Former Rockford High School intern for The Rockford Squire, Matt Marn, who wrote many wonderful articles for the newspaper as a student and then later as a full-fledged reporter, has left his home turf to find his way in the world. Relocated to Glendale, Ariz., due to job opportunities, Marn took a Squire with him so we could see he is fine in his new, warmer home. The Squire thanks Matt for all the work and good stories he provided to us and our readers over the years. Luckily, because of long-distance telephones and the ease of e-mail, Marn will continue to contribute to the paper from his new location.
Carrie Yeomans has been with the Squire the longest time of our current sales team. Her territory is downtown Rockford and Belmont. Those who know her appreciate her unflappable professionalism and genuine caring for her partners in business. At the Squire we are thrilled to be able to work with Carrie and enjoy the many qualities she brings to the office and to our lives as well. The following is Carrie’s biography. Thanks for being part of our team. I was born and raised in Belding and attended high school there. After graduation I moved to the Greenville area and am still located there. I have been married for 18 years and I have four children, all grown now. I worked part time jobs when I was raising them and enjoyed being home with them the majority of the time. It was after they all graduated that my husband said “now that you have done the hardest job in the world (by some peoples standards) so why don’t you take it easy and get a full time job!” That is when I started working at the Rockford Squire. I will celebrate my four year anniversary here this year. I started in the northern territory of Rockford, including Cedar Springs, Greenville and Sparta. But I have since taken over the central Rockford territory. I have had to make myself a rule to never carry money with me when I am out visiting my accounts because there are too many temptations out there. It would be easy to spend more than I make as I visit the wonderful shops, restaurants and businesses who are in my area. I enjoy walking around town and visiting with my clients. By being available to my customers visually and by phone, I want to be able to help them get the word out to the community to help their businesses succeed and grow. Many times they let me know how well they did with their ad and it makes me glad that I’m a part of the Rockford Squire. We work diligently to deliver a superior product and I think we accomplish that . After all, we didn’t get to be the Rockford hometown newspaper for 140 years any other way. I […]
Members of the band Tribune bring their local paper along on their first professional tour across Michigan and neighboring states. Band members—all Rockford High School students—are Matt Ciejka, lead guitar; Devon Liu, drums; Scott Nadeau, vocals and rhythm guitar; and Jon Newell, bass and vocals. The band has played at the Intersection in Grand Rapids, for the last two years at Mitchell’s Run, and will be playing for the Steven May benefit at Assumption Church on November 26. For more information, check out the band on Facebook.
The day is here! In this country we have what’s called a “volunteer” system of tax collection. However, if you don’t volunteer, trouble lies ahead. If you didn’t get to it yet, the IRS lets you send in an extension request (deadline, April 15) for filing your return. The catch is, your taxes must be paid in full, anyway. If you’re reading this during the day on April 15, and you don’t have time to fill out your income tax forms today, and you know you’ll owe money, here’s what to do: quick, write a big enough check and dash down to the post office and get it in the mail to the IRS before midnight. I know it’s a bit late to mention this. I feel bad that I didn’t start nagging you sooner. Last wolverine? “The Wolverine State,” that’s what we’re called. But that animal isn’t an official state symbol. We have a State Fossil (mastodon), and a State Reptile (turtle) and our State Mammal is the white-tailed deer. We got the nickname “Wolverine State” because people thought there were a lot of wolverines here in the old days. The last wild wolverine in Michigan died a natural death over in the Thumb just a few days ago, the last one seen here in ages. (Wild wolverines can still be found in Canada and other sub-arctic areas.) Now that our last wild example is gone, should we change our traditional state nickname? The Possum State? The Urban Deer State? The Old Rusty Car State? I’ll bet the readers can come up with better suggestions. Editorial commentary First guy: A couple years ago my cousin ran for state senator. Second guy: What does he do now? First guy: Nothing. He got elected. Best quotes “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” Marion Barry (mayor, Washington, DC) “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Will Rogers (comedian) “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” PJ O’Rourke (author and satirist) Good lord As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here knows how to pray?” […]