June 17 2010

Girls lacrosse take state championship

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The Rockford girls lacrosse team claimed their first Division 1 state title  Saturday defeating the Brighton Bulldogs 19-11 in front of a sea of orange clad  Ram fans. The rams had an exciting week with 10 seniors on the squad graduating. Tuesday,playing a semi-final Thursday and winning it all Saturday bringing the  d-1 title out of the metro Detroit area for the first time ever.  In order to earn their first trip to the title game  the Rams had to defeat a well coached aggressive squad from Grosse Point South. The squad from Grosse  Point led by Senior All-State player Katherine Palms gave the lady rams all they  could handle ending the first half deadlocked at 4. Grosse Point came out strong  again at the half and took a short 5-4 lead before the ram defense and the  scoring of seniors Meagan Emery and Andi Raymond took over. The rams scored nine unanswered goals to run away at the end and celebrate their  hard earned victory after falling the last two years in the semi-final game to the  eventual state champion. Defensively the heart of a champion showed up in the  form of a wall that could not be penetrated late in the game by Grosse Point. Seniors Abbey Neerken, Caliegh Christensen, Jill Fowle, Kelly McCabe and Lexi O’Connor continually turned back the opposing attack at mid-field. The Rams  offense led by Raymond with four goals and four assists and Emery with four goals and two  assists feasted on the opportunities created by the defense.  The Rockford Coaching staff of Mike Emery and Jeff Neerken stated that “our  defense was the key. We worked on it all year and those girls in the back really  came through tonight as they have all season. We really got over the hump  tonight and the girls believe in themselves.”  The Rams continued the celebration right from the opening whistle in the finals. They never trailed Brighton as Kelsei Streeter put the game away at half-time by  scoring three goals in under a minute as the half ended moving the ram lead to 12-7. Offensively the clock became an ally to the rams and they strategically took  time off the clock by slowing down their offense. Twice the rams […]

‘Waterdance’ installed — let the celebration begin

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As dawn broke on Tuesday morning of this week Anderson’s Metal Sculpture installed and attached a much-anticipated work of art to the face of Rockford’s iconic Rogue River Dam. Titled Waterdance, the sculpture is composed of three stainless steel fish leaping for joy amidst swirls of water.  The grander than life-size fish, synonymous with the Rogue River, are a rainbow trout, a steelhead, and a brown trout. Utilizing a specially constructed boom, powered by 11 muscular and eager helpers, each fish was lowered from the top of the dam to be anchored to the dam’s foundation by Steven Anderson below.  From start to finish the 1 ¾ hour well- choreographed installation went off without a hitch, much to the great pleasure of all involved.  The finished piece was then draped from view for what was to follow later in the evening. And so, just prior to this year’s first Tuesday evening performance of the ever popular Huntington Rogue River Blues series, all in attendance were invited by Rockford City Manager Michael Young to gather at the Rockford Dam Overlook for an unveiling and dedication ceremony of “something really special for the town by a very, very talented man, Sculptor Steve Anderson.”  Young went on to say, “Waterdance will be the centerpiece of the City’s summer long celebration of Rockford’s 75th anniversary of being incorporated as a city in June of 1935.” Young further noted that the DDA, The Rockford Area Arts Commission, and the City of Rockford underwrote the material costs of the sculpture.  For his part, Anderson tells us his creative costs of design and layout along with construction labor and installation were Anderson’s Metal Sculpture’s gift to the Rockford community. Anderson, a CedarRock resident, expressed his gratitude to all who played a hand in the creation and installation of Anderson’s Metal Sculpture’s most prodigious undertaking to date.  He asked that special recognition be given to his sons, Chad and Troy, for being co-creators of Waterdance. He also recognized Randy Everett of Rahm Industrial Services, Inc. and his 2-man crew, Dave and Nester, for prior preliminary concrete repair and hardware installation at the dam site.  And finally to his pre-dawn installation crew consisting of: (in no particular order) Chad and […]

Wolverine presents responsible approach to tannery site redevelopment

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL At the May City of Rockford Planning Commission meeting, Wolverine World Wide (WWW) offered up a conceptual proposal and rendition of the company’s plans for redevelopment of the tannery facility. The following in verbatim is the verbiage of that spring 2010 update. “Following Wolverine World Wide’s 2009 decision to close our Rockford, Michigan-based tanning facility, the Company has been engaged in exploring future options for the centrally located, 15-acre site. This process, which has continued to involve discussions with the City of Rockford and area officials, is intended to fulfill Wolverine’s stated intent to ‘do something special for the community and the City of Rockford on this unique waterfront property in the heart of downtown.’ “The Company’s current plans call for a patient, flexible and responsible approach to redeveloping the former tannery site. Our approach is guided by two important objectives: preserving and enhancing the overall economic vitality of the City of Rockford; ensuring that any future development of the site is sustainable over the long term. “Pursuing sustainable development means taking into account the challenges posed by today’s economy. The downturn has taken a heavy toll on real estate investment and development activity, both regionally and nationally. As a result, there are currently fewer potential partners with the resources for implementing a broad, near-term plan for the site. On a related note, the economic downturn has been hard on existing Rockford businesses. Any new development activity must be considered in light of current and projected consumer demand. “While these challenges do not preclude our working with interested partners to pursue a comprehensive redevelopment plan, Wolverine believes it is in the best interests of both the community and the Company to focus on smaller-scale initiatives in the near term that can help lay the groundwork for additional development activity in the future. “Wolverine is currently in the process of working with City and state officials to move ahead with two specific projects: constructing a new Wolverine retail store at the south end of the vacant property. (3.7 acres of the 15 total acres of the site.) Our enhanced retail presence would replace the Company’s Rockford Footwear Depot at 235 N. Main Street and provide an added “draw” for the portion […]

Squire begins vacation season with trip to Florida

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Rockford resident and local artist Ruth Koster brought her hometown paper along for the ride when she visited a friend in Florida. Koster is pictured here in Del Ray Beach where she was spending time with her friend Joyce Gabiou. Let’s see where else the Squire may end up this summer and offer a prize for the most exotic locale and most creative photograph. Send Squire vacaton pictures to squiremail@aol.com.

McDaniel earns prestigious Scout rank

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Tyler McDaniel, a 2009 graduate of Rockford High School, attended his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony on May 14. He earned the prestigious Scout rank in September 2009. To earn this honorable rank, McDaniel built a set of benches for the Veterans Home cemetery in Grand Rapids. McDaniel’s Scouting career began in Pack 3264 as a Cub Scout. He complemented his career with Troop 264 and has earned 31 merit badges, along with completing all six levels of advancement to Eagle rank. McDaniel and his family also attended the Eagle Scout recognition dinner in February. This event recognized 209 of the 2009 newly ranked Eagle Scouts. This year is the 100th year of Scouting and was a very memorable event for all newly raked Eagles. McDaniel would like to thank all the Scouts, leaders and friends who have helped him with his journey to Eagle rank.

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