Carson Clay, who lives near Blythefield Country Club awoke to a surprise in the snow last month. He reports that he lives on a heavily wooded ridge near the Rogue River. On February 27, his wife and granddaughter came upon large tracks in the snow south of Rockford. They were heading north (upstream) on the east bank of the Rogue River near the country club. “They had our black Labrador with them on a leash,” Clay stated. “Upon returning home, she informed my sons and they both went out to trace the path in the snow where she had just walked. They soon came upon and followed the tracks.” Mike, the youngest, also took pictures of the very clear imprints next to his size 12 boot. He then took the pictures back home and pulled up a web site to make a comparison of what they were. The tracks were approximately the same width or wider and half the length of his boot. The family identified them as the tracks of a mountain lion. The family’s oldest son, Andy, had continued to follow the animal’s trail. When he returned, he said it had circled around, crossed to the west on a walking bridge that spans about 120 feet of the river, then headed south to West River Drive. The tracks crossed the four-lane highway there and went on to the grounds of the Grand Rogue Campground and Water Sports at the junction where the Rogue runs into the Grand River. “After that, he lost the tracks,” Clay said. About a month prior to seeing the tracks, Andy, an avid fisherman, had spotted a dead deer in the Rogue River. He had called the DNR and later they sent an officer out to investigate. They both put chest waders on and together pulled the carcass across the river to an island. It had been shot by an arrow and apparently had died as it tried to cross the river. Andy said it would be questionable to skin the deer for its meat as it had been out there for at least two or three days, so they left it on the island for carrion animals. “It’s my feeling that the cougar must have been feeding on […]
March 22 2012
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For the past two weeks, the Rockford Squire has been visiting San Antonio in south Texas and the “hill-country” surrounding the jewel of a city. No different than avid regular Squire readers, we took copies of our hometown newspaper along on the journey seeking a great photo-op. Granted, Texas is not necessarily one of the most exotic places our well-traveled newspaper has ever visited, but never the less a great picture taking opportunity occurred when we visited the factory and the adjacent outlet store of San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS). The Rockford community, being the world headquarters of Wolverine World Wide, is steeped in the history of shoemaking and we couldn’t believe our good fortunes to be able to take a behind the scenes peek at the SAS shoemaking facility. SAS, established in 1976, is one of a scant few remaining American shoemaking companies who continue to make shoes right here in the USA. Specializing in handcrafted comfort shoes, SAS believes that “life is a journey and why not wear comfortable shoes along the way”. Every day SAS prides itself on working to make sure their name continues to stand for superb craftsmanship and extraordinary comfort. The Company strives to make their shoes so comfortable that you don’t want to take them off! We were 2 of a 47-member Holiday Vacations tour group spending 9 days seeing and experiencing everything that the San Antonio, Texas area has to offer. On the day of our visit to SAS, the shoe company divided us into groups of ten to be led by one of the company’s experienced shoemakers. On the floors of two different shoemaking facilities, our guide led us from one shoemaking station to the next while the factories were in full operation. We were able to follow a style of shoe as it was being made from start to finish. Not exactly the same-old, same-old vacation itinerary, but never the less it was an educational blast! Not taking a merchandising backseat to WWW, the SAS guides concluded our shoemaking tutorial with a visit to the company’s General Store/factory shoe outlet. Our tour group must have been sold on what they witnessed on the factory floors that afternoon, as almost each and […]
‘The days of closing forest campgrounds are over’ A change designed to bolster funding for state forest recreation programs and provide better, more coordinated management of all state-administered campsites and non-motorized pathways was approved at the March 8 Natural Resources Commission meeting. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Rodney Stokes signed a land use order, effective immediately, that classifies state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathways as state recreation areas. It requires campers using state forest campgrounds and persons using the state’s non-motorized trails and pathways to have a valid Michigan Recreation Passport on their vehicle. According to Friends of the White Pine Trail Chairman Dave Heyboer, the change is effective only for staging areas owned by the Michigan DNR, not all parking areas with access to the White Pine Trail. “It appears that this will only affect a couple of the staging areas on the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park,” Heyboer stated. “Those are the Russell Road staging area just south of Cedar Springs, and the 44 Road Staging area just south of Cadillac.” The parking lot adjacent to the White Pine Trail at Rogue River Park in Belmont, and the parking for the White Pine Trail on Main Street in Rockford, next to the Rockford Footwear Depot, will not fall under the restriction. In January 2012, a reorganization of the DNR’s former Forest Management Division resulted in the transfer of state forest recreation programs to the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division so that all campgrounds and recreation programs of the Department would be managed by one division. Since the Recreation Passport was adopted in 2010, it has only been required to enter a state park, recreation area or state-administered boat launch fee site. By requiring the Recreation Passport at state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas, the DNR hopes to increase sales of the Recreation Passport and provide more funding for state forest-based recreation programs. “We intend to keep all state forest campgrounds open and available for campers,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR’s Parks and Recreation Division. “The days of closing state forest campgrounds are over. During this transition, we will raise awareness of the Recreation Passport requirement for state forest campgrounds and non-motorized pathway parking areas, and put […]
On February 25, the Ice Festival contest winners came into Rockford to receive their prizes from the “Michigan Mitten” Ice Sculpture put on by J.T. Stitchery, Sage & Roses and Vitale’s. The winner for the “guess the number of objects in the sculpture” was McKenzie Szalai. The total number of objects was 3,183, and McKenzie guessed 3,000—that was the closest guess without going over. She received a gift bag from J.T. Stitchery valued at approximately $30 and a gift certificate to Sage & Roses. The “guess for the melt date” winner was Jenna Border, who guessed right on at February 1. She received gift bags from J.T. Stitchery and Sage & Roses valued at approximately $30 each.
Hardy Mr. Glenn N. Hardy, age 93, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 16, 2012. He was born on January 18, 1919, in Algoma Township, the son of Leamon and Bernice Hardy. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of the Rockford VFW Post #3946. Glenn worked for Wolverine World Wide for 44 years before wintering in Brooksville, Fla. For over 70 years, he was a member of Crossroads Wesleyan Church. Glenn is survived by his wife, Virginia (nee Willett); children, Rod and Lois Hardy, Sharon Krotts, Daniel and Kimela Hardy; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Don and Janice Hardy; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; and his sister, Lela Haveman. The service for Mr. Hardy was Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home with Virginia’s nephew, the Rev. David Willett, officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Gideon’s International, 1933 Tremont Blvd., Grand Rapids. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.