Rockford soon to spill over with craft beer

Just arrived, direct from Portland, Oregon, are seven custom crafted stainless steel Rockford Brewing Company brew tanks.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  Ladies and gentlemen, “whet” your whistles. The long awaited and much anticipated opening of Rockford’s signature microbrewery, Rockford Brewing Company (RBC), is close (or closer) at hand. In recent weeks, a flurry of activity has been in evidence inside and out of the craft brewery. Seven, custom crafted to RBC’s […]

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 […]

Rockford Fourth of July hotter than a firecracker

It works! You can fry an egg on the sidewalk.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford did not escape the successive days of record-breaking heat that engulfed two-thirds of the nation last week. Unless you were beachside, the stifling heat put a damper on out-of-door 4th of July activities especially backyard cookout gatherings. Air conditioning was certainly the order of the day. Locally, venues such […]

Rockford, are you ready for another contest?

The future home of the Rockford Area Museum. Your votes can make it even better than envisioned.

The RAM needs your votes by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On the wings of last summer’s improbable win in the nationwide America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest, the Rockford community is being asked by the Rockford Historical Society to rally around their entry in the “Building Our Community Contest”. For 50 years Erhardt Construction has been […]

Rockford Ace holds Grillin’ Extravaganza

All the way from Kansas City, BBQ expert Rob Russell explaining the finer points of BBQ grilling and smoking.	Photo by STACY NIEDZWIECKI, stacyn.com

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On a recent Monday evening, “Ace was the place” to be. Pete Kruer, of Rockford Ace Hardware, was hosting his first ever “BBQ Boot Camp” and everyone who had signed on for the evening was in hog heaven! Kruer had secured the services of Rob Russell, a real Kansas City […]