Carl Stites

Chamber to host State of the Community Luncheon

December 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present its annual “State of the Community” Luncheon. The luncheon is part of the RCC’s popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. This special event is scheduled from noon until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes Street. The luncheon is open to the general public. The RCC has partnered with many entities to bring attendees an informative, comprehensive overview of many aspects of their community. Those attending can enjoy a lunch while featured presenters highlight their area of expertise. Special guests, and their topics, include: • State of the Michigan House of Representatives: Rep. Pete MacGregor, 73rd District • State of the County: Roger Morgan, chair, Kent County Board of Commissioners • State of the City of Rockford: Michael Young, city manager • State of the Rockford Public Schools: Dr. Michael Shibler, superintendent • State of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce: Dr. Carl Stites, president The RCC is also working with the offices of Senator Debbie Stabenow. Stabenow is unable to attend due to the senate meeting that afternoon. However, she has graciously agreed to tape a message specifically for the RCC event. Congressman Justin Amash, Senator Mark Jansen and the local townships have been asked to give a comprehensive written overview of their areas to keep you up-to-date with issues that affect the community. Information will be compiled into an informational packet that will be distributed at the luncheon. This special installment of the Bi-Monthly Luncheon is one you do not want to miss. To attend this timely presentation, please call the RCC at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for RCC members and $20 for non-members.

Hunting families find coin in traffic jam

October 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Every year the Abplanalp family, husband and wife and their kids and sons-in-law, and now granddaughter Zoe, have looked for the Cannon Coin together. This year they found it, and on their first day searching. Leslie, Matt and Luke Ledoux were looking at the clues while driving on Belding Road. Traffic was bad and they were backed up near the Welcome sign just east of Courtland Drive. They noticed one word from each of the first three clues was included on the sign. “We just thought we’d pull over and look,” said Leslie. Sure enough, the coin was buried, top side showing, in the base of one sign post. Adding up all the hours the family has looked together, and then dividing by the number of people sharing the prize, the family guesses they are at just under minimum wage with the $1,000 prize. Two years ago they believe they actually stepped on the hidden coin, but didn’t see it. “I’ve never seen anyone so into the hunt,” said Carl Stites, one of the organizers. The family has kept a scrapbook of every article and clue since day one. Like many families, they have enjoyed hunting as a group. The Abplanalp advice to next year’s hunters: “Don’t bother looking, we’re going to find it.”

Cannon treasure hunt for $1,000 to begin

September 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

More clues will be released this year     Hunters scouring Cannon Township for a copper coin that will give them $1,000 in free gasoline can begin looking Tuesday, September 21 when the first three of three clues each week are released. The Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) is again holding the annual treasure hunt in the memory of the township’s namesake cannon, hidden by township fathers after it fatally killed one man who was shooting it off as a prank. Today the hunt for the “cannon”—in the guise of a copper coin with the image of the cannon on one side—is worth big money, one thousand dollars in free gas to the hunter who first discovers its hiding place. “I run into people all the time from all over,” said the keeper of the coin’s hiding spot, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care. “They tell me they love to look for the coin and do it as a family every year.” Stites said the local hunt—it is always within the boundaries of Cannon Township—has expanded its following to quite a distance. The hunt is in its fifth year and rules remain the same. The coin is located on public property, is not more than four feet off the ground, and must be turned in after being found. Clues are released each Tuesday beginning on September 21, and are available at the shops or websites of the participating businesses. Organizers have divided up the clues so that hunters must visit more than one place to find all three clues. For those who are “armchair hunters,” each Thursday edition of the Squire will have the clues of that week on the front page. “People are lined up outside the bank in the morning waiting for us to open,” said organizer Linda Anderson of ChoiceOne Bank on Belding Road. She said other participating businesses have the same experience and people sometimes make the mistake of searching the brush and landscaping of the businesses hoping to find the coin. That’s great fun, and “hunter” sightings are often called in to the Squire so a reporter can run out and interview hunters. However, the coin is never hidden on private property, so searching in the gutter of any of […]

Stites earns DNR master angler status

August 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

CATCH OF THE WEEK—Carl Stites of Rockford catches a 22.5-inch small-mouth bass on Intermediate Lake in northern Michigan near Bellaire. The fish qualified for master angler status with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, after being measured and released. If you think you have a “Catch of the Week,” send us your photo and information to or drop it off at The Rockford Squire, 331 Northland Drive, Rockford.