On Saturday June 2, the Second Annual Chili Cook-off to benefit the American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project and Pets for Vets was held outside the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids. The Chili Cook-off team of “The Two Bad Dads” took home three awards. Bill McDaniel and Tom Troyanowski won “Best Booth,” first place, in traditional red chili and the “People’s Choice” award.
June 28 2012
Squire ‘rides the rails’ on historic railway by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL All little boys love trains and some never lose that fascination. One such is Rockford resident Andrew Kersting. Squire readers will recall that Kersting founded the Rogue River Project. Since 2005 Kersting has joined forces with Trout Unlimited and local citizens for annual litter clean-up days of the Rogue River. This year Kersting was gratified and more than pleased that the annual event was not necessary because the river was amazingly clean. It seems river users had “gotten religion” and are now policing and cleaning the river themselves. Kersting, 23, is an amazing young man. Not only does he have a love of the environment, he is a volunteer Conductor and a Brakeman with the Coopersville & Marne Railway (C&M). Recently Kersting contacted the Squire and asked if we would like, one day, to take the short 30-minute drive to Coopersville to “ride the rails” on an authentic old-fashioned passenger trail. One of your reporters still has a hand-carved toy train from his childhood and for him the question was a no-brainer…”Lets GO!” Last Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. found us at the C&M engine house, in the heart of downtown Coopersville, to meet the train’s crew as they were about to prep the locomotive for the day’s two runs. The railway’s locomotive is a 125-ton General Motors SW9 switcher, #7014. Built in 1952, the engine is lovingly maintained by the all-volunteer staff of C&M. The 1,200 horse power diesel engine of the locomotive turns a generator which in turn feeds 600 volts of electricity to the traction motors that are geared to the locomotive’s 8 drive wheels. Along with Kersting acting as Brakeman, the train’s scheduled crew of the day included another Rockford resident Conductor Al Kolpack, along with Engineer Bruce Quinn and Brakeman Trainee Mike Smith, both from Grand Rapids. Kolpack and Quinn are both certified by C&M as Brakeman and Conductors and both hold federal Engineer licenses. The two of them have been volunteers with C&M for a combined 19 years. “Although the Engineer is responsible for the operation of the locomotive,” said Kolpack, “the conductor is the boss on all trains. The train doesn’t move until the Conductor says […]
Letter prompts more memories, story suggestion Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Joan La Ban’s letter regarding the Bostwick Lake Inn (BLI), especially the comments on Jim and Sue Bert. If somebody has their biography, it would make excellent reading, especially Sue Bert’s history in the theater. My dad, Frank Elerick, used to stop at the BLI for a beer after work, and take my brother George and me inside once in a while to play an arcade-type game, an electronic machine gun that shot at a Japanese sub. We were probably 6 and 7 years old and had to stand on wooden chairs to reach the gun. This was during WWII, and a direct hit on the sub brought cheers from the bar. Looking forward to visiting BLI later this month. Paul Elerick Aptos, Calif. Local photographer praised by national organization Dear Editor, Bob and I recently hosted the 34th Annual Bobby Jones Open in Grand Rapids. We are so grateful to have Douglas Photography as a local business. He took the best group picture of the golfers. The quality of his work is outstanding and the pricing is so reasonable. There are many places he could have his business and we are so fortunate to have a gifted local photographer. Bob and Diane Jones Cannon Township residents
The West Michigan Sports Commission reported that the third annual Meijer State Games of Michigan, Olympic-style competition held throughout venues in Rockford, Sparta and the greater Grand Rapids area, was better than ever and a huge success. Sports in the 2012 event included archery held here in Rockford at the Rockford Freshman Center Saturday and Sunday, archery 3-D, basketball, BMX, BMX freestyle, bowling, boxing, cricket, cycling, disc golf, fencing, figure skating, golf, governor’s run, fun run/walk, hockey HS, hockey 14 and under, hockey 12 and under, judo, karate, lacrosse, mountain biking, pickleball, racquetball, rowing, rugby, skateboarding, shooting sports, softball adult, swimming, tae kwon do, track and field, volleyball, wakeboard, water polo and wrestling. Next year, flag football competition will be added.
FYI: playing possum We all know possums pretend to be dead to avoid being eaten by bigger animals. Farm folks know that if you lay a chicken on the ground and draw a line in the dirt away from its beak, it will lie there for a while. There has been scientific study of this phenomenon, known as tonic immobility. It’s a natural state of paralysis some animals enter, in most cases when presented with a threat. Tonic immobility is a survival tactic that evolved long before human beings invented the automobile. So… what do you call a possum playing possum in the road? Right! Misunderstood At the dramatic peak of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney thundered, “Isn’t it true that you accepted ten thousand dollars to compromise this case?” The witness stared out the window as though he hadn’t heard the question. “Isn’t it true that you accepted ten thousand dollars to compromise this case?” the lawyer repeated. Still the witness did not respond. Finally the judge leaned over and said, “Sir, please answer the question.” “Oh,” said the startled witness. “I thought he was talking to you.” Help is on the way Hank, an employee at a package-processing center, found himself trapped in a small restroom by a faulty lock. When Hank was finally discovered, two fellow employees, Dave and Jim, were able to open the door with some difficulty. The lock was still jammed, so they blocked the door open while a maintenance worker was called. A bit later, Dave noticed the door was closed again. He jiggled the doorknob and a voice from inside called, “Get me out!” “Don’t worry,” Dave replied. “Maintenance should be sending somebody.” “They did,” said the voice. Age appropriate joke An elderly man went to his doctor and said, “Doc, I think I’m getting senile. Several times lately I’ve forgotten to zip up.” “That’s not senility,” replied the doctor. “Senility is when you forget to zip down.” Party time This is a thank-you to the amazing neighbors, friends and newspaper staff who helped me celebrate my birthday last Saturday. They made me think being 84 isn’t so bad. I was especially impressed by my neighbor Len Carpenter, who made it up the street and […]