Thousands come out for Rockford Relay for Life

FIRST WALK—The firefighters of Rockford always lead the first lap of Rockford's Relay for Life event. With the new combined Department of Public Safety—which includes newly trained first responders from the city staff, the police department, Chief Dave Jones in command, City Manager Michael Young as overseer, and Chief Mike Reuss as Rockford Fire Marshall—this group of safety staff now leads the Relay for Life first lap. Photo by Beth Altena

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 […]

Treat yourself, help raise for charity on Donut Day

Donut-Day

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 […]

Bear sighted on Blythefield Golf Course

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 […]

Resident swears cougar sighting was real deal

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 […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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 […]