Rockford researcher reveals ‘History’s Mysteries’


Secrets of the past are hidden in plain sight By BETH ALTENA Not only does the past never leave, its evidence is all around if only we know what we are looking at. This was more or less the premise for a very interesting and informative talk by Jerry DeMaagd at a recent Rockford Historical […]

Experience the flavors of holidays at Taste of Ric’s Saturday, December 8

Event focuses on local producers By BETH ALTENA Expect some twenty-five mostly Michigan based food producers, live holiday music, carriage rides and Santa in a party atmosphere at Ric’s Food Center, 6767 Belding Road Saturday, December 8 from noon to 3 p.m. Ric’s is offering their annual Holiday Taste of Ric’s with lots of free […]

Ireland trip celebrates ‘thirty years of a community coming back’

Cannonsburg Village invites all to once-in-a-lifetime adventure   By BETH ALTENA   “What was here thirty years ago?” asked Don Kurlyowicz of the now bustling Village of Cannonsburg. Kurlyowicz described the reason he has for planning a most ambitious celebration of the anniversary of the rebirth of the village. “The mill was abandoned, the bar […]

Kent County Animal Shelter Assists Montcalm County


GRAND RAPIDS – This week, more than 50 pets were taken from a home in Montcalm County by the Montcalm County Animal Control. The seizure from the home meant a big influx of animals all at once, so the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) offered assistance. Last night, three dogs that were housed at the […]

Harvest Fest wraps up under tough weather conditions

The winners for the Halloween Costume Contest were: Grand Prize: Autumn Fairy, First Place: Legos, Second Place: Flamenco Dancer, Most Scary: Skeleton Zombie, Most Original: Zombie Brothers; Funniest: Cabbage Patch Baby; Honorable Mention: Baby Marathon Runner.

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC), and its volunteers, put on a brave face and plenty of rain gear for the final Harvest Festival Weekend. Mother Nature wreaked havoc all weekend with torrential downpours, plenty of wind and one day that could be called chilly at best, and another that was considered warm. Welcome to […]