Beth Altena

Couple turns challenge to charm in downtown home

May 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

‘We did run screaming at first, but we came back’ by BETH ALTENA 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 [...]

Spring Taste of Ric’s a homerun

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

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. There were about 40 stations offering samples [...]

DNR trust fund grants delayed due to legislative disagreement

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Call representatives to complain by BETH ALTENA John Short, Plainfield Township Parks and Recreation Department director, was one of many individuals involved in parks and recreation in Michigan receiving an e-mail from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) alerting him to a new development in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant approval [...]

Group turns scraps into hope, help for hundreds

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

‘This lets them know someone cares’ by BETH ALTENA  Members of the quilting group Pieces of the Heart meet during a thank-you luncheon offered by staff at Rockford Ambulance on Wednesday, April 25. The women (and one man) who turn scraps into quilts usually work from their own homes, so the visit together was a special treat. Estelle Fessenden doesn’t know exactly [...]

Structures from Great Depression tell story of Rockford today, Part II

May 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Barter became common during the Great Depression. Here an ad in the Rockford Register solicits "anything we can use" for subscription accounts. Note, back then the paper was not distributed free but only on a paid subscription basis. The Depression was marked by the “alphabet soup” of government-funded employment to keep people working. The [...]
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