Wolverine speaks up over development disharmony

Wolverine spokesperson Christi Cowdin said plans haven't really changed. There will be a shoe store and still be green space on the downtown Rockford property.

‘At no time did we decide not to build the shoe store’ by BETH ALTENA  Christi Cowdin, corporate communications spokesperson for Wolverine World Wide (WWW), said news stories of Wolverine’s decision not to build a shoe store this spring on the site of the former tannery have been misleading. “It’s a matter of timing,” she […]

Leaders panel examines the state of the community

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by BETH ALTENA  The year 2011 is a milestone for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, which will celebrate 50 years of supporting the greater Rockford business community. At the organization’s December luncheon, a panel of five community leaders shared their thoughts on the present and future of Rockford. Rockford Chamber Board President Dr. Carl Stites, […]

Birthday on 1-1-11 a once-in-a-lifetime

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by BETH ALTENA  When Darleene Crysler (nee Carlson) was born 64 years ago, the event made the newspapers and netted her father a passel of prizes. She was the first baby born in Montcalm County in the year 1947, six pounds, fourteen ounces and greeting the world at 5:40 p.m. Sixteen local merchants contributed prizes […]

Nationally recognized artist shares talent with Community Ed class

Deb Napieralski is happy with this soap dish she made in Jerry Berta’s new ceramics class offered through Rockford Community Education. She said the class would be a perfect Christmas gift for that person you know who is hard to shop for.

Berta featured on NPR’s ‘What Do Ya Know’ by BETH ALTENA   Jerry Berta is well known in Rockford for his dining-car fame, having purchased and operated Rosie’s Diner for years. Now in the hands of owners Randy and Jonelle Roest, the diner is still associated with Berta. Less well known is that Berta was […]

Algoma Township drops D.A.R.E. funding

Ms. Sollner’s 5th grade class, Belmont Elementary, celebrate their graduation from the D.A.R.E. program with Officer Jehnzen.

Program the last in Kent County by BETH ALTENA Rockford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Shibler and Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones can’t understand the reasoning for Algoma Township’s decision to discontinue their $5,000-a-year funding of the D.A.R.E. program, and they aren’t taking it quietly. Plainfield Township is also taking a hard look at their […]