Family Fare developers won’t appeal court decision

The legal battle over an intensive development off Northland Drive in Plainfield Township is over. According to Trustee Vic Mathews, the developers, BDR Inc., agreed not to appeal a decision against their proposed development if the township agreed not to pursue damages incurred from the lawsuit. Matthews said the township might have had a good […]

Chips to fly at downtown’s first Ice Festival Saturday

Derek Maxfield of Ice Sculptures Inc. carves during ArtPrize last summer.

Derek Maxfield of Ice Sculptures Inc. carves during ArtPrize last summer. Demonstrations, activities all free Another world-class event will be held in downtown Rockford this Saturday, Jan. 9, as the public is invited to enjoy a wintery day of family activities and the chance to see professional ice sculpture in action. The first ever Ice […]

Girl makes rodeo All Star, magazine cover

LOCAL STAR—Jessalyn Gingrich has been selected to the 2009-2010 High School All Star Rodeo team and is the first Michigan girl ever featured on the NHSRA international magazine cover.

Jessalyn Gingrich is no stranger to leaping off a running horse, tying goats or even competing nationally in rodeo. However, she isn’t quite as used to being featured on the cover of her sport’s international publication. Gingrich of Courtland Township is a repeat selection to the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) All Star team. […]

Squire vacations in Mayan Riviera

SV-Altena

SUNNY HOLIDAY—As beautiful as downtown Rockford was for the holidays, the Altena and Shipaila families still welcomed a ten-day trip to Mexico, their Christmas gift from the family matriarch, Sharon. Staying in the Mayan Riviera in the hotel Barccelo, they snorkled, seeing sea turtles, sting-rays and reef fish. They also enjoyed the unlimited food and […]

Master storyteller one of Rockford’s treasures

Author Tom Rademacher

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The sun had not yet risen last Saturday morning when long-time Rockford resident, Tom Rademacher, found himself ensconced comfortably at a table in front of the Coffee Ranch counter at Herman’s Boy. A regular at Herman’s Boy, Rademacher had been invited by his close friend, the store’s owner Floyd Havemeier, to hold […]