A pair of Danes downtown

Great Danes assist with Reading Rocks in Rockford Tater Tot and Dexter are both therapy dogs and Great Danes. According to Chris Brundidge of Grand Rapids and West Michigan Therapy Dogs, there are many breeds in the program you might not expect, such as pit bulls and rotweilers. Dexter, 36 inches at the shoulder and […]

Ritzenhein takes sixth in World 10,000-meter race

ROCKFORD STAR—Dathan Ritzenhein in the 2004 Olympic Trials. The Rockford native just placed sixth in the world in a World Championships race and looks forward to his next shot at the Olympics. It will be his third time as an Olympic athlete.

by BETH ALTENA Former Rockford runner and two-time Olympic athlete Dathan Ritzenhein placed sixth in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, in the 10,000-meter race on Monday, August 17. It is an amazing accomplishment: the fourth-fastest time ever run by an American in the event, the second-fastest ever by a native-born American. Ritzenhein said […]

Reading Festival promises fun Saturday

THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO AS MAYOR—Include dressing silly to promote the town’s newest festival, Reading Rocks in Rockford. Mayor Chi Chi Rogers reads with Rockford Rotary president Ramona Hinton. As part of Hinton’s presidency, she came up with this new festival to promote literacy in an active, hands-on way.

Rockford is a town of many talents and a town of many exciting summmer events. This Saturday, August 29, Rockford Rotary combines the two in the newest annual event: Reading Rocks in Rockford. Reading will be anything but a sedate, solitary pursuit this weekend with active and hands-on activities with a reading theme. Rockford Rotary […]

‘King of Cannonsburg’ seeks successor

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‘I’m keeping the moose’ “If I sold it off in bits and pieces, the synergy goes away. They have to buy it all or nothing,” Don Kurylowicz, long-time business owner in Cannonsburg, has posted his domain for sale. With an asking price of just under $4.5 million, the properties aren’t for just anyone, and Kurylowicz […]

Stites earns DNR master angler status

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CATCH OF THE WEEK—Carl Stites of Rockford catches a 22.5-inch small-mouth bass on Intermediate Lake in northern Michigan near Bellaire. The fish qualified for master angler status with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, after being measured and released. If you think you have a “Catch of the Week,” send us your photo and information […]