EPA tannery investigation—‘There is no emergency here’

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality answer questions posed by the public on Tuesday, April 24. The meeting was held to update the community on the progress of testing underway at the former Wolverine Worldwide tannery property in downtown Rockford.

Contaminants found in multiple test sites on Wolverine property by BETH ALTENA  About a hundred residents, including city officials and Wolverine Worldwide representatives, attended a public meeting held jointly by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on Tuesday, April 24 at the Rockford Freshman Center. A presentation […]

Harvest Fest Children’s Weekend

The last week of Harvest Fest  was Children’s Weekend, and youngsters enjoyed wonderful weather for their events. Here a girl is proud of her leaf crown she made on Sunday, Oct. 9. Photo by GEORGIA DONOVAN

Free events at Children’s Tent an SOS tradition

Lauren “Candy” Clymer, 7, shows the pipe-cleaner earrings she made.

                                        Photos by GEORGIA DONOVAN Youngsters enjoyed the many free activities at this weekend’s Start of Summer (SOS) Children’s Tent in downtown Rockford. Organizers work hard to make sure the town’s biggest summer festival is family-friendly, […]

ERMS magnet leading Rockford into greener days

Members of the Rockford Izaak Walton League explain to students how a rain barrel is constructed and works. Pictured is current President Georgia Donovan along with past president and current board member Duane DeVries. The Izaak Walton League is a national conservation group with a local chapter, which meets at its headquarters at  5641 Myers Lake Road.

Environmentally friendly education leaves the schoolroom by BETH ALTENA They learn about everything with a nature in mind. The East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) Earthkeepers magnet includes sixth- and seventh-grade students who, between them, not only cover the different areas of traditional curriculum with nature-themed studies, but are also literally changing the landscape around them. […]

Winterfest celebrates Michigan’s outdoors

Evan Karel talks about his birchbark canoe and the Ojibwe language.

Public invited for a day of family fun The Izaak Walton League of America (the “Ikes”) has had another busy year with many activities at the local Dwight Lydell chapter. The nonprofit conservation club has stayed active in environmental issues at the state and local levels, following their interests in water quality, energy, fishing, hunting, […]