Local leaders report on state of community

Providing more with less, looking to the future a common thread by BETH ALTENA  Representatives from the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, schools, City of Rockford, Kent County, the State House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate spoke Monday, Dec. 12, at Rockford High School, presenting a variety of opinions about the state of our community. […]

Fred Meijer New Year’s Day Resolution Walk this Sunday

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Seeking to honor a man whose very name is synonymous with the linear trail systems of West Michigan, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the White Pine Trail (FWPT) have decided to change the name of the annual New Year’s Day Walk to the Fred Meijer New Year’s […]

Chiara’s Quiet Grace Gazebo, ‘Where trouble melts like lemon drops’

by MATT MARN What began in tragedy for a Rockford family soon grew into a life-affirming memorial. Now the city can remember young Chiara Howard’s selfless nature and warm smile for generations to come. Chiara’s Quiet Grace Gazebo was built to honor the life and memory of Chiara, who drowned in Lake Michigan in July […]

Rockford columnist gratified, humbled

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL For Rockford’s Tom Rademacher, last week was a whirlwind week of selling and signing copies of his newest book, “Knocking At Your Door.” The book is an encore of his debut book “Splitting Wood” that was released in 2010. The award-winning columnist’s newest book contains 80+ new columns gleaned from […]

RAM artifact #7

A typical one-room school house from Rockford’s early days was painted by Adah Stone McBride, a member of Rockford Area Historical Society. Noted in this framed photo: “First school house in Rockford area, 1840s.” There definitely is a “Grandma Moses” feel to this historic rendering of an important early facet of Rockford life that continues […]