Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche–Spruce branch tips

Pounding front feet, a flicking tail, and loud chatter from a red squirrel demonstrates its defiance as it scolds me in his woods. I do not view the woods as his, mine, or yours. We live and share a space for a short time on Earth and hopefully leave it healthy for those that follow […]

Third Annual Write Michigan Contest Winners Announced

Kent County, Mich.—Kent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category. “We’ve had another successful year,” said KDL Assistant Director […]

Rockford Dance Team Program Expands to Include Middle School Team


Rockford has always been known for their strong athletic teams, and dance has been no exception. With strong competitive studios in our area such as Rhythm Dance Center, Rockford School of Dance, and Dance Dimensions, girls often start training at age 4 or 5! The Rams have had successful JV and Varsity teams for decades, […]

Rockford bowling boys

Rockford bowling boys coach Paul Bellgraph was relatively pleased with his team’s performance on Feb. 9 and 11 in the beginning of OK Red post-conference play. Action started Feb. 9 at Grand Haven. “I thought we did OK,” Bellgraph said. “We shot a 361 in the baker games and then topped 1,000 in each of […]

Rams fall to Forest Hills Central 34-28


It was a night of what could have been when the Rockford wrestling team squared off with Forest Hills Central at the Rangers gym on Wednesday, February 11th. It was a Division 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association District final with the winner advancing to Rockford the following Wednesday for Regional action. The Rams were […]