Spring taste of Ric’s Saturday, May 5

The Taste of Ric’s events are fun, family days where kids and parents can enjoy all types of samples from Ric’s vendors.

‘We almost have too many vendors who want to be involved’ by BETH ALTENA Expect over 50 vendors offering free delicious samples this Saturday at the Spring Taste of Ric’s at Ric’s Food Center, 6969 Belding Road from noon to 4 p.m. One lucky visitor will receive dozens of delightful samples of deli, meat, grocery […]

Big Green Egg demos, tastings at Grillapalooza

See the Big Green Egg in action this Saturday at Grillapalooza at Herman’s Boy. One lucky winner will win a grill package worth over $1,250.

by BETH ALTENA “There is nothing else like them,” said Floyd Havemeier of Herman’s Boy about the Big Green Egg. Havemeier donated a Big Green Egg prize package worth at least $1,250 to help the Rockford Area Historical Society raise funds for a new museum slated for the building that formerly housed the Rockford court. […]

Rockford models new money-saving safety structure

Firefighter Phil Vincent practices firefighting at the Towers, while newly trained firefighter Jamie Davies works the control panel on a Rockford fire truck.

All full-time DPW, police now qualified firefighters, medical responders by BETH ALTENA The writing was on the wall when Rockford was forced to lay off one of the city’s full-time firefighters two years ago. When police Lieutenant Scott Mazur retired a year ago, his position was not filled. With revenues to the city in a […]

Wrecker wrecked—warning to others to slow down

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by BETH ALTENA Todd Pell was thrilled at his prospects a year ago when he purchased Rockford Towing and faced a future as his own boss. Recently, he came very near to losing his life in that new business. “I’m probably still in shock,” Pell reported, just hours from an accident scene where he lost […]

Fire fails to take hold in historic structure

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Papermill long considered a dangerous fire to fight by BETH ALTENA Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson said his officers found a small fire in the Childsdale Papermill structure on Tuesday, April 10 but were successful in stopping the blaze from taking hold in the 100-year-old mill. A dozen first responder vehicles, including five pumper trucks […]