September 10 2009

Puzzle through clues and win $1,000 in free gas

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  Annual treasure hunt begins Tuesday Don’t ask Carl Stites’ wife where the Cannon Coin is. He said she can’t keep a secret and is the last person he’d tell. We should all know how she feels. Each year of the Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) treasure hunt, Carl Stites of Stites Eye Care is the one and only person who knows the location of the solid bronze coin that is worth a cool thousand in free gas. Clues to the hunt will be released beginning next Tuesday at participating businesses. This year those willing to work a little harder will have a better chance of finding the clues. This year Stites is breaking each clue into three parts so treasure hunters will have to visit more than one participating business to piece together hints. “This will be more fun,” Stites said. Clues will also be released each week to the Squire, where readers will find them on the front pge. Stites has already hidden the coin, and said he is “feverishly” working on clues, which he calls a six-month process. The coin is in Cannon Township, is always hidden in a handicapped accessible location and never on private property. It is about three inches around and has a cannon stamped on one side, a symbol of the cannon for which the township is named. The cannon was the town symbol, but after youths fired it off at a fourth of July celebration as a joke and one died, the cannon was hidden by the town fathers and never rediscovered, despite years of search. Now people search for the coin, and the first one to find it will receive certificates for $1,000 in free gas from the Cannonsburg Grist Mill and the Topp Stop. “Each year it gets bigger and bigger. There are more people looking,” said Stites, who would not offer an early clud of the coin’s location. “You will have to go to participating businesses and find out for yourself,” he said. The Cannon Township businesses who are taking part this year are ChoiceOne Bank, ChiroHealth, Rockford Self Storage, David P. Fischer, DDS, S&H Greenhouse, Stites Eye Care, Acme Tire and Auto, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Euro Autowerks, Lakeside Car Company, Jim Rasmus-Allstate […]

Ric’s Food Center wins customers through service, prices

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                          Lack of action on development not ‘part and parcel’ to store Ric’s Food Center Store Director Dave Brickner wonders if rumors over the ongoing lack of action in the Cannon Town Center development might be costing the store customers. He said the store has a 20-plus-year lease and ownership of the planned unit development at Myers Lake Avenue and Belding Road is unrelated to the financial situation of the store. “It’s not part and parcel to the food center,” he said. “We have our own decades-long lease, and who owns the property does not affect that.” Brickner said he believes the property surrounding the store on three sides is a gold mine waiting for the right developer, with great exposure to two busy roads and a location where business and residential is prime for growth. “This will be the next area in Rockford to grow. It’s an awesome location and we have the best schools in the state. As a person, that’s what I looked at when I was thinking of coming here. All our elementaries are in the process of serious expansions. Where else in the state do you see that happening?” said Brickner, who has a kindergartener starting school in Rockford this week. People in Rockford appreciate quality schools and understand how important funding is to keep schools effective. “I come from an area where people were notorious about voting down millages. Here people support the school, and that makes a huge difference,” Brickner said. Qualities such as the school and the community will be a draw when the time is right for a smart developer to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the now nearly vacant Center. Cannon Township Supervisor Pete MacGregor pointed out that much of the expense of a large development is already completed for the Center. He called the development a “plug and play” opportunity, meaning a buyer could obtain the property and begin building and selling with very little extra expense or effort. Brickner said rumors in the township have been circulating since the Ric’s Food Center opened on February 1, 2008. The rumors have worsened since the development went into foreclosure this summer […]

Governor Granholm walks with favorite hometown paper

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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.

Scrapbook view of the many faces of law enforcement

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Rockford trooper’s work collected in memories Your family photo album likely contains happy pictures of a youngster eating spaghetti for the first time, the school field day, a series of birthdays. For Rockford Michgian State Police Trooper Carol Meyer, her family is a different type and her pictures aren’t of children going to their first day of school. Meyer said law enforcement is a career like no other, and in 22 years at her job, she has books of experience and stories to tell. Meyer has been collecting pictures of her law enforcement “family” for years, and compiles an ongoing series of photo albums to commemorate her work and those of her colleagues on the force. “I love it. I can’t imagine doing anything else,” she stated, showing off her books. Meyer allowed the Squire an “insider’s look” at her law enforcement life. Meyer said the Michigan State Police allows officers to do different jobs throughout the years. She’s has been on the drug team, leaning out of open helicopter doors to search for hidden patches of marijuana in crop fields in Operation Hemp. She has trained on how to legally ram a car to disable it during a high-speed chase, and has a close friend who is a D/Sgt. that supervises the Kent Metro Cold Case Team.   “It is very much a family,” she said of the profession. “We mostlydon’t spend time with friends who aren’t officers, we spend time with other troopers and their wives and families.”   Meyer is still in a minority group as a female in a male-dominated profession. “They treat us well. Whatever the guys have to do, we have to do, too. We wouldn’t want it any other way,” Meyer said. She believes law enforcement is a fine career for a woman as well as a man, and here in Rockford she is one of four female troopers. Her friend who supervises the cold case team is also a female officer. Currently, Meyer is a court officer. “When they [other troopers] arrest someone, I take if from there,” she said. “I get the subpoenas, see the judges, and take care of the warrants. Once the court stuff is done, I get to play.” By “play,” she means […]

Student earns full-ride arts scholarship

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‘If you really want to accomplish something, you can do it’ Riana Hain-Gachiri, 13, may have a future in the world of art. The student who began her second year at North Rockford Middle School (NRMS) this week, has earned a full-ride scholarship to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and has also had her work chosen for display at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Riana was highly recommended by her art teacher, Rachel Kibbe, who gave the girl a glowing review. “Riana is creative, hard-working and talented,” Kibbe said. “Riana is not only exceptional in terms of her artworks, she is a natural leader and encourager.” Riana was in Kibbe’s painting and sculpture class at NRMS. “I think it is inspiring,” said Riana’s mother, Alison. “If you really want to accomplish something, you can do it.” Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp has been mentoring young artists for 43 years and is known as a prestigious institution. Being accepted and having the school cover the tuition is an incredible achievement. Alison Hain gives credit to the Rockford school system. “It shows what a fine school North Rockford Middle School is,” she said. “Riana just loves her school and her teachers.” Riana’s painting will be displayed at the University of Michigan for the month of July 2010. Carol Tice, art department director at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, said the display will be in an exhibit which is part of the “Experience Blue Lake” celebration, showcasing art by the students of the camp. Kibbe said, “Riana would be a fantastic addition to any art camp. Her kindness, talent and work ethic make her a delightful student.”

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