November 11 2010

Scouts get hands-on fireman experience

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For many boys, they only dream of what it is like to be a fireman and to use a large water hose to put out fires. For the members of Crestwood’s Cub Scout Pack 3285, that dream became a reality when they received a visit from Deputy Chief Jerry Herrington of the Cannon Township Fire Department for their October pack meeting. October was national fire safety awareness month.   Following a review of the fire safety rules, the boys were treated to a tour of the fire truck and the equipment used by a firefighter. The boys were especially intrigued with the thermal imaging camera used to identify people and animals inside a smoke-filled building. “It makes you look like an alien,” exclaimed Bear Scout Richard Mortimore. Each boy was also given the opportunity to handle a fire hose. According to Webelos Scout Sean McLellan, “It’s not as easy as it looks!” Each boy had a better appreciation for the hard work involved in being a fire fighter. The members of Pack 3285 would like to thank Deputy Chief Herrington and the Cannon Township Fire Department for giving them the opportunity to be a “fireman for an evening.”  

Demo ‘officially over’

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by BETH ALTENA According to City Manager Michael Young, as of Thursday, Nov. 4, the Wolverine Tannery demolition of significant structures was “officially over” with the exception of the wastewater treatment plant and existing shoe store. The existing shoe store will remain and open for business until the new shoe and apparel store at the southern end of the property is ready to open. Over the next several weeks, contractors will remove remaining rubble and debris and bring in fill to raise the site. The focus is now on cleanup and redevelopment of the property, Young stated.

Rotarians receive club’s highest recognition

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Three Rockford Rotarians were applauded by their fellow members in the local service club Tuesday, Nov. 2, as they received the Paul Harris Fellowship award, the club’s highest recognition. The honor was made even more special, because it was given by a visiting distinguished guest, Tim Knaggs, governor of District 6290, the international district of which Rockford Rotary is a part. “I was proud to hear you recognize our international status by singing ‘Oh Canada,’” said Knaggs, pointing out that District 6290 extends up into Ontario, Canada. The district is currently comprised of 61 clubs and 3,000 Rotarians. Knaggs said of all his visits to Rotary groups, this was the first time he’d heard the song sung outside of Canada. Knaggs also praised the Rockford group for their success in so many of the projects Rotary takes on. He pointed out that a visitor who had found the club through the group’s website showed that Rockford Rotary finds many ways to invite future members to the Tuesday noon meetings at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe in Rockford. Rotarians Al Kracker, Dave Speese (who was recently chair of the annual Chicken Dinner sale and did a fantastic job) and Tom Visser were all awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship certificate and pin. The award, named after Rotary founder Paul Harris, comes when a Rotarian has donated over $1,000 for worldwide and local causes that Rotary supports. “This award is a pinnacle in the life of a Rotarian,” Knaggs noted. He also pointed out that several of those receiving the award were multiple Paul Harris recipients, meaning they have passed the $1,000 gift threshold before, in some cases more than once. Rotary was founded in 1905 in Chicago by Paul Harris with other businessmen and is now a worldwide service organization.

Turkey Time Bowling Bash to benefit Olivia’s Gift

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Family fun event to help raise awareness, resources for housing for disabled adults Olivia Henrickson is a 20-year-old young lady who lives in Rockford. Her smile lights up the room, and she is game for just about any kind of fun—especially the type of family fun featured at the November 19 Turkey Time Bowling Bash at two locations, starting at 6:30 p.m. The first event takes place at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3050 Alpine Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Think crazy turkey bowling! Try your roll of the frozen turkey on a manmade bowling alley. Everyone loves to try for a strike with a frozen turkey! There will be lots of giveaways just for trying. At 9:30 p.m. the fun moves to Westgate Bowling, 4486 Alpine NW, Grand Rapids. All 60 lanes will be donated to Olivia’s Gift for fun and games. The fun ranges from frozen turkey bowling to cosmic bowling, fun jukebox music, turkey giveaways, “best team” bowling shirts, 50/50 raffles and so much more! At first blush, the Thanksgiving Turkey Time Bowling Bash appears to be all fun and games. But this party offers much more. The party will be high energy cosmic bowling, emceed by WLAV’s Tony Gates, and a bowling lane set up for wheelchair bowling. Everyone can experience what it would be like to rely on a wheelchair for mobility. There also will be sensory perception bowling to experience life without the use of one’s sight or hearing. Olivia nearly drowned at the age of three, and as a result, she struggles daily with multiple physical and mental disabilities. In 2005, Olivia’s Gift was founded and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to building residential housing for young adults with disabilities. They will break ground on the first six-unit home this winter near Cascade Road and Spaulding in Grand Rapids. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased online through or at the door. Tickets include cosmic bowling and an automatic entry to win over $1,000 in prizes and lots of other fun giveaways. You need not be present to win. One hundred frozen turkeys will also be donated by Family Fare. Regardless of one’s age or stage in life, this Thanksgiving-time party […]

The Squire to introduce staff

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Here at The Rockford Squire newspaper, located right in Rockford at 331 Northland Drive, we have been cranking out your local paper for years, taking pride in being a unique source of local news. What we haven’t done so much of is letting readers know what it is like “behind the scenes” and telling you how your paper happens each week. In the next few months we will be giving you articles about the people here who work out of our office. We often receive calls asking for our classified “department” or our education editor. With big newspapers, this may be a reasonable request, but we chuckle when we transfer the phone to the “department.” In fact, the newspaper, although heavily reliant on community members who help us with local coverage, is actually run by a staff of just seven people who work out of the office. We don’t have departments of people in charge of production, classifieds, circulation, or a team of editors. Our first featured staff member is Roger Allen, who was in charge of the paper for about 30 years after saving it from bankruptcy. He is the father of current Managing Editor Beth Altena, Here is his story.  Better with Age  You get a free history lesson: This newspaper you’re reading, The Rockford Squire, is the product of Rockford’s oldest continuously run business. Begun in 1871 (counting on my fingers)… it is 139 years old. My personal history began in Washington, D.C. I was born there only because I wanted to be near my mother. It was 1928. The Great Depression started the next year (not my fault). The family moved to Lombard, Ill., and then on to New Jersey, where I grew up. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I signed on with a major corporation. It didn’t take long to learn that I didn’t like corporate life. Moving to Michigan, I settled into insurance claims adjusting and started my own company. That endeavor evolved into catastrophe adjusting and employment with the National Flood Insurance Program and then with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These jobs required a lot of travel, which I loved. In slow times I worked as an accountant, but would leave for a catastrophe […]

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