May 27 2010

Food, Family, Fan — May 27, 2010

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Family fun is around the bend and along the trail Summer is prime geocache time It isn’t just about the trinkets kids can collect at the end of the search. Geocaching is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and summer is a perfect time to get started. For the small investment of a global positioning system (GPS) and a can of bug spray—under $100—families can begin finding “treasure” all around. Geocaching has become increasingly popular and GPS prices have dropped since the hand-held devices first came out. Here in Rockford, geocaching can offer tidbits of history and direct hikers to new vistas. By visiting and plugging in coordinates to caches, anyone who can hike can find a variety of treasures. Some geocaches are handicap accessible as well. Geocache hiders can leave behind the traditional ammunition container or be creative with Tupperware, other plastic containers and even “micros,” such as the film canister hidden on the property of The Rockford Squire office at 331 Northland Drive. Many caches are on public land but some, like the Squire’s, are on private property with permission. Here at the newspaper office we love to see geocachers searching around out building trying to figure out where the cache “Free since 1871” is hidden. Our cache is a good example of how geocaching can educate residents about the history of their community. “Free since 1871” refers to the fact that the Squire, formerly the Rockford Register, is the oldest business in the city. The first issue came out February 1, 1871. While geocaching during business hours, we invite anyone to pop in, say hi, and see what the first page of the first issue looked like. We have it framed on our wall. Another in-town cache is at Pioneer Cemetery. This one is a multi, which means finding the first set of coordinates is just stage one. You use the information on the gravestones to figure out your next set of coordinates. While completing the mutli-stage cache, searchers receive a mini history lesson on some of Rockford’s earliest residents. Caches in Rockford include Pickerel Walk View (in Pickerel Park), Indian Joes 7, also in Pickerel. Who remembers when the property was known as Indian Joes and the resident used […]

Classifieds — May 27, 2010

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HELP WANTED Looking for the right person for an opening in sales at The Cedar Springs Post newspaper. Position is in advertising sales. Experience preferred but will train. Commission based. This job would be a great supplemental income. Work in office and on the road. Must be good on the phone as well as in person. For more info, call (616) 696-3655 or send resume to      ftfn _____________________ FOR SALE Custom dining table, 8×6 foot long by 48″ wide, Craftsman-style, cream-colored ash with 12 chairs, upholstered seats and sideboard-style table. Asking $1,750 picked up. Custom armoire-style bar cabinet, 57″ wide by 102 ” high. mahogany color on hickory. Could house a television. $500 picked-up. Jenn-Air, indoor grills, quantity four, new condition. Must be vented to outside. $100 each. Jenn-Air gas, 30″ almond cook top, new condition, has grill, burners and griddle. Must be vented to outside. $450 buys it all. (616) 450-2075.      p21 _____________________ WANTED Boombox-style cassette player that doesn’t eat tapes. Will pay about $5. Call Beth at (616) 866-4465 or e-mail      ftfn _____________________ ANTIQUES ALLEGAN ANTIQUE MARKET—Sunday, May 30. 400 exhibitors. Rain or shine. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., located at the fairgrounds, right in Allegan, Michigan. $4.00 admission.      p21 _____________________ GARAGE SALES Third Annual Parking Lot Sale at Crossroads. Saturday, June 5, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 8331 Myers Lake, Rockford, MI 49341. Lunch will be available at a minimal cost. Free children’s activities. Bake sale and car wash also available. All proceeds on the church’s behalf will be donated to local organization.      b21 _____________________ Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 7305 Young Ave., Rockford, north of the Silver Lake Garage Sales. Lots of stuff for everybody. Some antiques and collectibles. Refreshments will be served.      p21 _____________________ Rockford River Edge Neighborhood Garage Sale. Thursday, May 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, May 28, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 10 Mile Rd. to Childsdale, then two miles.      p21cp _____________________ Benefit Sale for an Amish Family’s medical bills. Saturday 5/29, 9 am – 6 p.m.. Baked goods, boating, golf stuff, adult tricycle, tandem bike, antiques, aquariums. Horowitz Farm, 426 S. Main St. Cedar Springs.      b21cp _________________ Moving Sale—8511 Winter Forest, Rockford, off […]

15th win of season is 300th of career for Rockford coach

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Rockford varsity baseball Coach Ian Hearn notched his 300th win at Grand Haven on Friday, May 14. That’s no small feat for someone just 38 years old. It often takes many coaches 18 years, 20 years or even longer to hit the 300 mark. It took Coach Hearn just over 11 seasons. That also qualifies him for entry into the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. Hearn was a standout athlete at Central Michigan University (CMU). At CMU, he played two sports, baseball and wrestling. Coming to CMU, he was an outfielder and hitter. What he found was that the wrestling commitment was so intense that by the time the wrestling season was over, and baseball was just beginning, he didn’t have his full strength and stamina to give to baseball. Having a good arm and being left-handed, the decision was made that if he continued to wrestle, he would become a pitcher. He was an effective lefty for the Chippewa baseball team during his time at CMU. After graduating from CMU with a degree in education, Hearn took a teaching job at Owosso High School. He also was the wrestling coach while there. He had been there just one year, when he and his wife, Michelle, moved to Traverse City. He was a substitute teacher and JV baseball coach at Traverse City Central (TCC) for his first year. The varsity baseball coach soon recognized Hearn’s talent and abilities and, with his impending retirement, decided to offer Hearn the role of taking over the varsity program. Soon after taking over as the head varsity coach at TCC, Hearn was well on his way to 300 victories. At TCC, Hearn coached several standout players. Many have gone on to play at the college level including Division I, University of Michigan. Coach Hearn left Traverse City and took the coaching job at Rockford, but not before notching 239 wins there. At Rockford, Hearn won 20 games in 2008 (his first season at Rockford) and 26 games in 2009 as the Rams won the OK Red conference championship for the first time in over 20 years. So far this season, the Rams are 16-6 under Coach Hearn, and hope to do well in district and regional […]

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