Threat to Rockford pipeline may be averted

So much for signs! Hopefully

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The five- to seven-inch deluge of rain that occurred this past Memorial Day not only caused three major washouts and the closing of a two-mile section of the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail (WPT), but also threatened the 24-inch Rockford sewer line that runs parallel to the trail itself within […]

‘Waterdance’ installed — let the celebration begin

Playing a role in history in the making, a conscripted crew of volunteers gingerly lowers a 10 ft. monster sculpture of a Steelhead into place.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As dawn broke on Tuesday morning of this week Anderson’s Metal Sculpture installed and attached a much-anticipated work of art to the face of Rockford’s iconic Rogue River Dam. Titled Waterdance, the sculpture is composed of three stainless steel fish leaping for joy amidst swirls of water.  The grander than […]

Water boiling precaution lifted after testing

According to Rockford City Manager Michael Young, the city water is safe and two required tests show that residents can again ingest water without having to boil it. An electrical storm that caused severe damage Monday, May 31, included two lightning hits that damaged the computer system that runs the water plant and elevated water […]

Young honored as Conservationist of the Year

Rockford City Manager Michael Young (right) is pictured with Fred Eyer of the Izaak Walton League, who is presenting Young with a plaque as Conservationist of the Year.

When people think what issues may be high on the priority list in local government, environmental conservation might immediately come to mind. For an organization that is dedicated to protecting land, air and water quality, the City of Rockford stood out for just that reason. The Izaak Walton League of America’s local chapters recognized Rockford […]

Rockford’s city parks matter more than ever

Rockford’s award-winning Rogue River nature trail boardwalk is

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL With almost two months of the “white stuff” on the ground and no end in sight, we’ve decided to “think green”—parks, that is. Through its Center for City Park Excellence (CCPE), the Trust for Public Land (TPL) reported, “American park users, consisting mostly of families with children, have increased their […]