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Rockford Ice Festival 2011
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Ice Ice Baby At Rockford Ice Festival

Soup's On
Gene Parker samples the soup
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The Best Tortellini Soup Ever

On a cold day, there's nothing like some home-made soup to warm you up. My wife makes the best Tortellini Soup ever. It's so easy even I can make it.

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Matt Giraud Visits The River

West Michigan's American Idol Matt Giraud paid Kim Carson a visit Wednesday.  Matt updated us and sang a few songs live including, The Christmas Song and an original song.

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Rockford Christmas Parade

Next to Santa Claus, children are the stars of the 67th annual Rockford Christmas Parade.   Saturday's event featured many holiday costumed brownie's, girl scouts, cub scouts and boy scouts.  Also featured were the Rockford High School Marching Band, the State Champion Girls Lacrosse team and, of course, Santa Claus.

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Deck The Desk For Holidays

The lights are up outside, the tree is trimmed inside, but have you decorated your work area?  Alot of West Michigan workplaces allow for festive decorations for the holidays.

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Holland Parade of Lights Nov 30

Santa Claus arrived in Holland Tuesday night during the annual Parade of Lights.  The Jolly Holiday fellow was accompanied by bands, floats, vehicles and people ..all decorated in holiday Lights. Hundreds of folks lined the streets of downtown Holland to greet Santa

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Rockford High School Choir

RHS Choir sings Carol of the Bells at the annual Rockford Holiday Lights Ceremony November 17, 2010.

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Last Second TD Ousts Rockford!

Down 10 - 0 at halftime, the Rockford Rams pulled ahead of the Plymouth Wildcats with  a long TD pass with 1:19 left in the game.

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We’ll Always Have Chihuly!

When Winter Hits West Michigan, just remember those soft summer days at the Frederick Meijer Garden with the Chihuly Exhibit!

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WM Marching Bands Compete!

The Michigan Competing Band Associations State Finals were held November 6, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit.  After months  and many hours of practice, several marching bands from West Michigan were ready to make their schools proud!  Here are snippets  from six  area schools competing; Grandville, Hudsonville, Jenison, Northview, Reeths-Puffer and Rockford. Due to contractual reasons, the MCBA does not allow us to show an entire performance.

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Rockford Holiday Lights

Bruce Springsteen 1978
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The Promise Delivered!

It was 1978.  I just graduated from high school and I was going to Michigan State University when I first heard Bruce Springsteen’s  Darkness on the Edge of Town. I’d heard of Springsteen before, right?  Didn’t he do Born to run?  Wasn’t he the guy who on the cover of Time and Newsweek Magazine in the same week? Yes. Yes and Yes.

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