EPA turns tannery site back to Wolverine, MDEQ

A public meeting held jointly by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency drew a large crowd last year. The subject was the progress of a study of the former Wolverine tannery property. The study was prompted by petition of three individuals in Rockford concerned with potential contamination from the site.

by BETH ALTENA One year after beginning an investigation into the potential leak of contaminants on the Wolverine Worldwide (WWW) former tannery site and surrounding areas, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has returned authority to local agencies while reserving the ability to resume control if necessary. The EPA was petitioned June 2011 by three […]

Wolverine Worldwide employees help build new trail at nature center

WOLVERINE WALKING THE TALK—to encourage enjoyment of the outdoors. The Outdoor Group helped create a new trail at Howard Christensen Nature Center.

Birds, chipmunks, deer and most Michiganders have been spending the last warm days of fall preparing for winter. Volunteers at the Howard Christensen Nature Center have been busy too! On October 21, they completed a new trail to benefit cross-country skiers. This extension of the Ranger Trail will allow skiers to avoid the sometimes treacherously […]

Holiday season begins with lighting ceremony, open houses

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Start the holiday season with old-fashioned ceremony in downtown Rockford November 17 and two evenings of special offers and warm wishes November 17 and 18 as Rockford rings in the holiday season. On Wednesday, November 17 the lighting of the trees ceremony will be held at Peppler Park listen to music from the Rockford choirs […]

Planning Commission praises new shoe store plan

Kenneth Grady, general council and secretary for Wolverine World Wide, describes the thinking for placement of a new shoe and apparel store that will be built on the south side of the current Wolverine complex in downtown Rockford.

A public hearing for plans to build a new shoe and apparel store on the south section of the current Wolverine World Wide (WWW) property on the Rogue River was held Thursday, June 24. The plan met a warm reception for the most part, despite several comments—both from the public and Rockford Planning Commissioners—concerning contamination […]

‘Waterdance’ installed — let the celebration begin

Playing a role in history in the making, a conscripted crew of volunteers gingerly lowers a 10 ft. monster sculpture of a Steelhead into place.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL As dawn broke on Tuesday morning of this week Anderson’s Metal Sculpture installed and attached a much-anticipated work of art to the face of Rockford’s iconic Rogue River Dam. Titled Waterdance, the sculpture is composed of three stainless steel fish leaping for joy amidst swirls of water.  The grander than […]