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My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Final rounds of training are underway at the newest restaurant opening in Rockford.

Ramona’s Table will welcome its first guests Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.   The restaurant is located at the corner of Squire and Bridge, which was formerly the home of A Charmed Life boutique.  The building dates back a century, when it used to be a grain elevator and the White Pine Trail was a thoroughfare for cargo-laden trains.

Construction workers have been working on renovating the space since January.  The restaurant

pays homage to the building’s history, with the original beams, wood floors and parts of the pulley wheel on display.  Owner Jackie Ziehm says the restaurant also features a three-story atrium with skylight, as well as seating for 92 people inside and 70 people on an outdoor patio.

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My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

My Town: Black Jake & The Carnies take the stage for the Rogue River Blues Series

ROCKFORD, Mich.— The Huntington Rogue River Blues Series returns Tuesday night with Black Jake & The Carnies.

The band will take the Garden Club Park Stage at 7 p.m.  The two-hour performance is free to the public.  Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.  The remainder of the tentative schedule also includes:

After the Blues

  • Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014: Kari Lynch Band
  • Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014: The Crane Wives

My Town Rockford: Picnic Pops caps off with tribute to the Eagles

My Town Rockford: Picnic Pops caps off with tribute to the Eagles

BELMONT, Mich.— The D &W Fresh Market Picnic Pops Series will culminate this week with a classical take on classic rock.

A rock band and singers will join the Grand Rapids Symphony Thursday and Friday to perform hits from the Eagles during its final two performances at the Cannonsburg Ski Area in Belmont.  Visitors will hear “Hotel California”, “One of The Nights”, “Heartache Tonight”, among other popular songs.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.  To purchase tickets, visit the event site here.

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

2 people are seriously injured after crash on Belding Road.

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Police and fire crews are responding to a serious motorcycle crash at M-44 and Sunfish Lake Avenue. The crash happened just before 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says two victims were seriously injured. Parts of Belding Road and Sunfish Lake are closed while authorities investigate the crash.

WZZM 13 has a crew on the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

My Town: Rogue River Expedition deemed a success

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Organizers of the inaugural Rogue River Expedition are calling the event a success.

More than 50 people participated in the three-day paddling and land tour of the river and its watershed.  The idea for the expedition originated from the 2010 Grand River Expedition, which involved hundreds of boaters who explored more than 250 miles of water over 12 days.  Because the Grand River Expedition is held only once a decade, its organizers decided to hold similar events on the Grand River’s larger tributaries.

The Rogue River Expedition kicked off in June with a land tour at Howard Christensen Nature Center and the Fruit Ridge Area, which is considered one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world.  The exploration also included trips to Rogers Park in Sparta, Nash Creek and Camp Rockford.