Hate standing in line?

Pictured is Valley View Elementary student Allison Bedford, 9, holding an application for an absentee ballot.  Allison tells us, “My mom thinks everyone should vote absentee!”  The civic minded Allison is the daughter of Rockford City Clerk, Chris Bedford.

Consider voting absentee in the November election by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “We, the people” (the electorate) of the United States are so polarized by partisan politics and rhetoric that voter turnout in the General November 2012 Presidential election is expected to be huge. In Rockford, both sides of a full ballot will decide elective […]

Rockford firefighter graduates from Police Academy

Double proud—Rockford’s Robert Berkstresser, who has been a firefighter for the city since 1992, has graduated from police training academy. His daughter Holly, a 2004 Rockford High School graduate, also graduated from a police academy this summer.

by BETH ALTENA “It was a challenge, especially being older. If I was in my twenties like everyone else in the class, it would have been easier,” Bob Berkstresser, 51, made the statement about a grueling 16-week, 594-hour police training academy. Berkstresser just completed the class, allowing him to join the ranks of Rockford’s relatively […]

God rocks at Praise in the Park

The 13-member praise team from Rockford United Methodist Church belts out their rendition of “I Refuse.” Pictured (L to R) Jeff Schroeder, Ivor Thomas, Sue Dalrymple, Robbin Sheasley, Suzi Richards, Ruth Reickard, Eric Lofgren, Hannah Schroeder, Mike Walden, Priscilla Walden, and Jason Reickard. Seated in background, Greorge Schwallier and Dave Dalrymple.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  Sunday afternoons and evenings used to be pretty quiet in downtown Rockford. Other than White Pine Trail users and those canoeing or kayaking on the Rogue River along with the faithful addicted to Sunday evening Custard by the Dam or Rocky’s desserts, not much goes on. All that changed this […]

City fireworks rules still apply

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by MICHAEL YOUNG guest editorial I am pleased to report that we have had very few complaints/problems with the recently approved, new, state of Michigan fireworks law. With that said, there is still quite a bit of confusion regarding the implications of the new law and whether or not local ordinances still apply. The purpose […]

Promotions a ‘milestone step in merger’

YOUR NEW LEIUTENANTS—Lieutenants Ron Vincent, Dave Robinson, Jamie Davies and Mike Miller are pictured with Public Safety Chief Dave Jones (left) and Rockford City Manager Michael Young (right). The promotions are the most recent step in a move away from traditional emergency response departments to an innovative, money-saving structure unique to Rockford.

New leadership role defined for Rockford Safety Department by BETH ALTENA A “milestone development” in a new structure designed to save the City of Rockford and its residents over $200,000 annually took place Monday, July 9 during the regular Rockford City Council meeting. Three employees were promoted to the position of lieutenant and placed as […]