Bone-chilling fundraiser this Saturday


Sweetheart Splash an annual favorite at Rockford dam by BETH ALTENA Sweet 16 has never been as cold as ice before, but this year’s Sweetheart Splash at the dam in downtown Rockford is as sure to thrill as it is to chill. Individual, couple and group jumpers are invited to prove their love—or nerve—as they […]

Frenz Coffee House pours its last cup of Java

One last time—this one’s for you! Pictured are Frenz baristas (l–r) Sue MacCauley, Felix Smith, Kris Pena, owners Michelle and Rich Zeck, Phil Hoskins, and the Zecks’ daughter Shea. Not pictured is Heather Miller.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL When Rich and Michelle Zeck opened Frenz Coffee House in Rockford in July 2006, they had a dream of creating a place of community fellowship where everyone would feel welcome. They accomplished that goal and much more. But Friday evening, Feb. 4, more than 1,100 past customers on the coffee […]

30-year blizzard buries city

DPS DIGS OUT IN DAYS-—Jamie Davies, director of the Department


West Michigan auctioneer wins Michigan Auctioneer Championships


Jason Lamoreaux of Belding won the 2011 Michigan Auctioneer Championships held in Lansing at the 60th anniversary conference of the Michigan State Auctioneers Association. Competing for the coveted title were 16 contestants from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The five finalists were Romayne Graber of Charlotte, Mich., Lamoreaux of Belding, Frank E. Leist of Petoskey, Mich., […]

Good spellers take wins in spelling bee

These two fifth-grade boys are the winner and runner-up of this year’s Chandler Woods Charter Academy Spelling Bee. Runner-up is David Skidmore (left) in Miss Downs’ class, and the winner is Jonathon Rehwoldt (right) in Miss Burton’s class.