A Message for You

God wants to hear from us by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church of Rockford “Dear God, for my birthday I would really like a shiny red wagon and especially a puppy. Thanks for my good life! Amen.” So reads, we imagine, the prayer of a young child: simple requests for things they would like […]

Engagement – September 3, 2009

Hecksel-Martin Greg and Bonnie Hecksel and Ed and Char Martin of Rockford announce the engagement of their children Lauren Hecksel and Kyle Martin. Lauren, of Auburn Hills, Mich., is a 2001 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2006 graduate of Aquinas College with a bachelor of arts degree in special education. She is employed […]

Obituaries – September 3, 2009

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LaRue Mr. John C. LaRue, age 82, of Belmont, passed away Monday, August 31, 2009 at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. John LaRue was born in Bay City, MI and grew up in Detroit where he attended Cass Tech High School. While there he and his buddies formed a fraternity which last met this August. […]

Rockford’s newest business

EATING PASTA AGAIN—Jeff Millard, 15, his sister Jessica, 18, and their mother, Lisa, are happy Poindexter’s opened in downtown Rockford. They are thrilled with the gluten-free products they found at the store because Jeff has Celiac disease and cannot eat food containing gluten. Other specialty items will please downtown shoppers, including old-style bologna, live oysters and American-raised, organic Kobe beef.

Taking a trip through Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace is like taking an abbreviated tour of Michigan and sampling all of its finest products. Poindexter’s, which opened August 11 in the Carriage House adjacent to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, offers a plethora of Michigan’s finest. Think Amish cheeses made in Lakeview, Clancy Fancy Hot Sauce […]

School Beat – September 3, 2009

Three issues demand attention, time by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D.  Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools With the passing of each year, the summer months seem to fly by faster than in previous years even though each day of each year has the same number of minutes and hours! It is hard to believe that I […]