by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL In future weeks, visitors to the Rockford Farm Market will find a Rockford Lions donated shed smack dab in the center of the popular Saturday morning marketplace. The shed will serve as headquarters for the Market Master as he oversees the Market’s vendors and morning’s activities. Head Market Master Bob Winegar, on behalf of the Rockford Lions Club, said, “We couldn’t have managed this move without the generous support of River Valley Auto. Owner Dan Williams sent two of his vehicles, one a specialized flat-bed truck, to transport the shed to the site and assist in lowering it into place. With the patience and skill of the two tow-truck drivers, Ryan Nielsen and John Frazine, the difficult task went off without a hitch.” Rockford Public Services Director Mike Bouwkamp was also on hand Tuesday morning to lend his expertise and the use of a City front-loader. As the Squire reported in their story of this season’s Market opening, the Lions will vend fresh and hot popcorn from an authentic popcorn machine. Proceeds of popcorn sales will go towards various Lions Club charitable service projects. Stop by Saturday morning to admire the Market Master headquarters and get yourself a bag of good old-fashioned popcorn. River Valley was also a good neighbor to the Squire the week of Start of Summer Celebration. We forgot to bring a tarp to cover our beautiful float. With rain in the night’s forcast, River Vally kindly let us store our float safely in their garage. Thanks, guys.
Cliff and Nancy Hill
Pictured is a male bluebird with a mouth full of mealworms. Squire reporters, Cliff and Nancy Hill, regularly treat a nesting pair of bluebirds to daily offerings of mealworms. For readers who also have nesting bluebirds, this delicacy is available locally at nominal cost at Mrs. O’s Bait and Tackle Store in downtown Rockford.
By CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Do you have a stretch of county road that leads to the front door of your home, business, or community? Is it littered with a winter’s accumulation of road trash that harms the environment and diminishes the curb appeal of your property? The Kent County Road Commission has an answer for you. You can join the ranks of community minded citizens who have stepped forward to keep their roadsides clear of trash in volunteering their services by forming Adopt-A-Road teams. Adopt-A-Road groups are composed of service groups, fraternal organizations, employees of a company, property owners associations, and even groups of friends and families, to name a few of many. This fulfilling task is as simple as making application to the Kent County Road Commission for a permit to adopt a section of road. If accepted, your group will be assigned spring, summer, and fall pick-up dates. The Road Commission will then place signage naming your group at each end of your adopted stretch of road to recognize your group’s commitment. Each season’s pick-up window is eight days long. All that is required is to choose one day in each window to pick-up roadside trash. Blue trash bags and orange safety vests are required and provided by the Road Commission. In the Rockford vicinity Adopt-A-Road signs can be seen recognizing the efforts of the Rockford Police Department, Rockford Rotary, Rockford Jaycees, and Westdale Realty, among others. Sharon Schmuker, Permit Clerk for The Kent County Road Commission, tells the Squire that it takes more than just Adopt-A-Road groups. The Road Commission also greatly appreciates the individual citizens who take it upon themselves to pick-up trash along the roadside during their, oftentimes, daily walks. Schmuker tells us, “The Road Commission would love to add other civic minded groups to their roster of Adopt-A-Road teams.” So in your travels this week as you pass by roadside pick-up crews sporting orange vests be sure slow down, wave, and give a honk of appreciation. For further information contact The Kent County Road Commission at 616-242-6920.
Coke was driving in town last Saturday morning when she spotted signs promoting the REF’s “TipToe through the Ted” sod sale. She hurried on over to the high school and purchased six rolls of sod and returned home to place them in her yard. The football turf looked so great she quickly returned to the high school and purchased eight more rolls. Ram football players provided assistance through-out the day by loading sod in purchasers vehicles. About to load sod in the rear of Coke’s vehicle are Rockford varsity football players Joe Stefanski (middle) and Jon Newsome (r). The days activities were sponsored by the Rockford Education Foundation (REF), Rockford Football and Band Boosters. REF administrator Sue Arend tells the Squire that the promotion was a “win-win for everyone involved”. As of Monday morning, May 4, some 500 yards of sod had been sold and she was still busy fielding calls from new first time purchasers as well as those seeking to add to a previous purchase or donation.
The 2009 Michigan spring turkey hunt is underway April 20 – May 31. Hunts last from 7 to 42 days, depending on the hunt unit. According to the DNR, there are 48,138 square miles of Michigan open to spring turkey hunting. Pictured at right is Rockford resident Ken Chettleburg who bagged this 25 lb. beauty of a tom turkey at 9:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. Not wanting to divulge any secrets, Chettleburg would only tell us it was taken from a location just east of the Rockford City limits. Assisting Chettleburg in the display of the turkey is his proud father Bob.