A Journey of Christmas with Joy in Hope by PASTOR MARK LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church I loved the old Calvin and Hobbes cartoons during the Christmas season. During the days leading up to Christmas, Calvin’s thoughts and hopes became more and more haunted by Santa’s rule of gift giving: “If you’re good, you’ll get lots of toys and, if you’re bad, you’ll get nothing.” Trusting in the words, “He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake,” the ever in trouble, ever self-absorbed and self-serving Calvin is worried about Santa’s judgment. Knowing his guilt and mischief, Calvin tried anything that would enable him to be judged as good. In a Sunday spread of Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is dreaming, and he sees Santa consulting with his elves about Calvin’s past year. As the panels of the cartoon flow, Calvin’s case grows worse and finally Santa declares, “I’ve made my decision,” and the dream ends. Calvin awakes as if from a nightmare and says with a frightened and horrified look, “I can’t take it.” For Calvin the days before Christmas were a long journey down the corridors of his life toward the day of judgment. It’s said that humor is born of tragedy and hard times. What made Calvin’s dilemma so humorous to me was all the creative ways he would think of to try and receive a good judgment. First, Calvin wanted his friend Hobbes to be his attorney pleading extenuating circumstances. Second, he would try to do all kinds of good things to prove he was good, but that lasted only as long as the next temptation. Third, he would try to reason away Santa’s ability to know about all the bad things he had done. As troublesome as Calvin and Hobbes‘ journey to Christmas may be for them, this journey is a joyous one filled with hope for all who believe in Jesus Christ. The angel proclaims, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling […]
December 22 2011
The year 2011 was a significant year for The Rockford Squire newspaper. Known at its birth on February 18, 1871 as The Rockford Weekly Register, the Squire is Rockford’s oldest continu ally operating business. Now 140 years old, the Squire, entwined in the very fabric of Rockford, proudly looks forward to entering the 15th decade of print newspaper coverage of the lives and times of the Rockford community. The paper has much to be proud of this year. The Squire continues to be a self-sustaining free weekly newspaper solely supported by advertising. Advertising support has been strong and continues to grow. The paper is particularly proud of the role it played in bringing the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market to Rockford’s hometown farm market during this year’s nationwide contest. During a 13-week summer campaign, the Squire provided front-page coverage of the hotly contested contest resulting in a record number of votes, in the contest’s history, being cast for a single market venue. And finally the 15-year run of Rockford’s other newspaper, The Rockford Independent, ended with their final edition on November 22, 2011. In that same edition Robert Stafford, president and CEO of Greenville’s Stafford Media Solutions, the Independent’s parent company, stated as follows, “During the 6 1/2 year ownership of the Rockford Independent newspaper we quite honestly have struggled with the economics of giving the publication life.” Yes, for 15 years the Squire persevered against stiff competition and we now again find ourselves, where we began at the very beginning and remain today, Rockford’s original and only hometown newspaper. To this, we owe a huge shout of “Thank you” to our loyal readers and faithful advertisers. Without your patronage, we could not have been successful. This would be a good time to state, that in spite of the fact newspapers across the country and around the world are ceasing hard copy publication by succumbing to the digital age, that the Squire is committed going forward to providing a handheld weekly print edition of the newspaper. Call us old-fashioned, if you will, but the Squire believes that readers will see the value of a newspaper that provides all manner of local community news in a familiar, sit down with a cup of coffee, print […]
A fire that officials believe may have started in a chimney and spread to an attic claimed one life on Thursday, Dec. 15. Ten people were asleep in a home at 7014 Kreuter in Cannon Township, when one resident awoke to check on a crying baby about 1:30 a.m. and discovered the home was filled with smoke, reports stated. Kent County Sheriff’s (KCS) deputies and Cannon Township firefighters responded to the call of the fire, which had become fully involved. They were assisted by firefighters and equipment from Ada, Plainfield and Grattan townships. After arriving, KCS deputies assisted with the victims and traffic control. The sheriff’s department report said preliminary investigation indicated that there were 10 people sleeping in the home as it was burning. Once the fire was discovered, one occupant entered the home three times, helping others escape. One resident, 91-year-old Clarence Rewa, was unable to escape the fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two adult occupants of the home were transported to Spectrum Hospital by Rockford Ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries. All others were medically assessed by EMS on the scene. The Red Cross and the Kent County Victim Advocate team also assisted in the rescue and care efforts.
Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates Dear Editor, The opportunity to improve our local museum by relocating it to the vacant Rockford Courthouse building has appealed to the giving spirit of many individuals and businesses not only in our area but also from other places. Pledges and donations have been received on a daily basis from all over the place. Many of those, but not all, donating have ties to our area and realize that the time is now to help improve our museum situation and to make a change that will affect our community in a positive way. We need a new museum! I feel that it is important to emphasize that we need a better building to continue to do the job of preserving and presenting our history. A better, larger building will allow the display of things not available for display presently because of lack of space. A new museum will allow for easier public access to our displays and our research areas. Our new museum will have restrooms and storage space. Our new museum will be safer and public parking will be much easier. Please notice that everything mentioned so far has to do with the building improvements, but there is more. We need to have a museum that is open on a regular basis. Our present museum is not open enough because volunteers (docents) are not always available. We try to have regular summer hours but sometimes volunteers are not able to fill all of the time slots. We are not open in the winter on a regular basis. We are open by appointment and volunteers handle that. Volunteers also open the museum for Rockford student tours and other group outings. It is time to emphasize that our volunteers do a great job! We have had some hardworking museum directors who have donated their time and energy to run our museum. People like Katherine Mancell, Kathy Cornwell, Susie Fair, Char Guzin and present director, Pat Frye and her assistant Janet Matthews, have all been important in keeping our museum alive. They were not paid money for their efforts. All of the docents who worked with them over the years also were not paid. The directors and docents are not the […]