April Fools Day

City switches to windpower, turbines installed

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

photos by Melanie Ragsdale Turbines installed at the tannery. In an effort to support President Obama’s efforts to move the country to alternative energy sources, the City of Rockford has switched to windpower. “It only makes sense to harness the Earth’s natural flatulence,” said Izzy Toe, who is on the City’s committee to implement [...]

Pothole season ‘the worst in decades’

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Record number of fallen trees. Kent County officials have announced that March 2009 was the worst month for potholes in West Michigan in more than thirty years. Record number of rockslides. Above is a Rockford Michigan State Police patrol vehicle which recently became stranded in one of the area’s large potholes. In related news, the county has also announced that [...]

Downtown turns off electric lights

April 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

As part of an expansive effort to use alternative energy sources (see related story above), the City of Rockford stopped using electric lights on Wednesday, April 1. Department of Public Works Director Mike Bouwcamp turned the switch off during an unlighting ceremony and a large crowd watched as the downtown was reilluminated using gaslight. “Electricity is really one [...]