Rockford Squire travels to Kenya, East Africa

Mt Longonont in the background

Leland and Marcia Hovingh, Rockford residents travelled to Kenya, East Africa and spent 5 weeks, beginning December 16 to January 18, 2015.  They felt like they were going “home”, after living and working for over 31 years in six different locations in Kenya as missionaries. They enjoyed some wonderful warm and sunny days and have […]

Rockford mayor attends Gov. Snyders speech

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker (right), was joined by special guests Rockford Mayor Jerry Coon and Sandy LeBlanc (not pictured), Grandville/Jenison Chamber of Commerce executive director, for the 2015 State of the State address at the Capitol.

Last week was a “political” week for yours truly. Representative Rob VerHeulen, our representative in the Michigan House’s 74th District, invited me to spend Tuesday night in Lansing at Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech. I accepted that invitation in my official capacity as the City of Rockford’s Mayor. Most of us have visited […]

Condominium development at Burch Body Works property approved by Planning Commission


By BETH ALTENA The Rockford Planning Commission voted 6 to 1 to recommend approval of a condominium development proposed for mostly vacant property that was formerly occupied by Burch Body Works. Commissioner Tammy Bergstrom was the lone nay vote on Thursday, January 22. Rockford City Manager Michael Young opened the evening meeting with a preliminary […]

Governor signs Main Street Fairness bills

Fairness Bills Retail Group-2

Michigan will begin to level the retail playing field this fall when certain out-of-state merchants, including online giant Amazon, are required to collect sales tax just as the state’s retailers do. Governor Rick Snyder signed Michigan Retailers Association’s Main Street Fairness legislation into law on January 15, capping MRA’s long battle to close a tax […]

Largest winter adventure race in U.S. to take place in Rockford!


The Michigan Adventure Race: Winter Edition will be held February 7, 2015, at Camp Roger in Rockford. Registration is now open. Last year’s race drew 300 participants, making it the largest winter adventure race in the U.S. Two-person teams will set out at 9:30 am, running through the woods to hidden checkpoints pre-marked on a […]