With arguably the best view in Rockford and an incredible spread of refreshments provided by Grill One Eleven, the new Rockford office of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC had an open house on Tuesday, June 12. With a breathtaking balcony view of the Rogue River, the office in the upper level of the Promenade, is located at Suite A-6, 8 E. Bridge Street. There were many Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and township officials among visitors to the evening event. According to Rockford resident and attorney for Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, the company wanted to grow business in the area and felt a location in Rockford would be a good move. The office will be staffed by Jim Scales, Andrea Crumback, Matt Fink and John Sperla. The main office of the company, which was established in 1951, is in Grand Rapids. According to Scales, the firm’s many attorneys make it possible to offer services in all areas of law. He added that his connection to the Rockford area will be an asset to the newest branch. He said the company represents many local townships. Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC provides legal services to businesses, families, colleges, universities and public schools, and over 80 municipalities. Their broad general practice encompasses many fields of law. The firm has offices in Grand Rapids and Caledonia, and now an office in Rockford. The Rockford office can be reached by calling (616) 866-5900.
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Milestone represents more than a decade of work by BETH ALTENA Rosee Douthett is a quiet sidekick to her outspoken husband Jerry, of the “Kiko ate my toe” fame, but the Rockford nurse is a person with her own determination and perseverance. Rosee is celebrating becoming a citizen of the United States, an accomplishment that took her 10 years, cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, and is a the result of efforts that many Americans would be surprised to learn about. Becoming an American was a dream of her father’s as a young man, and he had applied to Harvard and written a letter to then president John F. Kennedy. Surprisingly, he received a handwritten letter back from the president, encouraging him in his efforts to come to the United States. Sadly, the letter has since been lost. Rosee’s father, Francisco, a lawyer, had to abandon his dream of coming to the United States, because he fell in love with her mother, Adaleda, and had to choose between his American dream and the love of his life. He chose love and Rosee and her six siblings were part of the couple’s long and happy marriage. Rosee said becoming a citizen was an educational process and she learned a lot. She pointed out that there are many misconceptions about citizenship, and said most Americans believe if you marry a citizen, your citizenship is automatic, which isn’t true. Rosee’s own efforts to come to the United States for a better life began in 1995 in the Philippines, where her family still lives. She said she wanted to come here because of her profession, nursing, which is poorly paid in her country of origin. As a nurse in the United States, she knew she would be able to support herself as well as send money back to her family, which she does faithfully. “It is so hard to go abroad for work,” she explained. Rosee said the moment she experienced when she swore her oath as a citizen was one of the most moving moments of her life. Americans born here likely have no idea the rigors of financial investment, time, education and effort that those from other countries must work through before they can count themselves a […]
Hayrides, scarecrow, art kids events all three weekends “If the Colonel [Sanders] had our recipe he’d have been a General,” said Rotarian Rick Ehinger of the annual Rockford Rotary chicken BBQ dinner sale to be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The sale takes place at the Rotary Pavilion on the corner of Courtland and Squires streets beginning at noon on Friday, September 24. Friday kicks off the first of three weekends of Harvest Festival with returning entertainment, The Great Pumpkin at Garden Club Park, a beer tent at Grill One Eleven, a brand new urban camping event and more. Among the three weekends of activities will be an art show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Herman’s Boy, 220 Northland Drive, each Saturday with working artists and art for sale. Throughout downtown there will be childrens activities, including face painting at Frenz and a pumpkin contest at Sweet Tooth. The urban camping event takes place off Main Street and will feature a local Air Stream camper with modifications, a Volkswagon camper and more. The self-contained units will be open for public inspection and may become an annual event. Jim Bodenner, owner of the Air Stream, said urban camping is a new idea and allows campers to an urban area to enjoy shopping, dining and other local ammenities. The Rotary BBQ dinner is the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year money raised from the $9 dinners will go toward improvements to the Rotary Pavilion (where the sale is held). In addition to sit-down dining, a drive-up service is offered for your convenience. See more Harvest Festival savings and events on pages 10 and 11 and watch next week’s Squire for more Harvest Festival news.
You may have visited Grill One Eleven and enjoyed a first-rate meal and ambiance. You may have cooked with aged balsamic vinegar and specialty oils from Old World Olive Press. Business owners with brains teamed up to combine shopping and dining opportunities at one event. On Wednesday, April 29, Aaron Zania, Grill One Eleven owner, and Corey DeLong and Shasta Face, owners of Old World Olive Press, presented diners with a meal of Grill One Eleven fare featuring Old World Olive Press products. It was the first such dining experiment that is sure to be a repeat performance. Face said she planned to partner with other downtown business owners since she opened doors of the store at 65 E. Bridge Street. Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace uses her products in his deli, and she has plans to partner with more restaurants. At the premier dinner, a nearly sold-out crowd filled the upstairs dining area at Grill One Eleven and began the meal with hummus and pita bread. With each course, Chef Matt Lenkiewicz explained his use of the oil and vinegar products and how they complement the foods. The surprising combinations were all tastefully done, from the crostinis topped with marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and 18-year-old balsamic vinegar to the chicken Wellington, topped with Old World Olive Press white truffle oil. The evening’s fare ended with perhaps the most interesting combination: a dessert featuring rich vanilla ice cream, fruits and a reduction of dark chocolate balsamic vinegar. The flavors worked well together, and Lenkiewicz pointed out that each element of the meal could be prepared at home and could lead to other innovative uses of the products. For those who love to eat more than cook, watch for the next joint dining experience between the restaurant and Old World Olive Press.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Many readers submitted entries in The Rockford Squire newspaper’s February 4 contest that asked for the correct identification of a pictured stone figure. Of the many entries received by the paper, 13 very intelligent and industrious people correctly identified the stone figure. Not only did they identify the figure, they also correctly answered two additional tiebreaker questions. As per the contest rules, if there were multiple entries with all three questions correctly answered, the winner was to be determined by a random drawing. Leta Holloway of Cannon Township was the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate to the downtown Rockford bistro-style eatery, Grill One Eleven. Holloway, an art teacher at both Belmont and Parkside elementary schools, tells us that she knew immediately when she saw the contest picture that the picture was that of an Inukshuk. She knew this because currently she is teaching art lessons that are using the 2010 Winter Olympics as a subject. Inukshuk play an important role in this year’s Olympic Winter Games hosted by Vancouver, B.C. in Canada. Holloway, a regular Squire reader, was thrilled with her prize and said, “My husband Donald and I will treat ourselves to a special Valentine’s Day celebration.” For the uninitiated, an Inukshuk is a stone landmark or cairn built by the aboriginal people of the First Nations native tribes of the Arctic regions of North America. Some built in the form representing a human figure are known also as an Inunnguaq. Inukshuk vary in size and shape and many have endured for 3,000 years. They served many purposes such as landmarks for navigating the barren Arctic tundra, as markers for hunting grounds, or to identify a food cache, to name a few. They are symbols of survival. The first of two tiebreaker questions asked, “Where on the globe are the objects most commonly seen?” While they are common in British Columbia, Canada, in general, they are considerably more numerous above the Arctic Circle from Alaska eastward through the northern territories of Canada to Newfoundland and Iceland. The final tiebreaker question asked the significance of the object at this time in 2010. Exhibiting strong deductive reasoning skills and awareness of all of the hoopla leading up to the […]