Squirrels are pretty friendly in the parking lot of the Squire Newspaper. Our staff gives them treats pretty regularly and when the treats were forgotten at home, the squirrels became a little pushy. We figured out how to make them happy by putting peanut butter on a spoon and sticking it in our fence. When they couldn’t wait for us to put the spoon in the fence, they ate the peanut butter while we held the spoon. Pictuered are Samantha Mack, our billing specialist and Hailey Huffman, graphic designer.
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There was another hit on our geocache here at the Squire Newspaper. The cache isn’t ours, but we gave permission to have it on our property. Free Since 1871 is a reference to the age of the company, which is the oldest in the City of Rockford. Actually, the paper used to be by subscription back in the day, with delivery through the post office horse and buggy. We have a few from that era with simply the subscribers last name hand written across the top of the paper, no address necessary. It simply said Briggs. Anyone know what family that might have been in the late 1800s? Anyhow, pictured are Ryan, 12 and his mom Marcie with Olivia 11 and Nicole. They were out for a day of fun in downtown Rockford, stopping for some ice cream and doing the kids first ever geocache. If you haven’t done one before, give it a try. Go to geocache.com and put in your zip code to find plenty right nearby. It’s a very family friendly activity.
by JUDY REED Wiring in need of repair may have been the cause of a fire in Algoma Township Monday morning. Algoma Township firefighters were dispatched to 10880 Algoma, just north of 13 Mile, just before 9 a.m. this morning on a possible electrical fire. Dispatch said the house was filling with smoke. Sparta Township Fire assisted them at the scene. According to Algoma Fire Chief Steve Johnson, the fire started between the living room and another room, above the garage, and was most likely due to wiring in need of repair. He estimated it caused about $15,000 in damage. The couple had several animals, which Johnson said made it out safely. Algoma cleared the scene about 11:12 a.m.
This past weekend the Squire traveled to Mackinac City, Michigan to participate in the 52nd annual Labor Day Big Mac Bridge Walk. Just after the 7 a.m. start of the walk, Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill hooked up with avid Squire reader Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Ever gracious and not missing a step, the “Guv” accepted a copy of a Squire featuring front page coverage of the 50th anniversary walk on Labor Day 2007. This being our eighth consecutive Labor Day Bridge Walk, your reporters established a new personal best time for the five-mile crossing at one hour and five minutes. (Not bad, huh?) Upon crossing the finish line, each and every one of the day’s 49,000 participants was awarded a numbered certificate signifying that on this day they had “Walked across the World’s Greatest Bridge. Our particular certificates were numbered 375 and 376. We won’t tell you which of us crossed the finish line first.