Michigan Legislature honors Rockford Farm Market

Your reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill along with 73rd District State Representative Pete MacGregor, in the rotunda of the MI State Capitol Bldg, proudly displaying the framed Rockford Farm Market special tribute award.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Thursday your reporters traveled to the state capital in Lansing to attend a session of the State Legislature to hear a reading of a proclamation and receive a framed tribute honoring the Rockford Farm Market’s victory in this past summer’s nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest. We had been […]

Tragedy results in Faith, Hope, and Love

This beautiful re-circulating  waterfall feature plays a soothing role within the newly dedicated Rockford Reformed Church Memorial Prayer Garden. Photo by STEVE BROWNELL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Early this spring a single redbud tree, having heart-shaped leaves, was planted on a hillside overlooking the City of Rockford. Planted in the grassy acreage fronting the West side of Rockford Reformed Church (RRC), located on the southeast corner of Wolverine Blvd. and Eleven Mile Road, the tree was meant […]

Removing dead trees part of Tree City USA

One of the responsibilities of being designated a “Tree City USA” is to remove dead  and/or decaying parkway trees that pose a threat to life, limb, and property.  This 100+ year-old Maple tree at 175 Courtland Street was one such tree.  Standing next to the tree, to give perspective to its almost 6’ diameter is Squire Reporter Nancy Hill.  Behind the huge segment of trunk are arborists (l-r) Nate Mitchell and Nate Jansen) of the Rockford City contracted, Summit Tree Service.  The “Nates” spent the better part of the day safely wrestling the cut segments of this tree, some weighing more than 1,500 lbs., to the ground.  This particular Maple tree was a neighbor of a similar Maple tree that last summer housed a screech owl family.  (As reported in the Squire.)  That tree, too, was removed last fall after the fledglings “flew the coop”! 

Squire reporters hooked on fishing

One for the books, a fishing trip to remember.  Pictured are Nancy and Cliff Hill holding two beautiful (and tasty) rainbow trout caught recently “somewhere” in the greater Rockford community.

by CLIFF AND AND NANCY HILL This past spring, the Hills had occasion to bid in a silent auction on a guided fishing trip to a secret “honey hole”. Even more enticing was the fact that the secret spot was right in the greater Rockford vicinity. Bidding against eight other anglers, who kept upping the […]

It was a very good year for ArtPrize 2011 winnertttttttttt


Was Squire reporter the lucky charm? by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Anyway you look at it the last calendar year was very, very good for Mia Tavonatti, the California artist who was born and raised in Michigan’s U. P. In the course of 51 weeks Tavonatti took home the $100,000 second place 2010 ArtPrize award for […]