Healing Fields 9/11 memorial coming to Rockford

Photo provided by COLONIAL FLAG FOUNDATION

Event to represent all of West Michigan by BETH ALTENA “It’s going to be a big project and really exciting,” said Sawn Swensen, program director for the Healing Fields of Colonial Flag Foundation, who is working with Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) to bring Healing Fields to Rockford. The memorial event in honor of those […]

Rockford eatery celebrates 30th anniversary

Don Mendham is proud to have served the Rockford area with his restaurant Jody’s for 30 years.

Jody’s has been first in fast since 1981 by BETH ALTENA Owner Don Mendham can’t begin to guess how many informal meetings have taken place in his restaurant since he opened the doors 30 at 503 E. Division when he was “just a kid” in 1981 and hasn’t stopped serving up good food fast since. […]

More local products than ever before at downtown shop

Meg Frantz is the owner of three of Rockford’s downtown shops. Her business model includes offering as many locally made and USA-made products as possible.

Candle Shop, Burlap-n-Rags, Bow-Dacious among town’s long-term businesses by BETH ALTENA “If we won’t support our economy, who will?” said Meg Frantz, owner of Bow-Dacious, The Candle Shop and Burlaps-n-Rags in downtown Rockford. Frantz, following in the footsteps of her parents, appreciates the subtleties of running a successful business—or two. Frantz took over her mother’s […]

Scouting for Food benefits NKCS

Members of Troop 282 with their initial food collection are (l–r) Andrew Hall, Erik Buelken, Brad Bussing, Sean McLellan and Owen Webber.

Across the country, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts recently joined together for the annual Scouting for Food campaign. In the Rockford area, Boy Scout Troop 282 chartered to North Kent Presbyterian Church, Troop 228 chartered to Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, and Cub Scout Pack 3285 from Crestwood Elementary School collected food items to benefit North […]

Student art on display

Jim Bodener interviews Joshua Haskell, a third-grader from Our Lady of Consolation School.

Bishop Hills has hosted a local art show for many years in April. The winners from every elementary school in the Rockford area are on display. The residents are always impressed with the extraordinary talent of these young art students. Thursday, April 14, a reception was held. The residents, teachers, parents and friends were able […]