Rockford’s award winning trail now complete

Finishing touches – (L to R) Justin and Cody Bultsma of Bultsma Construction installing low maintenance vinyl coated chain link fencing on the final segment of the Rogue River Nature Trail.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Mission accomplished! The third and final phase of the Rogue River Nature Trail is now complete. Bultsma Construction has made good on a promised May 10 completion date and the award-winning trail is now open for foot traffic. The entire Rogue River Nature Trail was constructed primarily as a boardwalk […]

It’s official – Bostwick Lake Inn open for business

Early arrivers, BLI renovation electrical contractor Geoff Mester and wife Alyssa. Both steak lovers, they were obviously delighted with their choices of a tender and mouthwatering 5 oz. Prime Filet and a side of Truffled Black Lentil soup for Alyssa and a succulent Cast Iron Natural Angus New York Strip on a bed of Farm Country Extra Sharp Cheddar Potato Gratin blended with fried spinach for Geoff.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Under the banner of the Gilmore Collection of restaurants, the Bostwick Lake Inn (BLI) opened its doors for business this week Tuesday. Your reporters had the good fortune to be invited as guests to one of three days of an invitation only soft-opening. Soft-openings are meant to hone the skills […]

All things river – Rockford welcomes the Hex Shop

Kevin Groothuis, at a fly-tying vise, creates yet another of his signature trout flys.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Rockford native Kevin Groothuis (47) has recently opened his second Hex Shop Fly Fishing Outfitters. Both stores are named after the second largest mayfly (Hexagenia) in the United States. For the uninitiated, dramatic hatches of mayflies have become legendary over the last 30 years during the month long period from […]

We are all part of the history of Rockford

With your help, coming soon to a courthouse near you – the new home of the  Rockford Area Museum.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL History is a living thing. It’s not only about the past, history is being made today and it will continue being made tomorrow and into the future. You may think history is boring and you may well have hated it in school but nevertheless, everyone plays a role in the […]

Excellence of RHS vocal music program exhibited

The Rockford High School Women’s  Chorus, Mandy Scott conducting, performing before an audience of 700+ at the 2012 Michigan Music Conference.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL From purely a state-level prestige perspective the honor bestowed upon the Rockford High School’s (RHS) Women’s Chorus last Friday afternoon was perhaps greater than what might be garnered by the football team winning, yet another, state high school football championship. Echoing a sentiment heard over and over again, Michigan School […]