Endowment gives nearly $58,000 in first responder grants

FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE GRANTS—These fire and police chiefs and representatives of local rescue organizations are all winners in receiving grants generated from last year’s West Michigan Healing Fields memorial to those killed in 9/1/1.

‘We said from the beginning it all goes back to rescue’ by BETH ALTENA  Fourteen fire or police departments have funding for life-saving equipment they needed thanks to the generosity of those who supported the West Michigan Healing Fields (WMHF) memorial to 9/1/1 held last September. The Rockford Area Community Endowment (RACE) met last month […]

From the City of Rockford

Michael Young, Rockford City Manager

by ROCKFORD CITY MANAGER MICHAEL YOUNG Financial Outlook Over the past several years, the City Council has implemented numerous cost cutting measures to ensure that the City of Rockford budget is maintained within our budget constraints. One of the many cuts that were made included the elimination of the publication of the Rockford Outlook Newsletter. As an […]

West Michigan Healing Field flags still available for community to keep memory of victims alive

If you missed the emotional and breath-taking “Healing Field Memorial” display of some  3,200 flags during the 3-day Labor Day weekend at Cannonsburg Ski Area you can still get a glimpse of the tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Smaller in scope but no less fitting are the 100+ flags proudly on display in front of the Bishop Hills Elder Care Community on the corner of 11-Mile Rd. and Courtland Dr. NE (enroute to WWW).  A limited number of unsold flags from the “Healing Field Memorial” remain available for purchase with net proceeds going to area First Responders.  Contact the office of Bishop Hills at 866-2002.

Following the West Michigan Healing Field memorial, a local business is continuing the tribute to 9/11 victims by displaying flags that have not yet been sponsored. Until Friday, Sept. 23, 100 of the American flags displayed at Canonsburg for Healing Field will be on display at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, 4951 11 Mile Rd., […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

Taxes make our world go If you didn’t make it out to the West Michigan Healing Fields event at Cannonsburg this past weekend, you missed a truly inspiring and emotional event. Seeing 3,200 flags waving in the breeze up the ski slope was quite the sight. It was an even better sight looking down at […]

West Michigan Healing Fields began with a Rotarian

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What is perhaps not as well known is that the Healing Field program had its beginnings with a Rotary International member. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 had a horrifying impact on us as a nation and as individuals. Rotarian Paul Swenson saw the “sheer enormity” of the human loss evidenced by the rubble, […]