September 29 2011

Rockford sergeant receives award for bravery

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MSP Bomb Squad officer a Rockford resident  At a special ceremony held in Lansing last week, Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presented Rockford resident Sgt. Joseph Roney, a member of the Bomb Squad, with the MSP Meritorious Award for placing his life in danger to protect others. In April, after returning from a call, Sergeant Roney saw smoke and flames coming from his vehicle, caused by an electrical failure, as he parked it in the garage. As a result of the earlier call, the truck was now transporting high explosives. Recognizing this danger, Sergeant Roney backed the burning truck outside of the garage. After several unsuccessful attempts to extinguish the fire, he contacted the local fire department. Before firefighters arrived, he made several trips into the burning and smoke-filled truck to remove the explosives it held. In awarding Sergeant Roney with the MSP Meritorious Award, the department recognizes that because of his quick actions and decision to enter the burning vehicle transporting the explosives, he was able to protect not only the property, but also the lives of the nearby employees. Sergeant Roney enlisted with the department in 1994, graduating as a member of the 110th Trooper Recruit School. He served at the Ionia Post before being assigned to the Bomb Squad.  

Rockford to celebrate Heritage Weekend

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The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to harvest some family fun. The second installment of Harvest Fest, Heritage Weekend, will feature hayrides, scarecrow-making, children’s activities, a craft and food fair, chili cook-off, car show, kids’ tractor pull, and many other fall activities. Special events this weekend will tickle your appetite, delight your eyes, and help you celebrate a beautiful autumn. Saturday features Rockford’s 26th Annual Harvest Fest Chili Cook-Off and it is a sure-fired winner. The 5th Annual Car Show always is a crowd-pleaser and features incredible cars dating from Model T’s to street rods to elegant classics. The show always gets visiting families and friends to share histories with each other, noting cars they grew up with or seeing their dream car. Ask our firefighter friends who are judging this contest what is their favorite “ride.” The Kids’ Tractor Pull draws plenty of excitement for all ages. The Rockford Squire coloring contest winners will be announced prior to the tractor pull. The weekend features crafters, food such as steak sandwiches, steamed corn on the cob and apple dumplings. Want a captured memory? Dan DeWard of Studio D2D will be running his photo booth Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Izaak Walton League will be there to share information with nature identification on the White Pine Trail, and the YMCA is featuring children’s activities. D&W Plaza is the place to be to see our local Rockford Police/D.A.R.E. car, Rockford fire engines, and Rockford Ambulance will be promoting bike safety. Enjoy family fun by participating in kids’ games and pumpkin painting. For exact times, see this week’s Squire pages 10 and 11, and Harvest Fest brochures are located at various businesses around the Rockford area. Please visit the RCC website at for more information on Harvest Fest and entry forms.  

REF welcomes Second City for two nights for annual fundraiser

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Tickets on sale now! Rockford will have twice the laughs when Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe The Second City returns for two nights January 20-21, 2012, to benefit the Rockford Education Foundation (REF). Second City was the annual event entertainment for REF in 2010, selling out before the January performance. This year Second City will perform two nights at Rockford High School’s Fine Arts Auditorium as part of the group’s “Laugh Out Loud” tour. “We were sorry that we had to turn away fans hoping to see Second City in 2010 and are delighted to bring the troupe back for two nights in 2012,” said Sue Arend, REF administrator. “This should give everyone the opportunity to see this innovative comedy team in action.” Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has been the premier training ground for comedy’s best and brightest. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, and includes Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as well as legends like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner. Tickets for The Second City are $35 and are available by calling REF at (616) 863-6317 or through REF’s website at Event sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Sample sale raises $145,123 for charity

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Tops last year’s by $25,000  When the night ended, the annual Wolverine Worldwide sample sale had sold $145,123 in deeply discounted footwear and clothing. The event is an annual one with the sale proceeds going to United Way. Wolverine urges each division of its brands to save the samples (the products set out as demos on the tops of displays) to be sold at this sale as a fundraiser for United Way. In years past, the sample sale was only open to employees of Wovlerine, but has now been opened for the public as well. The apparel of Wolverine’s brands sell for $50 to $70 usually, but at the sale go for $10. Organizer Julie Townsend commented, “It was a great day. We had approximately 1,800 people at the public sale. Many people got a great deal of holiday shopping done in just a few hours. The deals were amazing.” Michael Bohnsack, Director Merrell Retail, was giving “Deal of the Hour” specials and product was flying off the shelves. The sample sale topped last year’s sale totals of approximately $120,000. “It was great times, all for a great cause,” Townsend said. “The Heart of West Michigan United Way was truly happy with the results of the efforts put into the event. And I’m sure the local community feels fortunate at the great deals they were able to get. It is a win-win for everyone.”

Parents advised to raise empowered kids

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Best-selling author/speaker and weekly columnist for the Washington Times, Marybeth Hicks will address issues about popular culture, media, values and the trends that influence the next generation and are shaping our nation’s future. Hicks provides a strong voice for parents, grandparents and concerned citizens who want to protect our children and the country they will inherit by promoting the values and virtues that have made our nation exceptional. She speaks from the heart and from experience, sharing both the poignant and hilarious moments that punctuate family life as well as timely observations about the political and cultural landscape that all Americans should know. “Today’s parents must be brave parents and stand up to the relentless pressure to be politically correct,” said Hicks. Hicks’ presentation, “Parenting Fourth through Eighth Graders—How to Raise Genuine, Enthusiastic, Empowered Kids in Today’s Grow-Up-Too-Fast World,” will be held at the Family Life Center, 6390 Belmont Ave. NE, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Following the presentation, there will be refreshments and books available for sale, including Hicks’ latest, “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid—Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom.” For more information about the event, contact Kathleen Rahe at or Mike Micele at If you are in need of childcare during the event, please contact Kathleen Feeney at or Corie Ripple at to pre-register.

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