Forty years after service, Vietnam veteran fights again for his life

“I fought for my life then. I’m fighting for my life now,” said Rockford resident George Thomas. With throat and neck cancer and a 50/50 chance to beat it, according to his doctors, Thomas will be spending the holidays at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and is being treated at Lacks Cancer Center in […]

Brandon Boelema joins Rockford Police

“There aren’t many jobs were you have to wear a bulletproof vest everyday,” said Brandon Boelema. He believes those in law enforcement choose that career because they love it. Monday, December 1, was Boelema’s first day as officer with the Rockford Police Department. Boelema is a 2003 graduate of Northview High School, a 2007 graduate […]

Plainfield Fire Department on life-saving streak

Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson earned a prestigious title in 2009, and recently his firefighters have saved two people who were without pulse or respiration when the rescue workers arrived.

“I am very proud of them. These are the things that keep us going some days, the fact that we do save one.” Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson was commenting on the actions of his firefighters. A 9-1-1 call brought firefighters Jerry Burk and Brian Stevens to a home where a resident was not breathing […]

Krause Memorial Library patron wins $1,500 prize

CREATIVE SAVINGS—Lynette Gasper is pictured accepting her grant with her husband Tim, daughter Lydia and KDL Director Martha Smart.

by ANA OLVERA This year the Kent District Library (KDL) partnered with the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust to provide parents with the opportunity to win $1,500 toward their children’s educational expenses with a “Get Creative at Saving for College” contest. Statewide, six lucky winners were […]

Rockford resident, long-time newspaperman launches book of his favorite columns

Two signings scheduled He’s not Santa Claus, but he is bearing gifts for sale—and just in time for the holidays. Tom Rademacher, a resident of Rockford and recently retired from a 31-year career at The Grand Rapids Press, will host two book signings in town to celebrate the release of his first collection of columns, […]