Stephens had his friends over and was cooking on an open grill. He thought there had to be better way to control the heat and get more flavor when cooking. So, the next day at the shop, he took a buoy—yes, a buoy—and cut off the top, put grates, vents, a handle and legs on, and you have the Weber kettle grill! Mr. Weber saw no future in making grills, so he told Stephans that if he wants to make grills to buy him out. Stephans bought Weber Co., changed the name to Weber-Stephens, and began to make only grills. Wow! The Weber kettle grill started the American love affair with cooking outside and a whole new industry. Even though barbecuing has been part of the American family experience for hundreds of years, it has gone to a whole new level in the last 20 years. The southern U.S. is really the home of American barbecuing. Barbecuing has become as American as apple pie. The ethnic […]

Crestwood presents Van Eck as Example in Excellence

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The happiness she spreads to others brightens every day Chloe Van Eck is the daughter of Jennifer and Todd and sister to Madeline, in ninth grade, and William, fourth grade. Chloe is a student that shows perseverance. School work and social situations can sometimes be tough and Chloe always takes the proper steps to make the right choices. Described by her teachers as having a strong sense of leadership, Chloe is a helper at school to many other students. If someone is struggling, she is there to help! Her genuine kindness is obvious to both her classmates and adults. “We have watched Chloe stop bullying situations and suggest better strategies,” staff at Crestwood report. “She is the type of person who will stop and ask someone if they are doing okay even if she has to go out of her way to help.” Chloe volunteers to visit a Korean War veteran—“adopted” by her family—who suffered a brain tumor and has no family of his own. She enjoys playing games and working on puzzles with him, helping him with yard work at his home and generally just loves spending time with him.  She is trying to make a positive difference in his life. Chloe is always most excited to spend her own money to give to others less fortunate. Each Christmas her family purchases gifts for the Operation Christmas Child program through their church, but Chloe insists on using her own money, too. Chloe has a Christ-like attitude when she makes sure other people’s needs are met before her own. With a smile on her face every day, Chloe always asks, “What can I do to help you today?” Her energy and caring are obvious, as well as is her magnetic personality, determination and energy. She is known for consistently looking out for other people, being sincere, tender-hearted, kind and loving. The happiness Chloe spreads to others brightens their day. She is the type of student who has already made the decision that nothing is too hard. A tennis player, Chloe also enjoys playing the piano, swimming, horseback riding, boating, saltwater fishing, singing and vacations. She is a member of Calvary Church, where this year her Sunday School group is committed to memorizing the entire third […]

CLASSIFIEDS — April 26, 2012

April 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED Cook/Server Part Time 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with some schedule flexibility. Every other weekend and 2-3 suppers during the week. Looking for caring individual that has some knowledge of elder care and special diets. Please call Megan at (616) 866-8227. ______________________  No experience required. Professional career opportunity with unlimited income potential. We will assist in licensing. Full-time position available for busy real estate office. Call Lew Boersma. Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office. (616) 866-4434.       b17 ______________________ General Cleaning—accepting applications for a part-time position in Rockford. The position starts at 8 p.m. and is Monday thru Friday. Must be at least 18, have your own car and have a clean criminal background. Please apply online at www.grbsinc.com.       p18 ______________________ NOTICES Allegan Antique Market—Sunday, April 29. 400 exhibitors, rain or shine. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at the Fairgrounds right in Allegan, Michigan, $4 admission, no pets.       b17 ______________________ FOR SALE John Deere 2001 riding lawnmower with dump trailer. Model 335, hydraulic lift, cruise control, power steering, tilt steering wheel, new belt, 54″ cut. 548 hours on machine. $3,300 o.b.o. Call (616) 520-1609.       p17 ______________________ Farm fresh eggs. $2 a dozen, free-range hens, multi-colored eggs. (920) 222- 3534. Local farm in Rockford.       p20 ______________________ WANTED TO BUY Buying Cars!—Bel air Auto Service is looking to buy running or non-running vehicles for repairable projects or parts. Please call us for a chance to buy your unwanted cars and trucks, (616) 647-8699.       p20 ______________________ GARAGE SALES Huge garage sale—loads of items, clothing, accessories, housewares, furniture, construction supplies. Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reasonable offer refused. 8490 10 Mile Rd., Rockford.       f17 ______________________ April 27 and April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6850 Brewer Ave., Rockford. Panasonic DMC-FZ5 camera, wedding, scrapbooking, tool bags, 1,000+ kids clothes, shoes, car seats, strollers, toys, more!       p17 ______________________ Shaw Estates neighborhood garage sale—Wednesday, May 2, 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, May 3-4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 Mile Road and Northland Dr.       p18 ______________________ Huge garage sale—Multi-family at Rockford Community Cabin. Friday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monroe St., Rockford.       p17 ______________________ Rockford/Cedar Springs—Stony Brooke Estates 1 & 2, annual block sales, 7+ homes! Near 14 Mile and Northland, 5248 Branta […]

Bostwick Lake Inn preps for early May opening

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “We are polishing a jewel,” says Greg Gilmore, CEO of the Gilmore Collection, when speaking about the soon-to-be reopened Bostwick Lake Inn. Squire readers will recall the Gilmore Collection acquisition of the historic waterfront Bostwick Lake property earlier this year. Undergoing extensive and intensive renovations and updates since, the Bostwick Lake Inn (BLI) will reopen in the very near future. “This is a 100-year old building and we specialize in historic renovations and we are very, very good at it,” says Gilmore. Historic indeed. Located near Rockford, at the intersection of Belding Rd. and Kitson Drive, the current Bostwick Lake Inn was originally home to a 1910 beach house and pavilion. In 1927 this structure was replaced by Bert’s Lakeside Place. Owned by James and Susan Bert, it operated as a soda fountain/bathhouse/restaurant, and later as a tavern. With the repeal of Prohibition in 1934, Bert’s Lakeside Place became known as the Bostwick Lake Inn and was one of the first three area taverns to receive a liquor license. The other two were Chinnick’s on Pearl St. and the Pantland Hotel, now the Amway Grand Plaza. During the decade of the 1930’s, the tavern featured floorshows from Chicago, slot machines, dancing, and full course dinners. An old menu from the 30’s offered up a complete seven-course dinner for an amazing $1.25! BLI also served as an unofficial post office in the 1940’s, allowing lake residents to stop and pick up mail when the postman could not navigate the roads around the lake due to winter snows. In 1954, Earnest Gates purchased the lakeside Inn and, along with the Pullen family, operated the BLI for decades. Jim Web purchased the BLI in 1996 and ran it for fifteen years as a more upscale, white linen style restaurant before passing the torch on to the Gilmore Collection in 2012. Currently, with historic renovations nearing completion, the BLI also features a complete state-of-the-art renovation of the kitchen. Everything in the old kitchen was replaced with gleaming stainless steel commercial restaurant equipment. The entire interior of the restaurant has been returned to its original luster with many additional enhancements. The bar and back bar have been replaced by an even grander historic 25’ antique […]

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