December 29 2011

Local leaders report on state of community

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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. A common theme of looking [...]

Fred Meijer New Year’s Day Resolution Walk this Sunday

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL A WINTER WONDERLAND—maybe not this year! Annually hundreds of people show up to participate in the New Year’s morning White Pine Trail Resolution Walk. Photo by CLIFF 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 [...]

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

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by MATT MARN Chiara Howard 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 2008. The gazebo, which sits on the [...]

Rockford columnist gratified, humbled

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by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL At Kimberly’s Boutique last Friday, Rockford residents Craig Erickson and Kelly Hoffman, exhibit great glee, as Tom Rademacher personally inscribes and autographs a copy of his latest book “Knocking At Your Door.” The book was a Christmas gift for Craig’s mom Linda and included a story about a family members wedding. Photo by CLIFF HILL For [...]

RAM artifact #7

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Rockford School House Painting 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 [...]
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