web analytics

Tag Archive | "Allen"

Newspaper publisher dies at age 84


Roger Allen

Roger Allen

Roger Allen, of Rockford, Michigan, and formerly of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, January 5 after a long battle with heart disease.

He was well known in both communities as publisher of the Rockford Squire newspaper and founder of The Cedar Springs Post. He wrote a weekly column for both papers, and many people appreciated Roger’s wit and humor. It was one of the most popular pages in the newspaper. If his column didn’t run for some reason, people called and wanted to know where it was.

Roger was the son of Elizabeth and Joseph Gilbert (Gib) Allen. He was born in Washington D.C. on June 20,1928.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the aftermath of World War II, but before the Korean Conflict. The Post interviewed him in 2008 about his time in Korea.

“I joined shortly after my 18th birthday,” said Allen. He served for 18 months in the US Army field artillery from 1947-1948. “I was sent directly to Korea. I went there and stayed there. I couldn’t even get a weekend pass,” he said.

Allen said he didn’t see any action while in Korea. “We did a lot of guard duty,” he noted. He said that there was only one time he was close to shooting someone. “I was on guard duty at the hospital and it was dark. There was a Korean boy rummaging around in the trash. I couldn’t shoot him because I forgot the word for halt,” he said with a grin.

Allen said the most memorable events for him happened during World War II, before he went into the service. “During the war, clothes, meat and gas were rationed. The entire country was wrapped up in the war.”

He said everyone listened to news of the war on the radio and saw it on newsreels in the movie theatres. “The Battle of the Bulge, the landing at Salerno, fighting in North Africa, Japan landing in the Aleutian Islands, Germans sinking ships. It was a tough time,” he recalled.

Allen said that his mother was an air raid warden during that time in New Jersey. “We had to have the shades drawn, and lights out so that the bombers couldn’t see us. She walked the neighborhood making sure everyone did that,” he explained.

He noted that the war seemed quite close with German ships in the Atlantic. “I had an acquaintance, on a supply ship, who was sunk by a destroyer just off the coast of Atlantic City,” he noted.

Roger married Alice Vautier Fairweather September 7, 1950. The couple had four children, Kristan Elizabeth, Lois Jean, Mark Fairweather and Elizabeth Jean. Kristan preceded her father in death. Roger is also survived by his sister, Nancy of California.

-N-Roger-horse-n-buggyRoger was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He was a founding member of Homeland Security, and a long-time employee of the government, working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the end of his career he was the media spokesman who gave interviews to television and press reporters following natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.

Roger was a modern-day Renaissance man. For many years he raised his children on a farm in Cedar Springs, raising much of the family’s food and bartering for goods. Roger and Mark built the home and farm buildings themselves.
Many times he called being publisher of the Rockford Squire newspaper the best job he ever had. He bought the Squire when it was the Rockford Weekly Register and in bankruptcy in the early 1980s. He felt that it was important that the town’s oldest business and only newspaper stay in publication.

Roger posing with the Easter Bunny at the Post’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Roger posing with the Easter Bunny at the Post’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

He bought the Squire while living in Cedar Springs, and his neighbors complained and told him they wanted a newspaper in Cedar Springs, too. (The Clipper was no longer printing.) So he founded the Cedar Springs Post in 1988 and turned over the reins to his wife, Alice, and daughter, Lois. His daughter Beth runs the Squire.

Roger wrote his weekly columns without fail for over 30 years. When he traveled, he called the column Roger on the Road, and when he was in town he called the column Main Street. His column always featured jokes, anecdotes and his own wry commentary on world events. After a heart surgery several years ago he was no longer able to travel. He bought property in Rockford, built a house and lived out his last days there.

