by Judy Reed Joan and Chuck Carpenter, of Oakfield Township, were heading westbound on M-57 to a doctor’s appointment Tuesday about 12:08 p.m., near Redmond Avenue, when the unthinkable happened. “The car in front of me just swerved across the center line and into that truck,” said Chuck, who was visibly shaken by the accident. The car in front of them had hit an eastbound semi-tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel. “It was like something out of a wild movie,” remarked Joan. “The car flew up and spun around. I really thought it was going to hit us.” For a couple of minutes, Chuck and Joan said they were the only ones on the scene. Then two men stopped and helped get the truck driver out. The semi had overturned and caught on fire, spilling its contents. Courtland and Oakfield Fire Departments responded to the scene, and quickly doused the flames. The truck driver escaped with non-life threatening injuries. The westbound driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting Michigan State Police at the scene were the fire departments, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kent County Road Commission. The accident is still under investigation.
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.
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 […]
The one-hundredth graduating class of Rockford High School buried a time capsule to commemorate the occasion twenty-five years ago. This Saturday it’s coming out. The public is welcome to observe the event at North Rockford Middle School on Ten Mile (Division) at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. The time capsule is a concrete burial vault donated by Pederson Funeral Home. The Squire covered the burial twenty-five years ago. As quoted in the Squire on May 15, 1984, among items were Dave Vandenboss’ pair of red high-topped tennis shoes. LP (long play) records with music popular at the time, newspapers, magazines, a horn from the band, a class ring and more. The seniors tried to capture a little bit of what their four years at Rockford High School were like, as well as some memories of 1984. It will be interesting to see what is unearthed from the past. The capsule was buried at what was then Rockford’s High School.
Carly Olson of Rockford hasn’t cut her hair since she was four years old-until now. The former East Rockford Middle School student cut her long hair for Locks for Love. “My aunt had to have a wig while she was fighting cancer,” Carly said. Her aunt lost her fight with the disease. Carly’s cousin donated to Locks for Love last fall and Carly thought it was a great idea to do the same. She also wanted to surprise her classmates, who have only known her with very long hair. It takes ten ponytails to create one wig of real human hair.