Kent County Sheriff’s Department seeks Trail Patrol volunteers

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department Community Services Unit coordinates the highly successful Volunteer Trail Patrol Program. These volunteers patrol the White Pine, South Kent, and the East trail systems, providing assistance to the trail users and reporting problems that need to be addressed. Volunteers will wear a Sheriff’s Department-issued vest and carry a picture identification […]

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New books available for those who love Michigan


Two new books highlighting images of West Michigan scenery as captured by local Rockford artist Stacy Niedzwiecki are now available. In a co-publishing partnership with Spectrum Health, Niedzwiecki has created a book, “Healing Images—A Selection from the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.” The book features one of each photograph Niedzwiecki has permanently installed in the cancer center’s […]

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Rockford varsity girls soccer team begins season with bang

Rockford girls head to the goal after a corner kick.

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER Take notice, soccer fans and foes alike. The new and improved Rockford girls soccer team will be a force with which to be reckoned this year. The girls proved that Friday night, March 26, with a 3-1 victory over Forest Hills Eastern in the home opener at Rams Stadium. Second-year coach Amira […]

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Rockford softball starts out on right foot

Rams’ Graham freezes Falcons The Rockford Rams varsity softball team won three battles last Thursday, March 25, but only two will show up on the won-lost record at the end of the season. Besides sweeping the Falcons of West Catholic in a season-opening doubleheader at Rockford’s home field, the Rams also had to withstand Mother […]

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Rockford crew claims first place three years straight

Rockford’s medal winners and coaches for the Indoor Spring Sprints are (front row, l–r) Jake Madsen, Austin Burris, Alex Welsh, Olivia Kacsits, Sam Tefft; (second row) Assistant Novice Women’s Coach Chris Scoffield, TJ Jacobs, Andrea Galloway, Mitch Griffiths, Lindsey Melvin; (third row) Assistant Men’s Coach Tim Vallier, Assistant Coach Seth Koch, Women’s Lightweight Coach Bridget Mast, Men’s Head Coach Greg Hobart, Men’s Novice Coach Eric Bennett; (back row) Assistant Coach Rob Johnson, Women’s Head Coach Tim Jacobs, and Assistant Women’s Coach Mike Altuma. Not pictured is Ali Prus.

In a test of strength and endurance, the Rockford Rams crew team showed themselves to be the best in West Michigan by claiming first place at the Indoor Spring Sprints, held at Forest Hills Central High School on Saturday, March 27. This an annual event involves indoor rowing on ERG machines. Rowers are placed in […]

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