By CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was a short 2-month courtship and a marriage made in heaven,” said Rockford resident Brien Dews in speaking about a recently formed partnership with two other Rockford residents, all three having a dream of opening a microbrewery in downtown Rockford specializing in craft beers. Microbreweries have been a growth industry throughout the economic downturn of the past decade and craft brew beers lovers are legion. The partnership believes that a microbrewery in Rockford would be a perfect addition to the destination shopping and fine dining opportunities already available in Rockford. It is possibly the missing link! Dews is best known as Rockford’s Mayor Pro-Tem along with being an AWCI 21st Century Certified Clockmaker who owns and operates Rockford’s All Good Time Clock Service. For the past 7 years Brien has had a passion for his crafting of home brewed beer. Partner Jeff Sheehan has a decade of home brewing experience and for the past 5 years has been employed by the New Holland Brew Pub, in Holland, MI where he developed and tested new brews. Partner Seth Rivard has also been a home brewer of beer for 5 years and for the past 13 years has been employed by Alcoa Howmet in Whitehall, MI in the area of information technology (IT). In addition, Seth brings a degree in Business Administration to the table. Recently the trio entered into a purchase agreement with the owner of the property located at 12 E. Bridge St. (Directly across the street from the Rockford Historical Museum on the southwest corner of Bridge St. and the White Pine Trail.) The two-story space has approximately 1650 sq. ft. on each level. The second floor level has breath-taking and commanding views in all four directions. Rockford’s iconic Rogue River Dam is highly visible as is the river above the dam. The America’s Favorite Farm Market venue is a glance away. Michigan’s longest linear state park,The White Pine Trail, runs adjacent to the property. From its upstairs windows one can take in many of the popular seasonal Rockford events such as the Annual Ice Festival, the summer Huntington Rogue River Blues Series, the Start of Summer carnival festivities, Mitchell’s Run, and the Holiday Lighting Ceremony, to name some of […]
November 17 2011
The Rockford Area Museum (RAM) is in the midst of a major move and fundraising campaign. To celebrate this historic event, the RAM announces a community-wide event to select an artifact, from a list of 50 selected by the museum’s board and director, which best represents our unique history. Each week, a new selection will be offered in The Rockford Squire. As the opening date nears, a voting window will be opened on the museum’s soon-to-be-new website so you, the people of Rockford, can decide. Thank you for participating and stay tuned to see your new RAM in the coming year.
The Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (MMTA) is pleased to announce that Kim McKay, treasurer of the City of Rockford, has been elected by her peers to the position of president of the MMTA Board of Directors during their annual meeting held on October 4, 2011. The MMTA has membership of more than 800 members across the state of Michigan and prides itself in promoting professional growth by offering valuable education, legislative updates, and networking opportunities for municipal treasurers and finance directors. The MMTA also offers its members the training necessary to receive the Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer designation, and works closely with the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada to offer the internationally recognized Certified Public Finance Administrator accreditation. McKay has served several terms as an officer and director of the association and has been an invaluable asset to the MMTA. The association welcomes her to her position on the board and wish her the best as she serves the association as president.
Morgan Randall represented Rockford, Mich. last weekend in Bay City at the Michigan Galaxy Pageant. This pageant was judged on four components: interview ability, photogenic, fashion wear, and formal wear. The judges also look at academics, activities and volunteerism, as well. Randall is a seventh-grader at East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) and is on the honor roll. She started volunteering with her mom this summer at North Kent Community Services. She just finished volleyball at ERMS and is currently diving for the swim team. Randall’s parents, Chad and Sue, are very proud. Pageants are not only about fashion and beauty anymore. Current pageants help young girls excel at public speaking, develop poise, find a platform they feel passionate about, and meet other great girls from all over Michigan.