Rockford businesswomen learn about volunteer opportunities

August 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

A group of women who work in and around Rockford enjoyed a night of great company, atmosphere and food as they learned about more ways to volunteer. The Wednesday, August 18 event was held at Grill One Eleven and was sponsored by Woman’s Life, a philanthropic organization begun in 1892. The evening included introductions and each person explaining why volunteering is [...]

Rockford’s Eric Brown enters “Pandora” in ArtPrize

July 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  The last vacation Rockford resident and stained glass artisan Eric Brown, owner of the Squire Street business by the same name, took was in 2000. Brown along with his wife, Pat, were visiting Alaska to fulfill a lifelong dream of discovering our 50th state first-hand. “While there I was struck by small trees growing and living in the hostile [...]

Court battle ends with Supreme Court denial

July 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

A long fight to keep a full service courthouse in Rockford has ended with a denial to hear the case by the Michigan Supreme Court. With one justice, Elizabeth Weaver dissenting, the seven member court denied considering the case, citing “We are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court.” The denial was issued July 16. “This has [...]

Five lane plan for Ten Mile examined

July 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

by Cliff and Nancy Hill Tuesday evening, July 13, the Kent County Road Commission held a public meeting on proposed improvements to 10 Mile Road between the County landfill entrance east to Childsdale Avenue. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on proposed improvements along this portion of County roadway. In 2011 the heavily trafficked and [...]

Rockford loses a legend

July 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

He was a Kent County Commissioner, Rockford’s mayor and a long-term city council member and the father of two mayors, sons Neil and Rodd. For many who knew Clarence Blakeslee—“Mr. Rockford”—he was the kind man who was there with a camera or two and a smile and a hug for everyone.   Clarence Blakeslee as a child.   The community of Rockford is diminished by the [...]
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