Bostwick Lake Inn preps for early May opening

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “We are polishing a jewel,” says Greg Gilmore, CEO of the Gilmore Collection, when speaking about the soon-to-be reopened Bostwick Lake Inn. Squire readers will recall the Gilmore Collection acquisition of the historic waterfront Bostwick Lake property earlier this year. Undergoing extensive and intensive renovations and updates since, the Bostwick […]

Rockford Brewing Company promises to be worth the wait

Standing behind an imaginary main floor glass window that will soon reveal the gleaming stainless steel workings of Rockford Brewing Company’s “Brew House” are brewery partners (L to R) Jeff Sheehan, Brien Dews, and Seth Rivard. The devils in the details and each and every day the partners go over a punch list of “to-do’s”.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Everywhere we travel in West Michigan we are met with the question, “When is Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) going to open its doors?” The buzz of anticipation in the greater Grand Rapids area for RBC’s opening is absolutely amazing. Here’s the “scoop” directly from RBC’s Brewmaster Jeff Sheehan’s mouth. “Taking […]

West side Rockford riverside trail nears completion

The Bultsma’s, (L to R) son Justin, dad Dave, and son Cody, of Bultsma Construction begin the process of laying deck boards during construction of Phase III of the Rogue River Nature Trail.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Over 20 years ago Rockford City planners envisioned a pathway that would provide a beautiful and safe walkable trail (for children and families) along the west side of the Rogue River. In conception it was planned to begin at the City’s southern boundary and end at its northern border. More […]

Local meteorologist’s crystal ball foggy this past winter

Graphic by MELANIE RAGSDALE

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL With the past 2011-12 winter season being one for the record books now might be a good time to poke a little good-natured fun at local West Michigan meteorologists! If anything at all was learned during this, the second warmest winter on record, it’s that the predictions/forecasts of season long […]

Squire visits shoe factory in San Antonio, Texas

Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill, holding copies of Rockford’s hometown newspaper, stand alongside Mary Diosdado, one of the original SAS shoemakers. With 36 years of prideful handcrafting of SAS shoes, Mary is now daily ensconced in a seat of honor in the company’s General Store/shoe outlet, where she demonstrates her skill in hand-sewing vamps to the uppers of the company’s extensive line of comfort shoes.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For the past two weeks, the Rockford Squire has been visiting San Antonio in south Texas and the “hill-country” surrounding the jewel of a city. No different than avid regular Squire readers, we took copies of our hometown newspaper along on the journey seeking a great photo-op. Granted, Texas is […]