Reporter, former Squire intern heads out into the world

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Former Rockford High School intern for The Rockford Squire, Matt Marn, who wrote many wonderful articles for the newspaper as a student and then later as a full-fledged reporter, has left his home turf to find his way in the world. Relocated to Glendale, Ariz., due to job opportunities, Marn took a Squire with him […]

Local Tour de France competitor helps teammate grab yellow jacket

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by MATT MARN Only a decade ago, Brent Bookwalter was a local cycling enthusiast when he began competing in local amateur events. Years later, he met Cadel Evans, a professional cyclist, and asked for his autograph. In 2011, Bookwalter helped his professional cycling team bring home the win at the most prestigious cycling race in […]

Historical encampment brings flesh and blood to the history books

Reenactors often have actual equipment from the era they represent.

by MATT MARN From German WWII trucks to working British Revolutionary War cannons, the Grand Rogue Living History Encampment helped history come alive. From excited young children to individuals who lived through some of these time periods, everyone who walked through the encampment stepped through to another time. What’s more, they all learned something about […]

Blind Rockford resident plays guitar in multiple bands, venues

Keith and the Rowdies is made up of (l–r) Terry Winright, Bill Ridley and Keith Eadie.

by Matt Marn  Rockford resident Keith Eadie was born blind. But blindness did not stop him from picking up a guitar and learning how to play. And it did not stop him from taking the stage, playing to proud family and excited fans.   “Sometimes I am walking around a store and I am stopped […]

Algoma Twp. trustee Pickerd finds calling in getting involved, giving back

Gordon Pickerd shows off the carving he created for Algoma Township Hall.

by MATT  MARN Gordon Pickerd wears many hats in his community, from Algoma Township trustee to Rockford Sportsman’s Club treasurer to woodcarver. No matter the method, he is always ready to help. For example, when Algoma Township grew from needing five trustees to needing seven, a friend suggested Pickerd run, and he answered the call […]