December 10 2009

Ric’s offers family fun, food at holiday event

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Brickner said customers and vendors alike enjoy the open houses. Carriage rides outside enhanced the holiday atmosphere as did Santa and his elves indoors. Kids and adults crowded the karaoke machine and nobody should have left hungry. “These aren’t just little finger-food samples,” Brickner noted, pointing out the taste treats ranged from roast beef and kielbasa to ice cream, to sandwiches and pizza. “This isn’t about sales, this is about people getting to know what their Ric’s has to offer.”  

Weather icon joins Squire team

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Meteorologist Craig James, new Squire columnist Craig James to share thoughts in column At the Squire we take pride in being a source of more Rockford news than any other publication in the world. Now the team here offer another exclusive feature treat for our readers. Meteorologist Craig James has agreed to share his thoughts on weather-related topics for your enjoyment. James is practically a household word when all things weather are discussed. Before his retirement in July, 2008, he spent 40 years broadcasting weather news on television. He was chief meteoroglogist at WZZM-TV for 12 years and chief meteorologist at WOOD-TV for 24 years. When news of his retirement was reported in June of 2008, the Grand Rapids Press dubbed him “Mr. Weather.” Those of us who have spent a lifetime learning what to expect from the weather from James have certainly missed him being a regular part o our lives. After a long career reporting the news of temperatures, world and local weather and causes and effects, James doubtless has a unique insight on the field. Remember the Squire report of James’ thoughts on man-made global warming (he doesn’t believe in it)? That article had readers calling and e-mailing in response as few other stories have done. Pardon the pun, but that is surely not the only “hot” topic James will likely address. See page 13 for James’ first column, this one on the difference between weather and climate. The Squire staff are thrilled to welcome James’ expertise to our repertoire and hope our readers will enjoy these columns as much as we know we will. From all of us who have missed James since his retirement, we say “Welcome back.”

Rockford officers brighten the holidays for kids

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“Especially with the officers in uniform, the kids can sometimes be a little afraid of their officer,” she said. In addition to helping a family which may be struggling financially this year, building public relations is part of the purpose. “We hope the children remember this positive experience with a police officer,” said police volunteer Carol Delp-Korzeja. Rockford Meijer Store Director Phil Morrow gave each child a $5 gift card and asked that they use it to buy something for someone else. “We have done this since the store opened and we will continue to do it,” he said. “It’s about helping families the people who come here to shop. We want to give back and help a family celebrate the holidays.”

Rockford Santa Parade

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                            With smiles that never left their faces, Valley View first-graders Anna Hill and Kennedy Nezweck ride the Daisy Troop #3725 float in Rockford’s Annual Santa Parade.

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