August 4 2011


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Thursday, August 4 3rd Annual Grattan Twilight Cancer Walk—Registration at 5 p.m.; walk at 7 p.m., at Grattan Raceway, 7201 Lessiter NE, Grattan. All proceeds are to benefit Gilda’s Club of Lowell. For more information, visit or call (616) 481-1718. Saturday, August 6 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Car Wash—9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Rockford D&W, hosted by River Rock Church to raise funds for North Kent Community Services. Cars will be washed for a donation of cash or personal care items such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, boxes of tissue, toothpaste, dish soap, and laundry detergent. Monday, August 8 John Ball’s Traveling Zoo—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Animals across the world have unusual or interesting physical and behavioral characteristics that make them wildly fun to learn about, and John Ball Zoo wants to spread the word. The Z’s Kids’ Club Animal Outreach Program will consist of a 30- to 40-minute sit-down live animal presentation with animal biofacts (skulls, furs, etc.) and a take-home bookmark. For families with children ages 5 and up. For more information, call (616) 784-2007 or visit Tuesday, August 9 Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 a.m. at Rockford High School, and 12:10 p.m. at Rockford Community Cabin. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thursday, August 11 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Saturday, August 13 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 29 in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be […]

A Message for You

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We are the bridge  by PASTOR ROBERT ECKERT Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church Several years ago, I attended a seminar to learn the basics of marketing. The instructor focused on what he called “the four Ps of marketing.” With tongue firmly in cheek he listed them for us: product, price, promotion… and distribution. What the four points boiled down to is that successful marketing requires an item or service to market, an intelligent evaluation of how much it must and can sell for, a plan for letting people know it’s available for purchase, and the means to get it into the hands of consumers. It was this teacher’s contention that the fourth “P” was where many businesses fall short. They know their product, they know how much they can get for it, and they pour tons of resources into promoting it, but in the end they shortchange the delivery system. Poor distribution is usually the culprit when basic human needs go unfulfilled in this world. Our creator is the source of all products, the price is free, and you can’t get any better promotion than the teachings of the world’s great traditions. Consider these words from the Qur’an, for example: “If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs.” Or the advice of Jesus from the Christian testament: “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat, drink, or wear?’ But seek first his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” And predating them both, Hebrew scripture invites the people of God’s creation to test God’s faithfulness and “see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” In our world, however, the free gifts of God that are announced in sacred text after sacred text are too often lost in transit, never arriving to the hands of many who need them—and that’s on us. Our Creator produces, prices, and promotes but has chosen to leave it to us to distribute. Almsgiving, feeding the hungry, caring for “widows and orphans”—these are among the rubrics that are common to all faiths. It is we who are called […]

Avid Squire reader turns 90

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Longtime Squire subscriber, Theda Fahner, celebrates her 90th birthday Thursday, August 4. Theda is the matriarch of the Fahner family and resides on the 800-acre Fahner Centennial Farm (circa: 1876) in Pierson, Mich. She is proud that a fourth-generation member of the family, her son Rick Fahner, continues today to operate the farm his great-grandfather Frederick Jacob Fahner homesteaded. Theda keeps her mind as “sharp as a tack” by serving as acting proofreader of the family’s periodic “Round Robin” newsletters. She loves crossword and jigsaw puzzles, but most of all she loves to read. She devours books and is a subscriber to the nearest “big city” newspapers, the locally owned The Rockford Squire and The Grand Rapids Press. “There’s not a lot to do in Pierson except watch the corn grow,” said Theda, “so I keep up with the local and national current events every day by reading my favorite newspapers. Nothing much happens nowadays in Pierson. Rockford’s got all the news.” Happy birthday, Theda, from the staff at The Rockford Squire newspaper! Readers may send a belated birthday card to this little farm girl (little’s an understatement—she’s only 4’10” TALL) to: Theda Fahner, 3872 Henkel Rd., Pierson, MI 49339.


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Turner-Mason  Thomas and Rosann Turner of Rockford announce the engagement of their daughter Jessie Turner to Scott Benson Mason. The bride-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School. The groom-elect is the son of Betsy Mason. He is a 1997 graduate of Monroe High School, and is employed by BlueStar Energy Solutions. Attending the wedding will be matron of honor Magan Zawacki, sister of the bride, best man Eric Mason, brother of the groom, along with bridesmaids Christy Werkema, April Soderstrom, Courtney Marquis and Maggie George, all friends of the bride, groomsmen Damen Trebilcock, Jon Morgan, Pat Zawacki and Steve Porta, all friends of the groom, and ushers Sean Lechner and Jay Drozdowicz, friends of the groom. An August 20, 2011 ceremony is planned at the Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, Mich. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii, and will reside in Chicago, Ill.  

If only dogs could vote

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “Boomer” Johnson, 2, loves summer Saturday mornings. The Rockford resident awakens early and sits anxiously at the front door in anticipation of a visit to his very favorite place, the Rockford Farm Market. Soon he is leading his mistress along the White Pine Trail en route to Rockford Farm Market. Occasionally, when it is extremely warm as it was last Saturday, he takes a refreshing dip in the cool trailside waters of the Rogue River. Shaking himself dry, he continued on to his favorite market vendor, Great Harvest Bread Co., for his long-awaited weekly dog treat. Boomer loves the Rockford Farm Market and is ever so glad humans feel the same way. “He thinks this market is all for him. There are people to see, dog treats to eat, and sometimes even a dessert of kettle corn!” said his mistress. There was a dog whisperer present last Saturday morning, who said that Boomer was thinking, “Doggone it, if only dogs could vote.”

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