Restoring wetlands can equal cash—free seminar

Did you know that restoring wetlands on your property can put “cash” in your pocket? Do you own property that was historically wet but the natural drainage has been altered by the installation of ditches or agricultural drain tiles? Do you own marginal agricultural land that is often difficult to plant in the spring or […]

Artist’s passion for environment lives on in book

Prior to his May 2010 death Rockford artist Mark Heckman illustrated a book now being toured to children across the midwest.

Peter Wege finances educational efforts by BETH ALTENA Whether Rockford artist Mark Heckman’s billboards made people laugh or shocked them, they were always noticed. Now, after Heckman’s death in May 2010 at age 49, following a two-year battle against non-Hodgekins lymphoma, the passion that inspired him lives on in a book tour aimed at raising […]

Childsdale paper mill in the process of rezoning for new use

The Rockford Paperboard Company property today. The business in the Rogue River valley began as a sawmill, which declined in prosperity after Smith Lapham built one upstream where the Rockford dam is today. The sawmill was abandoned and purchased by H. B. Childs in 1866, who turned the facility into a paper mill.

Church considers rehabilitation of riverfront structure by BETH ALTENA On Monday, March 7, Plainfield Township trustees described the progress of a potential rehabilitation of a historic 17.58 acre property and former paper mill at 7700 Childsdale Avenue. BridgeWay Pastor Ron Aulbach said current owners, Rockford Paperboard Company, have offered to donate the waterfront property to […]

Rockford woman takes on Ironman for orphans

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What does an ironman triathlon—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run—have to do with orphans? Just ask Rebecca Cruttenden, a Rockford resident and mother of three adopted children. “They have everything to do with each other! Orphans are the reason why I race!” Cruttenden said. Last year Cruttenden raced a half ironman and raised […]

Rockford man earns national honor

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VantagePointe Financial Group, a member of John Hancock Financial Network, is pleased to announce Dale Anderson, MBA, investment advisor representative, for 2010 earned Top 5 “Best in Class” throughout the country by John Hancock Financial Network. Anderson, a resident of Rockford, received his bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from University of Michigan, and his […]