Rockford Rotarian exercises whimsy with carving


by BETH ALTENA Among the demonstrations that have always been a part of Rockford’s Harvest Fest, this year’s included butter-making, cabinetry and carving by former pastor and current Rotarian Gary Davis (who married Bill and Squire editor Beth Altena 20 years ago). Davis took up the hobby four years ago while in his retirement, and […]

Cronkright selected as Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Business Leader


Entrepreneur, lawyer, commercial developer, community leader, disability advocate, volunteer… all hats that Rockford resident Thomas W. Cronkright II wears, and wears well. And the Grand Rapids Business Journal judges for the 40 Under Forty Business Leaders award heartedly agree. Cronkright recently received this prestigious award which recognizes the accomplishments of 40 outstanding business leaders in […]

28th District Senator Mark C. Jansen


Michigan’s economic health second-best in nation Sen. Jansen says Bloomberg study shows reforms are working  A national evaluation of the states released by Bloomberg ranked Michigan second-best in economic health. State Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township, said Michigan’s high standing is the result of reforms taken to turn the state around. “The reforms we […]

Biker, friend remembered with procession of motorcycles


Nearly 100 motorcycles and their riders visited downtown Rockford, with the machines lining Monroe Street as tribute to motorcyclist Richard “Dick” S. Linney, who passed away Thursday, Oct. 17. The bikers were among those who attended the man’s service at Pederson Funeral Home and later proceeded to his interment at Rosedale Memorial Park. Linney, age […]


Thursday, November 10 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.  Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile […]