Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

UNSAFE BY ANY MEASURE—with the collapse of a major portion of the Burch Body Works facility the entire main building is soon to be demolished and removed.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL   Ironically, while the Rockford Historical Society is gearing up to move its Rockford Area Museum to the vacant 63rd District Court Building adjacent to Rockford City Hall, at the very same time, what might be the oldest manufacturing facility in Rockford is about to be demolished and removed. The […]

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 […]

‘Pure Michigan’ tale of two bridge walks

Surrounded by friends and family, 
Karen Fish Wartella carries an insulated collapsible Budweiser cooler containing the cremated remains of her late husband Charles F. “Chuckie Bud” Wartella while participating in her first ever (and his last) Cheboygan Labor Day State Street Bridge Walk.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Labor Day morning found the Hills in Mackinaw City to again participate in this year’s 55th annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. This is a tradition we began many years ago and plan on continuing for as long as we’re able to walk or can find somebody willing to push […]

Bikes and Smiles were the order of the day at Wolverine Worldwide YMCA

Toni Szczepanski, WWW 
Family YMCA Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma, and Amy Horn, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Program Asst., standing in the foreground of a long line of bikes to be gifted to 29 area children.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Kent County Sheriff Department, in collaboration with the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA and Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition, conducted a bicycle give-a-way and safety event for 29 area children on Tuesday, August 28. Making it all possible were 29 new or gently used bikes that had come into the […]

Rockford’s ACE high royal flush BBQ boot camp

“Grillin’ Guy” Bob Nurmikko displays a perfect Grist Mill brisket supplied by Canonsburg’s Don Kurylowicz. Let the grillin’ class begin!	Photo by STACY NEIDZWIECKI, stacyn.com

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was awesome”, said Rockford master plumber Blaine Kellermeier after the second of two summer grilling seminars, complete with sit-down dinners, which were hosted by Pete Kruer of Rockford’s ACE Hardware. “I consider myself a fairly accomplished backyard griller,” continued Kellermeier, “but I’ve managed to learn something new while attending […]