Student door-to-door donation drive nearly doubles goal with 16,000

From one to two, now 21 students are participating in a Rockford school club to raise donations for underprivileged students and the Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Club. Pictured are some of the club members.

‘This is an example of Rockford students giving outside of their community’ “What did you do on your summer vacation?” This ageless question can be answered unexpectedly by two Rockford students and a host of their classmates. They knocked on over 5,000 doors asking for a small donation for underprivileged kids and ended up with […]

Courtland man arrested on CSC charges

CSC-charges

A Courtland Township man and former firefighter has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC). According to Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, the incident allegedly occurred at the home of Terry Lynn Welch, 51, the evening of August 16, or the early morning hours of August 17, and involved a juvenile. Welch […]

Bikes and Smiles were the order of the day at Wolverine Worldwide YMCA

Toni Szczepanski, WWW 
Family YMCA Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator, Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma, and Amy Horn, Helen Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Program Asst., standing in the foreground of a long line of bikes to be gifted to 29 area children.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL The Kent County Sheriff Department, in collaboration with the Wolverine Worldwide YMCA and Devos Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition, conducted a bicycle give-a-way and safety event for 29 area children on Tuesday, August 28. Making it all possible were 29 new or gently used bikes that had come into the […]

Local theatre group reaches higher level

Rogue River Community Theatre Company’s board of directors includes (l–r) President Kenneth Homrich, Secretary Shannon Rop, Vice President Michael Jonkman, Director of Theatre Patricia Rose, and Treasurer Stephanie Gamble.

The curtain is opening on a whole new approach to community theatre in Rockford, with the debut of the Rogue River Community Theatre Company (RRCTC). “The nonprofit corporation, formed this summer, is taking local theatre to a higher level of professionalism and community engagement,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Homrich, head of an […]

BIRTHDAYS — September 8–14

8 Christine Dionne 9 Billie Stout 10 Bernie Danielski, Brandon Didion, Peggy Fowle, Pearl Roberts, M. TenHave-Chapman 11 Tom Fowle, Macie Kunkle 12 Joyce Blakeslee, Chad English, Glenn Knox, Al Pedley 13 Florence Cooley, Barbara Gardiner, Morgan Longberg, Matt Palmer, Sandy Wybranowski 14 Mickey Brasure, Linda Dearth, Goldie Ellenwood, Brook Figger, Joe Gardiner, Lindsey Ray