Rockford Rams state baseball champs

The Rockford Rams celebrate the championship after the last pitch against Temperance Bedford on June 18.

The Rams did what they have done all year. They used quality pitching, solid defense and clutch hitting to grind out a win against the Temperance Bedford Kicking Mules in the state title game in Battle Creek on June 18. Four of the seven playoff games from districts to the state title game were one-run […]

Sponsors stepping up to Healing Fields memorial

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by BETH ALTENA United Bank’s CEO and president Art Johnson, honorary chair of the West Michigan Healing Fields, has stepped up to present his bank as Field Sponsor for the memorial tribute to those killed on 9/11. The bank gave the project a $10,000 check Tuesday, May 24. According to Nancy Martin, manager of the […]

Tax assessors hang up ‘Gone Fishing’ sign

With Arnie’s Bakery Café in the background, Glenn Blackwood of Rockford’s Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co. gives fly-fishing pointers to a rapt audience composed of members of the Kent County Assessors Association.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last Friday afternoon found the Kent County Assessors Association (KCAA) in Rockford holding their annual summer picnic. They hung up their taxman hats to enjoy an afternoon of food catered by Dam Dogs and Arnie’s Bakery Café (desserts) along with an expert fly-fishing demonstration.   Jeannie Kolenda, an appraiser in […]

Ten Mile expansion to be delayed until 2012

by BETH ALTENA Members of the Rockford City Council were surprised to learn during their monthly meeting on Monday, June 13 that the Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) has pushed back the timeline on expanding Ten Mile Road from three lanes to five. Because of restrictions on bidding portions of the project mandated by federal […]

Council dedicates property for dog park

Organizers have one year to come up with funding by BETH ALTENA After passing last month on contributing city funds to development and maintenance of a public dog park on a former ball field at Richardson-Sowerby Park, Rockford City Council voted this month to dedicate the land for that use for one year. Organizers are […]