MacGregor invites local fire chief to House ceremony honoring 9/11 anniversary

State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, attends the second annual 9/11 ceremony held by the Michigan House of Representatives with Courtland Township Fire Chief Mickey Davis.

The Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday hosted a ceremony honoring first responders and Michigan natives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. State Rep. Peter MacGregor invited Courtland Township Fire Chief Mickey Davis to the event. “Sept. 11, 2001 was a tragic day in our nation’s history that we must never forget so […]

Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

UNSAFE BY ANY MEASURE—with the collapse of a major portion of the Burch Body Works facility the entire main building is soon to be demolished and removed.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL   Ironically, while the Rockford Historical Society is gearing up to move its Rockford Area Museum to the vacant 63rd District Court Building adjacent to Rockford City Hall, at the very same time, what might be the oldest manufacturing facility in Rockford is about to be demolished and removed. The […]

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 […]