People In Our Times : Community news and notes

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-119022463028793.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jon McGinty’, ‘Peace Activist Kathy Kelly spoke to an audience of nearly 90 at the Unitarian Universalist Church last Monday evening, Sept. 17, about her recent experiences with Iraqi refugees suffering in Jordan. She reminded the audience that the U.S. military spends in six hours in Iraq the equivalent of the entire annual budget for the UN Commission for Refugees—more than $129 million.‘);

Community news and notes

TV51’s “Church Challenge” overall singing competition winner was Paula Polfliet. Viewer’s Choice Awards recipients were Stephanie Westscott, Dave De Meester, Paula Pofliet and Lynn Lilja. … Joan E. Kole, artistic director of AgeQuake Theatre, attended a week-long Directors’ Lab in Chicago in August. … Grand Detour Arts Festival Winner for Best of Show was Jeanne Rager of Rockford. Jeanne Coe of Rockford acted as a judge in the festival. … Harlem High School teacher and coach Bill Dredge was installed as National AMBUCS Big Hat Club President. … Sue Fernandez, R.N., is OSF Health Care’s new executive director of Ambulatory Services for the Northern Illinois Region. Fernandez will help facilitate the opening of the new Ambulatory Services facility at Rock Cut Crossing in Loves Park. … Illinois Growth Enterprises recognized Vice President of Human Resources Alan Bridgeland for his 35 years of service. … Virgie Taylor joined Blackhawk Bank as the Rockford office’s vice president and banking center manager. … Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center welcomed Brenda Byrne, MS, MDiv, LPC, as a new spiritual counselor to hospice patients and their families. … Deanna Berg, MSN, RN, was promoted to director of Nursing Education and Research at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. … JMB Business Funding owner Joanne Blaser attended the 2007 American Cash Flow Association Convention in Dallas. … Rockford native Philip L. Miller, AIA, has returned to rejoin Larson & Darby, Inc., as principal architect.

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from the Sept. 19 – 25, 2007, issue

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