Free Rogue River Blues concert series begins next Tuesday

BLUES ON THE RIVER—It’s free, it’s fantastic. The Huntington Rogue River Blues concert series begins Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Bring blankets or beach towels, chairs or just hang out on the grass Tuesdays in downtown Rockford. The Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues series begins this Tuesday, June 9. The free concerts take place at Garden Club Park near the dam on the banks of the Rogue River and run from 7 to 9 p.m. […]

Algoma Township dedicates memorial park

DEDICATED—Representative Tom Pearce speaks during the dedication service.

by JUDY REED The old Swedish Baptist church was remembered Monday, when Algoma Township, in conjunction with the Algoma Township Historical Society, dedicated a memorial park where the church once stood. The park, located on Grange Avenue, south of 13 Mile, is at the Algoma Township Cemetery, across from the current Algoma Baptist Church. The […]

Golden R welcomes class of ’59 into its ranks

Rockford High School, Class of '59

Golden R luncheon will be held Saturday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Rockford High School. The group will welcome the Class of ’59 into its ranks of Rockford graduates of 50 years or more. For information, call Dan VanDyke at (616) 942-0208 or for reservations, call Trish Armstrong at (616) 889-0416.     ROCKFORD […]

Rockford man’s ‘humanly impossible’ task saving lives

“BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST”—Dave Bowman (top left) brought his extended family to see the hospital he dreamed of and worked toward for nearly a decade.

by BETH ALTENA What did you do for spring break? One Rockford man and his family spent it in war-torn Sudan, Africa, seeing the result of ten years of passion, faith and miracles. Dave Bowman, with his wife, sons and daughter and their children, underwent a 24-hour trip to Sudan to see the dedication of […]

Merchants join with boosters to build Community Unity

GO RAMS!—Your Rockford merchants are behind you 100 percent. A new Community Unity card will allow 10 percent of a sale to go to the Rockford Sports Boosters three times a year. Pictured are Community Unity organizers Polly VonEschen, Meredith Gremel and Barb Stein.

  by BETH ALTENA   Buy a better product and put money into Rockford Public Schools sports programs. Downtown merchants have formed a new partnership with Rockford Sports Boosters. The program keeps the dollars spent for sports fundraising local, offers better products (those offered here in town) and might keep kids from selling door to […]