Rockford Squire

Sassy squirrel pillages peanuts

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

At the Squire we enjoy our neighbors the squirrels, who entertain us with their antics year round. This summer they have been getting a little bolder and actually went into the editor’s van after the door was left open. The lure was a bag of salted peanuts in the back seat. We watched the squirrel going back several times to steal more, then decided to make his job easier and took the whole bag. Smart squirrel!

MASH comes to the West Michigan stage

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the iconic comedy March 19-21   CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – One of the most popular sitcoms in television history is coming to Cedar Springs this month as Rogue River Community Theatre Company presents the stage version of M*A*S*H. Based on the  hugely successful TV series that aired between Sept. 1972 and Feb. 1983, it brings back the comedic team of doctors and nurses stationed at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Korea during the Korean War. Director Lesley Nadwodnik has the credentials for the job; she’s a veteran actor and comedian. “This classic sitcom is perfect for stage,” she said. “There’s a lot of laughs and the audience will certainly recognize many of their favorite characters.” They include Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan, the ever annoying Major Frank “Ferret Face” Burns  and the loveable company clerk Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly. “You’ll see many iconic characters along with some new favorites,” said John Bagin, a RRCTC board member and  member of the cast. “As an actor, it’s been great being a part of bringing this American cultural classic back to the stage,” Bagin said. “It’s brought back many fond memories.” His wife and fellow thespian Kirsten Bagin agrees. “The audience is going to love this production,” she said. “There is always something happening on stage – sometimes something poignant and other times downright hilarious.” The script and cast are almost a distraction, she concedes. “The play features a large cast and I find myself laughing through every rehearsal.” Production assistants will transform the Kent Theatre stage into a true-to-life MASH unit and period costumes provide an extra measure of authenticity to the two-act play, Nadwodnik said. “A lot of work is being done on the sets; it’ll take the audience back to the original MASH 4077,” Nadwodnik said. “We’ve been blessed to have volunteers from the arts community in Rockford helping out. It truly is a community theatre production.” Those born after the show left the air – its final episode the most watched television broadcast in American history – will find plenty to love. And that comes from Jack Bagin, who was just a glimmer in his parents’ eye when the ratings […]

Rockford Varsity Hockey earns two wins in Kalamazoo.

February 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey team traveled to Kalamazoo for a pair of games during the weekend of January 23 and 24, and came away with two W’s. Rockford defeated Mattawan 5-3 in the Friday night contest. Rockford dropped Portage Northern 2-1 in the Saturday matinee matchup.   Mattawan opened the scoring midway through the opening period. Rockford responded by scoring the next three goals. Brendan Kennedy (assisted by Braden King) and Jarrett Ullrey (unassisted) each netted first period goals. Jacob McNamara (unassisted) scored early in the middle period. Mattawan scored late in the second to trim Rockford’s lead to 3-2 heading into the final stanza. The Rams put the game away by scoring the first two goals in the third. Ullrey netted his second score of the game (assisted by Tanner Vesche) and Vesche closed out the scoring for the Rams (unassisted). Mattawan scored a late goal to make it 5-3. Brendan Coolbaugh played all 51 minutes and recorded the win for the Rams.   Saturday’s contest against Portage Northern was a defensive struggle. Both teams scored in the first period, with McNamara netting a short-handed goal for the Rams (assisted by Vesche). The second and third periods saw both teams getting chances, and both netminders standing tall. The game headed into OT with the teams knotted at 1-1. It wasn’t until the final minute of the extra period that McNamara scored the game winner (unassisted). It was his second goal of the game, and like his first goal, the OT winner came on the penalty kill. The two teams battled hard and the Rams came out on top with the 2-1 win. Coolbaugh earned the win for Rockford.   The Rams ended the weekend with a record of 12-3-1 overall.   Upcoming games for Rockford include three important league contests. The Rams square off against Reeths-Puffer in a midweek match-up on Wednesday, February 11 at Lakeshore Ice Arena in Muskegon. Game time is 7:30pm. The following Wednesday, Rockford hosts East Kentwood at Griff’s Ice House. The February 18 tilt starts at 8pm. On Friday, February 20, the Rams host Forest Hills Central at Griff’s Ice House. Game time for this contest is 8pm.  


February 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 28, 2015 – The second annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games are quickly approaching. The Winter Games main festival is taking place Feb. 20-22, with some sports starting their competition this weekend Jan. 31-Feb. 1.The Winter Games features 19 different sports and 2,000+ athletes are expected to participate. The schedule of events is finalized and the Meijer State Games are ready for some fun and competitive action. “The Meijer State Games of Michigan evokes such a strong sense of community and state pride in its participants, as well as the thousands of spectators who attend,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “Meijer is pleased to support this event because it exemplifies our commitment to supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live.” To kick off the second annual Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games, Opening Ceremonies will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area (6800 Cannonsburg Road N.E., Belmont, MI 49306). Opening Ceremonies is free, and festivities will include a torch light parade, fireworks, a “Big Air” exhibition featuring professional skiers and snowboarders, special appearances by Olympians, and the lighting of the cauldron to officially open the Games. Athlete check-in will be from 4-6:45 p.m. The first 250 athletes to attend Opening Ceremonies will receive a free T-shirt, and several prizes donated by some of our sponsors. For a complete schedule of the Opening Ceremonies and how to attend, please visit For complete schedule of events details and notables, see the attached document or visit Volunteers are still needed as well. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with Opening Ceremonies, operations, registration, meal delivery, as well as many more. To learn more or to volunteer, visit our volunteer page ( Press pass credentials are still available for media. To register for a press pass, please email The Meijer State Games of Michigan Winter Games sponsors include: Meijer, Metro Health, Subway, MyWay, Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area, MC Sports, Peppino’s, SOS Rehydrate, GamerSaloon / Fuzzword, The GR Shop, Sibsco, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Heglund Sova Realty, Inc., and Mark’s Photo & Video. In 2014, the Meijer State Games of Michigan – Winter Games offered 12 sports, bringing more than 1,600 […]

Rams fall to Hudsonville 42-30 in OK Red tilt

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford wrestling team journeyed to Hudsonville for an OK Red dual meet on Wednesday, January 21st in search of their first league triumph against the Eagles. Pins were the rule of the day as the two squads combined for eleven pins in the 14 matches contested. Unfortunately for the Rams it was the home squad that garnered six of the pins en route to a 42-30 decision. “We are just giving up too many pins at various weight classes to come out on top in some of these relatively tightly contested matches,” said Rockford Coach Brian Richardson. “I was extremely pleased with the work of a few of our younger guys tonight in John Quist and Tyler Glave. They seem to be really turning the corner and now we just need a little more consistency up and down the lineup to come out on top with more regularity. We have a very young team and are going through growing pains but we are confident that better days lie ahead for us.” The four Ram wrestlers who pinned their way to victory were Jared Bennett with a pin in 3:25 at 119 pounds, Andy Hansen with a pin at 130 pounds in 5:00, Chris Bell who stuck his opponent in a quick 1:17 at 160 and Glave at 215 with a fall in 3:29. Michael Tankersley won an 8-6 decision at 112 and Quist came out on top of his match 11-5 at 140 to complete the scoring for Rockford. Rams fall to Hudsonville 42-30 in OK Red tilt  

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