Illicit romance and its bad results

The town of Gibraltar existed before the town of several dozen homes was renamed Childsdale after the paper mill was purchased by H.B. Childs. The town began as the village surrounding a sawmill at the same site as the paper mill. The sawmill was built by Zenas G. Windsor in 1848.Childsdale Papermill is in the process of rezoning for new use

The history of the Village of Childsdale, continued by BETH ALTENA Henry B. Childs ran his paper mill with great success for a time. The well-known resident of the county had a penchant for purchasing property and soon owned most if not all of Childsdale, historic accounts tell. Fire destroyed the first mill on July […]

Annual Ice Festival to be held downtown Rockford January 8

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What happens when chainsaw-wielding craftsmen meet giant blocks of ice? Simply magic. And you can get in on the action, Saturday, Jan. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. downtown Rockford. The 2010 festival drew over 6,000 guests, and event planners are working hard to make the second annual bigger, better and packed with free family […]

Easement legacy a permanent protection for Rogue River

The Cok family 126-acre property is now a conservation easement, a permanent protection from development.

by BETH ALTENA One family’s dedication to protecting the land and their generous spirit is good news for all in Rockford. The Cok family has preserved 126 acres of property along the Rogue River as a conservation easement through the Land Conservancy of West Michigan—an action that ensures the property will never be developed. Stu […]

Holiday season begins with music, lights, words of peace

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by BETH ALTENA  Hundreds of people waited on the banks of the Rogue River to hear the Rockford High School brass ensemble and choir and words of peace from local leaders as the City of Rockford officially began the holiday season the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 17. The City/Chamber of Commerce event began with an […]

Rogue chosen among nation for restoration

The Rogue River is one of only 12 rivers across the United States as a Trout Unlimited Home Rivers Initiative project. The quality of the fishery, proximity to people and dedicated donors and volunteers were among reasons it was chosen.

Fish ladder may be in Rockford’s future by Beth Altena  “If you have a business in Rockford, this will make a difference to your business,” said Glenn Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing, a Rockford business. Blackwood spoke before Rockford Rotary, telling members that the Rogue River has been selected as one of only twelve […]