Right up Your Alley relocates to neighboring business

Polly VonEschen, owner of Baskets in the Belfry, has opened her doors wide to fellow merchants Jeanne Hawkins of The Secret Ingredient and Jan Wallace of Right Up Your Alley. Visit all three at 46 Bridge Street, downtown Rockford.

Shop owners find creative ways to survive economy The majority of new businesses fail, even in a good economy, statistics show. For downtown shop owners, finding an alternative way to keep the doors open proves statistics can be outsmarted. Jan Wallace enjoyed her Right Up Your Alley corner location at Bridge and Squires streets, but […]

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Rockford club produces national champs

SHARP SHOOTERS—Stars of the Rockford Junior Olympic Archery program include (front) Alice Billin, Tyler Glenn and Raija McIntyer and (back) Mikaela, Corinne Giersch, Mikayla Venoms, Hayley Giersch and Katerina.

A Rockford program which is just four years old is already setting its sights on the highest levels—and reaching them. On Northland Drive north of 13 Mile Road, drivers may have noticed a sign for the Rockford Sportsmans Club. Neighbors may hear the report of gun shots as members practice their aim. What you won’t […]

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Byrne Electrical Specialists buys XUS Corp

Above is an example of the innovative “green” LED lighting for commercial exterior, municipal, parking garage, and indoor industrial spaces.

Byrne Electrical Specialists Inc., a local manufacturer privately owned and operated for 40 years, has announced the acquisition of XUS Corporation, a leader of “green” innovation in the LED solid state lighting industry. The company, formerly out of Holland, Mich., will become part of Byrne’s diverse product portfolio, which includes power and data distribution technologies. […]

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Lady Rams win JV state championship

Rockford’s junior varsity girls water polo team celebrates their victory over 13 other teams in the Michigan Water Polo Junior Varsity State Championship tournament.            Photo by KANDI JEZAK

Varsity celebrates senior night with victory over EGR Rockford and East Grand Rapids high schools jointly hosted the Michigan Water Polo Junior Varsity State Championship tournament on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8. Fourteen teams played tough through 24 games to earn a shot at the state title. Both Rockford and Troy went undefeated in the […]

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Grillapalooza hot success despite daunting weather

Jamie McCormick and Natalie Beeg hand out samples of turkey and pork cooked in a Big Green Egg. The pair had a great time under an outdoor awning last Saturday, despite rain and wind.

The Big Green Egg and staff at Herman’s Boy made this year’s Grillapalooza a popular and well-attended event, despite a weather prediction of possible snow flurries and blowing rain. Members of the Rockford Sportsman’s Club were on hand to talk about the Junior Olympic Archery Program and plenty of residents tasted samples of turkey and […]

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