Firefighters take on propane blazes

GETTING CLOSE IS REQUIRED—Firefighters were advised not to put out a burning propane fire unless they can turn off the source of the fuel. Here they prepare to hand close the valve on a home unit.

The public is safer from the threat of a propane disaster, thanks to training offered by the Michigan Propane Gas Association (MPGA). Cannon, Courtland and Oakfield Township firefighters practiced defeating propane fires on Monday, June 15. “This may be the only propane training any of them ever receive,” said Derek Dalling, spokesperson for the MPGA. […]

Births – June 18, 2009

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Thomas Earl Adgate Fred and Julie Adgate of Rockford, Michigan announce the birth of their son, Thomas Earl Adgate. Thomas was born on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 10:35 p.m. at Spectrum Downtown in Grand Rapids. He weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. Thomas was welcomed home by sisters Jasmine (14) […]

Gift of love

Carly Olson.

Carly Olson of Rockford hasn’t cut her hair since she was four years old-until now. The former East Rockford Middle School student cut her long hair for Locks for Love. “My aunt had to have a wig while she was fighting cancer,” Carly said. Her aunt lost her fight with the disease. Carly’s cousin donated […]

Applications being taken for basketball camp

Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls aged 10-19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison. Players from 50 states and 11 foreign countries attended […]

‘Toilet to tap’ concept plugged at plant dedication

THEY DRANK WHAT?!—Bubbling sewage part way thought the treatment process cooks down in aerated tanks at the sewer treatment plant on Coit Avenue.

Sewer Authority Board Chairman and Rockford City Manager Michael Young called the day historic and the story courageous. The plant is the ninth largest of its kind in the entire world, and built from the initiative of five communities. According to Young, it was built with 13,500 cubic yards of concrete, the equivalent of 27 […]