No tricks – all treats at Rockford’s last Farm Market

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are the symbol of Halloween and for the past month nowhere have pumpkins been more evident than at Rockford’s hugely popular Farm Market. The calendar has conspired this year to have Halloween fall on this season’s last Farm Market. This coming Saturday is your last chance to say […]

In the end, Lake Michigan may have decided ArtPrize winner

WINNER—The first-place ArtPrize winner is an

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Over the years many events have come and gone from Grand Rapids, but none have succeeded more admirably than the brainchild of Rick DeVos—the 18-day extravaganza named ArtPrize 2009. The unprecedented success for downtown Grand Rapids brought thousands of visitors from the greater Grand Rapids community and beyond to view […]

Dedicated Historian Clarence Blakeslee honored by Rockford Historical Society

Clarence Blakeslee and Pre-schoolers of Our Lady of Consolation School are introduced to "Bo Bo" the donkey by Amy Risner of Rockford's Animals On the Go.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On a bluebird Friday afternoon, the first day of Rockford’s Annual Harvest Fest, the Bishop Hills Elder Care Community hosted its annual fall Petting Zoo. Present was guest of honor, Bishop Hills resident Clarence Blakeslee (Mr. Rockford). Clarence would never miss such a photo opportunity and he came, as always, […]

Sexy socks found at Farmers Market

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As was their usual habit, far southeast Grand Rapids residents “Skippy” Waivo and her gentleman friend, Bob Shaffer, were visiting Rockford and its Farm Market last Saturday. Bob told us that one day Skippy showed up sporting a pair of multi-colored socks. Bob told Skippy they looked sexy, to which […]

Fred Meijer ups ante in support of trail

GIFT—Handing over a gift from one who is “Pure Michigan,” Fred Meijer, are (l–r) Meijer Foundation officials Rob VerHeulen and Mike Julien, along with DNR Parks and Recreation staffers Paul Yauk (planning division), Vicky Anthes (chief of the planning division), and Mary Nardo (manager of the planning unit for parks statewide).

                        by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For maybe the second time in his life, Dave Heyboer, chairman of the Friends of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (Friends), was struck speechless. It was Thursday, August 7, and Heyboer had just been presented a check […]