City switches to windpower, turbines installed

Turbines installed at the tannery.

photos by Melanie Ragsdale In an effort to support President Obama’s efforts to move the country to alternative energy sources, the City of Rockford has switched to windpower. “It only makes sense to harness the Earth’s natural flatulence,” said Izzy Toe, who is on the City’s committee to implement alternative energy, the Joint Open Konsumer […]

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Pothole season ‘the worst in decades’

Michigan State Police patrol vehicle stranded in pothole.

Kent County officials have announced that March 2009 was the worst month for potholes in West Michigan in more than thirty years. Above is a Rockford Michigan State Police patrol vehicle which recently became stranded in one of the area’s large potholes. In related news, the county has also announced that West Michigan motorists have […]

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Downtown turns off electric lights

As part of an expansive effort to use alternative energy sources (see related story above), the City of Rockford stopped using electric lights on Wednesday, April 1. Department of Public Works Director Mike Bouwcamp turned the switch off during an unlighting ceremony and a large crowd watched as the downtown was reilluminated using gaslight. “Electricity […]

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Move over Tiffany, there’s a new kid on the block

222 HOURS LATER—Lyle English with his prize lamp.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford resident, Lyle English, has come a long way from the day almost five years ago when first he strolled into the Eric Brown Stained Glass Studio on Squire Street.  Lyle had peered through the windows many times and marveled at the beautiful stained glass creations on display inside and […]

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Angel Food is unconditional food for everyone

Ray Wenzel oversees the unloading of Angel Food.

by RICH ZECK When you go to the store to shop for groceries and spend $30, you get $30 worth of food.  This sounds reasonable. But what if I told you, you could spend $30 on food and get $60 worth of food? Sounds too good to be true? It is true and you can […]

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