KCRC Honored for Operational Best Practices at 2015 CRA Highway Conference

(Grand Rapids, MI) The County Road Association of Michigan (CRA) has honored the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) with an IMPRESS Award for its 2015 Strategic Plan (bit.ly/kcrcStrategicPlan). The award was one of six presented at the annual CRA Highway Conference held in Lansing last week to recognize exemplary projects in communications and operations by […]

128th Trooper Recruit School Begins

Hometown heroes prepare for State Police careers LANSING. Yesterday, 85 prospective troopers reported to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing for the first day of the 128th Trooper Recruit School. For the next 21 weeks, between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., the recruits will receive training in firearms, […]

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, […]