Sights seen along the Rogue River Nature Trail

Photo by CLIFF HILL

Those pesky “Bucky Beavers” have been busy this past winter and spring above the dam and along both sides of the Rogue River. No tree, regardless of size, appears to be safe from “Bucky”! This huge tree, some 4 ft. in diameter (species undetermined) stands between the Rogue River Nature Trail boardwalk and the river […]

Valentine’s Day Best Lips Contest is in full swing

Rockford’s 8-year old Sweeney sisters, (L to R) Mara and Emma, challenge you to top these luscious and kissable Valentine’s Day lips!  Brother Kyle, also 8, is thinking “I’m glad I’m not a girl!!” The three siblings are triplets. Don’t forget to enter YOUR lips in the Squire’s annual Valentine’s Day Best Lips Contest.	  Photo by CLIFF HILL

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 […]

LiveStatue and Friends in Top 25 at ArtPrize

The cast of LiveStatue and Friends (vote 49491) all hailing  from Sparta are currently in the Top 25 exhibits in the Center City neighborhood of the Grand Rapids ArtPrize competition.  LifeStatue and Friends art form is categorized as “performance art”.  Pictured at the B.O.B., in a work of art titled “Under Construction”, is LiveStatue Robert Shangle standing on a pedestal in the foreground flanked by his son, statue apprentice Jasper Shangle (L) and a real statue, A.R.T. (R), both on scaffolding in the background.  Actually, if you didn’t know otherwise, you couldn’t tell the two living statues from the real statue.  The only difference is the two real guys occasionally take a work break and sometimes change positions.  You have to see it to believe it! Photo by CLIFF HILL

West Michigan Healing Field flags still available for community to keep memory of victims alive

If you missed the emotional and breath-taking “Healing Field Memorial” display of some  3,200 flags during the 3-day Labor Day weekend at Cannonsburg Ski Area you can still get a glimpse of the tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Smaller in scope but no less fitting are the 100+ flags proudly on display in front of the Bishop Hills Elder Care Community on the corner of 11-Mile Rd. and Courtland Dr. NE (enroute to WWW).  A limited number of unsold flags from the “Healing Field Memorial” remain available for purchase with net proceeds going to area First Responders.  Contact the office of Bishop Hills at 866-2002.

Following the West Michigan Healing Field memorial, a local business is continuing the tribute to 9/11 victims by displaying flags that have not yet been sponsored. Until Friday, Sept. 23, 100 of the American flags displayed at Canonsburg for Healing Field will be on display at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, 4951 11 Mile Rd., […]