Weathermen throw 2012 Resolution Walk a curve ball

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Falling all over each other, in hoping to usher in the New Year with a “sky-is-falling” weather forecast, the weather teams of West Michigan’s TV news outlets forecast a dire New Year’s Day. In forecasting an “over-the-top” winter blast to arrive New Year’s Day morning the intrepid meteorologists had cast […]

Downtown Rockford coffee house under new ownership

A Christmas coffee toast to Rockford from the new owners of Epic Coffee House—Melanie, daughter Jordyn, and Joel Pritchett (l–r) invite you to let the Epic Coffee House staff help you relax, refresh, and rekindle.

by CLIFF AND NANCY In early 2010 Joel and Melanie Pritchett and their three children, Daniel, Jordyn, and Taylor, were leading comfortable lives in Seattle, Washington. However, in April of that year, their lives were about to change. Melanie, who goes by Mel, found her management job with Verizon, in the Pacific Northwest, being eliminated […]

Happy Trails to you, Fred

Can’t tell which one is happier, Fred Meijer or Squire reporter Nancy Hill.  Picture was taken in 2008 at a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Meijer funded paved extension of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail from Rockford to Sand Lake.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Tuesday afternoon found us at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to attend a visitation and pay our respects to a man we had personally come to know as one without equal – Fred Meijer. We were not there as reporters to cover Fred’s passing but rather as two of […]

Rockford Quick Lube brings “Gusher” to town

It’s not heavy, it’s my “Gusher” – Under Sculptor  Steve Anderson’s (left) direction the Rockford Quick Lube crew carries Rockford’s newest sculpture to its newly designated oil field. Photo by CLIFF HILL

By CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Wednesday morning, we awoke with a taste for a Peppermill Grill omelette. So, off we headed to the popular downtown Rockford eatery. Entering the Northland Dr. business district from the north we witnessed an unbelievable sight. There appeared to be an oil derrick gushing black crude oil in front […]

Rockford Brewing Company on tap for 2012

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By CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was a short 2-month courtship and a marriage made in heaven,” said Rockford resident Brien Dews in speaking about a recently formed partnership with two other Rockford residents, all three having a dream of opening a microbrewery in downtown Rockford specializing in craft beers. Microbreweries have been a growth […]