Thursday, June 14 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Open Mic—6:30 […]

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God’s grace evident in a stranger by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford “Whad’ya think?” I asked my husband after we read an article in the paper. It gave a brief bio on a couple of exchange students who still needed host families to make their dream of studying in America come true. We […]

Rockford Golden R club to induct newest members

Recognize some of these familiar faces? This is the Rockford High School class of 1962.

The Golden R reunion, suggested by Lyle Bennet, was first sponsored in 1987 by the Rockford Area Historical Society in conjunction with Michigan’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Due to the great response from alumni, the original committee, headed by Clarence Blakeslee and Maxine Marcott, voted to make it an annual gathering to be held the last Saturday […]

John Ball Zoo opens new gift shop, summer exhibits

This summer, John Ball Zoo opens a new gift shop and front entrance.

This summer brings many exciting new features to John Ball Zoo. The very first to debut was the new “Gifts of the Wild” gift shop that opened Saturday, May 12. The new shop is a free-standing building that makes a bold statement at the zoo’s reconfigured front entrance. It’s over four times larger than the […]

Rockford Ace holds Grillin’ Extravaganza

All the way from Kansas City, BBQ expert Rob Russell explaining the finer points of BBQ grilling and smoking.	Photo by STACY NIEDZWIECKI,

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On a recent Monday evening, “Ace was the place” to be. Pete Kruer, of Rockford Ace Hardware, was hosting his first ever “BBQ Boot Camp” and everyone who had signed on for the evening was in hog heaven! Kruer had secured the services of Rob Russell, a real Kansas City […]