Rockford Relay for life 2011 ‘profoundly moving’

Rockford fire fighters lead the first lap of Relay for Life each year along with an escort of Young Marines Color Guard.

The weather was wonderful for Rockford’s ninth annual Relay for Life American Cancer Society event. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 20 with a first lap by Rockford fire fighters and the Young Marines Color Guard, the 24-hour event wrapped up another amazing year of fundraising with the goal of curing and preventing cancer. […]

Local family man risked all, lives on as national hero

John Sjogren receiving honors from President Truman.

Major John C. Sjogren helped win key battle in WWII, awarded Medal of Honor by MATT MARN Memorial Day, a time to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died while in service of their country, began after the Civil War as a day of remembrance and reconciliation. Memorial Day has now evolved into a general day of […]

Rockford man runs 35th straight Riverbank Run despite injuries

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by ANA OLVERA For the past 34 years, thousands of runners have participated in the annual Fifth Third River Bank Run, some only once and others continue coming back every year. Dennis Schultz, an affiliate faculty member at the College of Education at Grand Valley State University, has participated in the River Bank Run’s 25k […]

The Rockford Squire visits Morocco

BEAUTIFUL, ENLIGHTENING, FASCINATING—Gene and Sue Kuehle of Rockford took the Squire with them on a tour of Morocco, Africa for three weeks. They went from seashore, over the mountains and into the Sahara Desert and more. The country overflows  with centuries-old customs and traditions. Gene and Sue are pictured here in the medina (old city) of Marrakesh. They were very close to Place Jemaa el-Fna, which is the hub of activity.

Westrates celebrate 50 years, thanking the Lord

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Rev. Ken and Ruth (Frens) Westrate will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 9, 2011. The couple was joined in matrimony on June 9, 1961, at 16th Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich. The Westrates’ parents are Gare and Alberta Westrate and Ben and Gertrude Frens. The couple’s children are Keith and Val […]