Relay ‘magnetism’ begins Friday at 3 p.m. Relay ‘magnetism’ begins Friday at 3 p.m.

Marine Color Guard walks last year's Relay For Life.

Five City staff to walk 24 hours in honor of officer diagnosed with lymphoma   Rockford police officer Ian Graham isn’t sure how long he’ll be at this year’s Relay For Life, which begins at 3 p.m. Friday, May 15. He thinks he’ll still be pretty sick from Wednesday’s chemo treatment.     The 30-year-old […]

Local heros honored at Recognition Plaza

A large crowd turned out for the ceremony.

They are the names you have seen and heard around Rockford as long as you’ve lived here: Kitson, Myers, Krause, Briggs, Blakeslee. On Tuesday, May 12, the people behind the names were recognized for their role in the history of this community. The Rockford Area Community Endowment had a public ceremony adding the names to […]

Local nurse awarded Arthur Andrews Cup

ESTEEMED AWARD—Dicksie Tremlin proudly shows her Arthur Andrews Cup award.

Dicksie Tremlin, a recent graduate of the Grand Rapids Community College nursing program, was awarded the esteemed Arthur Andrews Cup for graduating with a 4.0 in the associate nursing degree program. Dicksie graduated from Rockford High School in 1982 and received her cosmetology degree from the Chic University of Cosmetology in Grand Rapids. She was […]

D&W intern studies “Sweet Tooth” 101

A PASTRY FEAST FOR THE EYES—D&W Bakery Manager Cindi Wall and Rockford High School intern Erin VanDruen standing in front of the morning’s pastry creations.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL About to graduate from Rockford High School this May ’09, hometown girl Erin VanDruen, like all students, was searching for a career path of study for her future life. Erin has always had a love of math and a strong interest in graphic arts. Along those lines Erin, as part […]

Local musician teaches local residents music, releases CD

MUSICAL STYLIST—Joe Kelly with his favorite guitar.

by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Joe Kelly is an amazing man. No, he probably could not lift 1000 pounds, nor could he perform amazing acrobatics. But he sure can play a mean guitar. Kelly, who has been teaching music in the Rockford area through various stringed instruments for 40 years, has a passion for the art. “You’re […]