SUNNY HOLIDAY—As beautiful as downtown Rockford was for the holidays, the Altena and Shipaila families still welcomed a ten-day trip to Mexico, their Christmas gift from the family matriarch, Sharon. Staying in the Mayan Riviera in the hotel Barccelo, they snorkled, seeing sea turtles, sting-rays and reef fish. They also enjoyed the unlimited food and drinks, shows and 80-degree weather. Pictured are Squire Managing Editor Beth Altena, Charles Shipaila, Will Altena, Melissa Shipaila, Hailey Shipaila, Mike Altena, Nathan Shipaila, Sharon Altena, Ethan Altena and Bill Altena.
Mari E. Wylie and Christian A. Bravo-Ortiz are engaged and plan to wed on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Mari is a graduate of Rockford High School and attended Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology in Lansing. Christian graduated from Univer and the Universidad de Especialidades, both in Guadalajara, Mexico. Parents of the bride are Robert and Rose Wylie of Rockford. Parents of the groom are Jesus Bravo of Holland, Michigan and Luz Ortiz of Guadalajara, Mexico.