Hope College announces local graduates

Three local Hope College seniors have recently graduated with bachelor degrees. They are Lisa Markham, daughter of Beth Markham of Rockford, majoring in language arts composite; Laura McCambridge, daughter of Robert and Karen McCambridge of Belmont, majoring in sociology and psychology; and Karli Rowe, daughter of Kevin Rowe and Gladwin and Susan Rowe of Rockford, […]

Area student receives education award

Megan Kelley, a Hope College sophomore from Rockford, received the Catherine Morrison Junior Science and Math Book Education Award during the college’s annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 28. This honor is a cash award given to a deserving senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and who is committed to teaching mathematics at the elementary […]

East Rockford Middle School Students of the Month for April 2012


Anna Luxhoj 6th Grade Fine Arts Magnet Anna’s parents are Erik and Diane. Her brother, Matthew, is in the third grade and she has a dog named Pablo. Anna attended Crestwood Elementary. She plays flute in the band and also likes to participate in after-school activities, like Snack Attack. She also enjoys drawing and spending […]

North Rockford Middle School Students of the Month for April 2012


Jessica Bates 6th Grade Structures Magnet Jessica is the daughter of Michele and Jeff Bates. Jessica has three siblings, Alivia, Jacob and Kurtis as well as a dog named Miley. She attended Belmont Elementary. Her hobbies include reading, basketball and playing with her dog. Jessica’s favorite college is Michigan, and she would like to someday […]

Structures from Great Depression tell story of Rockford today, Part II

Barter became common during the Great Depression. Here an ad in the Rockford Register solicits "anything we can use" for subscription accounts. Note, back then the paper was not distributed free but only on a paid subscription basis.

by BETH ALTENA The Depression was marked by the “alphabet soup” of government-funded employment to keep people working. The CWA was just one—also keeping men at work was the Civilian Conservation Corp, the Works Project Administration (which was jokingly referred to as “Water, Piss and Air.” The projects were usually infrastructure ones to the benefit […]