September 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Organizer disappointed about festival decision Dear Editor, For the last 15 years, my family and I have been in charge of the Scarecrow Make-N-Take at the Rockford Harvest Festival. It has always been the last weekend in September and the first two weekends in October. We divide and donate the money between North Kent Community Services and the Rockford Area Historical Society. Two very worthy groups that are special to my family and friends. Starting this year Rockford Chamber of Commerce has decided to eliminate the first weekend of Harvest Festival and I can’t tell you how disappointed this makes us. Not only would we be losing money to donate to the two above organizations, all three weekends have always proved to be busy with scarecrow making, hay rides and other fun activities that help bring visitors to the Rockford community. The Rockford Area Historical Society will be holding their fundraiser auction on Saturday, Sept. 29, and this should bring people to Rockford but unfortunately, there are no other activities planned for Sunday, Sept. 30. I want all our loyal Scarecrow Make-N-Take friends to know that we will be set up all three weekends (rain, snow but hopefully sunshine), Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. See you there! Denise Bradley Rockford


September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

Reader appreciates column, laughs Dear Roger, I wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for the Squire. I read it weekly and enjoy your column. I may not always agree with you politically but I get many laughs from much of what you write. I have shared your words of wisdom with a number of people and they, like me, got a good laugh. Life can be so serious. We need to laugh more. I also wanted to thank you for having “a message for you” each week as part of the paper. You are on my prayer list and I will continue to pray for you and the health issues you are experiencing. Keep up the good work. God bless you.   Ken King


August 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Reader’s letter a ‘misdiagnosis’ Dear Editor, Dr. Jorgensen’s misdiagnosis of Lake Bella Vista politics needs a history lesson. In his July 26 letter, he doesn’t say anything about the last-minute flyer that was distributed to Lake Bella Vista in the 2000 election that scared voters into believing that they would lose their water. This information was not true then and it is not true now. Here are the facts: 1) Back then the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) Water Quality Dept. asked for a study. All private systems required approval by the DEQ and Cannon was asking to approve a fourth system for the Sunfish Lake development. 2) The town board approved $5,000 for the study of a community water system. 3) In a public meeting at Rockford middle school, the DEQ, Prein & Newhof, and I made presentations. Many in attendance were Bella Vista residents who rejected the idea of a community water system. We dropped the whole idea right then and there. I even said publicly that this was not the field to die on. Let me state for the record: I have never had any plan to take over Bella Vista water then nor is there any intent to do so now or in the future. Scare tactics do not help voters think clearly. Before Dr. Jorgensen prescribes how someone should vote, he should first read the patient’s chart. Jim Alles Candidate for Cannon Twp. Treasurer Rockford swim program ranks high  in nation Dear Editor, It is with much pride that I send the following announcement: The National Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) each year ranks all high school teams by their duel meet/conference meet strength. This is in contrast to the state meet, which has no indication of depth, just the strength of your top 8-10 athletes. This ranking takes both depth and top athletes into consideration based on your best duel meet. OVERALL HIGH SCHOOL TEAM RANKINGS BY GENDER: Our boys program was awarded 18th in the country and our girls program 34th. NISCA also ranks each program by overall strength of girls and boys teams together. (Many programs are strong in girls or boys programs, but not both.) OVERALL RANKING FOR BOTH MEN’S & WOMEN’S PROGRAM: Rockford is listed as […]


July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Honest commitment to Cannon Township   Honest commitment to Cannon township Dear Editor, There are over 100 volunteers who serve Cannon Township. They serve on the road, sewer, law enforcement, cemetery and recreation committees. Some serve on the Bear Creek Watershed Council, participate in our biannual stream study, or help with Waterfest. Many volunteer to help keep the Cannon Trail clean. Some serve as precinct inspectors (election workers). If you wish to be involved in Cannon Township, there are many ways to help. In my opinion, these residents who give of their time to make things better in Cannon Township are the ones who are truly committed to Cannon. Bonnie Shupe Blackledge Cannon Township Clerk Reader supports Carozza for Cannon Township Board Dear Editor, My comments regard printed comments in last week’s Squire, which ended with “that’s integrity?” in regards to Ken Carozza and another candidate. I have known Ken for many years as a neighbor and been in a small group from church with him and his wife, where he served as group leader. I’ve known him to give wise council and conduct himself with integrity. It was said: “only a few [of his] endorsers live in Cannon Township.” His list of 123 campaign endorsers includes 83 from Cannon Township. He also brings a wide variety of business experience, including Instructor in Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Business Ethics at Cornerstone University, besides being a pastor. Ron Jacobson Cannon Township resident Carozza responds to reader letter Dear Editor, In response to Mr. Jon Coretti’s critique of July19, I would like to say that I am honored by the endorsements of U.S. Senate candidate Randy Hekman, Grand Rapids Community College trustees Dick Stewart and Rich Ryskamp, M.D., as well as former State Rep. Jack Horton. It appears Mr. Coretti fails to grasp the nature of endorsements. It is not necessary for an endorser to be in the same voting district in order to confer approbation. This is common practice in local, state and national races. But more revealing is Mr. Corretti’s charge that my commit2cannon.org website endorsement list includes “only a few” that live in Cannon Township. Over 80 Cannon Township residents are listed as endorsers on my webpage, which is more than “a few” and […]


July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:  Reminder to letter writers—The Rockford Squire will run no political letters the week prior to the primary and general elections. Please submit any political letters no later than 5 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2012. Reader supports current Cannon Township Board Dear Editor, I noticed that a group is running against the Cannon Township Board. I looked into why they are running and found that one of them has never attended a board meeting. The person running for supervisor had only been to one before he filed his petition, and that was to introduce himself to the board when he ran for state representative in 2010. The slate also touts their integrity, which is interesting because Mr. Nelson, who is running for trustee, implies that he was endorsed by the Grand Rapids Press in 2010, when he too ran for state representative. The Press endorsed Pete MacGregor—not Mr. Nelson. This is misleading at best, like Mr. Carozza’s lengthy list of endorsements. He doesn’t disclose that only a few of them live in Cannon. That’s integrity? Jon V. Coretti Cannon Township resident Readers appreciate school, arts coverage To the Editor, We want to extend a heartfelt thank-you for your continuing support of school and arts coverage in your paper. For many students in the Rockford Public Schools, music, drama and the visual arts are the primary means of expression, and we are glad that their accomplishments are recognized as just as vital and worthwhile as their on-field classmates’ successes. Specifically, we want to thank Cliff and Nancy Hill, who went above and beyond covering the Rockford High School Women’s Chorus performance at the Michigan Music Conference, and Cindy Cranmer, who stayed for hours with her son at the Rockford Aces impromptu concert and get-together on July 9 to make sure she had the story of their trip to the World Choir Games. Thank you again for your commitment to the arts and to reporting the successes of our students. Mandy and Jed Scott Rockford High School Choirs www.rockfordchoirs.com  Notice to voters in Comstock Park, RPS district in Plainfield Township, Precincts 1, 2, 9 only Dear Editor, Effective January 1, 2012 school districts are required to hold their school board elections during the general […]

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