June 14 2012

Rockford Start of Summer Celebration

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Squire thanks friends for float The Rockford Squire staff would like to thank those who contributed to their Start of Summer Celebration parade float. Thank you to Ed Koehn Chevrolet for lending the truck, Post Berry Farms for the bushel baskets and crates, Rockford Ace Hardware for the beautiful plants, Pegasus Sports for the quick printing of t-shirts, and to Buckley Farms for the sturdy trailer. The Squire received many wonderful compliments from the community along the parade route. The Squire also thanks their many loyal readers and advertisers, and hope they continue to “Grow With Us!”            

Chamber praises celebration cooperation

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Dear Editor, The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) would like to thank this great community, the businesses, and all the volunteers for their participation and support of another fun-filled Start of Summer Celebration. The RCC would like to sincerely thank the Start of Summer Celebration committee for all their hard work, tireless efforts and dedication to excellence—and their continued commitment—to this event:  Polly VonEschen, Event Chair; Gay McDonald, Entertainment Chair; Linda Southwick, Craft Chair; Lynda Nance, Fireworks Chair; Ruth Reickard, Clean Up Chair; and Candy Lancioni, Children’s Tent Chair. We would also like to thank Dr. Mike Shibler, John and Mike Scheidel, and City Manager Michael Young for their help in bringing the event to the community. Every year the Start of Summer Celebration is seamlessly ran and it is due to their combined efforts that it happens year after year. We want to extend a special thank-you to the staff of the City of Rockford, Rockford Department of Public Safety and the Rockford Department of Public Works. The kindness, professionalism and hours of hard work that were extended for this event were a huge contributor to its success. Rockford Ambulance, Scheidel Electric, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Aunt Candy’s Toy Company, ASP team from RUMC, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department also contributed to the event and were a factor in creating a safe, clean, fun and very successful Start of Summer Celebration. We would like to extend our thanks to Byrne Electrical Specialists Inc., Wynalda Packaging, Meijer Inc., and D&W Fresh Market for sponsoring the fantastic fireworks display on Saturday night. Our sincere thanks also goes to our Chamber sponsors, who help us bring these amazing events to Rockford—gold: Byrne Electrical Specialists, Wolverine World Wide Inc.; silver: Grand Rapids Controls LLC, United Bank of Michigan; and bronze: Action Tax Service, CedarRock Dental Care, Kellermeier Plumbing, and Macatawa Bank. If you see any of these companies’ representatives around town, please give them a big thank you for their support of the community. We would also like to thank the wonderful Rockford community, who came out to help us welcome the start of summer 2012 with smiles, laughter and fun. It was a great way to close out the school year and celebrate the start of […]


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Team Claire by BOB SIEGEL Principal, Valley View Elementary School When does a school become more than a building, and transform into a loving/learning community? Pondering this is analogous to the question: When does a house become a home? This past year the students, staff and parents at Valley View Elementary School came together like I’ve never witnessed before as an educator! Sometimes it takes a “cause” that forces young and old alike to think beyond themselves, and REALLY invest in someone else’s pain. When a family member is in crisis, brothers and sisters, moms and dads are supposed to step up and support each other. Valley View Elementary School did that this year! I met Claire as she was to begin kindergarten at Valley View five years ago. Her start to school was delayed due to a bout with cancer in her leg. I have watched this incredible child fight this disease like a heavyweight fighter! Ironically, Claire was the most quiet and unassuming child you’d ever meet. During the 24-Hour Relay, Luanne Helsen, Claire Kowroski’s teacher, organized a “Team Claire” campaign, complete with t-shirts for anyone who wanted to participate. Walking around the track that Friday night with Claire’s dad and hundreds of kids, parents and staff—the Valley View Family—was truly  uplifting! Ironically, as I began writing this piece, news of Claire’s passing came our way. Incredibly so, the focus of this piece, however, does not change. I can tell you this: Claire taught us more in her nine years of life than I’ve ever learned from ANYONE in my 54 years on this Earth. Her courage was beyond inspirational— she was a witness to overcoming any pain and suffering that could be handed out, and taught us all how to live gracefully through hardship. One wonders why a young child would be taken from our midst. Though our mortal minds cannot grasp some of these profound questions, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. The entire Valley View Family has been blessed to have lived with Claire and mom Kathleen, dad Brad and little sister Izzy in our Valley View “home.” Our school will never be the same without Claire in our midst, and yet her life has left a […]

Rockford Lions, youth groups help to plant thousands of trees locally

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The Rockford Lions Club teamed up with several youth groups to plant trees at 12 Rockford Public Schools and the Courtland Township Fire Hall. More than 50 varieties native to Michigan were planted by members of the Rockford Lions Club, Rockford Leos Club, Cub Scout Pack 3264, Boy Scout Troop 264, and Rockford students over the past two months. Rockford Lion and Lions District Vice-Governor Rock Wood organized the project after notification of the Lions International tree planting campaign to plant 1,000,000 trees worldwide. The Lions of West Michigan, District 11C-1, set a goal of planting 10,000 trees in West Michigan, which is one percent of the initial worldwide goal. Wood stated, “This is a very worthy program designed to preserve the beauty of our planet and consistent with the ‘Pure Michigan’ theme promoted by our state of Michigan.” Over the course of seven months, several fundraisers were held by 42 district clubs to provide funding for the project without government assistance or grants. Besides trees being planted in the Rockford community, Lions clubs throughout West Michigan organized and planted trees at more than 50 locations. Locally, trees were planted along the White Pine Trail, Riverside Park, Grand Valley State University, Camp Gerber, and Ada Township parks just to name a few. Amazingly, worldwide over 8,000,000 trees were planted and closer to 12,000 trees were planted in West Michigan. Wood said, “The tree-planting project was designed to involve youth groups to inspire them to become stewards in our community for their personal growth and for the betterment of our community.”                      

Rockford girls water polo team honored with awards

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Completing a clean sweep as district champions, regional champions and state champions, multiple Rams water polo players were rewarded for their play throughout the season and in tournament play. Receiving All-State accolades for the Lady Rams were Casey Wolfer, Adrianna Craft and Ellianna Raymond. Regional and district honors went to Kara Vandawater, Wolfer, Raymond and Craft. Team awards included Most Valuable Players Wolfer and Craft, Defensive Player of the Year Raymond, Most Improved Vandawater, and the Coaches award went to Marie Siegel. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Katelyn Arend, Stephanie Elenbaas, Ellianna Raymond, Megan Schremp, Erika Stein, Adrianna Craft; (middle row) Casey Wolfer, Maddie Levine, Marie Siegel, Kristin Schnelle, Morgan Longberg, Hollis Wyatt; (back row) Heather Ferriby, Kara Vandawater, Macy Thompson, Julia Ceglowski, Kalia Lippencott, Abby Finlayson, Anna Kennedy, and Lexi Chisholm.

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