Rockford resident finds proof of cougar on property

This print was sighted in Rockford on February 27 after one of this winter’s rather rare snowfalls. Rockford resident and author Carson Clay had his son take a picture with his size 12 boot included for reference. The family identified the track as that of a mountain lion.

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 […]

Squire visits shoe factory in San Antonio, Texas

Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill, holding copies of Rockford’s hometown newspaper, stand alongside Mary Diosdado, one of the original SAS shoemakers. With 36 years of prideful handcrafting of SAS shoes, Mary is now daily ensconced in a seat of honor in the company’s General Store/shoe outlet, where she demonstrates her skill in hand-sewing vamps to the uppers of the company’s extensive line of comfort shoes.

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 […]

Recreation pass needed for White Pine Trail parking

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‘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, […]

Ice sculpture contest winners receive prizes

Jeannie Marvin of Sage & Roses (left) and Karen Rasmussen of J.T. Stitchery & Frame Shop (center) present McKenzie Szalai (right) with her contest prizes. McKenzie was one of this year’s Ice Festival contest winners, guessing 3,000 for the number of objects in a sculpture.

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 […]

OBITUARIES — Mr. Glen N. Hardy

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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 […]