September 20 2012


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By TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Lots of questions have been asked by people interested in our upcoming fundraising auction. Most of this column will give answers to a lot of the inquiries, but if readers need clarification or more information, please call 1-616-866-0530. Let’s start by explaining that the auction will be in three parts. Presently over eighty individual entrees are posted for the on-line auction and can be seen at or at These can be viewed and maximum bids can be placed now. All information about the on-line rules is on the site. On Thursday, September 27, 2012, individual bidding starts at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 6:00 P.M. The on-line part concludes on September 27, so that will be a busy bidding day. The second part of the fundraiser concerns a silent auction. It will take place inside the new museum (old 63rd district courthouse building) starting Friday, September 28 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. and continuing on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. All silent auction items will close at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday. Over 150 items are available for silent bidding. The third portion of the project is a live auction, which will occur at 2:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 29. It will be held in the south end of the parking lot behind the new museum on the corner of Maple and Main Streets. Look for the tent where about fifty items will be auctioned live to the highest bidder. All bidders in the silent and live auctions have to register in order to bid. This will not take much time, but participants might want to arrive early to get a bidder number. Music will be part of the day before the live auction Saturday. Here are answers to other questions: Do you still need volunteer help? Yes, please call 866-0530 if available. Do you still want auction donations? Our cut off date was September 19, however if you have an item you think we should have, give us a call. Is there a list of silent or live auction items available? We will have a listing of most items in next week’s Rockford Squire. Look for our full page advertisement. A listing is […]

Showers participates in University of Evansville Freshman service project

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The University of Evansville (UE) is proud to announce that Shain Showers of Belmont participated in the Freshman Service Project on Monday, August 20. The project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville, Ind., including parks, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations, to perform tasks ranging from painting to cleaning to landscaping. The Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin. “The goal of the Freshman Service Project is to help new students such as Showers get acquainted with the community they’ll call home during their college years,” said Geoff Edwards, director of UE’s Center for Student Engagement and coordinator of the Freshman Service Project. “Last year, UE students contributed more than 19,000 hours of community service, and we hope the Freshman Service Project inspires many students to continue serving the Evansville community.”

Save seeds and plant a native prarie

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The September meeting of the Rockford Garden Club, free and open to the public, will meet Tuesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple, in downtown Rockford. Ruth Oldenburg, an Advanced Master Gardener and Master Naturalist will speak on how to collect and save seeds from your garden and how to plant and maintain a native prairie. The meeting is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.  


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John N. Muir, age 83, beloved husband, father and grandpa went home to his Lord September 10, 2012. John was born Aug. 20, 1929 in Lansing, MI to the late Robert and Agnes (Bowden) Muir. He graduated from Lansing Everett H.S. and MSU. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and attended Grand Ledge Baptist Church. John retired from Oldsmobile after 35 years of service. He also enjoyed reading and watching MSU and Detroit sporting events. His happiest moments were those spent with his loving family, especially his granddaughters. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anita; daughter, Nanette (Thomas) Dible of Grand Ledge; precious granddaughters Courtney and Allison, daughter-in-law, Gail Carpenter of Evergreen, CO; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carol and Tracy Davis, Bill and Carolyn Beak and Richard and Patricia Beak; nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by son Brian, two brothers and one sister. A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m. at Holihan-Atkin Funeral Home Grand Ledge. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to RBC Ministries, 3000 Kraft Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 or Eaton Community Palliative Care, 2675 S. Cochran Charlotte, MI 48813. Online condolences and memories can be shared at


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Organizer disappointed about festival decision Dear Editor, For the last 15 years, my family and I have been in charge of the Scarecrow Make-N-Take at the Rockford Harvest Festival. It has always been the last weekend in September and the first two weekends in October. We divide and donate the money between North Kent Community Services and the Rockford Area Historical Society. Two very worthy groups that are special to my family and friends. Starting this year Rockford Chamber of Commerce has decided to eliminate the first weekend of Harvest Festival and I can’t tell you how disappointed this makes us. Not only would we be losing money to donate to the two above organizations, all three weekends have always proved to be busy with scarecrow making, hay rides and other fun activities that help bring visitors to the Rockford community. The Rockford Area Historical Society will be holding their fundraiser auction on Saturday, Sept. 29, and this should bring people to Rockford but unfortunately, there are no other activities planned for Sunday, Sept. 30. I want all our loyal Scarecrow Make-N-Take friends to know that we will be set up all three weekends (rain, snow but hopefully sunshine), Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. See you there! Denise Bradley Rockford

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