‘Icon of Americana’ to be auctioned April 26

SIGN OF CHANGE—The online auction of Rosie’s Diner, two other diners and 4.5 acres on 14 Mile Road is advertised. The historic Rosie’s is a piece of American history, which our country has followed for nearly 100 years.

Rosie’s, two other diners, open at $25,000 by BETH ALTENA With an opening bid of $25,000, online bidders can have a chance to own a piece of American history as Rosie’s, two other diners and a mini-golf course on four-and-a-half acres at 4500 14 Mile Road, goes on the auction block. According to Doug Heuker […]

Rockford to test emergency sirens Friday

The City of Rockford joins the City of Grand Rapids and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department in testing their emergency outdoor warning sirens at noon on Friday, April 6. The emergency testing will take place at noon on the first Friday of every month. The City of Rockford will also be testing their city’s individual […]

Clerk upset over clerk pay decision: ‘I’m not going to go down in flames’

Plainfield Township Clerk Scott Harvey voices his concerns over the changes in the clerk position pay. To the left is Supervisor George Meek and newly appointed treasurer and former trustee Jack Hagedorn.

Plainfield board sets compensation at $32,000 by BETH ALTENA Despite much protest by the Plainfield Township Clerk Scott Harvey, the board set compensation for the position of clerk statutory duties (those required of the position by law) at $32,000 effective after the election in November. The lengthy discussion and explanation before the nine residents who […]

Structures from Great Depression tell a story of Rockford today

This former Kent County Road Commission garage shows today the architectural trends that were common during the Great Depression. It features columns and ornate detail that did not add to the functionality of the structure, but were a trademark typical of classically trained architects. The building is now owned by Wolverine Worldwide and stands on Northland Drive.

by BETH ALTENA Take a look at some of Rockford’s buildings today and you will find a history lesson about a time when jobs were scarce, the economy was terrible and people were unemployed in record numbers. Many structures dating from the Great Depression years are still in use today and tell a story about […]

Local meteorologist’s crystal ball foggy this past winter

Graphic by MELANIE RAGSDALE

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL With the past 2011-12 winter season being one for the record books now might be a good time to poke a little good-natured fun at local West Michigan meteorologists! If anything at all was learned during this, the second warmest winter on record, it’s that the predictions/forecasts of season long […]