November 17 2011

New Facility for Kent County Sheriff Department Mounted Unit

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Rockford to be home to Kent County Sheriff MountedDivision The public is invited to the dedication ceremony and open house of New Mounted Unit facility located in Rockford. The ceremony will be hosted by Kent County Sheriff Larry A. Stelmaat the facility’s location at 4687 Kroes Street NE (NW corner of Wolverine Blvd. and Kroes St./East of Rockford HS) on Thursday, November 17, at 3:30 p.m. Mounted Unit has completed Phase 1 of the capital project, including renovation of a century old barn with temporary stables for the horses, three stall garage for tack and storage, 3.5 acre pasture with new fencing and outdoor training arena. The horses of the Mounted Unit have been displaced since the closing of the Honor Camp in northern Kent County in early 2011. Phase 2 and 3 of the private, donor-led project are scheduled for 2012 and designs include an indoor training arena, riding trails, new stables, administrative offices, classroom and locker rooms and an interactive/ observation area for the public. “This is really exciting news,”said City Manager Michael Young during the regular City Council meeting Monday, November 14. “It will be good to have them so close.”  

Restaurant offers free Thanksgiving dinner

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The Halfway Restaurant is happy to let the community know they are hosting their third annual free Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be serving a full-course traditional dinner, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, dinner rolls, beverage and pumpkin pie for dessert. Owners Melissa Brower and Michelle Wordens’ motto is: “Whether your cupboards are bare, the kids are away, or you just don’t feel like cooking, the community is welcome to come and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.” They would like to make it clear to the public that even though donations will be received, they don’t want their dinner guests to feel any obligation to donate. Although, they will be collecting donations throughout the entire holiday season with all proceeds going to local food pantries. Melissa and Michelle have owned and operated the Halfway Restaurant for 15 years and this is their personal way of reaching out and thanking the community at large. The restaurant is located at 10792 14 Mile Road (between Wabasis Ave. and Lappley Ave.) in Rockford. The phone number is (616) 754-9084.

Love of books leads Rockford man to publish his own

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Rockford resident Mike Phillips grew up on a small farm in West Michigan. While his friends spent their summers watching reruns of bad sitcoms, Phillips’ father gave him a very special gift. He turned off the television. With what was affectionately referred to as “the idiot box” no longer a distraction, Phillips was left to discover the fantastic worlds that only exist in books. When not tending sheep, gardening, building furniture, chopping wood, or just goofing off, Phillips spent his time reading. He excelled as a student and went on to pursue a career in the sciences. Working as a safety engineer in the insurance industry, Phillips soon became bored with the corporate grind. Writing engaged him like nothing else. After a few novels and numerous short stories, he thought getting published would be a pretty neat idea. Fans of fantasy will enjoy his debut novel, “Reign of the Nightmare Prince,” a sci-fi fantasy. This is an adventure that will attract young adults, but is written for anyone who enjoys a mysterious trek into a science fiction/fantasy adventure. The novel is dubbed as an isolated pilgrimage of self-reflection, which soon turns into a bloodthirsty fight to avoid extermination from a foe who lacks any compassion for humanity. The book is set in the protagonist Rakam’s world, which is under a tack by an ancient a versary that has plagued his people for gene ations—or so it would seem. All around him, these new Shaitani (supernat ral beasts with mythical powers) murder the innocent and burn any evidence a village even existed. The crusade against the invaders leads to battles against not only the mystic and evil terrors native to Rakam’s world, but also with the alien powers that wish to destroy everything. Survival means defeating an enemy with superior weapons and a thirst for blood. Although it seems like a fight he’s destined to lose, Rakam is willing to die to save his world from certain annihilation. The paperback has a list price of $12.95 and was published by JournalStone.  

Michigan Legislature honors Rockford Farm Market

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Thursday your reporters traveled to the state capital in Lansing to attend a session of the State Legislature to hear a reading of a proclamation and receive a framed tribute honoring the Rockford Farm Market’s victory in this past summer’s nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest. We had been invited by the proclamation’s author, 73rd District State Representative, Pete MacGregor. The reading of the proclamation on the Michigan House of Representatives floor was precluded by a visit to Rep. MacGregor’s office on the tenth floor of the State Office Bldg. across the street from and overlooking the State Capitol. What an awesome vista!! Following the office visit we were escorted to Rep. MacGregor’s desk, on the floor of the House of Representatives, at the beginning of the afternoon session in order to commemorate this occasion. Not only were we to receive this tribute, we were also privileged to sit alongside MacGregor and his House colleagues as they conducted the State’s business of the day. It was a high honor indeed as we were told, other than House members, only family members were allowed to be present on the floor. For Squire readers, as members of the greater Rockford community and beyond, here as follows is the verbiage of the State of Michigan Special Tribute that was presented to the Rockford Farm Market, to the Rockford Lions, and to your humble servants as well: State of Michigan Special Tribute To the Rockford Farmers Market LET IT BE KNOWN, That it is with deep appreciation for all of the hard work, commitment, and planning this occasion represents that we commemorate the awarding of the America’s Favorite Farmers Market, Small Market category to the Rockford Farmers Market of Rockford, MI. As members of the community and the people behind this enterprise gather to celebrate this event and express their confidence, we are proud to add our voice to commend everyone who has worked to make this day possible. The annual America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest is held by the American Farmland Trust to raise national awareness about the importance of buying fresh food from local farms and saving the farmland where it’s grown. Rockford netted 6,083 votes, more overall votes than those […]

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