Rockford receives DNR grant to complete Rogue River Nature Trail

City Manager Michael Young is proud of the Project of the Year Award—Structures, awarded to Rockford by the American Public Works Association for the Phase II construction of the Rogue River Nature Trail. photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL At a recent Rogue River Watershed Council meeting, invited guest Rockford City Manager Michael Young let it be known that Rockford had been extremely fortunate in again receiving a DNR trust fund grant to complete the final phase (III) of the Rogue River Nature Trail. Envisioned by City planners some […]

Court battle ends with Supreme Court denial

THIS IS IT—all the court presence northern Kent County has in this half of the district. This office is available four hours a month and is only for small claims. The City of Rockford will consider in the coming months what public use will be made of the rest of the building which used to be the Rockford courthouse.

A long fight to keep a full service courthouse in Rockford has ended with a denial to hear the case by the Michigan Supreme Court. With one justice, Elizabeth Weaver dissenting, the seven member court denied considering the case, citing “We are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this Court.” The […]

Fish to dance for joy in Rogue River

Steve Anderson’s son, Chad, no small man himself, stands beneath the centerpiece steelhead of the “Water Dance” sculpture he helped his dad create.	Photo by CLIFF HILL

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL One of the most popular entrants in last year’s 2009 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids was “Nessie,” who finished in sixth place in the inaugural event. Kids, in particular, loved “Nessie” as she regally floated in the Grand River while tethered to the Blue Pedestrian Bridge in the heart of […]