Bone marrow match proves importance of donors—join registry and save a life

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Maddie Tomasko is a fighter. The 11-year-old Rockford resident was diagnosed with Leukemia back in April. She has already undergone chemotherapy and this week she returns to the hospital, after a brief stay at home, to begin her next step in recovery, a bone marrow transplant. Maddie’s family members were tested to determine if one […]

Kids invited to run, bike, swim with law enforcement

Local law enforcement invite kids to the seventh annual triathlon.

Michigan State Police trooper Kevin Sweeny invites area youth to get a jump on summer fun and enjoy a day of activity and refreshments with officers of the Michigan State Police, Rockford Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff. The seventh annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon will take place at Rockford High School on Saturday, […]

No cigarette butt or candy wrapper left behind by Trash Team

Standing in front of their headquarters tent,  just outside the Lions’ beer tent, is one of Rockford United Methodist Church’s SOS Trash Team crews with just a few of the well over 200 bags of accumulated trash picked up during the three-day festival. Pictured are (l–r) crew leader Mike Walden, team leader Ruth Reickard, along with Rockford High School students Mitch and Matt Dickenson. (Not pictured: RHS graduate Jake Schemmel.)

Rockford church youth make clean sweep during SOS Celebration by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Perhaps the most popular of all of the events hosted by the City of Rockford, the Start of Summer (SOS) Celebration kicked off the summer vacation season this past weekend with a jam-packed three days of festivities. There was something for […]

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, […]

Rockford girl is hair hero

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                    Sara Kraus, a second-grader at Lakes Elementary School in Rockford, cut off eight inches of hair, which was donated to Children with Hairloss. They will use her donated hair to make a wig for a child in need. Sara wanted to help out another child […]