New book portrays 1940s Michigan farm life

Recently, Michigan author Lou Hooker celebrated the nationwide release of his new book, “Puppies and Pet Crows,” a collection of farm stories filled with adventure, humor and history that will delight both children and adults. The book introduces readers to 11-year-old Louie, his parents, and seven brothers and sisters, who raise some peculiar pets, work […]

Squirrel finds the home of his dreams

Rockford resident and Squire reader Tanzy Lawrence took advantage of a precious photo op after she noticed a flying squirrel had wasted no time moving into the prime real estate location recently vacated by a family of nuthatches.

Area teens bring Squire on mission trip to Appalachia

ON-THE-JOB READING MATERIAL—This group of 42 Rockford United Methodist Church youth and adult leaders are on the steps of the Union Church in Berea, Kentucky, as part of a home repair ministry.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL We live in a time nowadays described as “The Age of Entitlement.” Not so for a group of selfless Rockford area high school and college age students. This is Rockford United Methodist Church’s (RUMC) 22nd year of bringing a team of youth to serve one week in the Appalachia Mountains […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Scary! So what’s wrong with getting rid of the tax favors for the very rich? Those cuts were put through by President Bush’s sympathetic Congress. President Obama doesn’t have a sympathetic Congress to answer his call to end them. In 2010, we elected a Congress that now talks about shutting down the government rather than […]

THE TAX ATTIC — by Roger Allen, publisher

New look at home mortgages I went to a seminar recently that forced me to think outside of my financial box, so to speak. I’m from West Michigan, so my financial box is pretty conservative. Dave Ramsey isn’t my idol—that spot is and always will be reserved for the Detroit Tiger’s great player, Al Kaline—but […]