Area first responders train on simulated school bus crash

This group of firefighters from around the community spent eight hours learning and practicing bus extrication. Rockford resident Kevin Sehlmeyer of Rescue Resources was among the trainers.

‘We prepare for the worst and hope for the best’ by BETH ALTENA Within the last month, Courtland Township firefighters, Cannon Township firefighters and Cedar Springs firefighters all responded to what could be a devastating event: accidents involving school buses. Luckily there were no students on two Rockford school bus accidents this year, but with […]

Couple turns challenge to charm in downtown home

Sandy and Bill Jobse Jr. sit on the porch of their home at 20 Fremont Street in downtown Rockford. The two took TLC to a new degree to bring back beauty and charm to the home. Their first Halloween in the house they couldn’t hand out candy because they thought children would fall through the rotted porch floorboards.

‘We did run screaming at first, but we came back’ by BETH ALTENA When Bill Jr. and Sandy Jobse wanted to relocate closer to their work places, they knew they wanted to be in downtown Rockford. “We always came down here during the festivals and festivities. It’s like a perfect little bubble town, always decorated […]

Rockford schools rally around Relay—Part I

Fourth-graders in Luanne Helsen’s class at Valley View Elementary School are supporting their classmate Claire Kowroski, who has cancer. The students wore t-shirts at the school’s mini-relay event that was raising money for Rockford’s Relay for Life. Many of the students and staff who are supportive of Claire are planning to wear the t-shirts at Rockford’s Relay event as well. Students walked and ran for 24 minutes, which represents one minute per each hour of Rockford’s Relay for Life, to raise money. More than $6,000 was raised with the majority coming from pledges for the mini-relay.	Photo by CINDY M. CRANMER

by CINDY M. CRANMER This article is a summary of what each school in Rockford Public Schools has come up with to contribute to the Rockford Relay for Life. Encouraging each school to organize their own fundraiser has been a goal of Relay organizers from year one. This Friday through Saturday, May 18-19, from 3 […]

State names Belmont man ‘Rails-to-Trails’ champion

73rd District State Representative Pete MacGregor presents Dave Heyboer, Chairman of the Friends of the White Pine Trail with a Michigan State Tribute honoring Dave for his unselfish devotion to all things Fred Meijer White Pine Trail. This evening was very special for Dave and he couldn’t help himself while grinning from ear-to-ear.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Last week Thursday evening, the highlight of the monthly Friends of the White Pine Trail meeting at the Rockford Community Cabin was to be a flat bicycle tire repair presentation by Dave Heyboer, Chairman of the 500 member Trail advocacy group. Unbeknownst to Heyboer, he was about to be upstaged […]

Basic Communications to host Business After Hours event

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is proud to present the May installment of its popular Business After Hours event. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Basic Communications, 2745 Ten Mile Road, Suite B, Rockford. Stephanie Chesley and her staff will be sharing their beautiful facility for this […]