New shop at 19 N. Monroe Street in cute yellow building Stephanie Heaton is excited to be back doing what she considers her life’s calling. The custom floral designer earned a living as a dental hygienist, but missed the floral business she sold in Lowell. Here in Rockford, she has opened her doors this week at 19 N. Monroe St., home of Flower Garden Floral. “I have a passion for decorating,” said Stephanie, who, with business partner Jeff Barger, has been preparing the 1,300-square-foot space adjacent to Grand Dental. The cheerful yellow building now boasts a custom-made cooler for fresh, live flowers. The cooler is the work of Jeff, who has been in the construction business. “Construction work has been slow,” Jeff said. He and Stephanie have created their own employment—she working on the design and arrangements, and he is the “behind the scenes” with the bookkeeping end of the business. They also employ Sonja Baldwin, one of Stephanie’s childhood friends. “It was like it was meant to be,” Jeff said of Sonja and Stephanie running into each other recently. “They had lost touch with each other and hadn’t seen each other for years.” As plans for Flower Garden Floral were coming together and it was time to look for a delivery person, Sonja and Stephanie ran into each other. It turned out Sonja was looking for a job. “We always play Christian music in the shop. That’s just who we are,” said Stephanie, when asked what is unique about Flower Garden Floral. She said she also offers alternatives to traditional floral displays, such as candy bouquets and gift baskets. The shop also offers plaques and decorator items with Christian quotes. In addition to real and silk floral arrangements, Flower Garden has a variety of home décor items. What is most distinctive about Flower Garden, Stephanie believes, is her unique style of floral arrangements. She loves the work because it allows her to offer a service that helps people. She and Jeff chose Rockford as a location for their business because they believe it is a community that is growing and has so much going on. “There is so much going on here all the time,” she said. “I feel we are here to make new friends, […]
Squire Newspaper visits Africa
Due to public interest, Solon Township has decided to expand their farmer’s market/craft show to include an outdoor flea market beginning this Saturday, May 22. The market will be located north of the stable at 15185 Algoma Ave. Venders can apply with Linda Badgerow at Solon Township 616-696-1718. A refundable $20.00 deposit will be required to ensure prompt removal of any unsold items. The market will run concurrent with the existing farmer’s market every Saturday through September from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
After seeing an owl fly in and out of a hollow in their tree on Courtland Street in Rockford, Jessi and Dan Heeringa took a look to see what was up. A ladder climb of about 20 feet gave them the surprise of seeing an Eastern screech owl tending her brood of two owlets. The Eastern screech owl eats a variety of small animals. The only small owl with eartufts, the Eastern screech owl is a bird of the night and has a descending wailing sound. These owls eat from one-quarter to one-third of their own body weight in food each night. They range in length from 6.3 to 9.8 inches with a wingspan of 18,9 to 24 inches, and weigh between 4.3 and 8.6 ounces. Owls are a protected species.
This year the Rockford community, including the Squire, lost one of its greatest fans. Dave Kendall, who grew up in Rockford and graduated from Rockford High School in 1959, lived most of his adult life in and around Sydney, Australia, where he developed a very successful ministry to youth through music and humor. He was widely known there as a popular speaker and gospel singer. His CDs of original stand-up comedy routines and gospel music, some of which he composed himself, are still on the market (Google Dave Kendall, Australia, Frayed Edge Communication for more). He died suddenly of a stroke on January 4 during a full ministry career, leaving behind three grown daughters, his wife Donna and 11-year-old daughter Madison. Dave’s Rockford friends remained special to him. To his Rockford High School classmates at their 45th reunion he wrote, “You have no idea how the memories of those formative years have been a source of delight and strength to me over the years.” He read The Rockford Squire online every week from Australia. His hometown held the same place in the hearts of many long-time Rockfordians, too. Some of them have planned a gathering to honor him, to which everyone is invited. On Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m., a memorial service for Dave Kendall will be held at Rockford Baptist Church, his second home as a teenager, where he was a member. The service will be informal, as accounts of Dave’s stories and jokes, his music, and above all, his intimate walk with God will be shared. Betty Wonders and Gracia Scholton will recreate some of his music, and Pastor Larry Rowland of Rockford Baptist Church will lead the service. Those who knew Dave will be blessed and comforted. Those who did not will be inspired by this glimpse into his life. All are invited to the service and the luncheon afterward. Those desiring will have opportunity to contribute to a memorial gift for Dave’s widow Donna as she raised their daughter alone while working toward a teaching degree to better provide for her. Those unable to attend the service may send their gift to Marge Dickinson, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW, #A-205, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Please make checks payable to Marge, […]
ALL THE WAY-The Bowman family took a copy of their hometown paper along as they went to Africa to help with a hospital built with inspiration by Dave Bowman (left) and, according to him, plenty of miracles. The Bowmans and their children continue to look for ways to improve the lives of their family in Christ with their work in Sudan. See www.pccsudan.org to find out more.