City sparkles during first ice festival

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  Breath-taking sunshine complemented a variety of ice sculptures and activities in downtown Rockford on Saturday, January 9, The first annual Ice Festival drew over 7.000 visitors, packing the town. Live ice carving took place from noon to 4 p.m. in front of Reds on the River—the festival’s primary sponsor—and the Carriage House. Sculptures created […]

School board leaders honored this month

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    Governor Jennifer Granholm and the State Board of Education have recognized January as School Board Recognition Month, and Rockford Public Schools is joining 552 local and 57 intermediate school districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their untiring dedication to public education. “Michiganders benefit every day from the dedicated energies […]

Hors d’oeuvres, music, prizes at benefit

Clarke Family Fund committee members (l–r) Diane Harmon, Dawn Taylor, Paula Maloley, Kathy Uzarski and Fiona Williams display some of the prizes to be raffled off at the January 23 benefit event.

Beat back the winter blues for a fun-filled evening in support of the Clarke Family Fund. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the sounds of DJ Two to Tango. A cash bar will be available. Throughout the evening numerous items will be raffled off, including a condo rental at Lake Charlevoix, a full year of […]

Family Fare developers won’t appeal court decision

The legal battle over an intensive development off Northland Drive in Plainfield Township is over. According to Trustee Vic Mathews, the developers, BDR Inc., agreed not to appeal a decision against their proposed development if the township agreed not to pursue damages incurred from the lawsuit. Matthews said the township might have had a good […]

Squire vacations in Mayan Riviera

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SUNNY HOLIDAY—As beautiful as downtown Rockford was for the holidays, the Altena and Shipaila families still welcomed a ten-day trip to Mexico, their Christmas gift from the family matriarch, Sharon. Staying in the Mayan Riviera in the hotel Barccelo, they snorkled, seeing sea turtles, sting-rays and reef fish. They also enjoyed the unlimited food and […]