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My Town Rockford: Sidewalk Sales return July 17-19

My Town Rockford: Sidewalk Sales return July 17-19

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The merchants on Squire Street Square are clearing out their shelves and clothing racks as the Rockford Sidewalk Sales return July 17.

Shoppers can expect bargains galore as merchants clear out their summer merchandise. 

Rockford Sidewalk Sales runs through Saturday, July 19.  The event is sponsored by the Heart of Rockford Business Association.

My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

My Town: It must be summer - Rockford Farm Market opens Saturday!

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- Voted "America's Favorite Farmers Market" in a nationwide online contest in 2011, the Rockford Farm Market returns for its 13th season this Saturday, May 10.

"I am so looking forward to this farm market season," said Kim McKay, Rockford city treasurer and farm market administrator. "After the hellacious winter we have all survived, I'm eager for the Rockford Farm Market to usher in what hopefully will be another glorious West Michigan summer. Rockford is proud its downtown market offers up a complete cornucopia of strictly Michigan farm and orchard produce and prepared foods."

Embraced by the greater Rockford community since its inception in 2001, the Rockford Market has evolved into a true destination farm market for "foodies" and epicureans alike from near and far.

My Town: Rockford Farm Market opening for the season May 10

My Town: Rockford Farm Market opening for the season May 10

ROCKFORD, Mich.—The countdown is on to the official opening of the Rockford Farm Market.

The market will open for the season on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The market will hold the same hours during the remaining Saturdays in May.  On June 7, the market will open at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will maintain those hours every Saturday through October 25.

The Rockford Farm Market is located in the South Squires Street parking lot off Main Street.  It was voted America’s Favorite Farmers Market in 2011 in a contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust.  The dog-friendly venue features a variety of locally made food and art.

For additional information, contact Kim McKay at (616) 825-5005 or kmckay@rockford.mi.us

Rockford man robbed of gun after online sale agreement

Rockford man robbed of gun after online sale agreement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids police are trying to track down the man who robbed a Rockford man during a gun sale.

Officers say the 53-year-old man met the suspect on a website for gun sales and agreed to meet him at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Tangle Circle Drive SE to complete the sale of a handgun.  When the seller arrived around 11 p.m. Saturday, he could not find the buyer and began looking for him.  During that search, the buyer attacked him from behind and took the gun.

Officers have these safety tips for people using buy-and-sell sites, like Craigslist:

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

Help State Police 'Stuff A Blue Goose For Christmas' Dec. 15

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Michigan State Police are looking for help in stuffing a blue goose.

Blue goose is really what they call a State Police patrol vehicle.  On Sunday, Dec. 15, troopers from the Rockford post will be stationed outside Wal-Mart stores in Comstock Park and Grand Haven, stuffing donations into their patrol vehicles for families in need.

New toys, clothing and non-perishable food items are needed.  All the donations will be turned over to the Salvation Army to be distributed to families in Kent and Ottawa counties.

The donation drive runs from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday.

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with its service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema. “Hospitality and service are part of the DNA of this region, and we want to celebrate it!  We hope to get our communities talking.  We want people to vote and share their own stories of celebrated service.”

This year’s nominees for the Grand Rapids area include:

  • Cherie Inn (My Town Grand Rapids Central)
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Need something printed? Look no further than downtown Rockford

Need something printed? Look no further than downtown Rockford

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- For the past 21 years, Rockford resident Melanie Ragsdale has honed her graphic design artistry while serving as the creative genius behind the advertising design and layout of the Rockford Squire Newspaper.

With the nation's economy now in full recovery mode, Ragsdale feels the time is right to pursue a life-long dream of opening a storefront business of her own.

Ragsdale Design Center will officially open its doors for business in the heart of downtown Rockford's business district on Monday, November 4, 2013. The Design Center's co-owners, Will and Melanie, were both raised in Rockford. The couple met after graduating from Rockford High School, fell in love, and subsequently married. Now Rockford homeowners, they are the proud parents of  a three-year-old daughter, Sophia Ruby. Will is currently employed in management with Michigan's Davis Oil.