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Angstman graduates with honors

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Navy Seaman Recruit Emily N. Angstman, daughter of John E. Angstman of Rockford, recently graduated from Operations Specialist School with honors. During the course at the Center for Surface Combat System Unit, Great Lakes, Ill., Angstman learned to operate surveillance and search radars, recognize and identify electronic signals, control aircraft approach devices and operate electronic navigation systems. Studies are designed to prepare operations specialists for duty in a shipboard combat information center or at a shore-based fleet training center. Angstman is a 2010 graduate of Sparta High School.

Food and fun fundraisers help with boy’s treatment

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rare treatment has seen success “Max Matters!” invites the public to participate in a pair of fall fundraisers that will help a local boy with a rare disorder continue treatment that is seeing continued success. Max Manciu, now age 9, has a peroxisomal disorder that is very rare and is inherited from both parents. With his disorder, his body is unable to break down fatty acids among other things, and life expectancy for those with this disorder is not long—usually death occurs in early childhood, if not before the age of one. Max has been being treated by a doctor in Spain, who treated him with a type of natural oil that is not found in the United States. His doctor passed away, however, and now the family has found a doctor in Canada to continue Max’s treatment. The family considers the results of his treatment so far to be nothing short of amazing. Max is able to walk, run and climb and is gaining his eyesight back. The family hopes to raise funds for a trust for Max’s medical costs, treatment, transportation, lodging, shipment for the oil and other costs. Motorcycle fans will appreciate the Support Max Manciu motorcycle poker run on Saturday, Sept. 22 beginning at 240 Covered Village Mall, Belding. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 11 a.m. The event will have silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, food, fun and cash prizes. For information call (616) 794-9540. The Corner Bar in Rockford is holding a “Dogs for Dollars” night with 15 percent of food sales going to the Max Matters! fund. The event will be September 24 from 5 p.m. until close. Clip the coupon online at or e-mail

Local students graduate from WMU

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Three Rockford students are among those who graduated from Western Michigan University in June 2012. Robin David Dine earned a bachelor of science in psychology. Rachel Bernice Siegel earned a bachelor of fine arts in dance. Mallory Ellen Stephens earned a bachelor of science degree.

Friendship goes beyond boundaries of expectation

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Last week’s Squire story about Julie Carr, general friend of all who really showed her true colors by creating a truly enormous bedcover for her new acquaintance Vern Criner, was missing one key thing: a picture of the quilt she crocheted. See these two pictures including the beautiful bedcover, measuring an amazing nine feet two inches by six feet ten inches, and Carr and Criner together. When Criner saw the fine work Carr creates from her Richter Place apartment, he asked what he likely expected was a modest favor. Could Carr please crochet a cover for his bed in his own apartment? Carr took him at his request and then some, using an amazing 22 skeins of yarn to craft what is nothing short of amazing for Criner’s queen-sized bed. If anyone happens to see Carr out and about—she bowls at Rockford Lanes on Thursdays, loves to drive around thrift shopping, and is generally a very active 74—be sure to tell her you saw what a helpful heart, two months of hard work and a whole lot of yarn can turn into: a bed cover like no other.


September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Clayton and Anne Towns of Cedar Springs announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea Marion Towns to Scott Robert McClure of Greenville. Andrea is a 2005 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and a 2010 graduate of Davenport University. She is employed by bswift as a system analyst. Scott is the son of Robert and Pamela McClure of Rockford. He is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2008 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Napa Auto Parts as a store manager. Attending the wedding will be maid of honor, sister of the bride, Chelsea Towns; maid of honor, sister of the bride, Mallory Towns; along with best man, brother of the groom, Brandon McClure; and groomsman, friend of the groom, Darren Corey. The couple is planning a May 11, 2013 wedding at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont.

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