Removing dead trees part of Tree City USA

One of the responsibilities of being designated a “Tree City USA” is to remove dead  and/or decaying parkway trees that pose a threat to life, limb, and property.  This 100+ year-old Maple tree at 175 Courtland Street was one such tree.  Standing next to the tree, to give perspective to its almost 6’ diameter is Squire Reporter Nancy Hill.  Behind the huge segment of trunk are arborists (l-r) Nate Mitchell and Nate Jansen) of the Rockford City contracted, Summit Tree Service.  The “Nates” spent the better part of the day safely wrestling the cut segments of this tree, some weighing more than 1,500 lbs., to the ground.  This particular Maple tree was a neighbor of a similar Maple tree that last summer housed a screech owl family.  (As reported in the Squire.)  That tree, too, was removed last fall after the fledglings “flew the coop”! 

Morris Builders carpenter wins Lead Carpenter of the Year


Seth Walter of Morris Builders Inc. in Rockford has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Members Choice Awards, Remodelers Advantage. Walter “is the “front line” in achieving the company’s goals of superior product quality and superior customer satisfaction. “Seth insures customer satisfaction through professional appearance, expert workmanship and polite communication. He is the first to volunteer […]

New holiday tradition launched with contest

There are always memories built by families that hold a special place in the heart. Whether it is crafting snowmen, going ice skating or just spending time reminiscing around the Christmas tree, those traditions always hold a spot in the holiday lineup. Heart of Rockford Business Association is starting a new event this year, and […]


Tim Klaes ran from Forest Hills Foods in Cascade to Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

Hills earned tough national honor Dear Editor, As the farm market year comes to a close, I would like to give kudos to Cliff and Nancy Hill. They faithfully set up shop at the farmers market in June, July and August to collect e-mail addresses for voting purposes. Due to their dedication, Rockford came in first […]

Downtown Rockford hosts spooky, fun Halloween costumes