Craftsmanship is a true calling for traditional woodworker

Justin Kauffman shows off a piece of wood he will transform into a unique piece of furniture using the techniques of the past.

‘People used to be more satisfied in their daily tasks and occupations’ by BETH ALTENA He uses 100-year-old tools, paper, pencil and patience to create furniture the way it was made in early America. Justin Kauffman is following his calling—and he means that in the theological sense that he is doing what he believes God […]

City to welcome new (born) residents with free tree

Rockford City Manager Michael Young shows off one of the City’s new Arbor Day National Tree City sign.

By BETH ALTENA The City of Rockford has just received approval of their designation as a National Arbor Day Tree City and will celebrate with a gift of a tree in their honor to newborns who reside within city limits. “We have always had a tree planting program where residents pay half the price and […]

Subway manager staged robbery

A surveillance camera in the Cedar Springs Subway, 4116 17 Mile Road, captured this image of an armed robbery at 8:22 a.m. April 12. Police determined the crime was staged by the manager and two others. They became suspicious when they learned deposits had not been made in about a week.

by JUDY REED It appears that the armed robbery of the Cedar Springs Subway on 17 Mile Road two weeks ago was an inside job. According to the Cedar Springs Police Department (CSPD), daytime manager Kristin Joy Fredrickson, 35, of Solon Township, the alleged victim of the robbery, admitted to police she was involved and […]

City continues hydrant flushing

City of Rockford residents who experienced abnormalities in their water pressure need not worry. The City Department of Public Services has been flushing hydrants, a twice-annual housekeeping project to ensure the hydrants are in good working order. Here City staff flush a hydrant near the Squire office on Northland Drive. Photo by Kate Sickrey

City of Rockford residents who experienced abnormalities in their water pressure need not worry. The City Department of Public Services has been flushing hydrants, a twice-annual housekeeping project to ensure the hydrants are in good working order. Here City staff flush a hydrant near the Squire office on Northland Drive.

The Rockford Squire travels to Africa

Gordon and Sharon Pickerd of Algoma Township took the Squire on a photo safari to Zulu Land, South Africa during spring break.

Gordon and Sharon Pickerd of Algoma Township took the Squire on a photo safari to Zulu Land, South Africa during spring break.