by CINDY M. CRANMER Thousands of people joined together at Rockford’s Relay for Life to raise money to fight cancer, to celebrate survival from the disease or to remember a loved one who lost their battle to cancer. Area residents could show their support in a variety of ways from raising pledges for walking to temporarily coloring their hair a bright color, painting their face, playing Plinko or other games, enjoying fresh squeezed lemonade, eating food items and baked goods, buying a variety of products, bidding on items at silent auctions or attending one of the ceremonies. The $347,958.72 raised will be used by the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. The 10th Annual Rockford Relay for Life began at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and concluded on Saturday, May 19 after 24 hours. According to Shannon Ouellette—who served as committee chair for the first nine years and currently is on the committee as well as the City of Rockford and Rockford Schools liaison—the individual team that raised the most money was Team Terminatin’ Cancer. Their team raised $22,000. Some people supported the Relay for Life by walking and gathering pledges or by making purchases with donations going to the American Cancer Society. Others just came out to support walkers or survivors or just as a show of support for the 24-hour walk that also serves as an awareness opportunity. Deb Pomarius, one of the co-captains of the East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) team, was busy selling used books, duct tape creations such as wallets, cell phone cases and hair bows made by students Karlee Kaminga and Kaitlyn Schovey as well as jewelry made by Kim Klaes Jewelry, which donated several pieces, and other items. ERMS was among the dozens of teams that had a tent at the event. Teams ranged from schools to businesses, to friends putting together a team to honor someone who lost their battle to cancer, to teams supporting a friend fighting cancer, to those who just wanted to do their part in the battle against the disease. Brett Riebschleger, a seventh-grader at East Rockford Middle School, was among the 95 people who registered to walk for 24 hours. He was walking as he had a friend who […]
May 24 2012
Bostwick Bakery to donate 25 percent of week’s take to Cancer Society by BETH ALTENA It can be argued that any morning can be improved by a cup of coffee and a donut, and from May 28 to June 3, stopping in to Bostwick Bakery for your daily dose of caffeine and sugar will also benefit the fight to find a cure for cancer. Houston Moyer is learning the business at Bostwick Bakery from his dad, Mike, and proposed celebrating National Donut Day in honor of his grandmother, Trella Moyer, formerly of Country Vineyard down Belding Road from Bostwick Bakery. Trella, who ran the business with Houston’s grandfather, is recently deceased after a brave battle against cancer. Houston shared the patriotic history of Donut Day, created in 1938 by the Salvation Army in honor of the women volunteers who served donuts to the American soldiers of World War I. At the time, in France, the Salvation Army volunteers had a hard time finding good fresh baked goods so instead came up with giving the soldiers donuts (which are also a good fresh baked good) and the soldiers loved the change. Pairing a delightful product with an important charity, Bostwick Bakery hopes to remind people of the patriotic tradition of Donut Day, which is held annual on June 1. In honor of Trella and her fight with cancer, the bakery is donating 25 percent of donut sales from May 28 to June 3 to the American Cancer Society. Many may have known Trella, who was a lifelong Rockford resident, who grew up in downtown Rockford and lived for the last 35 years enjoying beautiful Silver Lake with her husband, Richard Moyer. Houston is excited about his business celebrating Donut Day for a good cause, and looks forward to his increasing role in the management of the bakery, which has been at its location at 8570 Belding Road for 40 years and has been run by his father the last 20 or so years. Currently the accountability manager, Houston has been working at the family business the last three years, and is studying business administration at Grand Rapids Community College before he takes the next step of continuing his schooling at a four-year college. “It’s been fun,” […]
DNR wants to relocate animal The Rockford Police Department urges residents not to approach a bear that has been spotted on the grounds of Blythefield Golf Course at Northland Drive and West River Drive. According to a report, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and DNR are checking the area after the confirmed sighting of a black bear. It was last seen at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The police ask residents to call 911 if they see the bear. Do not approach the bear. The DNR wants to relocate the bear to a safer location.
by BETH ALTENA Last week’s front page article reported that DNR Wildlife Specialist John Niewoonder did not believe people reporting a string of cougar sightings in the Rockford area were actually spotting cougars. Michelle Bieke of the Lake Bella Vista area took exception to this opinion. She called the Squire on Friday, May 18 to comment on the article. Bieke said she was at home in her condominium at Cannon Place at Myers Lake and Belding Road on April 13. Around 9:30 p.m., when the light outside was dusky, she looked into her wooded back yard. She was talking on the phone. “I expected to see the usual bunny rabbit. First I saw the body, then my eyes went to the head. I saw how rounded it was. It was definitely not a bobcat,” she stated. She said a tarp had blown off her deck and was on the ground in the yard, and the cougar had been sniffing. She said she screamed, and the big cat looked right at her. “I yelled, ‘Oh, my god, there is cougar in my back yard,’” she stated. The person she was talking to told her she was crazy, there was no way she was looking at a cougar. Bieke said she is not reassured by the DNR’s insistence that there is little to fear in a possible local attack by a cougar. She is concerned about neighborhood children in the areas where a cougar sighting has been reported. “I tell you I literally take a frying pan and a wooden spoon to the door before I let my little dog out,” she stated. She also believes that if her sighting was actually a cougar, the others may be real as well and said there are similarities to the accounts, such as being always near water and woods. “I know I saw what I saw, and I’m not a crazy person,” she said.
Computer vs. publisher: Publisher wins Last week’s column was a first draft. Sorry about that. My new Macintosh laptop sent it off to the paper without asking me. I’ve disciplined the Mac. We hope it now knows who’s boss. Following is the intended column, a week late. Not a lot is different. However, if you compare last week’s with this, you’ll see I refined thoughts, ditched one long joke but kept others, and stole a few short ones from other people. Focus, folks! It appears that our upcoming election results may hinge on the candidates’ views on marriage. Our nation faces a variety of other issues that seem more critical. How about Syria, North Korea, immigration, climate change, economic distress, and what to do about the banking industry that seems to have gone off the tracks? (JPMorgan Chase’s recent $2 billion gambling loss [revealed this week, $3 billion!] will trickle down, so let’s find out how our politicians stand on better regulation.) Personal opinions aside, the marriage issue affects only a few. The major problems may affect every one of us. And speaking of that Every few days Mitt Romney and Barack Obama accuse and criticize what the other has said or meant. They’re beginning to sound like they’re married to each other. Political joke A busload of politicians was traveling down a country road when suddenly the bus ran off the road and crashed into an old farmer’s barn. The old farmer got off his tractor and went to investigate, after which he dug a hole and buried the passengers. A few days later, the local sheriff came out, noticed the crashed bus, and asked the old farmer where all the politicians had gone. The old farmer said he’d buried them. “Lordy,” said the sheriff. “They ALL got killed?” “Well,” said the old farmer, “some of them said they didn’t, but you know how them crooked politicians lie.” Another political joke Two alligators were sitting at the side of the swamp near Washington. The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, “I can’t understand how you kin be so much bigger ’n me. We’re the same age, we was the same size as kids. I just don’t get it.” “Well,” said the big […]