Beth Altena

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

Squire thanks friends for float The Rockford Squire staff would like to thank those who contributed to their Start of Summer Celebration parade float. Thank you to Ed Koehn Chevrolet for lending the truck, Post Berry Farms for the bushel baskets and crates, Rockford Ace Hardware for the beautiful plants, Pegasus Sports for the quick printing of t-shirts, and to Buckley Farms for the sturdy trailer. The Squire received many wonderful compliments from the community along the parade route. The Squire also thanks their many loyal readers and advertisers, and hope they continue to “Grow With Us!”            

Treat yourself, help raise for charity on Donut Day

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Bostwick Bakery to donate 25 percent of week’s take to Cancer Society by BETH ALTENA It can be argued that any morning can be improved by a cup of coffee and a donut, and from May 28 to June 3, stopping in to Bostwick Bakery for your daily dose of caffeine and sugar will also benefit the fight to find a cure for cancer. Houston Moyer is learning the business at Bostwick Bakery from his dad, Mike, and proposed celebrating National Donut Day in honor of his grandmother, Trella Moyer, formerly of Country Vineyard down Belding Road from Bostwick Bakery. Trella, who ran the business with Houston’s grandfather, is recently deceased after a brave battle against cancer. Houston shared the patriotic history of Donut Day, created in 1938 by the Salvation Army in honor of the women volunteers who served donuts to the American soldiers of World War I. At the time, in France, the Salvation Army volunteers had a hard time finding good fresh baked goods so instead came up with giving the soldiers donuts (which are also a good fresh baked good) and the soldiers loved the change. Pairing a delightful product with an important charity, Bostwick Bakery hopes to remind people of the patriotic tradition of Donut Day, which is held annual on June 1. In honor of Trella and her fight with cancer, the bakery is donating 25 percent of donut sales from May 28 to June 3 to the American Cancer Society. Many may have known Trella, who was a lifelong Rockford resident, who grew up in downtown Rockford and lived for the last 35 years enjoying beautiful Silver Lake with her husband, Richard Moyer. Houston is excited about his business celebrating Donut Day for a good cause, and looks forward to his increasing role in the management of the bakery, which has been at its location at 8570 Belding Road for 40 years and has been run by his father the last 20 or so years. Currently the accountability manager, Houston has been working at the family business the last three years, and is studying business administration at Grand Rapids Community College before he takes the next step of continuing his schooling at a four-year college. “It’s been fun,” […]

Winning prizes is just dessert at Chamber luncheons

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Networking, education topics of member events by BETH ALTENA Visitors to a recent Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) luncheon enjoyed a meal catered by Honey Creek Inn and heard about the top ten rules of networking in an entertaining but useful presentation by Michael McGovern. In addition to great speakers, getting to know other business people in the community is another perk of belonging to the Chamber and participating in Chamber events. In short presentations before the main speaker, several RCC members took a few minutes to talk about what their business offers. The charming Dr. Sandy Stanton, of ChiroHealth, was one of the mini-speakers and called the events “lunch and learns.” She explained that chiropractic care is just one facet of her company, where clients can also learn about healthy choices, such as nutrition and the importance of ergonomics to continued well being. Newer to the Rockford area is Tom Duisterhof, owner of Gordon Water Systems, who recently purchased Hart Water. Duisterhof said it is interesting that he ended up the new owner of the long-term Rockford business owned and operated by Don Hart. Dysterhoff said Hart and Duisterhof’s father, Gordon, were both in the water business in the early and mid 1970s. Gordon Duisterhof started his business in 1973 in Kalamazoo and Van Buren County. Hart served the area here during the same time. Both became Kinetico water system suppliers at about the same time. The new system of treating water—only available since 1970—was at that time and still is the only non-electric water softener. It seems fitting to have Duisterhof as a second-generation provider stepping into Hart’s role offering Kinetico water systems and other water related services. You can welcome him to Rockford by visiting the Gordon Water office in the same building as the Rockford Chamber of Commerce offices behind Rockford Hardware.

Church to create U-pick pumpkin patch on property

May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Community invited to enjoy the gardening by BETH ALTENA Got grass? Then you have the makings of a beautiful garden. Area residents are invited to watch—or help—as North Kent Presbyterian Church’s grassy acreage is turned to a new task in the form of gardens that will be a U-pick pumpkin patch by fall. The “Come Grow with Us” campaign kicked off with a ceremony attended by church members, local Scouts, and Master Gardener John Venman, who is assisting in the garden project. Using Venman’s calendar, “Gardening with the Moon,” the church hopes to engage the public as the garden flourishes, providing giant pumpkins, pie pumpkins, gourds, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, beans, squash, flowers and other vegetables this summer. Seed starting day began on May 20 with 350 pumpkin seeds, which will eventually become the U-pick portion of the garden. Fred Adgate, of Independent Bank, who is a member of the church, said the project is an outreach that will help the church be more interactive in the community. Key dates for the church’s garden project include Planting Day on June 16. All summer long, members of the church will tend the garden as it grows in its large property at 6175 Kuttshill Drive. The public is invited to see the garden growing and purchase produce and flowers beginning September 29 through October 27. On October 13 the church has secured a booth at Rockford’s popular farm market in downtown Rockford. Anyone interested in participating in the garden is invited to contact the church by phone at (616) 866-2230 or e-mail at Sunday worship service from June to August is at 10 a.m.; from September to May, service is at 10:45 a.m. “A small church with a big heart,” North Kent Presbyterian Church is a family of believers that supports faith in Jesus Christ through education, challenge, inspiration and outreach.

DNR says cougar is kitty or dog

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

Greenville bear is legit by BETH ALTENA “There are lots of things in this world to be worried about, being attacked by a cougar is not one of them. You are much more likely to have a problem with a neighbor’s dog.” The statement was from DNR Wildlife Specialist John Niewoonder of the Plainwell office regarding a string of four recent cougar sightings in Rockford. The latest sighting was called in by a local real estate agent who was showing a home off the Rogue River last week and saw a cat she estimated at 150 pounds walking along the riverbank near the new Rockford nature trail. The same person also talked recently with another Rockford resident who spotted a big cat near Lake Bella Vista a week ago and heard of another person who reported a sighting near Young Avenue and Bush Street east of Rockford. All sightings may be related to a Squire article which showed a print of an alleged cougar in Blythefield at the Rogue River, found in the morning after one of this winter’s infrequent snowfalls. According to Niewoonder, biologists with the natural resources in western states, where the cats are known to frequent, examined the picture of the print posted on the Squire’s website and determined it was a dog. According to his experts, mountain lion prints will never show a claw mark. “Their claws are retracted into the paw while walking, so prints usually turn out to belong to dogs. Cougars have very distinctive prints.” He said he expected cougar sightings to follow. “I don’t know if it is a social thing or a cultural thing, but once you start talking about a cougar sighting, you get all kinds of sightings. I don’t know if it is just how people’s minds work or a phenomenon.” Michigan has had confirmed mountain lions, Niewoonder stated, but those were in the Upper Penninsula. He also admitted that lions are known as a traveling animal that can go hundreds of miles, so it is possible a mountain lion passed this area. If it did, he said, no one would be likely to see it. “We had one captured in the western states—North Dakota or one of those—and was captured again in an […]

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