Local racer earns spot at motocross national championship

Motorcross

Rockford’s Danielle Thompson just made her dream come true. The 12-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 30th Annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Thompson took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,386 qualifying positions. “The […]

Register now for summer Cheer Camp

Rockford Community Services is now registering for summer Cheer Camp. Cheers, chants, dance and skills will be taught by current cheerleaders. Open to grades kindergarten through eighth, the camp will run July 26-28 at Rockford High School Cafeteria, from 9 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $60. Register now at www.rpssignmeup.com or by calling Rockford Community Services at (616) 863-6032. Be sure to include the child’s grade (fall of 2011) and t-shirt size.

 

Local vendors begin season at Plainfield farm market

COLORFUL—Food provided by local farmers has the advantage of reaching the customer quickly, with less time to deteriorate. Pictured is a beautiful display of fresh produce from Zandstra’s Farm.

Market open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m. Fans of Rockford’s fabulous farm market can visit more local vendors mid-week now that Plainfield Township Farmer’s Market is up and running. The market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and offers plenty of opportunity for fresh, locally grown goods and produce, […]

Fire training a reminder to be safe on the road

TOYS OF THE TRADE—Firefighters use the Jaws of Life to open the side of a car. Among tips firefighters learned was to be careful to put the Jaws against the solid components of the vehicle. If they only engage the body of the car, the door is torn apart but the structure remains unaffected.

by BETH ALTENA Courtland Township Fire Chief Micky Davis used a training practice as a chance to remind the public that cars are not a mobile shield of armor and to always be vigilant about safety while driving. On Thursday, May 26, Courtland and Montcalm firefighters used a car donated to the department to practice […]

Rockford student awarded Rosa Parks Scholarship

Alex Quinn (right) is pictured with keynote speaker Judge Wade Harper McCree.

Alex Quinn, a 2011 graduate of Rockford High School, was recently awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Rosa Parks Foundation. Quinn was honored at a luncheon June 16 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to awarding scholarships to Michigan high school […]