Young Angler happy with Rogue River catch

Thomas Newman, 6, pulls in a small mouth bass from the Rogue River while fishing above the Rockford dam on a recent summer evening. Thomas, a first-grade student at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic School in Rockford, was at the dam with his mother, Chrystal Newman, prior to the start of school. The Rockford boy was using an artificial minnow lure. It was his first fish of the evening.

Students release salmon as end to unique classroom project

Isaiah Villerius, in yellow, releases about 30 salmon smolts into the Rogue River in mid-May as part of East Rockford Middle School seventh graders’ Salmon in the Classroom project.	Photo by CINDY M. CRANMER

by CINDY M. CRANMER East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) students ended a unique classroom experience with a field trip to the Rogue River and the release of about 30 Chinook salmon smolts into the river. The program, Salmon in the Classroom, was funded by the Grand River Fly Tyers and involved a partnership between the […]

EPA tannery investigation—‘There is no emergency here’

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality answer questions posed by the public on Tuesday, April 24. The meeting was held to update the community on the progress of testing underway at the former Wolverine Worldwide tannery property in downtown Rockford.

Contaminants found in multiple test sites on Wolverine property by BETH ALTENA  About a hundred residents, including city officials and Wolverine Worldwide representatives, attended a public meeting held jointly by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on Tuesday, April 24 at the Rockford Freshman Center. A presentation […]

Sights seen along the Rogue River Nature Trail

Photo by CLIFF HILL

Those pesky “Bucky Beavers” have been busy this past winter and spring above the dam and along both sides of the Rogue River. No tree, regardless of size, appears to be safe from “Bucky”! This huge tree, some 4 ft. in diameter (species undetermined) stands between the Rogue River Nature Trail boardwalk and the river […]

Town goes to the hounds this Saturday

HAPPY HOUNDS—and happy owners who are excited about bringing a dog park to Rockford. Support the park by attending the Happy Hounds Dog Walk Saturday.

Contests, costumes, food, free stuff at dog walk by BETH ALTENA “It’s already a success. I just hope the dogs show up,” said organizer Tom VanderSloot, who is hoping for a big bow wow turnout this Saturday, Oct. 29 to the first Happy Hounds Dog Walk at the Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street […]