Second business a bonus for Blakeslee owner

Brian Lovall, who purchased Blakeslee and Son Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning from his dad Rodd Blakeslee, is now owner of a second business, which will allow his staff to remain busy in hot weather or rainy days. Pictured are Brian with Dirk Dennis, who just sold Brian his seamless gutter business and signed on as a Blakeslee employee.

by BETH ALTENA Business has been good at Blakeslee and Son Inc. in the 10 months since third generation Brian Lovall purchased the company from his dad, Rodd, who in his time had taken over for his own father and company founder, the late Clarence Blakeslee. Now the young businessman has a second purchase behind […]

WEDDINGS — DeBlaay-Pitsch


DeBlaay-Pitsch The marriage of Caitlyn Pitsch and Joseph DeBlaay was celebrated on December 10, 2010 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. The bride’s parents are Michael and Holly Pitsch of Rockford. The groom’s parents are Daniel and Ronda DeBlaay of Rockford. Maid of honor was Meghan Pitsch, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were […]

Poppy sales offer service to those who served us

Jackie Cook

A group of the American Legion Post 102 Auxiliary in Rockford went down to the Grand Rapids Veteran’s Home one Saturday to learn how to make poppies. They learned from our veteran that he earns $55 per 1,000 to make poppies for contributions for the month of May known as Poppy month.  He uses the […]

Winner of downtown Staycation takes the prize

Chris V’Dovick was the lucky winner of the huge prize basket put together by Rockford merchants participating in this year’s downtown Staycation. She picked up her prize with a  big smile after her name was drawn from the many who hoped to win.


Visitor disappointed with closed shops on Sunday Dear Editor, On Sunday, May 22, after a casual breakfast at Arnie’s with a group of out-of-town friends, the Great Northern shop and a resale store were the only two shops open at 11:00 a.m. Our plan was to spend the day there while our husbands golfed. The […]