Promotions a ‘milestone step in merger’

YOUR NEW LEIUTENANTS—Lieutenants Ron Vincent, Dave Robinson, Jamie Davies and Mike Miller are pictured with Public Safety Chief Dave Jones (left) and Rockford City Manager Michael Young (right). The promotions are the most recent step in a move away from traditional emergency response departments to an innovative, money-saving structure unique to Rockford.

New leadership role defined for Rockford Safety Department by BETH ALTENA A “milestone development” in a new structure designed to save the City of Rockford and its residents over $200,000 annually took place Monday, July 9 during the regular Rockford City Council meeting. Three employees were promoted to the position of lieutenant and placed as […]

Rockford unanimously approves NKSA agreement

Rockford City Council discusses the benefits of the new cost-sharing agreement for the North Kent Sewer Authority. Ten years in the works, the agreement covers work formerly outsourced to the Department of Public Works of Kent County, which is no longer willing to perform that role.

City joins Cannon Township in agreement that is expected to save money, improve services by BETH ALTENA “This does not sound like an exciting item, but it is very exciting,” said Rockford City Manager Michael Young. Young was describing a proposal before the board for cost-sharing different elements of the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA), […]

Bluebirds of happiness at home in Rockford

With a stern look, Daddy Bluebird seems to be saying, “Where’s the beef?” Actually, he was waiting for his twice a day offering of mealworms.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Once nearly eliminated from Michigan due to a lack of nest cavities, bluebirds have made a remarkable comeback with the aid of bird enthusiasts who have put up thousands of bluebird nest boxes. In these nesting boxes the female builds a nest and raises two broods a year. For the […]

Piece of Rockford history moves to new location

historical-home

The building believed to have been the original home of Reverend David Johnson Gilbert was moved in May 2011 from its original location to a lot on the corner of 13 Mile Road and Ramsdell in Courtland Township. Constructed in 1842 on 12 Mile Road in Section 19, it is considered to have been the […]

Rockford Brewing slated to open soon

Photo by CLIFF HILL

Slow and steady wins the race. Rockford Brewing Co. partners are still aiming for a late summer opening of their signature microbrewery in the heart of downtown Rockford. The three tortoises Jeff Sheehan, Seth Rivard, and Brien Dews are crossing every ‘T’ and dotting every ‘i’ in order to achieve an authentic Northwoods Bavarian lodge […]