Valley View students give to animals this Christmas

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With the thought of giving instead of receiving, Mrs. Osborn’s third-grade class at Valley View Elementary School collected supplies for the Kent County Animal Shelter. They loved the idea of bringing in dog food, cat litter, blankets and bleach for the shelter. During their class Christmas party—which they themselves decorated for with dog decor—the animal […]

Who is teaching whom? part II

Obedience training for your pets by SAM HYER When your “fur child” is about six months old, it is time to begin a program of more advanced obedience training. You need to put aside some time for training each and every day. Plan on spending half an hour each day to work with your dog—15 […]

What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?

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by ANA OLVERA “For New Year’s Eve I just hang out with friends and family now, but when I was in high school I would watch whichever Lord of the Rings movie was out, decorate my room, dress up drinking fake wine, and watch the ball drop on tv.” —Amanda Turner Rockford       […]

Rockford man’s animatronic creations may make second career

Cory Ackerman thought life as he knew it was over when he was diagnosed with a debilitating brain tumor. He found a new way to apply his old skills when he volunteered to create animatronic props for an American Legion fundraiser.

Cory Ackerman used to work on robotics for a factory in Boston and traveled the United States as part of his job. A brain tumor ended that career and landed him back in his hometown of Rockford. A member of the Rockford American Legion Post, Ackerman heard about a party fundraiser the post planned for […]

Waltzing worries away popular at ambulance station

  Thirteen-year-old Tessa Paul-Cox didn’t really want to go to the free dance classes her mother Sandra has been enjoying so much, but once she arrived, she saw many others were having a great time. Sandra and Tessa were two of about 30 people who showed up on an off-day practice session on Tuesday, November […]