April 30 2009

Tannery workers see little future in their profesion, hope for fairness

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Harvey White, a second-generation tannery worker who himself has put in 37 years at Wolverine, stood at the annual Wolverine World Wide shareholders meeting on Thursday, April 23. Outside his co-workers were picketing for a fair settlement after losing their jobs as the tannery closed after 125 years in operation. He said the company’s CEO himself explained that 95 percent of all of America’s tanneries have closed to move operations to Asia to be close to the manufacturing. “He apologized for having to do it and seemed very sincere.” White said. “I’m not saying I’m on his side.” On the picket line, former employees were less restrained. One said she was told the tannery workers would no longer have access to Camp Wolverine, apparently a camp on the Muskegon River, or receive shoe discounts, since they did not retire from the company. Jeff Heyboer was out with former co-workers, although he will not be affected by the settlement. He was a four-year employee who crossed picket lines to take his job and now joined that line to show support. Heyboer was a supervisor who was let go with no notice last fall. He said he was shocked and near tears. “I thought that job was what I would do the rest of my life,” he said. “You looked around and saw people with 25, 30  years in and you didn’t think that job was going to go. If I had my say, I’d tell people not to buy Wolverine shoes because they are buying a Chinese product.” White hopes the settlement reflects the prospects the tannery workers face. “There is nothing out there. We are skilled tannery workers, but they shut down all the tanneries.” Heyboer noted that many of the long-timers will struggle to find new employment. “They are too young to retire, but too old to hire. Where are they going to find to work in this economy at that age? We expected to be there the rest of our lives.” White said he was assured at the meeting that a settlement will be reached within a few weeks that will be acceptable to all. He said shareholders appeared concerned to see the picketers, but many waved as they left the meeting. “I’m […]

Classifieds, April 30, 2009

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HELP WANTED HOMEMAKER TO MONEYMAKER-Thinking of a change? Highly selective real estate company seeks career-minded individuals. Must be willing to work hard and be trained. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434.   b19 ______________________ JOB OPPORTUNITY-Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job.  A weekly hometown newspaper in northern Kent County, has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our eight-person company team. Not boring. If you can generate excitement, you can earn while you learn. Commission means you can make your own salary depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. If interested send resume to superman49@charter.net or fax to (616) 696-9010 or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. No phone calls please.     ftfn ______________________ Accountant and bookkeeper needed urgently. For more information, contact StephenMoore79@yahoo.com.      p24 ______________________ NOTICES Auction: May 16, 10:00 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Food and beverages available at 11:00 a.m. Call (616) 866-42998 or visit www.coumc.com.      p20cp ______________________ GARAGE SALES Rockford Highlands neighborhood sale-19 families, April 30-May 3, 9:00 a.m. to ? Benefits Relay for Life. 10 Mile Rd. to Gibraltar. Also on Coral, Shale, Glencarin Rds. Furniture, tools, appliances, household items, sports equipment, clothes, toys and infant items.      p18cp ______________________ Rockford Shaw Estates neighborhood annual garage sale-Wednesday, May 6, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on 12 Mile Rd./Northland Dr.      p18 ______________________ Saturday, May 2, 5790 Becker, Cedar Springs, near Ritchie. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Quality adult and children clothing, home decor, some furniture, books, linens, and household goods.      b18cp ______________________ Block Sale: Prairie Run, off Pine St. in Cedar Springs. May 7-8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; May 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lots of everything.      b18cp ______________________ Bristlecone Hills Neighborhood Garage Sales! Near crossroads of Old Northland Dr. and Kuttshill in Rockford. April 30-May 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Baby and children’s clothing, toys, household goods, furniture and more.      p18 ______________________ WANTED TO RENT Rockford resident would like to rent 1996 or newer small pop-up camper for three adults the weekend of June 26-30. Taking to […]

What’s Cooking, April 30, 2009

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  Jewels that Melt in Your Mouth  by JEANNE BRIGGS Remember when we were kids, we ate a lot of carrots, always raw and dipped or sprinkled with salt? I think that’s the way many folks approach carrots’as a snack between meals or on a relish tray, or perhaps chopped for a stockpot or in a stew or soup. And as a matter of fact, it’s not surprising that carrots are often overlooked by home cooks and restaurant chefs as well. But carrots can hold their own and actually be the star of a soup, salad, savory soufflé, or side dish. Let’s venture into some new ways with carrots. Let’s go gourmet and get started!   Glazed Carrots and Shallots 1-1/2 pounds (small or baby) carrots 6 shallots 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1/3 cup water 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar Sour cream, as a topping If using small or baby carrots, leave then whole. Peel the shallots; cut larger ones into quarters lengthwise and smaller ones in half. Put the vegetables in a pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add the butter, water, salt and sugar. Bring the liquid to a boil; reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking to be sure the vegetables aren’t too dry. Add a teaspoon of water, if needed. Remove the lid, increase the heat to high and cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the carrots become caramelized and glazed, about another 10 minutes. Serves 4. Don’t forget that sour cream… it’s delicious.   Carrot and Coriander Soup 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 yellow onions, thinly sliced 3 pounds carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 bunch cilantro, stems attached, washed well, a handful of leaves reserved for garnish 1 jalapeño, stemmed, halved, seeded 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ground coriander 6 to 8 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup sour cream In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, cilantro, jalapeño, salt and ground coriander. Continue to cook the vegetables for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add […]

North Rockford Middle School’s James

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  A kind-hearted person quick to lend a helping hand James Spencer Staley, age 13, is North Rockford Middle School’s Example in Excellence for 2009. Jamie, son of Eric and Caroline Staley and brother to Katherine and Michael, is a kind-hearted person with a polite and positive manner and always quick to lend a helping hand. He is a dedicated, self-motivated, hardworking student who encourages other students to succeed by volunteering in the Northern Lights peer mentoring program. Jamie has been Student of the Month, on the Principal’s Honor Roll, is a member of the National Honor Society and is taking an honors geometry class. Staff at North Rockford Middle School report that Jamie is kind, helpful and encouraging to everyone he meets and is good at balancing the needs of his school work and extracurricular activities, one of which is theater. He has been in several Civic Theater plays and served as an usher and stage hand too. Jamie has also participated in Rockford middle and high school plays, including the lead role in the production of Oliver. In addition to theater, Jamie is on the Grand Rapids Crew Soccer team, plays basketball, and participates on the school track team. Staff describe Jamie as a “refreshing” student who makes the day brighter for those around him and is truly an Example in Excellence at North Rockford Middle School.

Morel hunters, grab your mesh bags

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  Did Squire Editor Beth Altena find the first morel mushroom in Rockford? This little beauty, a half-free early variety, was found in a park in the Rockford school district on Sunday, April 26. If other mushroom fans have had some luck, don’t forget to share your finds by sending us pictures and precise details as to the location of your find (just kidding). Email Squiremail@aol.com.

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