Baskets in the Belfry to close after 33 years

Polly VonEschen is pictured here with long-time coworker and friend Pat Kinney. VonEschen is closing her business, Baskets in the Belfry, but plans to stay near—actually, in exactly the same spot—with her candy company Polly’s Passions.

Owner will stay surprisingly near as Polly’s Passions by BETH ALTENA The Baskets in the Belfry famous chocolate fountain may be gone forever with the closing of Baskets, a Rockford icon of business, but owner Polly VonEschen and her candy business Polly’s Passions, will remain remarkably near. When Baskets’ doors close forever by the end […]

Rockford Farm Market opening best ever

Floral designer and grower  extraordinaire Casey Lemieux hands Rockford resident Brett Maki a freshly custom-arranged bouquet. Brett had made a secret visit to Rockford’s Farm Market to purchase a surprise bouquet for the love of his life, wife Danielle. Notice the single white rose in the center that Brett picked up at a local florist on the way to market.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL It was a postcard perfect day for the opening day of the Rockford Farm Market last Saturday. Most every stall in the market was filled by local Michigan vendors. Michigan-grown produce is considerably less abundant at this time because the growing season was delayed due to unseasonably cool and rainy […]

The youngest Rotary Duck Race saleswoman

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The annual Start of Summer Duck Race is just around the corner and Rotarians are ready and willing to sell you your chance to win the grand prize of $500 and two other wins of $250 each. New Duck Race Chair Erik Luxhoj came up with the brilliant idea of borrowing the cutest neighbor kid […]

Rockford grad to play principle role in Civic Theater production

Carly Uthoff

Rockford High School 2004 graduate, Carly Uthoff, has been cast as a principle role in the Civic Theater’s current production of “Hairspray.” The musical follows Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenage girl who dreams of dancing on a local TV program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Uthoff will be playing Penny, Tracy’s slightly dorky, devoted and perky […]

LifeWalk to benefit young families

Alpha Family Center will host its annual LifeWalk on Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m. at Morley Park in Cedar Springs. LifeWalk is a chance for everyone to help young families and children in a very useful way. “For people who don’t have a lot of time, but are looking for a practical and fun […]