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 […]

NKSA agreement—‘We anticipate great savings’

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Townships consider cost agreements for sewer infrastructure by BETH ALTENA “What you see happening in 2012 is what we anticipated in 1997 and perhaps earlier.” During Plainfield Township’s Monday, July 2 board meeting, Plainfield Township Manager Robert Homan discussed a  proposed agreement for the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA) management and staff replace the Kent […]

Huge trees taken down on Main, Elizabeth streets

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Original plantings were to keep roads in place by BETH ALTENA  The face of Rockford changed somewhat as two old trees were removed at the corner of East Main and Elizabeth streets Monday, July 9. The pair of maples, as big as 60 to 70 feet high, were suffering from some dead wood, and according […]