New dentist takes over retired Conklin’s practice

IT’S A DEAL—Dr. John Conklin (right) closes the deal of turning over his dental practice to Dr. Douglas Martin on the golf course.

Douglas Martin grew up just 120 miles from Rockford, but after he earned his doctorate in dentistry, the Air Force and his following career took him all over the country. Now, with 23 years of experience and with plenty of progressive West Coast practices to offer, he has taken over the general dentistry office of […]

Adult book club begins soon

The Kent District Library will again offer its “Let It Snow” adult book club beginning December 1. The program offers prizes and more for readers and runs through March 31, 2010. Sign up at your local branch to receive a bingo card with squares representing various kinds of books. Play bingo while you read, and […]

Halfway Restaurant offers free meals to those affected by economy

Michelle Worden (left) and Missy Brower (right), owners of Halfway Restaurant in Rockford, are happy to provide Thanksgiving dinners free of charge to those in need. A Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be an occasion to dwell on temporary financial setbacks, and sisters Michelle Worden and Missy Brower, owners of the Halfway Restaurant, 10792 14 Mile Road, […]

Long-time police dispatcher leaves Rockford

WISHING WELL—Sam Russell is thanked for her many years of service by Rockford’s Police Chief Dave Jones.

Sam Russell will return to Greenville roots If you walked into the Rockford Police Department anytime in the last decade-and-a-half, chances are you talked to Sam Russell. Friday, Nov.13 was the last day for the “grandmother” of the department, who started her law enforcement career in Greenville, where she says everyone called her mom. She […]

Holiday Enchantment — November 18, 2009

Heart of Rockford businesses kick off holidays Healthcare product drive to benefit North Kent Service Center clients Grand Rapids ranks as one of the nation’s more philanthropic communities, and Rockford is certainly well-known for its support of charity events, food drives, faith-based initiatives, and support of nonprofits near and far. This rings especially true at […]