Firefighters take on propane blazes

GETTING CLOSE IS REQUIRED—Firefighters were advised not to put out a burning propane fire unless they can turn off the source of the fuel. Here they prepare to hand close the valve on a home unit.

The public is safer from the threat of a propane disaster, thanks to training offered by the Michigan Propane Gas Association (MPGA). Cannon, Courtland and Oakfield Township firefighters practiced defeating propane fires on Monday, June 15. “This may be the only propane training any of them ever receive,” said Derek Dalling, spokesperson for the MPGA. […]

Casnovia woman dies in weekend crash

Jane Carlson, 63, of Casnovia, died at this crash at M-37 and Sparta Avenue after her vehicle rolled several times. Pictured are rescue workers on the scene and Aeromed approaching.

Alpine Avenue was closed Saturday, June 13, while rescue workers responded to a fatal accident at M-37 and Sparta Avenue. Jane Carlson, 63, Carl Carson, 64, and a 12-year-old child, all of Casnovia, were passengers in a 2006 Ford van.The van was driven by Todd Carlson, 40, and was traveling southbound on M-37. A 2004 […]

Highest praise for longest-serving City Manager

Michael Young

This year marks 14 years that Michael F. Young has presided as City Manager for the City of Rockford. He is officially the longest serving City Manager of our City. The Rockford City Council recently evaluated Young on ten (10) criteria based on a five (5) point scale. The combined average ranking as determined by […]

Start of Summer – the magic continues!

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and Start of Summer Celebration committee would like to again thank this great community, the businesses, and all the volunteers for their participation and support of the 41st Annual Start of Summer Celebration.  Even the unpredictable weather couldn’t deter our spirits! The RCC would like to sincerely thank the Start […]

New Rockford business has long family history

HOMEMADE LIKE THE OLD DAYS—Tracie and Delanie Riebschleger show off some of the good, homemade treats offered at The Sweet Tooth.

One of Rockford’s newest businesses may well be one of its oldest. The Sweet Tooth, run by Tracie Riebschleger with the help of her family, is born of a family business started by Greek immigrants in 1906. The Koinis family began selling popcorn, hot peanuts-and cigarettes-from wagons shortly after they arrived in America, and members […]