October 13 2011


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Tim and Joan Farmer celebrate 50th anniversary Tim and Joan Farmer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 9, 2011. They were joined in marriage on September 9, 1961 at Bethany Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. They celebrated this summer on July 17 with an open house at Rockford Baptist Church. Many of their family and friends were in attendance. The Farmers are the parents of Tim Farmer of Grand Rapids, Ron and Shawn Aulbach of Rockford, and Chris and Shanna Hansen of Bliss, N.Y. They are the grandparents of AnnMarie, Brennan, AisLynn, Brysonn and Braylenn Aulbach, and Caleb, Lucas, Isaac, Micah and Shayla Hansen. Tim and Joan currently reside in Newaygo and spend their winters in Melbourne Beach, Fla. They enjoy spending time with family and many friends, are active at Rockford Baptist Church and enjoy outdoor activities.


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Lindsay Davidson and Michael Lichter, both of Rockford, are pleased to announcement their engagement to be married. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Rockford High School and is currently a sophomore at Grand Valley State University, studying pre-medical imaging. She is the daughter of Norman Davidson of Greenville and Lisa Davidson-Passero of Rockford. The groom-elect is a 2009 graduate of Rockford High School and is currently serving in the United States Navy, stationed in Gulfport, Miss. He is the son of Rich and Bonnie Lichter of Rockford. A 2012 wedding is being planned around the groom’s orders for deployment.

It was a very good year for ArtPrize 2011 winnertttttttttt

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Was Squire reporter the lucky charm? by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Anyway you look at it the last calendar year was very, very good for Mia Tavonatti, the California artist who was born and raised in Michigan’s U. P. In the course of 51 weeks Tavonatti took home the $100,000 second place 2010 ArtPrize award for her stained glass mosaic titled, “Svelata”. To top it all off, last Thursday night the talented artist was awarded the $250,000 first place award in this year’s 2011 Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition for another stained glass mosaic titled, “Crucifixion”. Both pieces were on display at DeVos Place and attracted thousands of admirers. Enriched to the tune of $350,000, Tavonatti must think that the hand of God was on her shoulder as she created these two beautiful and breathtaking mosaics, each painstakingly fitted with thousands of individually cut stained glass pieces. To top it all off, Tavonatti was able to sell her winning 2010-second place entry to a private party for an undisclosed sum. As per contest rules, her winning 2011 first place entry now becomes the property of ArtPrize. Tavonatti will not be allowed to win a back-to-back award in next year’s 2012 competition. A new rule established this year disqualifies all of this year’s ten finalists from participating in the next year’s ArtPrize. All ten, however, are allowed to enter again in subsequent years. One can only wonder if Squire reporter Nancy Hill wasn’t a lucky charm for Tavonatti. In the two pictures accompanying this article, one taken prior to the close of the 2010 ArtPrize competition and another prior to the close of this year’s competition, Tavonatti can be seen gleefully embracing an equally effusive Nancy. Since Tavonatti can’t repeat her winning performance next year, perhaps another artist would like to “rub shoulders” with the Squire’s lucky charm. Any takers out there? Call Kate at the Squire (866-4465) to arrange a photo-op during next year’s 2012 ArtPrize competition!

North Kent Presbyterian Church celebrates 50th anniversary

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North Kent Presbyterian Church at 6175 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, will conclude a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary on October 16 with a special worship service at 10:45 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the church’s fellowship hall. Officially, the North Kent Presbyterian Church came into being by the formal organizing act of the Presbytery of Grand River on May 7, 1961, and became a congregation of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Before that ever happened, a few families first met in the old Belmont Town Hall in 1958. As interest grew, in October of that year they moved to the old Sage School on Belding Road. In 1960 they moved to the present location on Kuttshill Drive. On Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965, the church received a setback when a tornado blew the roof off the building and knocked down the rear wall. Members responded quickly, and the damage was repaired in time to welcome their new pastor, the Rev. Jack Luidens. The church continued to grow and on June 13, 1999, a groundbreaking ceremony was held and an expansion of the building was started and has since been completed. The Rev. Helen H. Collins is the current pastor. Anyone interested in attending the luncheon, or would like more information, is welcome to call the church at (616) 863-6546.

Police advise residents to lock vehicle doors, remove valuables

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The Rockford Police Department would like to remind residents to lock their car doors and remove all valuables from their vehicles overnight. By locking doors and removing valuables from vehicles, residents reduce the chances of becoming a victim. The police also ask residents to report suspicious activity in their neighborhood to the Rockford Police Department immediately by calling (616) 866-9557.

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