Winning prizes is just dessert at Chamber luncheons

Tom Duisterhof of Gordon Water and Molly Schmit of the Wolverine YMCA in Belmont are two of the prize winners during a recent Rockford Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Rockford Ambulance office on Shaner Avenue. With great food, good company and wonderful networking, winning prizes is just an added bonus of attending the Chamber’s luncheons, which are held every two months.

Networking, education topics of member events by BETH ALTENA Visitors to a recent Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) luncheon enjoyed a meal catered by Honey Creek Inn and heard about the top ten rules of networking in an entertaining but useful presentation by Michael McGovern. In addition to great speakers, getting to know other business […]

Church to create U-pick pumpkin patch on property

MANY HANDS MAKE WORK LIGHT—These hands of the members of North Kent Presbyterian Church look forward to a summer in the sun—or other weather—growing a garden on the church grounds.

Community invited to enjoy the gardening by BETH ALTENA Got grass? Then you have the makings of a beautiful garden. Area residents are invited to watch—or help—as North Kent Presbyterian Church’s grassy acreage is turned to a new task in the form of gardens that will be a U-pick pumpkin patch by fall. The “Come […]

DNR says cougar is kitty or dog

Cougar or kitty cat? According to DNR Wildlife Specialist John Niewoonder, sightings in Rockford are likely those of housecats. This photo is an image from a Michigan alleged sighting in years past.

Greenville bear is legit by BETH ALTENA “There are lots of things in this world to be worried about, being attacked by a cougar is not one of them. You are much more likely to have a problem with a neighbor’s dog.” The statement was from DNR Wildlife Specialist John Niewoonder of the Plainwell office […]

Couple turns challenge to charm in downtown home

Sandy and Bill Jobse Jr. sit on the porch of their home at 20 Fremont Street in downtown Rockford. The two took TLC to a new degree to bring back beauty and charm to the home. Their first Halloween in the house they couldn’t hand out candy because they thought children would fall through the rotted porch floorboards.

‘We did run screaming at first, but we came back’ by BETH ALTENA When Bill Jr. and Sandy Jobse wanted to relocate closer to their work places, they knew they wanted to be in downtown Rockford. “We always came down here during the festivals and festivities. It’s like a perfect little bubble town, always decorated […]

Spring Taste of Ric’s a homerun

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Baseball-themed day of free samples draws crowds by BETH ALTENA Rockford Ric’s Food Center is a busy place these days four years into their location at 6969 Belding Road. The store was especially busy Saturday, May 5 with the Spring Taste of Ric’s, where vendors and store staff offer free samples of many food products. […]