Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

by TERRY KONKLE President When my wife and I moved to Rockford in the summer of 1960, we soon found out about the Buena Vista Dairy Bar. Ice cream cones and malteds were part of our routine and as many readers know, the Buena Vista Dairy Bar building at the end of Lewis Street was […]

Michigan State Police celebrates 96 years

The Michigan State Police (MSP) celebrated its 96th anniversary during Michigan State Police History Week, April 14 – 20, 2013. “What started as a small cavalry of men has evolved into a complex, professional law enforcement agency responsible for not only general police investigative services and traffic patrol, but also forensic science services, statewide criminal […]

Three outstanding community members honored

The Rockford Lions awarded their highest honor, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, to three of their members. Lions Terry Kalemba, Tom VonEschen and Bob Winegar all received this recognition for the year 2012 to 2013. The fellowship award embodies the humanitarianism ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The three recipients serve as […]

Tri-River Historical Museum Network presents Spring Into the Past

Tour some of West Michigan’s finest small museums as they celebrate the 11th anniversary of this event.  The Tri-River Historical Museum Network is planning its annual museum tour Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5  from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. each day. The Tri-River Historical Museum Network of 25 area historical societies provides a […]

John Ball launches blog… and they’re telling some awfully good stories!

Who knew that John Ball Zoo had two of the oldest kelp gulls in the world?  Who knew that the penguins are little thieves?  These factoids, along with many other eye-opening and surprising details, are shared in John Ball Zoo’s new ZOO BLOG, that launched April 11,. The Zoo plans to release a new blog […]