Rockford firefighter graduates from Police Academy

Double proud—Rockford’s Robert Berkstresser, who has been a firefighter for the city since 1992, has graduated from police training academy. His daughter Holly, a 2004 Rockford High School graduate, also graduated from a police academy this summer.

by BETH ALTENA “It was a challenge, especially being older. If I was in my twenties like everyone else in the class, it would have been easier,” Bob Berkstresser, 51, made the statement about a grueling 16-week, 594-hour police training academy. Berkstresser just completed the class, allowing him to join the ranks of Rockford’s relatively […]

‘Pure Michigan’ tale of two bridge walks

Surrounded by friends and family, 
Karen Fish Wartella carries an insulated collapsible Budweiser cooler containing the cremated remains of her late husband Charles F. “Chuckie Bud” Wartella while participating in her first ever (and his last) Cheboygan Labor Day State Street Bridge Walk.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Labor Day morning found the Hills in Mackinaw City to again participate in this year’s 55th annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. This is a tradition we began many years ago and plan on continuing for as long as we’re able to walk or can find somebody willing to push […]

Student door-to-door donation drive nearly doubles goal with 16,000

From one to two, now 21 students are participating in a Rockford school club to raise donations for underprivileged students and the Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Club. Pictured are some of the club members.

‘This is an example of Rockford students giving outside of their community’ “What did you do on your summer vacation?” This ageless question can be answered unexpectedly by two Rockford students and a host of their classmates. They knocked on over 5,000 doors asking for a small donation for underprivileged kids and ended up with […]

Village race raises two grand for NKCS

Mike Jonkman (left), 56, and his son Kenzie (middle), 17, a senior at Rockford High School, and Sean Hogan (right), 15, a Rockford High School sophomore, are all smiles after completing Monday’s Duathlon in Cannonsburg. They take a break on Cannonsburg Road before heading to the refreshment tent.

by JOHN HOGAN Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s provided ideal conditions for nearly 150 participants in the second annual Honey Creek Duathlon held Monday in downtown Cannonsburg. Racers covered more than 18 miles on bike and on foot, and then returned to Honey Creek Inn for an afternoon of food, drink and […]

Courtland man arrested on CSC charges

CSC-charges

A Courtland Township man and former firefighter has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC). According to Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, the incident allegedly occurred at the home of Terry Lynn Welch, 51, the evening of August 16, or the early morning hours of August 17, and involved a juvenile. Welch […]