Family and friends will gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 at Pederson funeral home to reminisce about Roger and say their final farewell. But his clever wit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him, and in the archives of the local newspaper.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments (3)

The state of the newspaper address


Believe in community

Support businesses that support your local newspaper

By Lois Allen, publisher
Rockford has recently seen the shut down of one of their two local newspapers. The Rockford Independent, owned by Stafford Communications out of Greenville, Michigan, has ceased to cover and print Rockford area news. Rockford now has one local newspaper, The Rockford Squire.
Will Cedar Springs lose their one and only?
The Post has a great following of readership. We have over 1,600 friends on facebook (and a few enemies off). For over two decades, we have viewed the people of Cedar Springs through the eyes of a reporter, arriving at accidents and fires, attending city council and school board meetings, documenting historical tragedies, personal moments, growth and loss. We are a reflection of the stories and people that appear on our printed pages. We hear the voice of the people and we are their eyes and ears when they cannot attend meetings or events that may affect them.
The newspaper brings everyone together in good and bad times as one community. And this is a great little community. When a business places their advertising in the local newspaper, they are sending a message to you: “I believe in [this] community.”
However, like many small businesses, it is a fragile thing and is not immune from economic decline. The Post stands alone and is not owned or supported by a corporate body. It does not receive government grants or special tax breaks. It is like any other business. It has to make payroll, printing and it has to pay its bills. Each newspaper costs almost $1 to produce from start to finish. Truly, it’s no small feat we are still printing every week.  While some local newspapers may be thriving, we are struggling day to day to break even.
We are not asking for support from our business community in, around and next to Cedar Springs, we offer a SOLUTION for them. Utilize your local newspaper. We can be the first step in your business recovery.
We print 5,000 newspapers and distribute them to everyone. Our web site is open and available to anyone, which had more than 13,000 visits last week. Yes, that’s in just one week. The site had 8,000 hits in just one day alone. How can you not see a value in that? Maybe it’s still too small to attract big business, but what local business wouldn’t want nearly 20,000 potential customers (print and web combined) knowing they are here? Who else can offer that locally?
As our community grows, it draws bigger business. But big business doesn’t need the local newspaper. They have thousands and even millions in advertising dollars to run nationally or spend big bucks on direct mail advertising.
Small businesses should take advantage—you can afford the local newspaper! What better place to promote what you have to offer than next to the faces and stories of your customers?
We want to keep printing these stories and faces. We want to continue to document the heart and soul of Cedar Springs. And, if not enough see the value in it then they will surely lose it—forever. And so will the people of Cedar Springs. Imagine what Cedar Springs would be like without the Post.
If it was up to you (the readers) or me, of course, we want the Post to keep coming. But it’s not up to us. So I’m calling on all local businesses, doctors, lawyers, car repair shops, beauty salons, dentists, plumbers, electricians, tree farms, retail shops and anyone wishing to do business in Cedar Springs! Use this local paper. Spend some of your advertising dollars here. It’s the most American thing you can do.
We deserve our paper too!

Posted in News, Voices and ViewsComments Off

Kristan Elizabeth Allen


Born February 27, 1954 in St. Johns, Michigan, Kristan died on November 21, 2011 in Sparta, Michigan. Beloved daughter of Alice and Roger Allen, she resided at the Ida Red Group Home in Sparta, Michigan. Kristy was much loved and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. She is survived by her mother, Alice Fairweather Allen of Cedar Springs; her father Roger Allen of  Rockford; her sisters, Lois Allen of  Cedar Springs and Elizabeth (William) Altena of Rockford; her brother Mark (Michelle) Allen of  Seattle, Washington; nephews Will and Ethan Altena and Benjamin and Andrew Allen. Also surviving are her aunts, Emily Driver of Howard, Pennsylvania, May Houtenville of Plainsboro, New Jersey and Nancy (Bill) Rodgers of San Rafael, California.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

Posted in ObituaryComments Off

Thank You


The Allen Family wishes to give their most heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Ida Red Group Home. We are thankful for the care and affection given to our beloved sister, daughter and aunt Kristan “Krissy” during her time with them.
It makes our heart swell knowing that she was greeted every day with a hug, which she gave and received willing and completely. We could feel peace knowing that she was happy and cared for with love and understanding.
Also, we would like to express our appreciation for the lovely memorial service that was held for her.
It is an emotion that cannot be conveyed with just words, but here they are, “Thank you.”
Lois, Roger, Alice, Mark, Beth

Posted in Thank YouComments Off

Where have all my goldfish gone?


