MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Happy New Year! I intend that to mean for the whole year, not just January 1. May 2012 be a year of blessings for all of us. Our first day of the year is related to the Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory. If you don’t like this one, the Julian calendar places New Year’s […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Changes that affect tax returns The passing of The Independent a few weeks ago prompted me to go back and review those initial articles I wrote for The Rockford Squire. It’s a little known trivia fact, but I wrote my first Tax Attic on October 3, 1996, replacing a business column written by Hal Babcock. Interestingly enough, […]

BIRTHDAYS—December 31–January 6

DECEMBER 31 Devinie DeZeeuw, Retha Karasiewicz JANUARY 1 Georgia Beardsley, EJ Boss, Darlene Crysler, Lana Hackbardt, Mark Kettelhut, Emily Sagraves 2 Vivian Anderson, Neil Blakeslee, Jane Bogart, Tyler Didion, Al Schuhman 3 Marilyn Carey, Roger Mawby Jr., Amy Williams 4 Russ Dombrowski 5 Gary Cavner, Greg Eckert, Kelly Orr, Aaron Sagraves 6 Karen Jean Alkema, Polly Bomers, Zack Palmer


Thursday, December 29 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Saturday, December […]

A Message for You

Give Yourself a Little Rest by REV. HELEN H. COLLINS North Kent Presbyterian Church It’s the week after Christmas. Soon it will be time to take down the tree, pack away the ornaments and other decorations. My mom always set out all the Christmas cards we received on every flat surface in the dining room […]