Rockford partners with national group for Healing Fields 9/11 tribute

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Flag sponsorship underway by BETH ALTENA “We all have a 9/11 story,” said Sue Bodenner, one of the organizers of the West Michigan Healing Fields, which will remember and honor those lost 10 years ago in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Bodenner, along with chiefs of local fire departments, members of the Kent County […]

Relay for Life for survivors’ birthdays

WHY WE RELAY—Maddie Tomasko, an 11-year-old Crestwood Elementary School student was diagnosed with leukemia. She is currently in inpatient chemotherapy for six months and talks to her classmates during their recess each day on Skype. She is pictured here with her “true love,” Hunter, her Britteny spaniel. See Team Maddie at this year’s Relay.

Event is this Friday and Saturday; every Relayer has a story by BETH ALTENA Impressive numbers—$2.46 million raised and last year over 400 cancer survivors honored in the survivor’s lap of Rockford Relay for Life—prove the event is incredibly successful, but misses the point of the real impact of Relay. Carol Delp-Korzeja said the event […]

Rockford student receives Congressional Medal of Merit

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Rockford High School graduate Alex Quinn was recognized for his outstanding achievements by receiving a Congressional Medal of Merit Saturday, May 7 by U.S. Representative Justin Amash. Amash presented the Congressional Award and the Congressional Medal of Merit to student recipients during an awards ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Gerald […]

May weather smiles on Bear Creek Waterfest

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Despite dire weather predictions, the 18th annual Bear Creek Waterfest was held under absolutely perfect spring conditions. Breakfast, free giveaways, live music by the Hawks and Owls band, and plenty of critters in the creek were on hand for those who stopped by. Free native white pine trees were offered by the Kent County Parks […]

Students offer welcome with art

Joe Stuart

Chandler Woods Charter Academy students recently had their very own “Art Prize” at the school. Students were encouraged to make and enter a piece of art, which were voted on to determine “winners.” There were so many good choices to pick from, but these ended up being the top three winners: the first-place winner was […]