This four foot tall Great Blue Heron surprised publisher Lois Allen early Monday morning when it was discovered standing by her pool located in Spencer Township by Maston Lake. “I didn’t open my pool this year so it’s full of frogs,” said Allen. Allen also has a small pond in her back yard. “I haven’t seen any of my gold fish lately either,” said Allen.
Indeed, the Great Blue Heron is actually common to Michigan wetlands. And, surprise, they feed on fish, frogs and other small animals they can get with a quick jab of the beak!
Send your Michigan wildlife photos to us. Just email to: news@cedarspringspost.com.

Posted in NewsComments Off

Happy birthday, Post!


By Post editor, Judy Reed

What were you doing, in July, 23 years ago, when the Cedar Springs Post was born? Some of the headlines for July 1988 included:

•    USSR launches Phobos II for Martian orbit
•    Sting performs first rainforest concert
•    Florence Joyner runs 100m in 10.49 seconds for world record
•    4 billion tv viewers watch Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday tribute
•    Michael Dukakis selected as Democratic presidential candidate

Some people here grew up with the Cedar Springs Post, and don’t remember what it was like not to have their own hometown newspaper. The previous newspaper, The Cedar Springs Clipper, served the area well for over 100 years. Once it closed, the area relied on out-of-town newspapers for four years to publish only bits and pieces of Cedar Springs news, much like area newspapers do today. Then on July 28, 1988, Roger Allen, publisher of the Rockford Squire, rented out an office from Sipple TV, on 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs, and started the great little newspaper you still have today—The Cedar Springs Post.

Roger’s daughter, Lois, took over operation of the paper, with her mother Alice, in 1989, and the paper has undergone changes in staff, style and adapted to the times. We started out as an all black and white newspaper, and slowly introduced color. We now have more color pages on a weekly basis than ever before, which means more room for color photos showcasing our community. We’ve also introduced technology for those who would rather interact with us through the computer. You can communicate with us by email, and we now have our website newspaper (cedarspringspost.com) and a facebook page. Both sites are interactive and we really like to see your questions and comments.

We’ve also recently introduced another product—an e-edition. The e-edition is a digital pdf copy of the paper that goes to print each week, complete with ads. This edition, which you can find a link to on our website, is for those people who might prefer to read our paper online, but want to see everything as it was published. It’s a good option for those who live in another city, state or country and don’t like to wait weeks to get their paper in the mail. This version is not interactive, however. It’s just an electronic version  of the paper copy. You can access the e-edition by going to our website (www.cedarspringspost.com) and clicking on e-edition. This version will be free for a limited time, and will eventually be added as a choice of something you can subscribe to. Please take a look, and let us know what you think of the e-edition, by email (news@cedarspringspost.com), by commenting on this story on our website, or posting on our facebook page.

On the down side, our newsroom and sales staff is the slimmest it’s ever been. And that is a reflection of the newspaper industry in general. We thank you, our readers, for your loyalty and willingness to step in and be citizen journalists from time to time. We love getting your photos and news about local events. And we thank our business partners for seeing the importance of supporting us, your local newspaper. Local businesses that advertise in the paper are what pays for the paper to be printed each week. We ask our readers to also thank them by shopping with them and letting them know you saw them in the Post!

One thing that hasn’t changed is our mission. We still try to deliver the news you can use each week. In addition to the regular “hard” news such as accidents and fires, where else will you find what size catfish Johnny caught, who won the spelling bee, what the women’s club did last week, and who was arrested for drunken driving? Nowhere! Because the other papers don’t care—but we do. This newspaper is about YOU. And it will continue to be about you as long as we’re here. Thank you for the opportunity to let us into your home each week, and we look forward to a new year of serving you.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments (1)


advert

LOCAL Advertisers

Kent Theatre
The POST
Bryne Electrical

Get the Cedar Springs Post in your mailbox for only $35.00 a year!